Podcast Episode #1: Frances Mayes on Life Under The Tuscan Sun

If you’ve ever thought of chucking it all and buying a little fixer upper in the Tuscan countryside, then author Frances Mayes needs no introduction. She is of course the author of the best-selling book Under the Tuscan Sun which inspired the movie starting Diane Lane. Frances practically invented the dream of moving to Italy either full or part time. …

New Archive Shares Thousands of Italian Immigrant Stories

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched an project called I Diari Raccontano- Italiani all’estero  which translates to “Diaries Recount – Italians Abroad.”  The dense archive holds immigrants’ tales about leaving their beloved Italy behind. The website is based on an interactive map on which users can click on different orbs and delve into a thousand stories of immigrants’ …

Taking My Dad to Italy: 20 Tips for Seniors Traveling to Italy

I took my dad to Italy a few weeks ago. If you knew the whole story,  you might say it was a bit of a miracle. I’m the last person who should be surprised. For me, Italy and miracles go hand-in-hand. So if you’re a senior not sure if you can make it to Italy or there’s a senior you …

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler Star in a European Whodunit Filmed in Italy

Italy’s magnificent Lake Como is one of the backdrops for the new Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler movie premiering on Netflix on June 14. Murder Mystery is an “update on the classic whodunit” and it follows the story of married New York couple Audrey and Nick on their long-overdue honeymoon. Audrey is a fan of murder mystery stories and she …

A Book That Celebrates Fathers, Daughters, Miracles and Italy

In honor of Father’s Day, I want to tell you about a book that I have enjoyed and that my own father is currently reading! An unforgettable story based on true events, My Father’s Last Meatballs, A Heavenly Entrée, is a tale of family, love, loss and miracles. This non-fiction book is a compelling story brimming with great ingredients: moxie, …

Book Excerpt: See You In The Piazza by Frances Mayes

We had the pleasure of hosting author Frances Mayes at our Book Club to discuss her book See You In The Piazza.  Frances is featured in the new Dream of Italy Tuscan Sun Special. You can purchase a copy here, but first enjoy an excerpt: The waiter slides toward me a clear little glass layered with cream, chocolate, and coffee. Sip the layers …

Who Were the Etruscans?

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. You can also watch a video of our Facebook Live chat with Laura Morelli, PhD who wrote this article and our entire special report on the Etruscans. In about 750 BCE, the people of central Italy had a problem. To their south, ships carrying strange soldiers, merchants, and …

May 2019 – Special Report: The Etruscans

Our guest editor for this issue is art historian Laura Morelli, Phd Who Were The Etruscans? Countless books, courses, and documentaries center around the theme of the “mysterious Etruscans.” Historians have fueled this concept of the Etruscans as somehow difficult to understand or interpret. The truth is that we know a lot about the Etruscans—even more than we know about …

Podcast Intro Episode: Kathy McCabe on Why I Dream of Italy

You might know Italy travel expert Kathy McCabe from her PBS TV travel series Dream of Italy as well as the award-winning travel publication and membership website Dream of Italy that she founded in 2002. Now Kathy is launching this new podcast to help feed all of our Italian dreams – whether we are dreaming of moving to Italy or …

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 …