Siena Museum Reopens

The Museum of Santa Maria della Scala, a former hospital in Siena, has opened following renovation, featuring a new segment dedicated to the history of Siena and several ancient silver, gold, and precious stone Byzantine reliquaries. The building opened to the public as a museum in 1995; extensive renovation began in 1998 and has continued in phases since then, with …

Stunning “Sky” Section of Siena Duomo Now Open to Public

For the first time ever and after centuries of renovations, the “sky” section of the beautiful Duomo of Siena will be open to the public on a limited basis through October 27, 2013. Visitors who reserve tickets will be lead by a guide through hidden walkways, indoor and outdoor balconies and spiral staircases. Groups will ascend the two towers that flank …

New Luxury Resort in Tuscany: Castello di Casole

This is an excerpt from the August 2012 issue of Dream of Italy: Timber Resorts, an American company known for high-end ski resorts and fractional ownerships, is behind the sumptuous 5-star Castello di Casole. Casole is much more of an estate than a hotel, featuring 41 suites and 28 farmhouses for rent, fractional ownership or whole ownership. Twenty minutes west …

Christmas Around Italy In Photos: From Bolzano to Puglia

My latest contribution for travel section of The Huffington Post is a slideshow on Christmas in Italy. Click on the photo below to start your journey through age-old holiday traditions in Rome, Milan, Turin, Alto-Aldige, Umbria, Puglia and more…. Learn more in our FREE 35-page Christmas in Italy Guide — filled with Italian Christmas and New Year’s traditions, Italy holiday travel …

Celebrating Easter in Rome

Holy Week (Settimana Santa) in anticipation of Easter (Pasqua) this Sunday is underway in Rome. It will be a rather intense week leading up to Easter and events will be filled with many tourists and devout locals. If you are not put-off by a little overcrowding, Rome will definitely be a rewarding experience. On Holy Thursday (Giovedi Santo) the Pope …

Five Favorite Casual Restaurants in Italy

It is Dream of Italy’s 5th anniversary!And you will see a number of features using the number “5” in the coming months. I’m inaugurating the series this month with “Five Favorite Casual Restaurants in Italy.” I was going to just pick my five favorite restaurants from my travels over the last five years but, although it may sound cliche, it …