Experience Mona Lisa’s Florence

When I heard that author Dianne Hales (who has previously written for Dream of Italy) had a new book out about Mona Lisa, I immediately contacted her to find out if she could write a related travel article for us. Her article on Mona Lisa’s Florence will be in our October issue. It turns out Dianne is also developing a walking tour around …

Bucket List Must: The Olive Harvest Adventure

Drizzle freshly pressed, fruity olive oil on rustic bread grilled over a wood fire. Eat greedily… then smile. Simple. Sublime. And only available a few short weeks. The Olive Harvest Adventure celebrates Italy’s Liquid Gold for 7 glorious days in Umbria: outrageously delicious food, charming villages, historic festivals and more. October 21-28, 2014 From $2695 The Passionate Olive     …

Spotlight on Sicily with Italian Connection

Experience Sicily from the inside and take advantage of Italian Connection’s offer for Dream of Italy readers: Save $100 per person Enjoy a complimentary stay in a 4-star hotel the night before your tour Get in the mood with a bottle of extra virgin Sicilian olive oil, delivered to your home Offer valid for sign-ups by May 30, 2014 on the …

Dreaming of April in Tuscany?

Dream of Italy contributors Sharon and Walter Sanders have only two openings available for their intimate Celebration of the Senses Tuscany Tour, April 5 to 12, 2014. If a trip to Tuscany is on your bucket list, now is the time to make it happen. “We met, fell in love, lived, worked, and married in Tuscany so even though we’re …

Matta Small Group Language & Cultural Trips to Italy

Travel with Melissa “la studentessa matta” to Tuscany in 2014!   Dive into the language & culture.   Lucca: June 1 -12, 2014   Arezzo: Aug 23 – 30, 2014 My Italian partners & I create a unique learning experience, one that delights your senses, inspires adventure & accelerates Italian language skills.   Study, Cook, Wine Taste, Sample Local Culture …

Visit The Famous Cinque Terre on The Italian Riviera

Your golden opportunity only happens once a year. We take just 12 lucky women. Get spoiled rotten with:  A personal trainer   Shopping trip with a personal shopper A deluxe wine tasting Two cooking classes  A room with expansive views I’ve lived in the Cinque Terre and promise you an insider experience.  Click here to see more — Bianca Gignac, The Italian …

Introducing Tuscan Film School

Looking for an outside-the-box Italy trip this spring? Ready to unleash your inner filmmaker? Our friend Dakkan Abbe is hosting a week-long Tuscan Film School at the stunning Spannochia estate May 11 to 18, 2013.  We know Dakkan as the producer of the exquisite PBS documentary Inside The Tuscan Hills. I know many of our readers have enjoyed Dakkan’s work. …

Cucina Povera in Tuscany with Cookbook Author Pamela Sheldon Johns

Cucina Povera in TuscanyMay 3-10,  2012 From the mountains to the rolling hills to the seaside… Learn about Tuscany’s traditional rustic dishes of the past. Details: http://foodartisans.com/workshops/cucina-povera-tuscany.html Victory gardens of wartime Florence Peasant farmers & foragers: Artimino & Lucca Apennines Tuscan coast: Pietrasanta, Viareggio, Livorno, Grosseto Tuscan archipelago island of Capraia Southern Tuscany: Maremma and Pitigliano At home in Montepulciano …