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March 2014 - Valpolicella Vineyards, Rome Food Tour, Italian Food Rules
Surely, you know that Italians are particular about their food - how they prepare, how they eat it, even how they talk about it. You'll have fun reading about three of the definitive Italian Food Rules. Valpolicella is one of Italy's great wine areas and little-known to foreigners, we give you a game plan for exploring the home of Amarone. And off to Rome for a gourmet shopping tour that takes you . . . read more

February 2014 - Rome Dining, New in Florence, Vesuvius Tour
This issue combines practical reviews and tips along with a look an everyday Italian life. Sam Hilt's essay on the quirks of Italian culture, particularly in relation to health and the weather. Explore three interesting new modern eateries in Rome, take an exclusive tour inside the Vesuvius crater, find out what is new in Florence and visit the newly re-named Palazzo Avino in Ravello. (8 pages) . . . read more

December 2013/January 2014 - Venice with Kids, Bologna
Share the magic of Venice with your children. Our mom/writer takes her kids to Venice and reports back on amazing kid-friendly finds from special tours to places to stay. Bologna - another magnificent destination for the history and the food! . . . read more

November 2013 - Special Report: New Hotels in Italy
We are always covering new hotels in the pages of Dream of Italy, but with an explosion of new places to stay in Italy, we decided to round up some of the latest selections and look ahead to what is opening in 2014. . . . read more


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Italian Food Rules: Pizza, Baccalà and Nutella (March 2014)
In Italy they love making rules . . . and they obey very few . . . except when it comes to food. The Italian Food Rules may as well be carved in marble. They will not change and you violate them at your peril. . . . read more

Italian Food Rule: For Pizza, One Size Fits All in Italy (March 2014)
Italians are not inclined to share food from plate to plate, meaning they don't take tastes, bites, or portions off each other's pasta alle vongole or veal chops. Therefore, there is no practice of ordering an extra-large pizza for four peopl . . . read more

Italian Food Rule: Baccalà Binds and Divides Italy (March 2014)
In the U.S. you can count on finding a burger at every truck stop, small town or major city. In the U.K. the same could be said about fish and chips. In Italy, it's baccalà (salt cod). . . . read more

Italian Food Rule: Italians Don't Snack, They Eat Nutella (March 2014)
Italians stay thin (at least, in the near past), because they follow two of the Italian Food Rules: 1) No eating while walking; and 2) No snacking. But then there is Nutella. . . . read more

Vineyards of the Valpolicella (March 2014)
There's a valley that lies to the north of the city of Verona, separated from the shores of Lake Garda by a mountain. Called the Valpolicella, the name of this area is thought to derive from a Latin and Greek mixture of "valley of the cel . . . read more

Gourmet Shopping Tour in Rome (March 2014)
Romans take their food shopping seriously. Gathering staples and ingredients for the coming days is more of a time-honored ritual of visiting small proprietors than a taxing series of errands. Experience this for yourself on the Rome Gourmet Walkin . . . read more

Three New Hip Eateries in Rome - Including a Truffle Lounge (February 2014)
While traditional Roman dining offers its pleasures, this vibrant, modern city is full of new modern dining experiences including a truffle lounge, an American-inspired spot for bagels and burgers and a Paris-inspired café. . . . read more

Scenes from Italian Life: Colds, Drafts and Germs (February 2014)
Ten years ago, Sam Hilt and his wife Pam Mercer did what so many of us dream of…moved to Tuscany to raise their young children in a simpler culture and started a successful tour business. Their transition hasn't been without hiccups nor plenty of sto . . . read more

Vesuvius: Climbing to (and Inside) the Crater - Exclusive Tour (February 2014)
The private VIP Vesuvius Volcano tour offered a unique experience (one that is only possible with a permit) -- a hike to ascend to the highest point in the crater, a walk around the rim and even the chance to descend a bit into the crater . . . read more

What's New in Florence Italy (February 2014)
There's a new Florence museum opening in April, the Baptistery is undergoing renovations and Florence's most famous market is being moved, at least temporarily. . . . read more

Ravello's Palazzo Sasso Transforms Into Palazzo Avino (February 2014)
Ravello's Palazzo Sasso has been renamed Palazzo Avino, in honor of the family who transformed the 12th century ruin into one of the world's most celebrated luxury hotels. . . . read more

Exploring Venice with Kids (Dec 2013/Jan 2014)
Venice is a magical city and even more magical in the eyes of children. One of our favorite contributors, Rebecca Winke, takes her 9-year-old and 12-year-old to La Serenissima and reports back with some amazing finds including cooking classes . . . read more

Venice with Kids: What to Do, Where to Stay, Where to Eat (Dec 2013/Jan 2014)
All the details from our main story "Exploring Venice with Kids" - family-friendly places to eat and sleep as well as child-friendly tours and a great cooking class for kids. . . . read more

Hit Parade: Tips for Taking the Kids to Venice (Dec 2013/Jan 2014)
Our writer shares specific tips from her family trip to Venice, everything from transportation to souvenirs. . . . read more

Towers and Tortellini: Take a Bite of Bologna (Dec 2013/Jan 2014)
They like to be different, the Bolognesi, and proud of it. Start chatting to a local in a bar and they'll soon trot out the great triple cliché: Bologna is La Dotta (the learned), La Rossa (the red) and La Grassa (t . . . read more

Bologna: What to See, Where to Stay, Where to Eat (Dec 2013/Jan 2014)
When planning your trip to Bologna, consider our recommendations for must-see sites, charming places to stay, dining suggestions from locals and more. . . . read more


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