Italy Travel Planning With PBS Host Kathy McCabe

Personally, I haven’t been to a store to buy anything for the holiday season. I like to give the gift of experiences to my loved ones, take a friend to dinner or most recently I treated a colleague to an intuitive reading! If you feel the same about  “experiences” versus something that comes from a big box store, read on… I love …

An Italy Travel Gift They Will Love: Dream of Italy Membership

As many of you know, I recently returned from Tuscany where I fulfilled the dream of lifetime and filmed a special for PBS with Frances Mayes in Cortona. Everything about the experience was incredible but one of the best parts is that Frances told me what I huge fan she is of the Dream of Italy publication and how it helps her …

Share In The Under The Tuscan Sun Experience!

A month ago, I returned from Italy and the experience of a lifetime, truly — filming a special for our PBS series. Dream of Italy: Under The Tuscan Sun with the lovely Frances Mayes, author of Under The Tuscan Sun, and the owner of the super famous villa Bramasole will premiere in mid 2019 on PBS stations and Create TV. We’ve whipped up …

See Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester in Florence

Until January, one of the most famous museums in the world, the Uffizi Gallery, will display the Codex Leicester book. The Codex Leicester contains studies Leonardo da Vinci did on a variety of topics, and will be displayed to honor the 500th anniversary of his death. From water studies to the history of our planet and deep studies on scientific …

Researching Your Italian Roots and Reclaiming Citizenship

In the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, I was honored to be able to discover my Italian genealogy along with my mother in our hometown of Castelvetere sul Calore. These memories were made all the more precious with the passing of my mother earlier this year. Italy has many wonderful archives that are rich in historical treasures that can …

October 2018 – Insider’s Siena, Rome Art Restoration

The Insider’s Guide to Siena Siena – the home of a stunning Duomo and Italy’s most famous horse race – is a must for any visitor to Tuscany. Our insider’s guide starts with a walking tour of the best sites and takes you to where to eat and where to shop. We recommend the best culinary experiences and tour guides …

Mysterious Banksy Comes to Florence

Banksy is perhaps the most enigmatic figure of today’s art scene and while we don’t know what the artist looks like or Banksy’s true identity, we can now get a peek into his (or her) artistic message at Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence.The exhibit BANKSY- This is not a photo opportunity is on from October 19 to February 24 and …

September 2018 – Lucca Artisans, Rome’s Garbatella Neighborhood

The Artisans of Lucca  Tuscan artistry is alive and well in the walled town of Lucca. We meet four artisans who specialize in book printing, violin making, textile weaving and antique restoration. Visiting any of the their shops and watching these masters at work will enhance your appreciation for Italian craftsmanship! Rome’s Garbatella Neighborhood For a taste of the real …

Celebrating Florentine Women Artists of The Early 20th Century

In a world traditionally dominated by men, the Fondazione CR Firenze and Advancing Women Artists (AWA) are shining a light on the significant contributions women made to the art world in the first half of the 20th century. Through November 18,  2018 ‘ARTISTE: Women Artists Firenze 1900-1950‘ will be open to the public as a part of the Heritage of Women Festival. Two artists, …

Dream of Italy Bike Tour Sweepstakes with ExperiencePlus!

Dream of Italy and ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours offer you the chance to win a cycling tour of Italy for two! Eight days cycling from Venice to Florence enjoying the gorgeous Emilia-Romagna countryside along the way. Prize is for two people. Easy riding level so most travelers can handle the pace. Amazing culinary experiences at farms, vineyards, restaurants. Beautiful accommodations. Wonderful local guides who will make you feel like family! Value: $7,990 (Airfare not included) …