Editor’s Note: June/July 2021 Dream of Italy Issue

This Editor’s Note originally appeared in the June/July 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here.  Our recent issue profiling amazing souls who have made each of their own dream of Italy come true has been one of our most popular issues! So due to the chord …

Join Me As We Dream of Italy: Travel, Transform and Thrive

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. It has been several years in the making, with a pandemic thrown in for good measure, so I’m thrilled to announce that the special, Dream of Italy: Travel, Transform and Thrive, is coming to PBS stations and Create TV in June. My life was changed by just …

Editor’s Note: April/May 2021 Dream of Italy Issue

This Editor’s Note originally appeared in the April/May 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here. What’s it like to see your life’s work and passion culminate in a star-studded TV special and a companion book with a foreword by Frances Mayes? Well, I’m about to find …

Editor’s Note: February/March 2021 Dream of Italy Issue

This Editor’s Note originally appeared in the February/March 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here. While I clearly believe it is important to dream of Italy, I know it is just as important to try to make those dreams come true. For this issue, I profile …

Podcast Episode #9: Your Crowdsourced Italian Travel Dreams

  Transcript with Show Notes Embedded: Geri Romeo: I’m Geri Romeo of Miami, Florida. When I dream of Italy, I dream of peeking down an alley on the island of Murano in Venice. “Ciao bella,” calls out a man to me, a beautiful man dressed in an exquisite blue suit. Yes, I know a good suit when I see one. The …

Letter From Chianti: To Live Again and Be Reborn

Editor’s Note:  Arianna Cini and her husband, Alessio Di Genova, the owners of KM Zero Tours in Chianti, exude the warmth that we simply adore in Italians. I spent an amazing day with the two of them several years ago as they helped me experience Chianti in a way I never had before. There’s a vineyard around ever corner in …

Excerpt From Always Italy by Frances Mayes with Ondine Cohane

Editor’s Note: In a world that has gone mad, let’s close our eyes and dream of Italy. No one writes about Italy the way Frances Mayes does. In the midst of the chaos, she has a stunning new book out from National Geographic – Always Italy – along with her fab travel writer extraordinaire co-author Ondine Cohane. We’re offering a …

Book Excerpt: Return to Glow by Chandi Wyant

In her early forties, Chandi Wyant’s world crumbled in the wake of a divorce and traumatic illness. Determined to embrace life by following her heart, she set out on Italy’s historic pilgrimage route, the Via Francigena, to walk for forty days to Rome. We had our book club with author Chandi Wyant on April 29, 2020 to discuss her book …

What’s New in Italy in 2020: Grand Universe Lucca Opens

Read all of our What’s New in Italy in 2020 coverage The medieval Tuscan town of Lucca will welcome its first luxury hotel in the summer of 2020. Set in a 16th-century palazzo in the historic city center overlooking the Teatro del Giglio and Piazza Napoleone, the Grand Universe Lucca — Autograph Collection (www.granduniverselucca.com; Piazza del Giglio) will feature arts- …

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 …