Kathy McCabe: Italian Travel Expert and PBS Travel Host

[Kathy was profiled in The New York Times June 7, 2015]

Kathy McCabe makes Italian travel dreams come true. She’s America’s #1 Italy and Italy travel influencer with an audience of more than 60 million across platforms.

Kathy is the host and executive producer of the travel series Dream of Italy with two seasons and a special currently airing on on PBS stations, CreateTV, PBS.org, the PBS app, YouTube and Amazon Prime. The television series , which airs in 96% of U.S. TV households, is inspired by the award-winning travel publication and membership website, Dream of Italy, that McCabe founded in 2002. Kathy is also the host of the Dream of Italy Podcast, which The New York Times recommends as one of “13 podcasts for wandering souls.” McCabe is widely quoted in the international media on travel and Italian culture.

In season two of  the TV series Dream of Italy, McCabe explores Venice, Bologna, Florence, Abruzzo, Basilicata and her ancestral hometown of Castelvetere sul Calore. In Basilicata, McCabe interviews Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola in his ancestral hometown of Bernalda.  Season one of Dream of Italy  featured Tuscany, Rome, Umbria, Naples/Amalfi Coast, Piedmont/Lake Iseo and Puglia, and is also still airing on PBS and Create TV. She loves meeting colorful locals — chefs, artisans, historians — who are deeply connected to their land, carrying on and preserving the traditions of their ancestors. The Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special, premiered on PBS in August 2019 and continues to air. Kathy visits author Frances Mayes at her home Bramasole in Cortona. Another Dream of Italy special featuring Sting & Trudie Styler is in the works to premiere on PBS in 2021.

me-nytimes-travel-show-smallMcCabe has published nearly 170 editions of the award-winning subscription magazine Dream of Italy, helping thousands of people enjoy more authentic and rewarding travels in Italy. Dream of Italy has been recommended for its savvy travel advice by National Geographic Traveler, USA TODAY, U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, BusinessWeek and numerous other media outlets.

The Dream of Italy Podcast premiered in 2019 to rave reviews, including inclusion on a list of best travel podcasts in The New York Times. Kathy’s approachable, conversational interview style not only brings out the best in her guests – so far including Steve Perillo, Frances Mayes, Debbie Travis, Francis Ford Coppola – but connects her with her audience who see her as a friend. Subscribe, listen and leave reviews on iTunes

McCabe has spoken about travel to Italy at the Smithsonian Museum, The New York Times Travel Show, the Philadelphia Travel & Adventure Show, the Denver Travel & Adventure Show and the National Italian American Foundation.

As a travel writer, McCabe has contributed travel articles to numerous other publications including Cruise Critic, Saveur, USA TODAY, Global Traveler, The Huffington Post, Budget Travel, Fodor’s Travel Publications, The Travel Channel Online, AOL Travel, The Baltimore Sun and The Boston Herald.

McCabe began her career in journalism at ABC News where she was part of an Emmy-Award winning investigative team linking money and politics during the 1996 presidential election. She holds a M.A. in non-fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S.F.S. in European Studies from Georgetown University.  McCabe is  a graduate of the Stanford University Publishing Program for Mid-Career Professionals. McCabe’s other great passion in life, besides Italy, is dogs, particularly her beloved breed, wire fox terriers (she meets two in the Venice episode!)

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