Researching Your Italian Roots and Reclaiming Citizenship

In the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, I was honored to be able to discover my Italian genealogy along with my mother in our hometown of Castelvetere sul Calore. These memories were made all the more precious with the passing of my mother earlier this year. Italy has many wonderful archives that are rich in historical treasures that can …

October 2018 – Insider’s Siena, Rome Art Restoration

The Insider’s Guide to Siena Siena – the home of a stunning Duomo and Italy’s most famous horse race – is a must for any visitor to Tuscany. Our insider’s guide starts with a walking tour of the best sites and takes you to where to eat and where to shop. We recommend the best culinary experiences and tour guides …

Mysterious Banksy Comes to Florence

Banksy is perhaps the most enigmatic figure of today’s art scene and while we don’t know what the artist looks like or Banksy’s true identity, we can now get a peek into his (or her) artistic message at Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence.The exhibit BANKSY- This is not a photo opportunity is on from October 19 to February 24 and …

September 2018 – Lucca Artisans, Rome’s Garbatella Neighborhood

The Artisans of Lucca  Tuscan artistry is alive and well in the walled town of Lucca. We meet four artisans who specialize in book printing, violin making, textile weaving and antique restoration. Visiting any of the their shops and watching these masters at work will enhance your appreciation for Italian craftsmanship! Rome’s Garbatella Neighborhood For a taste of the real …

Celebrating Florentine Women Artists of The Early 20th Century

In a world traditionally dominated by men, the Fondazione CR Firenze and Advancing Women Artists (AWA) are shining a light on the significant contributions women made to the art world in the first half of the 20th century. Through November 18,  2018 ‘ARTISTE: Women Artists Firenze 1900-1950‘ will be open to the public as a part of the Heritage of Women Festival. Two artists, …

Dream of Italy Bike Tour Sweepstakes with ExperiencePlus!

Dream of Italy and ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours offer you the chance to win a cycling tour of Italy for two! Eight days cycling from Venice to Florence enjoying the gorgeous Emilia-Romagna countryside along the way. Prize is for two people. Easy riding level so most travelers can handle the pace. Amazing culinary experiences at farms, vineyards, restaurants. Beautiful accommodations. Wonderful local guides who will make you feel like family! Value: $7,990 (Airfare not included) …

Q+A on Biking in Italy with Maria Elena Price of ExperiencePlus!

We are excited to announce that Dream of Italy is holding a sweepstakes from in collaboration with ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours that could win you and a guest an 8-day cycling tour of Italy! From Venice to Florence with expert guides and great accommodations, this easy-level bicycle tour will take you to magnificent spots including family farms, traditional restaurants and to see …

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Have you seen at least one episode of our TV show Dream of Italy? Do you want to help us improve the show? Do you want to help our sponsors bring you travel options and Italian products? Do you want the chance to win one of 10 digital Dream of Italy memberships? Then take just a few minutes and fill …

Bell & Shivas Supports Dream of Italy: Season 2

We were thrilled to have the support of Bell & Shivas, P. C. is a full-service law firm located in Rockaway Township in historic Morris County, New Jersey supporting of season 2 of Dream of Italy on PBS. Thanks Joe! Bell & Shivas offers a unique blend of big firm experience and small firm service.  The firm’s founder, Joseph J. Bell, …

Da Cesare: Roman Trattoria in a Green Garden

This is an excerpt of an article originally appeared in the August 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the full main article here. Tucked away in the Monteverde neighborhood of Rome, close to the gates of the spacious Villa Pamphili park, sits Da Cesare al Casaletto. If you didn’t know to look for this gem of a trattoria, you would …