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, …

Dream of Italy Gifts Your Loves Ones Will Love This Holiday Season

It is Cyber Monday so I am here to tell you about all that Dream of Italy has to offer to the Italophiles on your list. Here is a quick cheat sheet of our great gifts: Dream of Italy Gift Membership (Print or Print/Digital) with Bonus Watercolor Print Get a Membership and Bonus Print For Yourself New Book: Dream of …

Travel, Transform and Thrive Profile From the Book: Mary Gray

This interview originally appeared in the book Dream of Italy: Travel, Transform and Thrive. Not only did we profile Mary Gray, she also was a key contributor to the book, writing more than 80 pages on moving to and living in Italy. We consider her quite the expert on expat Italian life!  Mary Gray was born and raised in Mississippi and originally …

Holiday Shopping Bonus: Dream of Italy PBS Special Recipe Booklet!

If you do some holiday shopping with Dream of Italy this season – whether for yourself or for gifts – we would love to give you a copy of the Dream of Italy: Travel, Transform and Thrive Special Recipe Booklet. You may have seen it on PBS. It is filled with authentic Italian and Italian-American dishes from those who appear …

Editor’s Note: October/November 2021 Dream of Italy Issue

This Editor’s Note originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here.  Fall feels magical in Italy. The palette of the countryside transforms into hues of yellow, gold and red. Italians bundle up in their cashmere scarves and signature puffy, quilted coats and enjoy …