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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Dreaming of Italy Through Atmospheric Paintings

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. The new TV special Dream of Italy: Travel, Transform and Thrive will also be airing on PBS stations as a pledge special to raise funds for public television. Actor Joe Mantegna joins me to co-host these breaks but because of the pandemic, we had to film virtually in private …

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Share Your Dream: Art-Filled Acquapendente (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 dancing in the streets at midnight to the beat of a DJ in the art town of Acquapendente. It’s a special occasion, the first night of the Festa dei Pugnaloni, which are mosaics made only from floors. A Notte Bianca or …

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Share Your Dream: Escape to the Beach in Historic Anzio (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 escaping from Rome to the beach at Anzio, an hour away by train. Once part of Antium, the capital of the Volsci, an ancient tribe from pre-Roman times, it was named by the son of Olympus. The territory was then …

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Share Your Dream: A Book Lead Us to Sutri (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 Sutri, a tiny town near Viterbo in Lazio, that I discovered in the book Pasquale’s Nose by Michael Rips. He wrote it in the piazza here. Sutri is an Etruscan town with rows of tombs lining the hills and a …

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What’s New in Rome: World’s First Saxophone Museum (September 2019)

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. For a novel experience just west of Rome, visit the new saxophone museum this month in the small, coastal town of Maccarese near Fiumicino Airport. The Museo del Saxofono (Saxophone Museum) is the world’s first museum devoted entirely to the woodwind instrument. The museum’s highlight is a variety …

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Recipe: Zia Andreina’s Stuffed Zucchini Recipe (June/July 2019)

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. This recipe is such a family favorite that over the last 50 years, my aunt’s fingers have morphed into the perfect shape to stuff the small Roman zucchini. Her index fingers are slightly twisted and curved and make for the perfect tools. As a kid, I ate …

Masterpieces of Etruscan Art (May 2019)

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Sarcophagus of the Spouses National Etruscan Museum, Villa Giulia, Rome This amazing sarcophagus, the so-called the “Sarcophagus of the Spouses” (sarcofago degli sposi) was discovered during the course of archaeological excavations in 1881 at the Banditaccia necropolis, outside of Cerveteri. The Etruscan Museum at the Villa Giulia in …

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Where to See Etruscan Art: Collections Not to Miss (May 2019)

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. On a recent visit to the National Etruscan Museum in Rome at the height of the tourist season, my kids and I arrived at opening time and had the entire museum to ourselves for nearly an hour. What a treat! Across central Italy lie hundreds of little-visited museums …