Today, March 6, we are celebrating the birth of Michelangelo, one of the prominent luminaries of Renaissance art. He was a sculpture, poet, and painter. He was considered by his peers to be the greatest living artist during his lifetime, and since then he has been noted as one of the best-known … [Read more...] about Buon Compleanno Michelangelo: Celebrating the Renaissance artist born March 6
Recently I was interviewed by Sheri Hoyt for the “Inside Scoop” Radio show. Inside Scoop is a podcast featuring live interviews with authors who get personal about their books, writing, and topics they care about. I enjoyed chatting with Sheri and sharing with listeners more about my new novel … [Read more...] about Inside Scoop Radio Interview with Melissa Muldoon
The magic of Carnival has arrived! This year (2017) the holiday lasts from Saturday, February 11 until Saturday, February 25. It is the period that precedes Lent and concludes with Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. At this time of year, all of Italy comes alive with costumes, masks, parades … [Read more...] about Carnival delights in Venice: The Doge’s Ball – Sophia’s dream comes true!
(To read this in Italian visit the Studentessa Matta website) Verona has long been considered “the” city of love based on several literary traditions. Verona has long been considered “the” city of love based on several literary traditions. It is, after all, the fabled setting of William … [Read more...] about Love letters from Juliet
The month of January is slipping away. It is almost already over. Time is flying by but not the cold! Even if we are on the threshold of February, we are still in the middle of winter. There is a cold that just sinks into your bones and makes you wonder if summer will ever arrive. I was on Skype … [Read more...] about Italian legend: Giorni della merla – Blackbird days Coldest days of year
Discover Florence through the eyes of an artist! Follow in the footsteps of Sophia, the protagonist of Melissa Muldoon’s novel “Dreaming Sophia” Florence, Italy Dreaming Sophia Art Program 4 Days & 4 Nights - Maximum 8 people (couples & solo travelers) September 13-17, … [Read more...] about Dreaming Sophia Florence Art Program with Author Melissa Muldoon Sept 2017 (13-17)
Sometimes the rise to the top in Hollywood isn't always easy. At times you even have to get your hands a little dirty! Take for instance tinsel town's famous tradition of immortalizing its brightest stars by having them place their hands AND feet in the bed of wet cement! Even Sophia Loren placed … [Read more...] about Sophia Loren gets her hands dirty in Hollywood!
Sheri Hoyte of Reader Views reviews Dreaming Sophia Author Melissa Muldoon presents spellbinding artistic expression in her delightful story, Dreaming Sophia. Sophia is without a doubt, a dreamer. Yet when tragedy strikes, grief takes over, as young Sophia finds herself alone, fearful, … [Read more...] about Reader Views Sheri Hoyte – Book Review of Dreaming Sophia
Without a doubt, Florence is my favorite city and the inspiration for my story “Dreaming Sophia.” This iconic city set on the banks of the Arno River is a beautiful reminder of all that makes Italy special. It is full of art and history and represents Italian pride and independence. What is there … [Read more...] about Florence do you remember me?
Zucchero is a contemporary Italian singer. In 2017 he will be continuing with his Black Cat 2o17 World Tour. The singer is featured in the novel Dreaming Sophia by Melissa Muldoon. The character of Sophia, although not a great singer, given the right beat, tune, and Italian … [Read more...] about Zucchero – One of Sophia’s favorite Italian Singers
"Dreaming Sophia" is the story of a young American painter named Sophia who is named after La Loren, the legendary movie actress. At the start of the novel, she is a woman blindsided by fate who must come to terms with a devastating tragedy. But, Dreaming Sophia is also a joyful story, at times even … [Read more...] about Sophia’s Gifts
Christmas has been celebrated and a new year has arrived with lots of pomp and circumstance. It seems like the holidays are finally winding down. Time to think about packing things away in boxes and clear the way for a brand new year. Christmas is over… or is it? The holiday season might be … [Read more...] about La Befana, the Italian Christmas witch and I have a lovely gift for you!
Happy New Year! Buon anno! As 2016 draws to a close, I have been taking the time to reflect back upon the past year. It seems to me each year flashes by just a little more swiftly. I am often despondent during the lull following December 25th and January 1st. The rush of holiday parties is … [Read more...] about 2016 really was a wonderful year!
Panettone versus pandoro! Which will you choose? Buon Natale! It’s that time of year when the season is celebrated with good cheer and lots of good food. In Italy, there are lots and lots of fabulous holiday treats…crunchy nutty brittles, tasty sugary cookies, and sinfully chocolate yule logs. … [Read more...] about Panettone versus Pandoro! Christmas Cake Battles
Excerpt from Dreaming Sophia “By the time December arrived, the streets of Florence were less cluttered with tourists. They were now filled with large, starry luminaries that dangled from lampposts. The lights stretched from building to building in zigzaggy, glittery strands all down the street. … [Read more...] about The holiday lights are on in Florence!
Happy December 1st! Christmas is fast approaching. There are only 24 days left to shop! If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Italy at this time of year, you can visit one of the many Italian holiday markets that appear in many cities up and down the boot. These markets are popular with the … [Read more...] about Italian Christmas Markets mercatini di natale