Important Change to 1948 Italian Citizenship Cases

Since Italy offers citizenship jure sanguinis (by right of blood), many of our Dream of Italy readers are pursuing getting their Italian citizenship recognized. Usually this process goes through a U.S. consulate, but in some cases, it’s more complicated. Those whose Italian ancestors were women born before 1948 must file their citizenship application in court in Italy due to a …

Editor’s Note: December 2021/January 2022 Dream of Italy Issue

This article originally appeared in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here.  I love introducing our readers to foreigners who have created fascinating lives in Italy! Twin sisters Lisa and Toni Brancatisano are two such people.  Lisa, a trained fashion designer, embodies creativity, …

Sister Act: From Australia to Italy (December 2021/January 2022)

This article originally appeared in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. The stories of how people end up living in Italy—and what they pursue—are fascinating. Twin sisters Lisa and Toni Brancatisano grew up with a Calabrian father and British mother in Melbourne, Australia. Since moving to Italy within a few years of each other in their 20s, …

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Christmas Recipes From Our Family to Yours: Faraona (December 2021/January 2022)

This article originally appeared in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. My sister and I try to incorporate both Italian and Australian-British traditions into our Christmas cooking here in Italy. These two recipes are our mainstays for our family Christmas gatherings Faraona (Guinea Fowl With Chestnut Stuffing) After the pasta course of Christmas lunch or dinner is …

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Christmas Recipes From Our Family to Yours: Tortellini in Brodo (December 2021/January 2022)

This article originally appeared in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. My sister and I try to incorporate both Italian and Australian-British traditions into our Christmas cooking here in Italy. These two recipes are our mainstays for our family Christmas gatherings.  Tortellini in Brodo Tortellini in broth is a classic Christmas recipe, originating in Bologna, although it …

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Save Venice: 50 Years of Art Conservation

This article originally appeared in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here.  Though a beloved city of art, Venice has always been in a precarious position when it comes to preserving its treasures. The city simultaneously suffers from the fate of being built as …

Recipe: Actor Joe Mantegna’s Contribution to Your Feast of The Seven Fishes

It is that time of year again, when the Christmas Eve “Feast of the Seven Fishes” is upon us. As you may know, this seafood heavy celebration is much more of a southern Italian and Italian-American tradition than something universally Italian. This year I have a celebrity seafood dish for you to add to your repertoire. As you may know, …

Travel, Transform and Thrive Profile From the Book: Mary Gray

This interview originally appeared in the book Dream of Italy: Travel, Transform and Thrive. Not only did we profile Mary Gray, she also was a key contributor to the book, writing more than 80 pages on moving to and living in Italy. We consider her quite the expert on expat Italian life!  Mary Gray was born and raised in Mississippi and originally …

Editor’s Note: October/November 2021 Dream of Italy Issue

This Editor’s Note originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here.  Fall feels magical in Italy. The palette of the countryside transforms into hues of yellow, gold and red. Italians bundle up in their cashmere scarves and signature puffy, quilted coats and enjoy …

What’s New in Italy (October/November 2021)

In the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy, we explore what’s new in Italy. Here are ten new adventures to put on your list in 2022, including Sophia Loren’s new restaurant in Florence—which we’ve made free to non-members.  After more than a year of being closed to travelers, you might expect Italy to be frozen in time upon its …