Book Excerpt: Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

We will be joined by author Mark Sullivan on Facebook Live on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 to discuss his book Beneath a Scarlet Sky, an amazing WWII novel, based on a true story. You can purchase a copy here but first enjoy an excerpt: June 9, 1943 Milan, Italy Like all the pharaohs, emperors, and tyrants before him, Il Duce had seen …

Make Spectacular Italian Locations Your Photography Classroom

In his Italy Photography Workshops, Jeff Curto puts more than 30 years of professional photography and college-level photo teaching experience to work leading small (7 person maximum) groups to Tuscany, Umbria, Puglia, Sicily and other great Italian locations. Workshop participants return home with great photographs and unforgettable memories. Jeff says, “I think of these experiences as both cultural and photographic …

Recipe: Baccalà Fritto For Christmas Eve Seafood Dinner

Seafood is essential to the traditional, meatless Christmas Eve (La Vigilia) dinner in Italy. Chef Gianluca D’Esposito is well-known for the mouthwatering uber-fresh seafood dishes he whips up at Ristorante Michel’Angelo on the island of Capri. Chef Gianluca and his wife Holly joined us live for a wonder Italian Christmas Seafood virtual workshop. You can purchase the workshop here and …

Podcast Episode #9: Your Crowdsourced Italian Travel Dreams

  Transcript with Show Notes Embedded: Geri Romeo: I’m Geri Romeo of Miami, Florida. When I dream of Italy, I dream of peeking down an alley on the island of Murano in Venice. “Ciao bella,” calls out a man to me, a beautiful man dressed in an exquisite blue suit. Yes, I know a good suit when I see one. The …

October/November 2020: Photographing Italy, Emilia-Romagna’s Daily Bread

This is our first issue in our new magazine design! Photographing Italy: Seven Expert Tips Professional photographer Jeff Curto, who lives part-time in Cortona, shares simple yet powerful ways to make your photos shine whether you are taking them via iPhone or a camera. Jeff shares tips specific to the most photogenic place we know: Italy! Glamour, Gourmet Food and …

Introducing the New Dream of Italy Coloring Book

Who doesn’t love to color? Well, now you can take a journey to Italy through our very own Dream of Italy coloring book. The perfect gift for the Italophile of any age from 3 to 103…announcing Dream of Italy: A Coloring Book For All Ages! Enjoy 30 scenes of Italy and Italian life each accompanied by fascinating factoids! PRE-ORDER TODAY! Coloring books …

Book Excerpt: The Woman in Red by Diana Giovinazzo

Destiny toys with us all, but Anita Garibaldi is a force to be reckoned with. Forced into marriage at a young age, Anita feels trapped in a union she does not want. But when she meets the leader of the Brazilian resistance, Giuseppe Garibaldi, in 1839, everything changes. We had our book club meeting with author Diana Giovinazzo on Facebook …

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.  We had our book club meeting with author Solace Wales on Facebook …