Join In The Filming Of Season Two Of Dream of Italy

Kathy is in Italy filming three episodes for Season Two of Dream of Italy on PBS. You can go behind the scenes by following Dream of Italy on Facebook and Instagram. You will see everything from Kathy going up in a crane! next to the Duomo in Florence to her taking a classic car ride (La Dolce Vita-style) in the …

Palermo Street Food: Try Sfincione Palmermitano

The cover story of our April issue was one of our most delicious ever – devoted to Palermo and the savory and sweet street food you can enjoy in the vibrant markets of Sicily’s capital city. Our Sicily expert Allison Scola went in-depth on everything from Pane ca’ meusa (veal spleen sandwich) to cannoli. Here’s an excerpt on the food pictured …

What to Know About Palermo: Italian Capital of Culture 2018

In the April 2017 issue of Dream of Italy, Sicily expert Allison Scola writes extensively about Palermo and its street food. She says not only food, but culture is another big reason to pack your bags and head to Palermo in 2018.  Earlier this year, Italy’s Minister for Cultural Heritage and Art, Dario Franceschini, announced that Palermo will be Italy’s …

Vacation Rental Website Cross-Pollinate For Sale

After 17 years, Steve Brenner and Linda Martinez are selling their vacation rental website, Cross-Pollinate. The couple started Cross-Pollinate in 2000 as a way to manage the requests from guests they couldn’t accommodate in their hostel, The Beehive, in Rome. Over the years, Brenner and Martinez grew the business to include 500 private apartments, B&Bs and guesthouses in eight European …

Cibrèo to Ciblèo: The Fabio Picchi Empire in Florence

This article appears in the March 2017 issue of Dream of Italy. Florence has always been a food-centric town. Classic old school trattorias, new vegan hipster restaurants, tripe-sandwich stands and never-ending cafes fill the city. The menus are often the same almost everywhere, not because of tourism, but rather because Florentines, when they go out, always want the same traditional …

Taste Florence with a Food Tour

This article originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Dream of Italy. What’s your first thought at the mention of Florence? Art? Shopping? Food? Half-day food tours are all the rage these days in cities around the world. Seven years ago, Toni Mazzaglia, an Italian-American expat hailing from North Carolina, started one of Italy’s first such tours and the very …

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 …