Win a Copy of Seafood alla Siciliana

WINNERS: Toni Lydecker has chosen mcjip@roadrunner.com, Tony and NewYorkPR to receive copies of her book. Contact us with your snail mail address!! Toni Lydecker, a frequent contributer to Dream of Italy, wrote about Sicilian cooking schools for the newsletter while she was in the process of researching her new book, Seafood alla Siciliana: Recipes and Stories from a Living Tradition. …

Win a Copy of 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Must Go

Frequent Dream of Italy contributor Susan Van Allen has a new book out and five lucky Dream of Italy Facebook Fans WILL WIN A COPY of 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go! If you’re already a Facebook fan, you’re already entered to win. Not a fan? Become one with just a click here and you will be entered …

Win a Copy of La Passeggiata

WINNERS: G. G. Husak has chosen AK, Maureen Sheldon and Laura to receive copies of her book. Contact us with your snail mail address!! If you’ve ever been to Italy, you probably know what a passeggiata is…the Italian ritual of taking an early evening walk. Author G.G. Husak has written a book entitled Passeggiata: Strolling Through Italy about the annual …

What You Don’t Know About Italian

The Italian language is as fascinating as it is beautiful. When I read a preview copy of the new book, La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair With the World’s Most Enchanting Language, I asked author Dianne Hales to share her captivating findings about the history and nuances of Italiano. She shares them in a special article in our May newsletter. …

My Favorite Books About Italy

I just appeared on the “How to Tour Italy” radio show to share my favorite books about Italy. (Anthony, the host, had a great list too, including Vasari’s Lives of The Artists.) I’m not talking about guidebooks but rather (mostly) non-fiction picks that truly convey the atmosphere and culture of a particular time and place in Italy. You will notice …

The Pros + Cons of Retiring in Italy

Have you been dreaming of retiring in Italy? As part of my research for the Italy chapter I wrote for the new book Retirement Without Borders, I conducted extensive interviews with American expats who retired there. Here’s a summary of the pros and cons of their retirement experiences — PROS:· The savoring of life; la dolce vita is still alive …

Noted Italy Author Paul Hofmann Dies

One of my all-time favorite books about Italy is That Fine Italian Hand by Paul Hofmann. While I’ve read many other books trying to explain Italians to foreigners, I believe this book captures their particularities superbly. Paul Hofmann, a former New York Times correspondent, died in Rome this past week at 96. His books about Italy are simply treasures. My …

Where Not to Go in Italy

The premise of travel guru Peter Greenberg’s new book got me thinking…where NOT to go in Italy. Greenberg’s book Don’t Go There!: The Travel Detective’s Essential Guide to the Must-Miss Places of the World details “must-miss” destinations around the world. I must say I was curious about what he might have included about Italy that I just stopped by the …