Editor’s Note: June/July 2021 Dream of Italy Issue

This Editor’s Note originally appeared in the June/July 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here

Our recent issue profiling amazing souls who have made each of their own dream of Italy come true has been one of our most popular issues! So due to the chord it struck with readers, I’m bringing you another edition of these stories. The wonderful thing is there is so much practical advice in so many areas to glean from the interviews. 

Even if you’re reading Dream of Italy mostly for travel advice, in this issue you will learn about an authentic travel service in Umbria and some creative tips for sharing the Italian travel experience with your children or grandchildren. 

When I was chatting with Ellen Craig, an American expat now living in Umbria, I was most touched by the fact that she started to teach herself Italian at the age of eight using Berlitz books. I love that. She made a big move to Italy where she found love (our cover features her wedding dress) and started a tourism business. 

Amy Parsons made quite the Covid pivot from university executive to creator of Mozzafiato, an online portal for Italy’s family-run, high-quality beauty brands. She turned a hobby of shopping for beauty products while on vacation into a business that reminds us of some of our favorite travel memories. 

Sarah Centrella is a master life coach who has manifested an incredible life for herself but what has meant the most to her is the ability to fulfill her dream of visiting Italy—and bringing her kids. She shares awesome ideas for how to involve children in every part of an Italian vacation. 

I always welcome your feedback and ideas. Email me at kathy@dreamofitaly.com 

—Kathy McCabe