Celebrating the Hill Town of Cortona

Our August 2019 issue is devoted to the hill town of Cortona – the enchanting place that Frances Mayes so beautifully transported us to in Under the Tuscan Sun. Magical Cortona is also the setting for the Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special on PBS stations and Create TV where host Kathy McCabe meets Frances for some incredible Cortona adventures. …

August 2019 – Special Report: Cortona

This is a special report in conjunction with our new show on PBS – the Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special with our friend Frances Mayes. She of course but Cortona on the map for modern travelers. Watch the show and then let us help you plan a trip and use this issue (available to members only) to help you …

Book Excerpt: From Scratch by Tembi Locke

We’re very excited to host author Tembi Locke on Facebook on September 25th to discuss her book From Scratch. You can purchase a copy here, but first enjoy an excerpt: I exited the plane in Rome, jet-lagged with a gaggle of fellow college coeds headed for customs and immigration, my passport in hand. I was twenty years old, and it was …

Schedule Information: Dream of Italy Travel Series on PBS

Both seasons of Dream of Italy are currently airing on PBS stations and CreateTV (or you can watch Season 1 here and Season 2 here). The Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special is premiering on PBS stations in August 2019 and on CreateTV in October. Submit your zip code to find out when to watch! (Keep in mind this only …

Book Excerpt: The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli

We’re thrilled to host author Laura Morelli on Facebook on August 14th to discuss her book The Gondola Maker. You can purchase a copy here, but first enjoy an excerpt: I chew my lower lip while I wait to see my father’s gondola catch fire. Beneath the boat, a pile of firewood is stacked so high that I find myself …

Recipe: Traditional Tuscan Torta della Nonna

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2019 issue of Dream of Italy. This traditional cake, which is filled with custard, is a Tuscan favorite known as Torta della Nonna. As with most Italian classics, everyone’s nonna has their own secret recipe… but here’s ours! As far as we are concerned, my mother Maura’s Torta della Nonna is the best …

June/July 2019 – Special Report: Italian Family Recipes

In Italy, food is practically synonymous with family. So many Italians’ earliest memories of eating or cooking are inextricably linked to a mother or a grandmother. We asked our Italian friends to share the recipes that have been passed down in their families. Si cucina sempre pensando a qualcuno, altrimenti stai solo preparando da mangiare is an Italian saying meaning, …

Crowdfunding Restores Castelvetere’s 500-Year-Old Masterpieces

Castelvetere Sul Calore is a hidden gem of a town in the mountains of Irpinia in the southern region of Campania. It is the ancestral hometown of Dream of Italy host Kathy McCabe and was featured in an episode of the PBS series.  It’s home to about 1,000 people and is called “the terrace on the Irpinian landscape” thanks to …

Members Can See Our New TV Special Before Anyone Else

If you’ve been following Dream of Italy in the past nine months, you know how excited I’ve been about our new TV special for PBS stations and Create TV in the United States – the Dream of Italy: Under the Tuscan Sun Special. Last fall, one of my dreams came true and I traveled to Cortona in Tuscany to see Frances …

Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo to Host 2026 Winter Olympics

A joint 2026 Winter Olympics bid by the cities of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo won the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) vote to host Italy’s third edition of the games, beating the other finalist, Sweden, by a margin of 47 to 34 votes. Italy previously hosted the Winter Olympics in Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1956 and in Torino in 2006. However, this …