Excerpt From The Night Portrait: A Novel of WWII & da Vinci’s Italy by Laura Morelli

Our friend Laura Morelli is a Yale-educated art historian and historical novelist. Her latest book, The Night Portrait: A Novel of WWII & da Vinci’s Italy—based on the centuries-long saga of Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with the Ermine—was released September 8th. She also wrote a fantastic article, The Women of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Portraits, which appeared in our August/September 2020 …

August/September 2020: Pantelleria, Da Vinci’s Portraits, Prato

Pantelleria: Unspoiled Paradise  Pantelleria has been described as “The Mediterranean’s Last Great Unspoiled Destination,” “Italy’s Anti-Capri” and “Italy’s Most Fantastically Awesome Island You Didn’t Know About.” We explore this unique and unspoiled ultimate island getaway that lies between Sicily and Tunisia. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Portraits While a young Leonardo da Vinci was learning from Andrea del Verrocchio, painters were busy …

Book Excerpt: Braided in Fire by Solace Wales

Braided in Fire is Solace Wales’ true life search to understand the drama that unfolded between the Italian peasants and African-American infantrymen of the 366th Infantry Regiment  whose lives were lost, or changed irrevocably by a village battle in Tuscany during the Battle of Garfagnana during World War II.  Join Kathy McCabe and author Solace Wales on Facebook Live on October …

Introducing Our New Partnership with Sial Ceramica

Because we are all spending most of our time at home these days, we have partnered with Sial Ceramica to bring you these new, hand-painted Dream of Italy espresso cups. This beautiful piece of Tuscan craftsmanship is the perfect way to continue to Dream of Italy from home. This unique espresso cup is fired in a kiln and then hand-painted in the Sial …

New Products: Keep Calm and Dream of Italy

Keep Calm and Dream of Italy…never have those words meant more! To help remind us to breathe and that we will get to Italy soon, we have designed some fun products with these words. We just launched a Dream of Italy Teespring Store where you can choose all kinds of products, for all age groups, in different colors and sizes to keep …

Cuiline Offers Live In-Home Cooking Classes From Italy

Access Culinary Trips, one of the sponsors of the Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special, has launched their new brand Cuiline, which offers online cooking classes with top chefs from around the world. After the pandemic started, Access Culinary Trips reached out to their network of chefs and created this new brand as a way to help chefs get back to …

Book Excerpt: Blood Washes Blood by Frank Viviano

Join us and author Frank Viviano on Facebook live on September 2, 2020 to discuss his book Blood Washes Blood. You can purchase a copy here but first enjoy an excerpt: In the beginning, before the mystery, there is the killing. Four gun shots at a deserted crossroads. A highwayman in the robes of a monk. A face that he recognizes in …

Share Your Dream: Memories of Stresa

When I dream of Italy, I dream of Stresa. In 1969, the summer of Woodstock, my boyfriend and I hitchhiked around Europe, along with thousands of other backpacking American college kids. We stayed in sleazy, cheap hotels, got robbed while sleeping on a French beach, and fended off pickpockets in the Milan train station. Broke, weary, squabbling, we arbitrarily went to …

Share Your Dream: Baking in Puglia with Luigi (June/July 2020)

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. When I dream of Italy, I dream of making pasticciotto, a pastry with creamy custard filling, in Puglia with a handsome Italian named Luigi. When a nicely dressed, handsome Italian with dark curly locks walks into the room, I smile at how much I never expected the person …

June/July 2020 – Crowdsourced Italian Dreams

I asked. You answered. For so many years, I’ve wanted to publish a crowdsourced issue of Dream of Italy where I ask readers to share their favorite people, places and experiences in Italy. I’ve often said that the Dream of Italy audience is a passionate bunch and they are very well traveled. I know so many of you have been to Italy again and again, always seeking …