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.

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

The Venetian Origins of Sequins

The Ponte Vecchio of Florence

What’s a connoisseur?

The conversation of specialists

The Ancient Art of Chinese Silk

Oaxacan Textiles: What You Should Know

Unraveling Wrought Iron

5 Great German Christmas Markets

New England Silver

Authentic Eats: What You Should Know About Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

What does tradition mean?

5 Things to Know about Turquoise

Happy Halloween, friends!

Was this man responsible for the fall of Rome?

Handmade Cowboy Boots

Appalachian Dulcimers

Glassblowing 101: What’s a gaffer?

What to buy when in Italy

Pueblo Pottery: What to Ask Before You Buy

African Beads: 5 Things to Know

Master Potters of Umbria

Parisian Passementerie

10 authentic shopping destinations

Provence: 5 Authentic Shopping Towns

Roman Gold

Packing to Shop: How to Pack to Bring More Home

How to Find Good Limoncello Even if You’re Not Going to Sorrento

Tantalizing Turquoise

Malaysian Batik

Irish Crystal

Are you brave enough to make art?

5 Things to Know about the Huipil

Manufacture = Made by Hand?

The Art of Brazilian Lace

The secret of art?

Art from the Heart: Welsh Love Spoons

When it’s OK to eat fried dough

5 Things to Know about Venetian Carnival Masks