Kathy’s Irresistible Invitation to Italy

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Editor’s Note: To have someone write kind words about you and the work you have devoted your life to is a gift. To have those words penned by the poetic and iconic Frances Mayes, well that’s an altogether otherworldly experience. Not only does Frances join me on …

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Susan Gravely: Bringing Italian Craftsmanship Home (February/March 2021)

This article originally appeared in the February/March 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Susan Gravely’s first trip to Italy nearly 40 years ago was filled with serendipity. After arriving on the Amalfi Coast and falling in love with the intricate patterns on their hotel’s dinnerware, Susan, her mom Lee and her sister Frances found themselves struck with passion for the handmade …

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The Women of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Portraits (August/September 2020)

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. Growing up in late 15th-century Florence, Leonardo da Vinci was surrounded by smart, beautiful women. While the young artist was learning from Andrea del Verrocchio, painters were busy depicting upstanding women in profile. In these portraits, the point was not to reveal anything about the woman’s personality, but rather …

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Share Your Dream: Chocolate Spoons and Renaissance Performers (June/July 2020)

This is a longer version of the article that originally appeared in the June/July 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. When I dream of Italy, I dream of… Chocolate Spoons “I would like to purchase a gift for my adoptive Italian family. Will these chocolate spoons do?” I explained in my miserable Italian to the cashier at Caffè Libertà in Florence. “Certo!” She …

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Share Your Dream: A Memorable Sandwich in Florence (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 a sandwich…not just any sandwich but the world’s most delicious sandwich. After our morning tour in Florence wrapped up, my husband Carlo and I, along with our daughter Jessica walked the steamy streets taking in all that Florence had to offer. By …

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There’s Always Italy: A Chat with Frances Mayes (March 2020)

This article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. One of my favorite things to say is, “no matter what, we always have Italy.” I know my friend Frances Mayes feels the same way, even during these impossibly difficult times as we go to press. Frances is a most calming presence both in person and in her prose. Hopefully …

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Florence’s Piazza delle Cure Market Reopens (December 2019/January 2020)

This article originally appeared in the December 2019/January 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and over 170 others! After an almost two-year renovation project, the redesigned market at Piazza delle Cure in Florence has reopened, creating a welcoming area for locals. The covered food market includes 58 stalls selling local produce, meat, cheese and other …

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What’s New in Italy in 2020

This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and over 170 others! A new year brings celebration and renewal, and especially so in Italy, whose calendar in 2020 is chock full of new events to commemorate, participate in and experience. Like the country itself, next year’s agenda will delight …

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Accessibility: What’s New for Mobility Challenged Travelers in Italy (October 2019)

This article originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Italy’s — and, in particular, Rome’s — cobblestone streets and creaking infrastructures have long been looked upon as minefields for the mobility impaired. But attitudes about what’s possible have been shifting, both at the institutional level and on the ground with individual tour operators. Robert Pardi, business development …

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How to Beat Overtourism in Florence: Museums Beyond Classic Art (September 2019)

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. You can find the main article here.  Fondazione Zeffirelli Internationally acclaimed director Franco Zeffirelli had an illustrious career spanning seven decades. He is known for films such as Tea with Mussolini, Hamlet, Jane Eyre and The Taming of the Shrew and for working with Hollywood icons like Elizabeth Taylor …

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