Editor’s Note: December 2020/January 2021 Dream of Italy Issue

This Editor’s Note originally appeared in the December 2020/January 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here. Dream of Italy. When I came up with this name nearly 19 years ago, little did I know just how well it would age. In this pandemic, we are in …

Podcast Episode #6 – Author Frances Mayes on Moving to Italy

Have you ever thought about packing up, leaving your life as you know it, and moving to Italy? Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun, did just that when she and her husband Ed purchased a villa in the hilltop Tuscan town of Cortona, resulting in a bestselling book and movie! Frances recently joined Kathy in filming the Dream …

Podcast Episode #1: Frances Mayes on Life Under The Tuscan Sun

If you’ve ever thought of chucking it all and buying a little fixer upper in the Tuscan countryside, then author Frances Mayes needs no introduction. She is of course the author of the best-selling book Under the Tuscan Sun which inspired the movie starting Diane Lane. Frances practically invented the dream of moving to Italy either full or part time. …

So You Want to Own and Run a Bed & Breakfast in Italy?

Updated 2018. Jason and Ashley Bartner are American expats living the dream in the Le Marche countryside where they own an agriturismo (organic farm, inn) and cooking school. From the hustle-bustle of life in NYC to organic farmers and inn keepers at the age of 25 years old, their life changed forever! Ten years ago they founded La Tavola Marche …

An American Family in Tuscany

Take one cookbook writer and one artist. Mix well. Add to the Tuscany countryside, and the result? A lovely bed-and-breakfast, and critically acclaimed culinary institute.