The Story of A Little, Lucky Capri Bell That Gave Me Life

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. If you’re not a member, join today to access the entire special report on Capri.  The legend of the bell of San Michele (Saint Michael) holds a storied place in the history of Capri. And one of these bells might just be a big reason I am here …

April/May 2020 – Special Report: Capri

As the world faces a great challenge, we wanted to take you a dreamy and beautiful place – Capri – thanks to our guest editor Laura Thayer. We usually publish two combined issues per year and this is one of them. Capri: A Place of Dreams If everything ever written about Capri could be put together, one theme would emerge. …

Podcast Episode #8: Share Your Dream of Italy During This Difficult Time

 Transcript with Show Notes Embedded: Kathy: Why such resolve? Because I believe in Italy. I’m betting on Italy. Italy has saved me again and again. It has been my constant. And I believe in dreams and their ability to become reality. This is Kathy McCabe. Welcome to the Dream of Italy Podcast. You know me from the PBS travel series, …

Letter From Florence: Finding Solace in Food and Podcasting

Editor’s Note: My friend Toni, an Italian-American expat who lives in Florence, started one of the original food tour companies in Italy with Taste Florence Food Tours. She has used the time at home to find solace in food and to launch the pop-up Corona Podcast. Here is how she sees things these days. — Kathy McCabe As I sit …

Letter From Florence: Patiens at Ground Zero

Editor’s Note: Chandi Wyant is a beautiful writer. I fell in love with her book Return to Glow, about her transformational hike on the Via Francigena. In fact, we are talking to Chandi during our book club April 29th on Facebook Live. Chandi is a Renaissance art historian and licensed tour guide in Florence. She also has a fantastic blog …

Share Your Dream of Italy: Write For Our Publication or Podcast

Note: The submission deadline for this issue and podcast has ended. We are going to continue this as a regular feature so please use the email address sharemydream@dreamofitaly.com to continue to share your Dream of Italy with us.  It feels like the only thing we can hold onto these days are our dreams…so let’s write about and talk about our …

Letters From Italy in the Time of Coronavirus

Oh my has life in our beloved Italy – and indeed, in the world – changed so drastically in such a short time. It is so very hard to put our heads around all of this of course. Over the last few weeks, I’ve checked in with some friends in our beloved Italia. They each had something touching and unique …

Letter From Chianti: To Live Again and Be Reborn

Editor’s Note:  Arianna Cini and her husband, Alessio Di Genova, the owners of KM Zero Tours in Chianti, exude the warmth that we simply adore in Italians. I spent an amazing day with the two of them several years ago as they helped me experience Chianti in a way I never had before. There’s a vineyard around ever corner in …

Letter From Lecce: A Renaissance Retreat

Editor’s Note: How lucky I have been to meet so many wonderful Italians through my work. One of my favorites is dear Ylenia. She is beautiful on the inside and out, adores animals as I do and exudes passion for her native Puglia. I’ve had some wonderful memories with Ylenia including filming a cooking lesson with her and a local …

Letter From The Veneto: Holding On To Dreams

Editor’s Note: Monica Cesarato’s enthusiasm for Venice and the Veneto is completely infectious. If you haven’t met her in person on one of her tours of Venice or cooking classes, you can now meet her on her daily on Instagram where she does live videos with friends all over the world every evening Italian time. I will be her guest …