New Year’s in Venice: San Clemente Palace

Venice seems like the perfect place to ring in 2008. If a New Year’s trip is in your plans, consider the two-night New Year’s Package at Venice’s San Clemente Palace. This package for two people includes: two nights accommodations between December 30th and January 1st an upgrade to the next highest category of room daily buffet breakfast New Year’s Eve …

Looking for Venice Christmas Cards?

Yes, boys and girls, it is just about that time of year…I was in Target this evening, purchasing a Halloween costume. If you must know, it was for me. Apparently, even thirty-somethings go to Halloween parties…Anyway, the aisles just next to the Halloween items were filling with all kinds of Christmas products. Come November 1, the holiday bonanza will be …

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Access to Once-in-a-Lifetime Italian Travel Experiences

We’ve crossed the pond! Last weekend, The London Sunday Times wrote about Dream of Italy, specifically our travel planning off shoot, The Italian Dream Concierge. In “The A-Lister’s Guide to Luxury Travel,” reporter Paul Croughton details how yours truly and other high-end planners can offer you once-in-a-lifetime experiences. He writes, “The bespoke travel arranger has contacts where mere wandering mortals …

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 …

Venice May Be Drowning in Tourism

Would Venice still be one of the world’s hottest tourist attractions if there were no Venetians left in the city? This question is a serious one given the alarming rate of decline in the local population. This article in The Times (London) highlights the urgency of this situation and even illustrates the matter by comparing past and present population statistics: …

New Venetian Vaporetto Stop

On February 1st, a new stop was added to Venice’s Vaporetto Line 1 at the Rialto Market (Rialto/Mercato). The stop will only be open when the market is — weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also beginning this month, new prices went into effect for vaparetto passes. A 60-minute pass now costs 6€, 13€ for a 12-hour pass, 15€ …