How to Plan an Extended Stay or Sabbatical in Italy (October/November 2022)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. An extended stay in Italy leaves room for magic to happen. With time to wander, Italy undoubtedly will amaze you and reveal parts of itself you never could have imagined. Of course, some planning is inescapable for an extended stay abroad, but we encourage you to leave …

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Sabbatical Spotlight: The Henzes Adventure Around the Italian Boot (October/November 2022)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. “If you come to a new country with an unreserved curiosity, things happen that you simply cannot plan and that make the experience even more worthwhile and rewarding,” Gregor Henze shares.  Gregor and Martha Henze of Boulder, CO found themselves enthralled by episodes of Dream of Italy while …

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Resources and Ideas: Adult Study Abroad and More (October/November 2022)

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. If it seems daunting to pack up your life and move to Italy for an extended stay: Tranquilli! There are many resources to help make your dream a reality. If detailed planning isn’t your thing, turn to one of the companies, including a prestigious university, that are offering …

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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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