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, …

A Poem From Castelvetere: Magnificent Woman

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, …

Finding My Italian Family in Castelvetere sul Calore

I always knew I wanted to tell the story of Castelvetere sul Calore, my ancestral hometown in the Avellino province of Campania. When my mother and I first rediscovered the town 23 years ago, who could have imagined that our story would turn into an episode of my own PBS travel series Dream of Italy! If you haven’t seen the …

Dreams & Miracles in Castelvetere: Dream of Italy Episode

Update: My beautiful mother passed away on April 16, 2018. You can see her with me in the Castelvetere episode of Dream of Italy on PBS. My dream of Italy started here… Castelvetere sul Calore For my family, Castelvetere has always been a place of miracles and mystery Those are the first three lines of the upcoming Dream of Italy …

Italian Genealogy: Family Naming Pattern

Updated 2019. In Dream of Italy’s recent special report on Italian ancestry & citizenship (available instantly to DOI subscribers), we detailed the steps to take to trace your family tree in Italy. Names, of course, are a key part of the detective work. In our special report, we talked about surnames, or family names, but understanding the way Italian families …

One Reason Some Americans Are Pursuing Italian Citizenship

Updated 2019. In Dream of Italy’s recent special report on Italian ancestry & citizenship (available instantly to DOI subscribers), we detailed the process of applying for Italian citizenship through ancestry and the advantages of having an Italian passport. Americans applying for recognition of their Italian citizenship has been growing in recent years and one of the reasons might surprise you: …

Are You Eligible for Italian Citizenship?

The National Italian American Foundation and the Italian Embassy now offer an free online dual citizenship questionnaire to help people find out whether they can qualify for Italian citizenship. I myself filled it out today. The questions cover whether you were born in Italy, born after January 1, 1948 and whether any of your parents or grandparents were born in …