Italian Decor: Fornasetti’s Cupole Series is My New Obsession

Fornasetti cupola plate Pantheon

The exquisite, suggestive, and timeless beauty of Fornasetti’s iconic design is perfected in his famous dome plates.

Virtual Visits to Italy’s Museums and UNESCO Sites

Mosaic in Herculaneum, Campania

I am writing this post one day before April 3, the initial deadline date for Italy’s nationwide lockdown in response to the coronavirus emergency. Now that Italy has extended the lockdown until Easter — an arbitrary deadline that will likely be extended once again — who knows how long it will be before the country reopens to its own residents, much less the rest of us who are pining to see her again.

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Painting Italy: An Artist Profile

Tuscan Hills by Bill Renzulli

The beauty of Italy has inspired countless artists through the years, including ones who live here in the United States. Today, I am profiling artist William Renzulli, who was moved to paint his ancestral home Castelnuovo della Daunia in Puglia after a family reunion visit in 2008 and who will soon be headed to Bologna to paint that city’s gorgeous medieval lines and curves as well as the landscapes of Emilia-Romagna.

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How To Make Bolognese Sauce [Video]

Here’s a great way to bring Italy home – learn how to make Bolognese sauce!

There are dozens of instructional videos out there on how to make hearty Bolognese sauce. This one from GialloZafferano, a well-known Italian cuisine website and YouTube channel, is one of the most authentic ones that I have found. And this video has been dubbed to help out English speakers who want to cook Bolognese sauce the Italian way.

I’m definitely inspired to make my own!

Tuscan Wine Picks From Epicurious

Tuscany vineyard Photo by Mircea X.

One of the pleasures of visiting Tuscany is having the chance to drive the fertile hills of wine country, sampling reds and whites along the way. Most travelers really only think of Chianti, a mini-region within Tuscany, when thinking about Tuscan wine. But another vino hotspot is Montalcino. Montalcino is the home of Brunello di … Read more

“Palladio” in DC

As part of Italy’s celebrations of the birth of architect Andrea Palladio, born 500 years ago this year, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC, are hosting a free screening of “Abitare Palladio,” a documentary about the man and his works. The film will be shown tomorrow April 4 at noon in … Read more