Subscriber Finds “A Sense of Place” in Italy

I often tell people that many of Dream of Italy’s subscribers might just be even more passionate about Italia than me. And I clearly love it so very much. One of those subscribers that I have in mind is Richard Katzev who has been subscribing to Dream of Italy since January 2003. From time to time, I get e-mails from …

Italian Summer Treat: Pistachio Gelato

Pistachio gelato is the benchmark by which many gelaterie are judged. You can tell at a glance if an artificial base has been used, just by the color. If the gelato maker is using real pistachio nuts, the color will be almost drab green. If the bin flashes a neon green, keep walking. 1 cup (6 ounces) shelled pistachios, lightly …

“Angels and Demons” Now Filming in Rome

With the great success of the film adaptation of Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code, it was a forgone conclusion that Brown’s other book, Angels and Demons, this one centered on Vatican intrigue, would be made into a film. In fact, as Trovacinema.it reports, director Ron Howard is filming in Rome this week. Actor Tom Hanks (does his hair look any …

Food for Thought

gI just posted below about the book I am currently reading, The Lost Ravioli Recipies of Hoboken. . I want to share a passage from the book that I found intriguing enough to mark the other night. Author Laura Schenone writes: By 1920, nine million people – about one-quarter of Italy’s citizens – lived outside the country, writes historian Carol …

The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken

I’m reading a wonderful new book called The Lost Ravioli Recipies of Hoboken. The author Laura Schenone, a friend of a writer friend, actually called me a few years back as she was working on the book. She was looking for travel tips for her trip to Liguria where she planned to research the origin of her great grandmother’s famous …

Not Oprah’s Favorite Things – But Mine!

There’s an advantage to being your own boss and one of them is the executive decision to watch Oprah, when possible, at 4 p.m. each weekday. That’s my coffee break. Today she presented “Oprah’s Favorite Things” – the episode people wait for all year with her recommendations for gift giving. It got me thinking about my favorite things. Cinema Paradiso: …

John Grisham Tells Tale of American in Italy

The Italian landscape beckons authors to set their romance novels against the rolling hills and quaint Medieval villages that have readers longing to jump on the next plane to Florence. Even author John Grisham has been inspired to set several of his novels in Italy – the recent release The Broker takes place in Bologna. His forthcoming novel Playing for …

How to Keep the Kids Happy in Italy

Updated 2018.  Barbara Pape and Michael Calabrese have been taking their now teenage children to Italy since they were toddlers. Barbara and Michael have graciously shared summarized their real life advice and child-friendly hotel picks with Dream of Italy readers in an original article for the February 2007 issue. Here’s a BONUS excerpt from their book Italy with Kids on …

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