Artful Street Fest Brings New Life to Molise Town

Roman street artist Alice Pasquini, who you may remember from Dream of Italy’s Rome episode, is the director of the 2019 CVTA’ Street Fest this June in Civitacampomarano in the little-known region of Molise in southern Italy which is the hometown of Alice’s maternal grandfather. It is the result of a loving partnership between the commune of Civitacampomarano and Alice …

Stunning Renovations at Florence’s Boboli Gardens

Florence is home to some of the most beautiful art works in the entire world. Not all of these masterpieces hang on gallery walls, though. The picturesque yet wild Boboli Gardens have been undergoing renovations, enlargements and changes since the Medici and Lorraine families began curating them in the 16th century. Given that the gardens are at the mercy of …

Book Excerpt: Love in a Tuscan Kitchen by Sheryl Ness

We had the pleasure of hosting author Sheryl Ness at our Book Club to discuss her book Love in a Tuscan Kitchen. You can purchase a copy here, but first enjoy an excerpt: Time is standing still. We are just celebrating the Nuovo Anno (New Year) here in our little village in Italy and it is 2011. On New Year’s Eve in Italy, …

Italian Judaism Museum Now Open in Ferrara

This article originally appeared in the August 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. During World War II, the city prison in Ferrara, a city of about 133,000 between Bologna and Venice, detained Jews who came from Ferrara’s ghetto and who were later sent to concentration camps. Now, that same prison has been converted to Italy’s first museum dedicated to Jewish …

Emporio Italiano USA | Exclusive Italian Products Online

Feeling like a decadent touch of authentic Italian products here in the US? We are thrilled that Emporio Italiano USA is supporting our Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special premiering on PBS stations later this summer. Visit EmporioItaliano.com to find some of Italy’s most distinctive bath & body products, fragrances, specialties, gifts and much more. Here you will find authentic …

New Palazzo Rhinoceros in Rome Combines Art Gallery, Apartments

A combination art gallery–apartment building, Palazzo Rhinoceros,  is the newest cultural hot spot in Rome, designed by Fondazione Alda Fendi—Esperimenti. The organization, which is fashion designer and heiress Alda Fendi’s latest philanthropic project, aims to promote art and culture in the city. Alongside the gallery are 24 apartments designed by Jean Nouvel, a French architect, and Kike Sarasola, a Spanish …

Rome’s Neighborhood Oranges

This article originally appeared in the April 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Money may not grow on trees, but in Italy’s capital, opportunity surely does. If you have ever visited Rome and strolled down its tree-lined streets, you will have seen branches heavy with bitter oranges hanging over city sidewalks and property railings. I’ve often wondered if this fruit was …

April 2019 – Dante’s Wanderings, New in Rome, TV Chef in Umbria

Following in Dante’s Footsteps Dante – author of the Divine Comedy, considered the father of the Italian language. The man and the myth are most often associated with his birthplace of Florence and final resting place of Ravenna. Tuscan scholar Raffaella Cavalieri uses Dante’s life as a travel guide of sorts exploring these two places and those in between where …

Rome’s Holy Stairs Restored, Uncovered For 60 Days Only

It’s been 300 years since the marble stairs of the Scala Sancta, or “Holy Stairs” were exposed to the public. Thanks to a recent restoration funded by the charity Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, visitors to the Holy Stairs, which sit diagonal from Rome’s Archbasilica of St John Lateran, will have a rare opportunity this Easter season …

Great Day Trips from Palermo

Our March 2019 issue is a special report on the city of Palermo by Sicily expert Sarah Murdoch. While the city is worth a few days of exploration, its also great to use as a home base for a longer trip exploring the west of Sicily. Day trips can take you as far as Agrigento, and there are also great sites …