Recipe: Hot Chocolate Love Cake (Tortino di Cioccolato)

The first author in our Dream of Italy Book Club is Sheryl Ness. Her book, Love in a Tuscan Kitchen: Savoring Life through the Romance, Recipes, and Traditions of Italy is a real life fairy-tale and it all started with a tortino di cioccolato- a hot chocolate cake. Read about the magic of this chocolate cake and see the recipe to make it for …

What’s New in Italy in 2019

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and 160 others! There’s a saying that comes to mind when we think of Italy: “Everything old is new again.” Italy may be known for ancient ruins but its also a country of innovation and rediscovery. So indeed, there’s always something new in …

Star of Summer 2019: Bocelli To Perform Twice at Teatro Del Silenzio

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main What’s New in 2019 article here. Lajatico, in the Tuscan province of Pisa, is the home of the annual Teatro Del Silenzio. The city’s star son, Andrea Bocelli, acts as the protagonist of the show and his booming voice echoes throughout the theater and his native town. The amphitheater …

Farewell to the Signora of Saffron

We were saddened to hear of the December 2018 passing of Gina Sarra, whom we featured in our May 2018 issue. Signora Sarra is remembered as someone who held high the traditions of cultivating saffron and treated the “red gold” with great respect. She was and is a symbol of hope for the future of saffron production in the Navelli plateau of Abruzzo. An …

Piedmont Named Top Region to Visit in 2019

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main What’s New in 2019 article here. Of course, Lonely Planet is a big name in the travel game. People the world over trust their guidebooks and website when planning vacations in hundreds of countries. So, when the travel giants recommend a region to visit it is best to heed their advice. …

Michelangelo’s Crouching Boy Visits Rome

For the first time, Michelangelo’s ”Crouching Boy” is visiting Rome on loan from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Crouching Boy’s visit is the fruit of an on-going collaboration between the Hermitage Museum and the Fondazione Alda Fendi.  If the name of the foundation rings a bell, that may be because Alda is the youngest child of Edoardo Fendi and Adele Casagrande, the creators …

Receive Your Copy of the New Book Love In A Tuscan Kitchen

So many of you have taken the journey to Italy or dream of taking the journey. Your bonus for joining Dream of Italy this season (or renewing or giving a gift membership) includes a beautiful love story about a woman in her early 40s who decided she needed to discover more of what life had to offer and had a …

Give The Gift of Italy

Gift Memberships with Tuscany Bonuses As many of you know, I recently returned from Tuscany where I fulfilled the dream of lifetime and filmed a special for PBS with Frances Mayes in Cortona.  So that inspired me to create a kick-butt holiday gift membership package  with immediate online access to 160 back issues of Dream of Italy and these 3 Tuscany bonuses: [Not familiar with …

What’s New in Italy in 2019 – Venice Art Biennale (November 2018)

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main What’s New in 2019 article here. The 58th International Art Exhibition at the Biennale di Venezia will take place from May 11 to November 24, 2019, at the Central Pavillion (called Giardini) and the Arsenale, as well as other venues around Venice. The title of the 2019 exhibition is …

Thanks to Our Sponsor Pysanky by Basia

Our season 2 PBS series sponsor Pysanky by Basia supports the exploration and celebration of cultures worldwide, including founder Basia Andrusko’s native Ukrainian culture. Basia learned and fell in love with the tradition of writing Pysanky Ukrainian Easter eggs at an early age and has recently grown it into other, less traditional forms. She now not only creates decorative eggs but …