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 …

Join Me As We Dream of Italy: Travel, Transform and Thrive

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. It has been several years in the making, with a pandemic thrown in for good measure, so I’m thrilled to announce that the special, Dream of Italy: Travel, Transform and Thrive, is coming to PBS stations and Create TV in June. My life was changed by just …

Editor’s Note: April/May 2021 Dream of Italy Issue

This Editor’s Note originally appeared in the April/May 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here. What’s it like to see your life’s work and passion culminate in a star-studded TV special and a companion book with a foreword by Frances Mayes? Well, I’m about to find …

New Archive Shares Thousands of Italian Immigrant Stories

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched an project called I Diari Raccontano- Italiani all’estero  which translates to “Diaries Recount – Italians Abroad.”  The dense archive holds immigrants’ tales about leaving their beloved Italy behind. The website is based on an interactive map on which users can click on different orbs and delve into a thousand stories of immigrants’ …

A Book That Celebrates Fathers, Daughters, Miracles and Italy

In honor of Father’s Day, I want to tell you about a book that I have enjoyed and that my own father is currently reading! An unforgettable story based on true events, My Father’s Last Meatballs, A Heavenly Entrée, is a tale of family, love, loss and miracles. This non-fiction book is a compelling story brimming with great ingredients: moxie, …

A Poem From Castelvetere: The American in Castelvetere

For the Castelvetere sul Calore episode of my PBS travel series, I returned to my ancestral hometown 22 years after my mother and I had first laid eyes on it and more than 100 years after my great-grandfather left Castelvetere for America. That day my mother and I arrived in July 1995, we met our distant cousin Livio Nargi, historian, …