September 2019 – A Local’s Positano, Florence Beyond Overtourism

How to Beat Overtourism in Florence It may seem that, like other major European destinations, Florence’s most popular attractions are overrun with tourists. However, once you venture off the beaten path, you’ll find a more authentic Florence. Visit lesser-known museums and artisan studios to get a fuller picture of the city, its history and culture, and the people who live …

Podcast Episode #4: How Tuscan Women Cook

As in most any society, then women have the power – at least in the kitchen. Have you ever dreamed of learning to cook in a traditional Italian kitchen? Tuscan Women Cook, in the small Tuscan village of Montefollonico, brings travelers to Tuscany for hands-on learning in the kitchens of the masters – Tuscan grandmothers or nonni. Host Kathy McCabe pays …

Introducing LivItaly Tours

Our TV series relies on underwriters to make our programming possible. A very special thank you to LivItaly Tours for supporting the new Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special on PBS. This family owned business strives to share their love and passion for Italy by providing private and small group tours of maximum 6 people per tour to create an intimate and …

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. …

People to Know in Cortona: Silvia Baracchi of Il Falconiere (August 2019)

This article originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of Dream of Italy celebrating the town of Cortona which is featured in theDream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special now airing on PBS stations and Create TV.  It is a continuation of the article People to Know in Cortona Silvia Baracchi makes cooking look deceptively easy. The Michelin-starred chef regularly holds cooking …

People to Know in Cortona: Ivan Botanici of Il Pozzo (August 2019)

This article originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of Dream of Italy celebrating the town of Cortona which is featured in theDream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special now airing on PBS stations and Create TV.  It is a continuation of the article People to Know in Cortona One of the best ways to enter Cortona is from Piazza Garibaldi, …

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 …