Editor’s Note: February/March 2022 Dream of Italy Issue

This Editor’s Note originally appeared in the February/March 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to nearly 190 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here.  As you’ve just read on the facing page, one of our new features, Dream Day in Italy, is just a snippet of something exciting and authentic to experience in Italy. My friend Valerie …

Florence Duomo Museum Exhibits Three Versions of Michelangelo’s Pietà

All three versions of Michelangelo’s Pietà are now on display at the Museo Opera del Duomo in Florence (you might recognize the museum from the Florence episode of Dream of Italy’s PBS TV show). The title of the exhibit, Le Tre Pietà di Michelangelo: Non vi si pensa quanto sangue costa (“We do not think of how much blood it costs”), …

Introducing Dream of Italy Italian Language Note Cards

I often write articles or design products that I wish I could read or use.  And I’ve been looking for some elegant Italian language note cards, so along with my designer Karen, created them myself! This set of 6 note cards/greeting cards with Italian sayings on the front, blank inside and English translation on back. The 5.5″ x 4.25″ cards are printed …

2022 Travel Inspiration From Our Pages

While times may still be chaotic, to say the least, there’s one thing I know for sure: Italy can provide some relief—dreaming, planning, traveling (yes, I hear from Italy travel planners that summer 2022 is booking up faster than ever—pent-up demand). I’m sharing a handful of full articles below from the pages of Dream of Italy to give you some inspiration …

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 …

Editor’s Note: December 2021/January 2022 Dream of Italy Issue

This article originally appeared in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here.  I love introducing our readers to foreigners who have created fascinating lives in Italy! Twin sisters Lisa and Toni Brancatisano are two such people.  Lisa, a trained fashion designer, embodies creativity, …

Dec. 2021/Jan. 2022: Sister Act, Christmas Recipes, Save Venice

Sister Act: From Australia to ItalyTwin sisters Lisa and Toni Brancatisano grew up in Australia with an Italian father who immigrated from Calabria, and an Australian-British mother. Now, they both live in Italy and have made careers out of their creative pursuits. Both give tours, and Lisa paints watercolor prints, including the Florence Duomo at Christmas, which is the cover …

Save Venice: 50 Years of Art Conservation

This article originally appeared in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here.  Though a beloved city of art, Venice has always been in a precarious position when it comes to preserving its treasures. The city simultaneously suffers from the fate of being built as …

Recipe: Actor Joe Mantegna’s Contribution to Your Feast of The Seven Fishes

It is that time of year again, when the Christmas Eve “Feast of the Seven Fishes” is upon us. As you may know, this seafood heavy celebration is much more of a southern Italian and Italian-American tradition than something universally Italian. This year I have a celebrity seafood dish for you to add to your repertoire. As you may know, …