Fall Deals on Amalfi Coast and Sicily Hotels

Ragosta Hotels is offering discounted fall rates through November 30, 2011 starting at 150€ to 250€ per night for Hotel Raito and Relais Paradiso on the Amalfi Coast and La Plage Resort in Taormina, Sicily. This is quite the deal since rooms at Relais Paradiso usually start at 500€. There are only 22 rooms here, with stunning views of the …

Italy Bicycle Tour Retraces Garibaldi’s Route

You may have heard that 2011 mark’s Italy’s 150th birthday. Celebrations are planned throughout the country to mark a century-and-a-half since the initiation of the country’s reunification. Tour companies are also planning special itineraries related to the milestone, including Experience Plus! Bicycle Tours. This Colorado-based bike tour company is offering a 1,400-mile, 28-day Italy 150 Expedition that pedals from Sicily …

What to Eat for An Italian Christmas Eve Dinner

Hard to believe Christmas Eve is just around the corner. Thinking about celebrating it in Italian style? Then get ready to visit your favorite fishmonger, you will be making at least seven seafood courses! That’s because Italians celebrate the Feast of Seven Fishes on la vigilia di Natale (Christmas Eve). As Toni Lydecker writes, “The idea of serving seven fish …

Win a Copy of Seafood alla Siciliana

WINNERS: Toni Lydecker has chosen mcjip@roadrunner.com, Tony and NewYorkPR to receive copies of her book. Contact us with your snail mail address!! Toni Lydecker, a frequent contributer to Dream of Italy, wrote about Sicilian cooking schools for the newsletter while she was in the process of researching her new book, Seafood alla Siciliana: Recipes and Stories from a Living Tradition. …

Slick Sicily Hotel: Atelier Sul Mare

When Ann Cochran was visiting Sicily to write September’s print newsletter stories on Cefalù and Siracusa, she heard about a funky, art hotel on the coast between Cefalù and Palermo. We didn’t have room for it in the print newsletter this month but it is worth mentioning for those looking for an interesting hotel stay:If you have a car, consider …

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Surf’s Up in Italy

Ah, the massive national vacation that is August has begun in Italy! Wonder how many Italians will add surfing to their holiday activities? I didn’t realize that there are a number of places in Italy where conditions are prime for surfing. Justine Gregory explores them in one of our latest free access articles – Surfing in Italy: Hang Ten Italian-Style, …

Eating Your Way Through Italy

Want to eat your way through Italy? Then you have to go right to the producers – those Italians who excel at making very specific culinary delicacies. And who better to guide you to these producers than someone who imports Italian foods into the U.S. DItalia.com, our favorite online Italian food store, is offering two incredible tours this May introducing …

Tourist Calls Police Over 10-Euro Sandwich

10 euros for a panino? Believe it: A British tourist reported a bar in the Sicilian seaside village of Tusa to police after he was handed a bill for 30 euro for three sandwiches, reports Italian news agency ANSA. “We told the cashier there had been a mistake, but he said everything was correct and that we had to settle …