Sister Act: From Australia to Italy (December 2021/January 2022)

This article originally appeared in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. The stories of how people end up living in Italy—and what they pursue—are fascinating. Twin sisters Lisa and Toni Brancatisano grew up with a Calabrian father and British mother in Melbourne, Australia. Since moving to Italy within a few years of each other in their 20s, …

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Christmas Recipes From Our Family to Yours: Faraona (December 2021/January 2022)

This article originally appeared in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. My sister and I try to incorporate both Italian and Australian-British traditions into our Christmas cooking here in Italy. These two recipes are our mainstays for our family Christmas gatherings Faraona (Guinea Fowl With Chestnut Stuffing) After the pasta course of Christmas lunch or dinner is …

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Christmas Recipes From Our Family to Yours: Tortellini in Brodo (December 2021/January 2022)

This article originally appeared in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. My sister and I try to incorporate both Italian and Australian-British traditions into our Christmas cooking here in Italy. These two recipes are our mainstays for our family Christmas gatherings.  Tortellini in Brodo Tortellini in broth is a classic Christmas recipe, originating in Bologna, although it …

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Ellen Craig: New Life and Love in Umbria (June/July 2021)

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Ellen Craig discovered she was Italian when she was eight years old and working on a school project on her roots. She didn’t know where her grandparents were from but when she found out they were from Italy, she began to dream of her ancestral homeland. As a …

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The Bartners: A New Life on the Farm (February/March 2021)

This article originally appeared in the February/March 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Ashley and Jason Bartner’s love affair with Italy is intertwined with their own love story: As newlyweds, these New Yorkers visited Italy in 2005 and decided to take a leap of faith in starting an agriturismo in a 500-year-old farmhouse in Le Marche. They live in the region …

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Becky Munson: A Dream to Live Tuscan (February/March 2021)

This article originally appeared in the February/March 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. How many people can say that they met at a cocktail party hosted by Frances Mayes at her iconic villa, Bramasole? Well, my friend Becky and I can! We were filming the cocktail party in October 2018 for the Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special for PBS and …

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How to Buy A House Under the Tuscan Sun (August 2019)

This article originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Is it Possible to Have Your Own Home “Under the Tuscan Sun?” The opening line of Under the Tuscan Sun sets the stage for Frances Mayes to explore the dream and document the reality of owning a home in Italy. “I am about to buy a house in …

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Expat Life in Italy: Three Mini Memoirs

This article originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. Those of us who have had the buona fortuna to travel to Italy multiple times — who among us has not once (or twice) had a dream of Italy involving relocation? We all know the Frances Mayes story in Under the Tuscan Sun, but sometimes the …

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Expat Life in Italy: The Three Fs of Italy

This article by Wendy Olsen originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. I awoke a few months after arriving in Milan, finally in my own appartamento.  The muggy morning heat was smothering. I was relishing my 10 minutes lying in bed, encapsulated in my 700-count cotton thread, Missoni sheets. My future mother-in-law had ironed my …

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Expat Life in Italy: Italy Through Chinese Eyes

This article by Suzanne Ma originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. The last few times I traveled to Italy, I ate very little pasta, spoke very little Italian and saw very few Italian people. I spent most of my time with Chinese immigrants, with Chinese shopkeepers in Prato, with Chinese students in Bologna, and …

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