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

We had our book club meeting with author Frank Viviano on September 2, 2020 to discuss his book Blood Washes Blood. You can view the full video below:   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 …

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 …

Letter From Rome: Piccolo Pleasures Post-Lockdown

Editor’s Note: Lisa Tucci has been living in Italy for 30 years. She boasts that she’s been to every piazza and practically every church across the boot, having produced audio and video guides for some of Italy’s most prestigious places, from Agrigento to Bolzano. A proponent of Slow Travel, she now helps families and school groups find just the right way …

The Story of A Little, Lucky Capri Bell That Gave Me Life

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. If you’re not a member, join today to access the entire special report on Capri.  The legend of the bell of San Michele (Saint Michael) holds a storied place in the history of Capri. And one of these bells might just be a big reason I am here …

April/May 2020 – Special Report: Capri

As the world faces a great challenge, we wanted to take you a dreamy and beautiful place – Capri – thanks to our guest editor Laura Thayer. We usually publish two combined issues per year and this is one of them. Capri: A Place of Dreams If everything ever written about Capri could be put together, one theme would emerge. …