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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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The Last Gondola Makers of Venice (April 2014)
Today, only about 400 gondola glide through the waterways of Venice, and each year, fewer are turned out by hand. A small group of specialized master boat builders working in historic boatyards now holds the craft--literally--in its hands. . . . read more

Capraia, By Land and Sea (April 2014)
Legend says that when the goddess Venus emerged from the waves of the Tyrrhenian Sea, she dropped her necklace, and those gemstones became the seven islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, one of which is stunning Capraia. . . . read more

Where to Stay and Eat on the Tuscan Island of Capraia (April 2014)
Capraia is an island of just 400 souls but they know how to take care of visitors! Find out where to stay and where to eat (think seafood) when you visit this Tuscan island! . . . read more

7 Quick Tips for A Better Italy Trip (April 2014)
After writing about Italy full-time for nearly 12 years (and helping numerous people plan their trips), I've learned a thing or two about how to make an already good trip a great one. Here are seven tips! . . . read more

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


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