May 2018 – People to Meet in Abruzzo, New Hotels in Italy

The Strong & Kind People of Abruzzo Abruzzo region with a proud pastoral tradition that has seen hardship and poverty due to wars and an isolated geographic position, but whose generous people have emerged with an indomitable spirit of survival and generosity. Meet four of our favorite people: a man who carries the stories of this area, a expert in …

My Mother, My Best Friend, My Zany Italy Travel Partner

You haven’t heard from me in awhile… It is because my mother – whom I have written about before because Italy was “our thing” and who also appears in the Castelvetere episode of season two of Dream of Italy – passed away on April 16th. Though she had cancer, she did miraculously well for several years, buoyed by what her …

Celebrating Peggy Guggenheim in Venice

In 2019, to mark 40 years since the death of its namesake, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice will focus on Guggenheim’s legacy, with several special contemporary art exhibits. Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979), an American art collector and socialite, amassed the bulk of her collection between 1938 and 1946. She was born into the illustrious Guggenheim family: Her uncle was Solomon R. …

You Now Need To Pay To Enter Rome’s Pantheon

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of Dream of Italy Rome’s Pantheon, which was free to enter, has started charging a 2€ entry fee as of May 2. Part of the proceeds will fund maintenance and restoration projects for the monument, which was built in 126 AD and welcomes more than 7 million tourists per year. Religious services …

April 2018 – Moving to Florence, Venice Atelier, New Museums

Discovering a Life of Bella Figura Ever imagined dropping everything and moving to Florence? That’s what Kamin Mohammadi did and she shares her story including falling in love and the unexpected things she learned from the Italian way of life. A great read if you’re thinking of making your own dream into a reality… A Magic Atelier in Venice How …

New Torre-Museo in Ravello on The Amalfi Coast

This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of Dream of Italy. In Ravello, a place already famous for its views, a new vantage point is drawing a lot of attention – and for very good reason. Visitors to mountaintop Ravello will know the beautiful Villa Rufolo gardens and the iconic panorama overlooking the Amalfi Coast. After a lengthy …

March 2018 – Florence Restaurants, Unusual Venice

Dish By Dish: Restaurants of Florence’s Oltrarno Our Florentine culinary expert takes you to the coolest neighborhood in Firenze for a local progressive dinner of sorts – antipasto, primo, secondo, dessert – each at a different restaurant. Great recommendations! Recipe: Tuscan Tiramisu Two special ingredients make this a delicious dessert. Unusual Venice: A Vineyard to Wetlands Did you know there’s …

February 2018 – Season 2 of TV Series, New in Florence, Great Tour Guides

Behind The Scenes of Season 2 of Dream of Italy on PBS Kathy and the crew traveled to Venice, Bologna, Florence, Abruzzo, Basilicata and Castelvetere sul Calore to film season two and she shares tales from the road from the unexpected guest Lucifero (last summer’s heatwave) to what it was like to meet Francis Ford Coppola who appears in the …

Special Thanks to Baird’s Robinson Bickel Group

Season 2 of Dream of Italy on PBS is supported by The Robinson Bickel Group of Baird Private Wealth Management Placing the family’s best interest above all else. True financial planning is comprehensive and ongoing.  We routinely review your assets, liabilities, cash flow to assess your financial picture and make necessary adjustments for anticipated life events. A customized and dynamic …

2018: Year of Italian Food

Italy’s Ministries of Culture and Agriculture have designated 2018 as the Year of Italian Food around the world, and are hosting special events to celebrate. Culture Minister Dario Franceschini says the project is an opportunity to “make a big investment on the image of our country in the world.” First up is a social media campaign focused on classic Italian …