01/25/2014 12:52 am ET Updated Mar 26, 2014

5 Cool Italy Travel Trends for 2014

While Italy is always a popular destination for travelers, 2014 is shaping up to be a very special year for travel to la bel paese. I've been reporting on Italy travel full-time for 11 years in my role as editor of Dream of Italy, and this year I've noticed a few new trends that are giving travelers more ways to experience the magic of Italy, from enjoying outdoor adventure to taking Italian genealogy one step further and exploring dual citizenship with Italy.

But first we start with Pope Francis, the man who has made being Catholic cool again and is bringing record numbers of travelers to Rome.

5 Cool Italy Travel Trends for 2014

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