Editor’s Note: August/September 2021 Dream of Italy Issue

This Editor’s Note originally appeared in the August/September 2021 issue of Dream of Italy. Members receive access to more than 180 back issues—if you’re not a member, join here.  Throughout this strange time in the world, I’ve always felt that Italy is poised for another Renaissance, a re-birth. I’m thrilled to report that despite the state of things, in this …

Addio: In Memory of My Dad Stephen J. McCabe and My Parents

Addio, shortened from a Dio piacendo, means farewell, God willing in Italian. My father, Stephen McCabe passed away just before Christmas, just a year and a half after my mother also left this Earth. You met my parents in the Castelvetere sul Calore episode of the TV series, when we returned to my mother’s ancestral hometown. My great luck in …

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 …

A Poem From Castelvetere: The American in Castelvetere

For the Castelvetere sul Calore episode of my PBS travel series, I returned to my ancestral hometown 22 years after my mother and I had first laid eyes on it and more than 100 years after my great-grandfather left Castelvetere for America. That day my mother and I arrived in July 1995, we met our distant cousin Livio Nargi, historian, …

A Poem From Castelvetere: Magnificent Woman

For the Castelvetere sul Calore episode of my PBS travel series, I returned to my ancestral hometown 22 years after my mother and I had first laid eyes on it and more than 100 years after my great-grandfather left Castelvetere for America. That day my mother and I arrived in July 1995, we met our distant cousin Livio Nargi, historian, …

Finding My Italian Family in Castelvetere sul Calore

I always knew I wanted to tell the story of Castelvetere sul Calore, my ancestral hometown in the Avellino province of Campania. When my mother and I first rediscovered the town 23 years ago, who could have imagined that our story would turn into an episode of my own PBS travel series Dream of Italy! If you haven’t seen the …

Why You Should Visit Castelvetere Sul Calore in August

Editor’s Note: Castelvetere sul Calore is my ancestral hometown in the Irpinia area of Campania, about an hour from Naples, and the focus of a very special episode of the PBS series Dream of Italy. We visited this special town to celebrate Madonna delle Grazie on July 2nd. The main celebration for Santa Maria delle Grazie is April 28th. But there …

From The TV Show: Procession of the Madonna in Castelvetere sul Calore

In the Castelvetere sul Calore episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy learns how to bake a special pastry baked in honor of the Madonna. A statue of the patron saint of Castelvetere sul Calore, Madonna delle Grazie, is taken out of her sanctuary and carried throughout the town on two days per year: April …

From The TV Show: Don Fa Wine in Castelvetere sul Calore

In the Castelvetere sul Calore episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy tastes “Castelvetere in a glass” – fortified cherry wine. The De Beaumonts are French barons who bought the feudal land of Castelvetere sul Calore in 1675. They continue to make wine here, including a special family recipe called Don Fa. Their special fortified …