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So many of you have taken the journey to Italy or dream of taking the journey. Your bonus for joining Dream of Italy this season (or renewing or giving a gift membership) includes a beautiful love story about a woman in her early 40s who decided she needed to discover more of what life had to offer and had a dream of traveling to Italy. Print members will receive a hard copy of the book by mail; digital members will receive the ebook. I’m thrilled to also announce that Love in a Tuscan Kitchen: Savoring Life Through the Romance, Recipes and Traditions of Italy by Sheryl Ness is also the very first book for the NEW Dream of Italy Book Club! We will be discussing the book on Facebook Live – open to all – near Valentine’s Day.

Love in a Tuscan Kitchen: Savoring Life Through the Romance, Recipes and Traditions of Italy is a book that takes you on a personal journey of discovery and love. The author, Sheryl, craved more from life and felt a strong desire to explore Italy, its culture, and foods. After her first visit, she knew in her heart that Italy was a special place, so she kept going back. It was the third visit that changed her life forever.

Through the pages of this book, Sheryl takes you to a small village in Chianti where she meets Vincenzo, a chef, in his beautiful restaurant after asking him for a recipe for his hot chocolate cake. Over the next year, their relationship develops and she moves from Minnesota to Italy to take a chance on love and a new life. You’ll get to know the people of the village through their daily life, traditions, and recipes. The descriptions of the beauty of the land in the area are vivid as the pages come alive when she takes you on a sensual journey described in each chapter.

Each chapter gives you a glimpse of what it’s like to live in a tiny walled village of around 300 people in the middle of Tuscany. Sheryl invites you to get to know her new friends in the area, understand the history of the village, and join them at their three wedding celebrations. The book provides a unique chance to get to know the people of the village that welcome her as family. Eventually, she is known as “the chef’s wife” as she supports Vincenzo’s work as the chef at his restaurant. Traditional Tuscan recipes are at the heart of this book. However, you’ll also learn about Vincenzo’s family from Abruzzo along with their unique traditions and many of his mother’s authentic recipes.

If you love Italy, or love to cook, or simply enjoy a good love story, this book is something special for you. The book includes 38 authentic recipes including Vincenzo’s recipes for spaghetti carbonara, risotto, ribollita soup, pici cacio e pepe, and tiramisu, along with recipes from his home region of Abruzzo, including his mother’s meat sauce, pizzelle and pallotte cace e ove – and of course, the hot chocolate “love cake” that started it all.

Get your free copy when you join Dream of Italy, renew (after logging in) or give a gift membership that includes a copy of Love in a Tuscan Kitchen! And then be on the look out for a personal email invitation to join us for our first book club meeting!

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Gift Memberships with Tuscany Bonuses

As many of you know, I recently returned from Tuscany where I fulfilled the dream of lifetime and filmed a special for PBS with Frances Mayes in Cortona.  So that inspired me to create a kick-butt holiday gift membership package  with immediate online access to 160 back issues of Dream of Italy and these 3 Tuscany bonuses:

[Not familiar with our publication? Here’s a sample issue and a list of back issues.]

1. Members-Only Exclusive Advance Online Screening of PBS Under The Tuscan Sun Special: All of our members will receive a link to view the entire special months before it appears on PBS.
2. Copy of New Book Love in A Tuscan Kitchen: Savoring Life Through The Romance, Recipes and Traditions of Italy by Sheryl Ness (Print members will receive print copy and digital members will receive ebook.) We will also be using this book for our first Dream of Italy Book Club via Facebook Live in early 2019!
3. Members-Only Exclusive First Listen to New Dream of Italy Podcast:  We are launching a podcast in 2019 and our first guest is Frances Mayes and members will receive a link to hear the first episode later this month!

All of our members and non-members receive this email. If you’re currently a member or an expired member and want to renew, login first (there’s a lost password option). Or if you would prefer to order on the phone, call us at 202-297-3708.

Let ME Plan Your Trip to Italy

This is a unique opportunity to have a PBS host personally plan your trip or a loved one’s and at a special price. Can you think of a more unique gift for the Italy lover in your life or even someone planning a first trip? Or give my services to yourself as a gift!  There are three travel planning options that start at a special price of $197 (all include a one-year digital membership to Dream of Italy including all of those juicy Tuscany bonuses I outlined in my last email and below):

PBS Series DVD Sets

This is the cheapest ticket to Italy that you can buy! $19.95 + shipping for 6 destinations in Italy!

Get the Season 1 DVD Set to visit Rome, Puglia, Tuscany, Piedmont, Naples/Amalfi Coast and Umbria!

Order the Season 2 DVD Set to visit Venice, Bologna, Florence, Abruzzo, Basilicata and Castelvetere sul Calore!

Thanks to Our Sponsor Pysanky By Basia

Our season 2 PBS series sponsor Pysanky by Basia supports the exploration and celebration of cultures worldwide, including founder Basia Andrusko’s native Ukrainian culture. Basia learned and fell in love with the tradition of writing Pysanky Ukrainian Easter eggs at an early age and has recently grown it into other, less traditional forms. She now not only creates decorative eggs but stunning jewelry using these same traditional techniques.

Pysanka Jewelry is created by writing designs on eggshells in the age-old method of pysanky, with wax and dyes. Designs are borrowed from pysanky, jewelry or other patterns, and written on a variety of shells, including ostrich, goose, rhea, emu and mute swan.  After the wax is melted off, the shells are rough-cut into their appropriate shapes, and coated with  a 2-part Environmentally Safe EcoPoxy.   The shells are then hand-shaped and smoothed into their final form.  Some are embellished with Swarowski crystals, pearls, metallic accents, tassels and braids.

Shop Pysanky by Basia – Great for one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts!

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This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article here. The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, home of Michelangelo’s David, is infamous for its long lines that stretch from two to four hours in peak season. That’s about to change, as the museum has completely revamped its ticketing system, virtually eliminating queues for its 2.2 million visitors per…

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This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article here. After four years of offering monthly free admission to the public, the Italian Ministry of Culture and Italian state-sponsored museums are introducing a new program in 2019 that will increase the number of free-admission days from 12 to 20. As in previous years, the new initiative…

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This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article here.  The Escher exhibit has been travelling for the past few years and has attracted a record number of visitors at most of its stops. Naples’ Palazzo delle Arti Napoli (PAN) is currently serving as the exhibit’s temporary home, and about 200 works are on display there until…

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This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article here. To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest minds of all time, the city of Milan is hosting year-long celebrations of the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci. The 15th-century Castello Sforzesco is the heart of the ‘’Milano e Leonardo’’ exhibition….

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