Laura Morelli’s Blog

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

A poem about a Venetian gondola

New Book: The Gondola Maker (A Novel)

Brittany’s History of High Headgear