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About Laura Morelli

I am an art historian writing about everything from Venetian gondolas to Limoges porcelain, Chinese silk, and cowboy boots. I am the author of the award-winning novel, THE GONDOLA MAKER, and the LAURA MORELLI'S AUTHENTIC ARTS travel guide series. I hold a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University and my work has been featured on National Geographic Traveler, USA TODAY, CNN Radio, The Frommers Travel Show, and other media. My art history lessons can be found at TED-Ed.

Writers’ Routines

Ceramics Capitals of Umbria

How Murano Glass is Made

How to Buy Venetian Lace

How to Ship Souvenirs Home from Overseas

Why I Write About Italian Craftsmanship

What I Learned About Storytelling from Ken Burns

The Spirit of Florentine Arts

Let the souvenir buyer beware!

“Bridge of Sighs” is Out!

Historical Novel Society 2016: Oxford, England

Why I Write Art Historical Fiction

Carrara Marble: Art & History

The Doors of Florence

Which book cover do you like best?

The history of picture frames

Italian Metalsmiths: Bronze, Silver, Copper, Gold

The Gondola Maker debuts in Hungarian!

And the narrator is…

Naples Italy: A Jewel in the Crown?

Artisans of Rome

Which of these men is Luca?

The Construction of Venice

Venetian Paper & Bookbinding: A Brief History

New York Times Travel Show

Venetian Marbled Paper

Leather Shopping in Florence, Italy

John Ruskin and Venice: Guest Post by Author Octavia Randolph

Maiolica from Umbria

Native American Symbols & Sites

Venice: Our Lady of the Ferry Station

What’s in my book signing bag?

Burano Lace: A Brief History

Made in Italy: A New Partnership

Enjoying Coastal Georgia with Frances Mayes

Murano Glass: A Brief History

The Craft Traditions of Florence, Italy

Shopping in Florence, Italy

Shopping in Florence: Go Home with a Treasure!

Traditional Types of Murano Glass

A Brief History of the Venetian Gondola

Two weeks away! Laura Morelli’s Authentic Arts: Florence

Where Would I Be Without You?

The Essence of Venetian Style

Getting lost (and finding your way) in Venice

Murano Glass: How much to pay?

Shopping on Murano

How to Choose a Venetian Carnival Mask

Venetian Carnival Masks: The Plague Doctor

New Venice books!

Venetian Carnival Masks: Who’s Who

Venetian Carnival Masks: A Brief History

How Venetian Carnival Masks are Made

Vote for the cover of my new book on Florentine artisans!

Befana: Venice in January

Made in France: What to bring home from Paris or Provence (an artisanal tour of Limoges, Lalique, Laguiole, and oo la la–even more!)

NEW BOOKS in the new year!

Papel Picado: The Mexican tradition of “pierced” paper

Bread of the Dead: How to make “pan de muerto” for the Day of the Dead

Sugar Skulls: Sweet Treats for The Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead: Calavera Catrina and the Beauty of “La Muerte”

The History of the Venetian Gondola: A New Video Lesson for TED-Ed

A Venetian gondola in America

The Timeless Traditions of Catalan Ceramics

Saris, Skirts and More from Rajasthan

Are you left-handed?

Granita: Sicily’s Frozen Treat

Sound Check!

Spanish Colonial Furniture of the American Southwest

How Romanization Worked

Pâte de verre

Happy Bastille Day!

Limoges China: What You Should Know

Longwy Enamels: A Unique French Ceramics Tradition

It’s official! The Gondola Maker is an award-winning novel

Guatemalan Textiles

10 Reasons to Love Limoncello

Why I Love Naples, Italy

The Gondola Maker: Book Trailer

Antiquing Across the American Southwest

The Gondola Maker Goes On Tour with iRead Book Tours

Things to Do in Paris: Be a Flaneur

Treasure-Hunting Along the Santa Fe Trail

Santa Fe: Authentic Shopping at the Palace of the Governors

5 Things to Know about Pysanky, Traditional Easter Eggs of Eastern Europe

What’s the difference between art and craft?

Laguiole Knives: What To Ask Before You Buy

Giveaway: Subscribe to Dream of Italy and Get a Copy of The Gondola Maker!

5 Great Collections of Ancient Egyptian Art in North America

How to Haggle When You Travel

Canopic Jars: An Integral Part of the Ancient Egyptian Mummification Process

Ancient Egyptian Mummification Process: Not Just for Pharaohs

Ravenna, Italy: What You Should Know About Its Mosaics

Things to Do in Florence, Italy: Explore Traditional Woodcrafts

Florence, Italy: Best Shopping Streets

Shopping in Venice, Florence, & Rome: Laura Morelli Talks with the Frommers

Goodreads Giveaway for The Gondola Maker

English Wool

New Mexican Santos

Guatemalan textiles: A fun success story