From The TV Show: Carapace in Umbria

In the Umbria episode of the first season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy visits a very unique sculpture/winery in the Umbrian countryside. The Carapace, meaning “turtle shell,” is the most unusual building in the Umbrian landscape. Part sculpture, part working winery, it is the creation of Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. Located in the countryside outside the town Bevagna, …

From The TV Show: Goat-Cheese in Umbria

In the Umbria episode of the first season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy visits Diego Calcabrina’s goat farm to taste some local goat cheese. Goat-cheese is becoming increasingly popular in Umbria, thanks in part to the cheese production of Diego Calcabrina and his 150 goats. Visitors are welcome at Calcabrina’s goat farm near Bevagna but should contact him in …

From The TV Show: Dario Cecchini in Tuscany

In the Tuscany episode of the first season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy visits with arguably the most well-known butcher in Tuscany. Colorful and opinionated – part showman, part philosopher – Dario Cecchini is perhaps the most famous butcher in all of Italy. He has transformed his hometown of Panzano into a mecca for meat, with visitors arriving …

From The TV Show: Cashmere Goats in Tuscany

In the Tuscany episode of the first season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy visits a goat farm started by an American expat. American expat Nora Kravis started Italy’s first cashmere goat farm in 1995. Chianti Cashmere Farm in Radda in Chianti is open to the public every afternoon between 4 and 7 p.m. from Easter until the end …

From The TV Show: Olive Oil in Tuscany

In the Tuscany episode of the first season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy learns all about the art of making olive oil. The focus at Pornanino in Radda in Chianti is on quality. Hand-harvesting olives and gathering them in soft nets helps protect the delicate fruit. The organic olives are picked from 4,000 trees, composed of four types: …

From The TV Show: Castello di Ama in Tuscany

In the Tuscany episode of the first season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy visits a winery to learn about Tucany’s most famous wine. Castello di Ama produces the most famous wine in Tuscany – Chianti Classico, a locally protected vintage made of 100% Sangiovese grapes. Chianti Classico has undergone a renaissance in recent years, thanks in part to …

From The TV Show: Stained Glass in Umbria

In the Umbria episode of the first season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy visits a beautiful stained glass factory in a Perugian palazzo. Studio Moretti Caselli in Perugia has been producing stained glass windows since Francesco Moretti founded the studio in 1860. Moretti was known as one of the best glass restorers of his generation, studying the lost …

From The TV Show: Perugia in Umbria

In the Umbria episode of the first season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy visits the Umbrian university town of Perugia. Across the valley from Assisi, the city of Perugia has a history that goes back even further than Assisi’s. Although it was founded by the native Umbrii tribe, by the 5th century B.C., it had become one of …

From The TV Show: Assisi in Umbria

In the Umbria episode of the first season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy visits Assisi, the home of St. Francis. Assisi – the hometown of St. Francis and St. Clare – is a must-visit for any trip to Umbria. Set high on the slopes of Mt. Subasio, is beautifully preserved with 2000 years of Roman, Medieval and Renaissance architecture …

From The TV Show: Historic Dancing in Rome

In the Rome episode of the first season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy attends a historic ball at Palazzo Brancaccio. Under the direction of Nino Graziano Luca, the Compagnia Nazionale di Danza Storica is dedicated to preserving European classical dances. Members of the public are invited to attend the grand balls held by the group – such as …