Dream Day in Italy: Flight of the Angel Zipline (February/March 2022)

This article originally appeared in the February/March 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. I’ve had many incredible experiences and breathless adventures here in Italy, but by far the most thrilling and adrenaline pumping was getting strapped into a harness and rocketing across a 1,200-foot-deep gorge at 75 miles an hour. Truly the “flight of the angel,” as it is called.  …

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The Small But Essential Pleasures of Italy (October/November 2021)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2021 issue of Dream of Italy.  For me, dreaming of Italy—which is all I have done since my last visit there in October 2019—might not be what you would expect. Yes, there is the sublime cuisine and superb wine, but I write Italian cookbooks and can make dishes at home that remind me of la …

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Rediscovering My Grandmother’s Recipes (April/May 2021)

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. In the new TV special, Dream of Italy: Travel, Transform and Thrive, I revisit my attempt to claim Italian citizenship jure sanguinis, by blood. In our Castelvetere sul Calore episode in season two, I explored how I could get citizenship through my maternal grandfather and his ancestors, …

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Recipe: Minestra e Pizza From Campania (June/July 2019)

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Nothing in this world tastes more like my nonna’s kitchen than Minestra e Pizza, a staple dish of Castelvetere sul Calore in the mountains of Irpinia in Campania. The dish is made of vegetables like wild greens or swiss chard or dandelion greens; whatever is available at …

Sweet 16 Experiences in Italy

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. See the full Dream of Italy’s: 16th Anniversary Favorites article here. Truffle Hunting (Piedmont) One of the world’s most sought-after delicacies is the divine and expensive white truffle and most would agree the very best come from a corner of Piedmont. One of our favorite Italian experiences is …

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Dream of Italy’s 16th Anniversary Favorites

This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and 160 others! It is hard to believe that 16 years have flown by since I founded Dream of Italy. Our little publication has covered the boot from top to bottom with more than a thousand pages on every corner of our favorite …

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What’s New in Italy in 2019

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and 160 others! There’s a saying that comes to mind when we think of Italy: “Everything old is new again.” Italy may be known for ancient ruins but its also a country of innovation and rediscovery. So indeed, there’s always something new in …

What’s New in Italy in 2019 – Escher a Napoli (November 2018)

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main What’s New in 2019 article here. The Escher exhibit has been travelling for the past few years and has attracted a record number of visitors at most of its stops. Naples’ Palazzo delle Arti Napoli (PAN) is currently serving as the exhibit’s temporary home, and about 200 works are …

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What’s New in Italy in 2019 – European Wine City (November 2018)

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main What’s New in 2019 article here. The Sannio Falenghina territory in Campania, including the towns of Guardia Sanframondi, Castelvenere, Sant’Agata de’ Goti, Torrecuso and Solopaca has been given the prestigious title of European Wine City 2019 by RECEVIN, the European Network of Wine Cities. These municipalities, all in the …

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Behind the Scenes: Season 2 of Dream of Italy on PBS (February 2018)

This article originally appeared in the February 2018 issue of Dream of Italy.  A new season of the TV travel series Dream of Italy is now airing on PBS (and available to watch at www.dreamofitaly.com) and this time my Italian adventures are deeply personal. 2017 was an intense year planning, filming and editing the six episodes that will continue to …

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