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With its mesmerizing landscapes, rich artistic treasures, deep ties to the past and warm people, it is no wonder that travelers Dream of Italy more than any other destination in the world. Join Italian travel expert Kathy McCabe, editor of the award-winning travel newsletter Dream of Italy, as she explores the diverse regions of Italy.

Janson Media
2 Seasons, 17 Episodes
July 7, 2014
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  • Ten percent of Americans have some Italian blood and many of them could qualify for Italian citizenship by birth. Host Kathy McCabe travels to the ancestral village of her maternal great-grandfather-Castelvetere sul Calore in the region of Campania-to trace her roots and see if she can qualify for citizenship by blood line.

  • Deep in the south of Italy, the region of Basilicata is timeless and otherworldly. It is home to one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, Matera, a city of caves. Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola introduces host Kathy McCabe to his ancestral hometown of Bernalda and talks about how he rediscovered his Italian roots and opened a hotel here.

  • Just two hours from Rome, but a world away, the region of Abruzzo is filled with mountains, national parks and beautiful beaches. Host Kathy McCabe takes viewers from coast to countryside. She catches her lunch in nets before listening to traditional music with a modern twist. In Sulmona, Kathy sees how the famous confetti candies are made and heads to a farm for some donkey therapy.

  • Florence is known for its Renaissance art and architecture. But the city isn't stuck in the past, it is always evolving. Host Kathy McCabe gets to see the restoration of the Duomo from a unique perspective. She visits the only Last Supper painted by a woman, a Renaissance nun nonetheless. Also home to modern street artist Clet Abraham, Kathy joins him for an artistic caper of sorts.

  • There is simply no other place in the world like Venice. Host Kathy McCabe takes a gondola rowing lesson from an 8th-generation gondolier. She learns how Venice is fighting rising water levels with a special ecology tour. Kathy meets an impiraressa, a bead stringer, who is bringing Venice's ancient art into modern times. Chef Riccardo takes Kathy to Venice's 1000-year old Rialto Market.

  • Kathy gets an introduction to the Baroque city of Lecce with a classic car ride. Lecce is famous for its paper mach

  • Kathy tries to get truffle hunters to reveal their secret hunting grounds. Then it is time to attend the World Truffle Auction. We visit Cascina Bruciata vineyard to learn about the hearty wines. Piedmont is also home to hot springs, and Kathy goes to Lago delle Sorgenti to find out about the unique medicinal qualities of these baths. We also visit Lake Iseo to see fine Italian boat making.

  • Kathy tries to get truffle hunters to reveal their secret hunting grounds. Then it is time to attend the World Truffle Auction. We visit Cascina Bruciata vineyard to learn about the hearty wines. Piedmont is also home to hot springs, and Kathy goes to Lago delle Sorgenti to find out about the unique medicinal qualities of these baths. We also visit Lake Iseo to see fine Italian boat making.

  • Neapolitans are serious about their coffee, and we visit the historic Gran Caffe Gambrinus. Naples is also famous for its tailoring tradition, and we visit Rubinacci for an inside look. Kathy attends pizza school and visits a street full of Christmas creches and caricatures. Then it's into the crater of Mount Vesuvius. We also learn to make paper, watch a cooking demonstration and go fishing.

  • Neapolitans are serious about their coffee, and we visit the historic Gran Caffe Gambrinus. Naples is also famous for its tailoring tradition, and we visit Rubinacci for an inside look. Kathy attends pizza school and visits a street full of Christmas creches and caricatures. Then it's into the crater of Mount Vesuvius. We also learn to make paper, watch a cooking demonstration and go fishing.

  • In Perugia, we meet two women carrying on their family traditions (stained glass and handmade textiles). Chocolate maestro Massimiliano Guidubaldi teaches Kathy to make the famous Baci candy. Then it is into the countryside around Montefalco to visit the ultra-modern winery Tenuta Castelbuono. Kathy enjoys a cooking lesson with Chef Salvatore Denaro. We are then off to a goat cheese farm.

  • In Perugia, we meet two women carrying on their family traditions (stained glass and handmade textiles). Chocolate maestro Massimiliano Guidubaldi teaches Kathy to make the famous Baci candy. Then it is into the countryside around Montefalco to visit the ultra-modern winery Tenuta Castelbuono. Kathy enjoys a cooking lesson with Chef Salvatore Denaro. We are then off to a goat cheese farm.

  • Artisan Nadia Ridolfini teaches Kathy the ancient craft of mosaics. Alessandro Volpetti takes Kathy on a tour of the new Testaccio market. Then the di Felice brothers teach Kathy to make Rome's famous dish Cacio e Pepe. Then we get "the scoop" on gelato making. The episode ends at Palazzo Brancaccio with an historic ball performed by Campagna Nazionale di Danza Storica.

  • Artisan Nadia Ridolfini teaches Kathy the ancient craft of mosaics. Alessandro Volpetti takes Kathy on a tour of the new Testaccio market. Then the di Felice brothers teach Kathy to make Rome's famous dish Cacio e Pepe. Then we get "the scoop" on gelato making. The episode ends at Palazzo Brancaccio with an historic ball performed by Campagna Nazionale di Danza Storica.

  • We start in the heart of Tuscany - Chianti - with a visit to Castello di Ama to learn how true Chianti wine is made. At Busatti in Anghiari, we watch 100-year-old looms craft fine fabrics. Then it is off to Panzano for a wild boar hunt and a visit with philosophical butcher Dario Cecchini. The episode ends on the coast of Tuscany in Maremma with a stunning ride with the butteri (cowboys).

  • We start in the heart of Tuscany - Chianti - with a visit to Castello di Ama to learn how true Chianti wine is made. At Busatti in Anghiari, we watch 100-year-old looms craft fine fabrics. Then it is off to Panzano for a wild boar hunt and a visit with philosophical butcher Dario Cecchini. The episode ends on the coast of Tuscany in Maremma with a stunning ride with the butteri (cowboys).

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