Posted by: dreamitalia | February 10, 2010

Early Bird Special! Save $200!

Capri at night

Capri at night

Save $200 on our Spring 2010 Amalfi Coast Tour when you book your space and pay in full by March 31, 20210

Amalfi Coast Tour – May 19-26, 2010

Prices start at $3695 per person

Dream Italia’s Alluring Amalfi Coast Tour is totally unique, and limited to a small group so that we can take you places other tours can’t.

You’ll have 3 nights on the Island of Capri, from where you’ll have a private boat tour around the island, visit the neighboring island of Ischia, or hike the famous walking paths of Capri. See what the day visitors miss on Capri at night.

The next 4 nights you will be based in Positano, the heart and soul of the Amalfi Coast. You’ll get to visit small villages accessible only by sea or foot, visit parts of Pompeii that are not open to the public, explore Sorrento, Amalfi and the Pearl of the Amalfi Coast, Ravello, which has attracted artists, musicians and literary types for decades.

We are celebrating the start of the New Year with a fabulous Early Bird Special. When you book and pay in full for the Amalfi Coast Tour by March 31, 2010, you will save $200 on the tour price! It’s a fantastic deal.

Contact Dream Italia at 303-504-6151 or

All you have to do is get there, and
we take care of the rest.

Posted by: dreamitalia | February 8, 2010

Come to the Amalfi Coast in May with Dream Italia!

For an unforgettable Mediterranean experience, join Dream Italia’s Elena and Elizabeth on the Amalfi Coast May 19-26. We will spend 3 nights on the Island of Capri, visiting the nearby island of Ischia, and 4 nights in Positano, the heart of the Amalfi Coast, with day trips to ancient ruins,  exquisite gardens and romantic cliffside villages. All you have to do is get there (tour begins and ends in Naples), and we will take care of the rest! Registration is open for a maximum of 16. Prices start at $3695 per person. Contact Elizabeth for details at

Isle of Capri


Posted by: dreamitalia | September 1, 2009

Italian for Travelers

Join us for an Italian for Travelers language IMG_4273lesson followed by lunch and wine on the patio at Balistreri Vineyards.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

One of the simple pleasures of visiting Italy is to use a few Italian phrases here and there to communicate with local Italians.
They love it when we try to communicate with them in Italian, and you will be quickly adopted into life in Italy.

Dream Italia , Balistreri Vineyards  and Italian Language Institute  have teamed up to offer you a fun and easy basic conversation lesson centered around food vocabulary to get you ready to dine out in Italy. Native Italian-speaking teacher, Maria Chiacchio, of the Italian Language Institute will provide the lesson, followed by a tasty Italian style lunch with a glass of wine, on the patio at Balistreri Vineyards. You’ll get to practice what you just learned in ordering your food, as well as learn a bit about the culture of Italy, and interact with your class.

 And if you are ready for your trip to Italy, contact Dream Italia, for a fabulous and custom experience with any of our tours. 

 Please join us if you would like to brush up your basic Italian!

 Date:     Saturday, September 12, 2009

                   10:00 AM -11:00 AM – Italian for Travelers Lesson

                   11:00-12:00 PM- practical conversation over lunch and wine

Location:      On the patio at Balistreri Vineyards
                              1946 E. 66th Ave.
                              Denver, CO 80229

                             Tel: 303-287-5156

Purchase Tickets:         $35.00 Reserve now-Seating is limited!

                                                 BY PHONE: Balistreri Vineyards – 303-287-5156

What is included:   

  • Practical basic Italian conversation centered around food vocabulary and how to order food in Italian
  • Glass of Balistreri wine and antipasto style lunch 

Teacher:                Maria Chiacchio of The Italian Language Institute 

 Class Content:

  • Food vocabulary and how to order food in Italian.
  • How Italian people enjoy their food/dinner in Italy; how many courses (aperitivo, antipasti, primo, secondo, contorno, frutta e dolce) and talk a little about this cultural aspect.
  • Quick and easy way to order in a restaurant in Italian
  • Practice in Italian on what you just learned and also interact with the class
  • Questions and answers about the class and or/Italian culture.  

 Further inquiries on Italian   

 Further inquiries on Italian travel:

 Purchase Tickets

 Bring your dancing shoes and join us for our 4th year of live blues performed at Balistreri Vineyards!

Blues at the Vineyard

Blues at the Vineyard

Are you ready to party?

Many of you know that we at Dream Italia help our local public jazz station, jazz89 KUVO, to raise funding through co-sponsoring their Signature jazz event, Blues at the Vineyard.  

Music by Sam Mayfield’s Blues Revue.
Mr. Mayfield will be joined by vocalists, Eugene Haywood & Mr. Wonderful, Jim Ayers-keyboards, Kevin Reed-bass, Scotty Rivera-drums, a horn section, and a special surprise guest!

Purchase Tickets

 The winemakers at Balistreri Vineyards will unveil the 2009 KUVO Signature Wines and host their superb wine tasting. Gourmet delights will be served up by The Pine Catering, Gumbo’s, Dazzle Restaurant, Dream Dinners Wash Park, Brother’s BBQ, Dream Italia and D’s Daily Dish.
It all takes place Saturday, August 8 at Balistreri Vineyards!

Musician: Sam Mayfield Blues Revue!   
Be sure to bring your dancing shoes for the music of the Sam Mayfield Blues Revue!   

Date and time: Saturday, August 8, 2009
                                 6pm to 10pm (Don’t be late!)

Location:          Balistreri Vineyards
                               1946 E. 66th Ave.
                              Denver, CO 80229
                              Tel: 303-287-5156
Wine tasting: Balistreri Vineyard

Gourmet Delights: Gumbo’s, Brothers BBQ, Dazzle Restaurant, The Pines Catering,
Dream Dinners Wash Park, and D’s Daily Dish

Purchase Tickets           Tickets: $55/ $99 for two

Event Information

 Thanks to our sponsors

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Posted by: dreamitalia | May 5, 2009

Wine & Italian Movie Night Coming June 27, 2009

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Wine & Movie Night at Balistreri

Vineyards “Under the Stars”


Join us under the stars for a private screening of the Academy Award winning Italian film, Cinema Paradiso (1988); directed by Giuseppe Tornatore.

Synopsis: A famous film director returns home to a Sicilian village for the first time after almost 30 years. He reminisces about his childhood at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo, the projectionist, first brought about his love of films. He is also reminded of his lost teenage love, Elena, who he had to leave before he left Rome. Written by Graeme Roy (

Sit outdoors (tent provided) and view the film on the big screen.
Enjoy Wine, Wood Fired Pizza, Antipasti, Gourmet Italian Popcorn, and Gelato made with Balistreri Wines.

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2009
Time: 7:30 PM for wine and light movie snacks  9:00 PM Movie Begins
Location: Balistreri Vineyards
1946 E. 66th Avenue
Denver, CO 80229
Tickets: $35 in advance, non-refundable, limited seating
Tickets include: Film showing, movie snacks and a glass of wine.
More Information: Call Balistreri Vineyards at 303-287-5156


This event is presented by: Balistreri Vineyards & Dream Italia Tours

Posted by: dreamitalia | April 22, 2009

In My ‘Spare’ Time

Dream Italia: A Journey of the Heart

Dream Italia: A Journey of the Heart

With the season underway, and my Dream Italia guests already enjoying the Amalfi Coast, Rome and Florence, I find myself inspired to work on my book. I am writing a coffee table book of photos of Italy and personal stories and memories that chart the path of my love affair with Italy. The working title is Dream Italia: A Journey of the Heart.

Posted by: dreamitalia | April 6, 2009

To those affected by the L’Aquila earthquake

L'Aquila, Italy

L'Aquila, Italy

Dream Italia extends our heartfelt condolences and well wishes for everyone touched by the devasting earthquake that hit L’Aquila, the capital of the Abruzzo region, early this morning, approximately 3:00 AM Italy time.  My memories driving through this region play in my heart and mind. We are with you in spirit, and deeply saddened at your loss.

Posted by: dreamitalia | March 25, 2009

Elena loved the USA

Elena and Federico at the Avalanche game

Elena and Federico at the Avalanche game

While Elena and her fiance, Federico, have traveled to many exotic and adventurous locales, one place they had not yet visited was Denver! Normally you can find them diving in the Maldives or exploring Egypt or Mexico during their winter vacation. So Denver was a little bit different…in February! Especially for non-skiers. But we do have the sun and the cobalt blue skies year round!

Some of the highlights were attending a Colorado Avalanche and a Denver Nuggets game. We visited LoDo, Larimer Square,

Elena and Fede at Sushi Den

Elena and Fede at Sushi Den

Cherry Creek, ate at Sushi Den, visited Balistreri Vineyards, went to Boulder and of course went to all the fun places  to shop in Denver. We had a really wonderful party  at our house with lots of fun people attending, many of them past Dream Italia travelers whom Elena hadn’t seen in some years. We celebrated both Federico’s and Elena’s birthdays here.

Elena and Fede in Napa

Elena and Fede in Napa

We also went to San Francisco, Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. Believe it or not, the weather was warmer in Denver than the week we went to California. We toured some vineyards and Elena and Fede had fun seeing the differences in the California vineyards and those in Tuscany. We ate at Chez Panisse while visiting friends in Berkeley, and also visited firiends in the city.

All in all we had so much fun and decided it would be a good idea to also bring Italian people to tour the American West in addition to taking Americans to Italy. We’ll be putting our heads together and exploring those ideas!

Posted by: dreamitalia | February 11, 2009

Elena visits Denver!

Elena in Montefioralle, Tuscany

Elena in Montefioralle, Tuscany

My Italian partner, Elena, arrived in Denver yesterday for her first visit to the USA! She arrived to a small snowstorm, which means our warm springlike weather took a holiday. We are going to take in the fun activites Colorado has to offer in winter, including visitng Balistreri Vineyards, some of Colorado’s microbreweries, the  mountains, Sushi Den, going to a Colorado Avalanche game and lots more. She will get to meet some of the the Dream Italia travelers who have traveled in Tuscany with Elena & me before, as well as new people eager to meet her.

Posted by: dreamitalia | December 23, 2008

Our Holiday Wish to You

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