Crowdfunding Restores Castelvetere’s 500-Year-Old Masterpieces

Castelvetere Sul Calore is a hidden gem of a town in the mountains of Irpinia in the southern region of Campania. It is the ancestral hometown of Dream of Italy host Kathy McCabe and was featured in an episode of the PBS series.  It’s home to about 1,000 people and is called “the terrace on the Irpinian landscape” thanks to …

Members Can See Our New TV Special Before Anyone Else

If you’ve been following Dream of Italy in the past nine months, you know how excited I’ve been about our new TV special for PBS stations and Create TV in the United States – the Dream of Italy: Under the Tuscan Sun Special. Last fall, one of my dreams came true and I traveled to Cortona in Tuscany to see Frances …

Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo to Host 2026 Winter Olympics

A joint 2026 Winter Olympics bid by the cities of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo won the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) vote to host Italy’s third edition of the games, beating the other finalist, Sweden, by a margin of 47 to 34 votes. Italy previously hosted the Winter Olympics in Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1956 and in Torino in 2006. However, this …

Enjoy An Art Trail in Panzano This Summer

This summer, visitors to the town of Panzano, in the Chianti area of Tuscany, can meander along an art trail that leads to four wineries. French sculptor Nathalie Decoster has created more than 30 giant sculptures and three large-format photos for the trail, juxtaposing the modern pieces against nature. The trail starts in the center of Panzano and visits the …

Podcast Episode #1: Frances Mayes on Life Under The Tuscan Sun

If you’ve ever thought of chucking it all and buying a little fixer upper in the Tuscan countryside, then author Frances Mayes needs no introduction. She is of course the author of the best-selling book Under the Tuscan Sun which inspired the movie starting Diane Lane. Frances practically invented the dream of moving to Italy either full or part time. …

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’ …

Taking My Dad to Italy: 20 Tips for Seniors Traveling to Italy

I took my dad to Italy a few weeks ago. If you knew the whole story,  you might say it was a bit of a miracle. I’m the last person who should be surprised. For me, Italy and miracles go hand-in-hand. So if you’re a senior not sure if you can make it to Italy or there’s a senior you …

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler Star in a European Whodunit Filmed in Italy

Italy’s magnificent Lake Como is one of the backdrops for the new Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler movie premiering on Netflix on June 14. Murder Mystery is an “update on the classic whodunit” and it follows the story of married New York couple Audrey and Nick on their long-overdue honeymoon. Audrey is a fan of murder mystery stories and she …

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, …

Who Were the Etruscans?

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. You can also watch a video of our Facebook Live chat with Laura Morelli, PhD who wrote this article and our entire special report on the Etruscans. In about 750 BCE, the people of central Italy had a problem. To their south, ships carrying strange soldiers, merchants, and …