Take one cookbook writer and one artist. Mix well. Add to the Tuscany countryside, and the result? A lovely bed-and-breakfast, and critically acclaimed culinary institute.
Past the scenic porto turistico in Marsala, it a zone inhabited by the great old wineries of this ancient Phoenician trading city. Donnafugata is located here, a family owned winery that is the vanguard of a movement to transform the making and marketing of Sicilian wines.
Need a way to be close to Italy this summer...in spirit? Or better yet, planning a trip a need a good read to bring along? We've got you covered. We are proud to report that every book on this list is worthy of the attention of Dream of Italy readers.
The opening of Monastero Santa Rosa as an ultra-luxury hotel might be the biggest thing to happen in this seaside village since Conca was sacked by Turkish pirates in 1543.
There have been a number of new openings and restorations in Torino since the 2006 Winter Olympics. Most notable: the world's largest food and wine store, Eataly.
Dream of Italy picks the brain of Italian culinary specialist and author of several Italian cookbooks, Faith Willinger, to find out about her favorite Italian ingredients and her weekly Market to Table cooking classes held in Florence.
Tour an artisanal pasta producer, considered to make Italy's best pasta. Visit a small, woman-run vineyard outside San Miniato, specializing in vin santo and spumante. Meet a young butcher who marries his love of meat with the arts and community.
I am in Modena, of course, renowned for traditionally made balsamic vinegar. At the epicenter of Emilia-Romagna, Modena lies between Bologna and Parma on the Via Emilia, the road that has cut a north-south swath through Italy since Roman times.
Have your heart set on shopping in Florence? Are you a shoe fanatic? So are we. Read on to get our tips on what to do, where to go and what to bring back home with you.
So what has author Frances Mayes been up to see when last talked to her? Is she still spending time at Bramasole, the villa she made famous in Under The Tuscan Sun? We talk to her about cooking, olive oil and her beloved Tuscany.