Schedule Information: Dream of Italy Travel Series on PBS

Both seasons of Dream of Italy are currently airing on PBS stations and CreateTV (or you can watch Season 1 here and Season 2 here). The Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special is premiering on PBS stations in August 2019 and on CreateTV in October. Submit your zip code to find out when to watch! (Keep in mind this only …

First Certified Vegan Chianti Wine

Vegan products are in demand around the world and in Italy. Near Siena, Fattoria Casabianca is well on its way to becoming a fully animal-free operation and has just created Italy’s first vegan Chianti wine. All of Casabianca’s wines from the 2014 harvest forward will be certified vegan. Meanwhile, every aspect of the winery from vineyard to cellar will be cruelty-free, down to the packing …

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 …

Tuscany Tours: 2015 Small Group Tours

At Tuscany Tours, we are celebrating our 17th year of offering the most amazing small group tours to Italy’s favorite places!Exquisite venues far off the beaten path. Come join us in Tuscany, Sicily and on the Amalfi Coast for the time of your life! Click here to view our 2015 travel calendar and request your free itinerary. (This is an …

Elba to Celebrate Napoleon Exile Anniversary

The island of Elba is preparing to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s exile to the largest island in the Tuscan archipelago. A series of events including performances, exhibits and re-enactments will make the occasion. The Treaty of Fountainbleau, signed in April of 1814, ended Napoleon’s rule over France and sent him into exile on Elba, 12 miles off the …

A Sweet Photo Spot in Tuscany

Updated 2019. A few years back, our friend photographer Brad Mikel wrote an awesome piece (available to all paid subscribers) on how to photograph Italy. He admitted he’s partial to one spot in Tuscany: OK, time to reveal one of my “secret” locations whenever I’m in Tuscany. It’s not really all that hard to find, but I had to search for …

New Gluten-Free Tour Through Italy

Pizza! Pasta! Pastries! Imagine visiting Italy and being tempted by all kinds of wheat-filled goodness and NOT being able to eat it due to a gluten sensitivity? Traveling to Italy seems impossible for someone who can’t eat gluten (due to celiac disease or a gluten intolerance) but it is actually quite do-able IF you know what you are doing…You might …