Give Prato A Go (August/September 2020)

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. Iris Origo’s 1957 work The Merchant of Prato: Daily Life in a Medieval Italian City at times paints a rather bleak picture of the townspeople. Early in the text, scholar-biographer Origo quotes an unknown 14th-century Pratese gentleman’s reflective writings upon returning from time spent in Padua and Ferrara: I …

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Share Your Dream: A Heavenly Tuscan Guest House (August/September 2020)

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. When I dream of Italy I dream of being lifted, as if on wings, to the Fonte Martino Guest House and Estate, nestled in the Tuscan countryside of Montepulciano. Floating up a winding path between cypress trees that pierce through ethereal clouds to touch the blue sky, I arrive at …

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Share Your Dream: Soul Knowing in an Olive Grove (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 the soul knowing that happens on a warm September day, late afternoon. Bright sun, light breeze, San Gimignano rising on the hill like a beacon from the valley below. Cypress trees line our view, framing the city on the hill …

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Share Your Dream: The Castle and Gardens of San Giovanni d’Asso (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 San Giovanni d’Asso. For those who love to cook, stroll gardens, and enjoy history, this needs to be a stop on your next trip to Tuscany. There’s a castle here that dates back to the 1500s which occupies most of the …

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There’s Always Italy: A Chat with Frances Mayes (March 2020)

This article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. One of my favorite things to say is, “no matter what, we always have Italy.” I know my friend Frances Mayes feels the same way, even during these impossibly difficult times as we go to press. Frances is a most calming presence both in person and in her prose. Hopefully …

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Livorno: Grit and Elegance Worth A Visit

This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. You won’t see the Tuscan port city of Livorno topping many “best of Italy” lists—and that might be precisely why it’s worth visiting. It would be tempting to call the city’s appeal a combination of Naples-style grit and Pietrasanta-esque elegance; while that’s not far off, it’s a gross oversimplification. No …

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What’s New in Italy in 2020

This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Join to access the entire issue and over 170 others! A new year brings celebration and renewal, and especially so in Italy, whose calendar in 2020 is chock full of new events to commemorate, participate in and experience. Like the country itself, next year’s agenda will delight …

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People to Know in Cortona: Vittoria Camorri of I Pagliai (August 2019)

This article originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. When it comes to showcasing regional food and wine, Vittorio Camorri has become a one-man Chamber of Commerce for Cortona in particular and Tuscany in general. Vittorio grew up in Cortona, and now operates an agriturismo in what was once his family’s 17th-century farmhouse, at the foot of Cortona’s …

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People to Know in Cortona: Emiliano Rossi of Osteria del Teatro (August 2019)

This article originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Many Tuscan cooks – in their homes and their restaurants – are passionately committed to slow food that highlights local, seasonal cuisine, not so much because it’s a movement of the moment, but because it’s a way of life. Chef Emiliano Rossi of Osteria del Teatro– just north …

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People to Know in Cortona: Marco Molesini of Enoteca Molesini (August 2019)

This article originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. Continuing along Via Nazionale leads to Piazza della Repubblica, the vibrant heart of Cortona. It’s framed by the massive stairs of the 12th-century Palazzo del Comune on one side and the 13th-century Loggia della Pescheria on the other side. Frances has called this piazza “the living room of …

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