Dream of Italy Season One Marathon on Create TV This Weekend

While you can watch the first season of our PBS series online, there’s no better way to watch than on the TV screen! The season is airing at various times on local PBS stations around the country and also on the PBS-owned channel CreateTV which airs in more than 85% of the United States. Good news, if you would like …

Just Add Love: Five Highlights From Dream of Italy on TV

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2015 issue of Dream of Italy. As you may already know, the first season of the  TV travel series Dream of Italy is currently airing on CreateTV (watch the season one marathon March 25/26) and PBS stations  around the United States.  This subscription newsletter – which I founded in 2002 to bring more …

Crowdfunding Restoration of First Ever “Last Supper” By Nun-Artist

#TheFirstLast campaign aims to restore the first ever The Last Supper painted by Plautilla Nelli, the 16th-century Florentine nun-artist. Her paintings were found in churches and in the homes of many nobles. Yet until about 10 years ago, few had ever heard of her, and she’s still not a household name. Advancing Women Artists Foundation (AWA) is trying to change that. The American …

Last Chance to See Igor Mitoraj Exhibit at Pompeii

Pompeii is hosting a temporary exhibition of 30 massive bronze, plaster, and marble sculptures of mythological creatures through May 1, 2017. The sculptures, imposing classical-style figures that fit right in among the ancient ruins, are the works of Polish artist Igor Mitoraj, whose last wish before his death in 2014 was to have his work displayed at Pompeii. Like ancient …

Have We Found The Best Ragú in Naples?

We have discovered the best ragú in Naples. Given the significance of ragú in Italian culture this is an incredibly bold statement and we know it! But we are telling you here first, before some celebrity chef discovers it and puts it on the map! That’s why Dream of Italy membership has its privileges – to get in on the …

A Family Adventure at Carnevale in Venice

Our capes cast a shadow on the cobblestone streets as the sun set behind on us the Grand Canal in Venice. I felt for a moment as if I’d stepped back in time (like in Starz’ fabulous Outlander historical time travel series). Was it 2017 or two hundred years earlier as I looked at my daughter in a laced hoop …

What’s Newly Renovated and Restored in Pompeii

This article appears in the February 2017 issue of Dream of Italy. The ancient city of Pompeii has seemingly been undergoing restoration since it was discovered in the 1700s, and the newest restorations include two homes and a brothel. Both homes – Casa Obelius Firmus and Casa Marcus Lucretius Fronto – were lavishly decorated with frescoes and paintings, and have …

Catch Ferrante Fever on This Naples Tour

In recent years, Italian novelist Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet has swept through the literary landscape like wildfire. The four books (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay and The Story of the Lost Child) chronicle the friendship between two post-World War II girls named Lila and Lenù as they navigate late-20th-century …

So You Want to Own and Run A Bed & Breakfast in Italy?

Jason and Ashley Bartner are American expats living the dream in the Le Marche countryside where they own an agriturismo (organic farm, inn) and cooking school. From the hustle-bustle of life in NYC to organic farmers and inn keepers at the age of 25 years old, their life changed forever! Ten years ago they founded La Tavola Marche and have …

Italy Travel Mistake: Not Drinking From Public Fountains, Especially in Rome

This is an excerpt from our ebook 31 Mistakes Not to Make When You Travel to Italy – free when you become a member of the Dream of Italy website/award-winning print newsletter! All of those public fountains in Italy aren’t just for decoration – the locals drink from them, and you can too. Rome has more than 2,500 fountains around the …