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 …

From The TV Show: Citizenship Jure Sanguinis in Castelvetere sul Calore

In the Castelvetere sul Calore episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy learns about the legalities and possibility of obtaining her Italian citizenship. Italy recognizes citizens “Jure Sanguinis,” by blood. No matter where someone is born, if at least one parent is an Italian citizen at the time of the birth, their child is Italian …

From The TV Show: Castelvetere’s Cemetery

In the Castelvetere sul Calore episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy is introduced to her closest living relative in Italy. Built in 1714, Castelvetere’s cemetery is one of the oldest in Italy, built before laws required bodies be interred outside towns in order to stop the spread of disease. Because of limited space in …

From The TV Show: Searching For Family Records in Castelvetere sul Calore

In the Castelvetere sul Calore episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy visits the mayor’s office to search for records of her family’s ancestry. Gaetano Petrillo, a local genealogist, brought Kathy and her mom to the office of the mayor of Castelvetere to look for the municipal records of their ancestors. Towns throughout southern Italy …

From The TV Show: Livio’s Poem in Castelvetere sul Calore

In the Castelvetere sul Calore episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy’s cousin, poet Livio Nargi, opens the episode with an excerpt from this poem. Castelvetere, you are the glory of beloved poems. Scenes of enchantment and dreams, divine in the spirit. You are the precious treasure of the people, the magical splendor upon the …

Dreams & Miracles in Castelvetere: Dream of Italy Episode

Update: My beautiful mother passed away on April 16, 2018. You can see her with me in the Castelvetere episode of Dream of Italy on PBS. My dream of Italy started here… Castelvetere sul Calore For my family, Castelvetere has always been a place of miracles and mystery Those are the first three lines of the upcoming Dream of Italy …

What’s Newly Renovated and Restored in Pompeii

This article appears in the February 2017 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. The ancient city of Pompeii has seemingly been undergoing restoration since it was discovered in the 1700s, and the newest restorations include two homes and a brothel. Both homes – Casa Obelius Firmus and Casa Marcus Lucretius Fronto – were lavishly decorated with frescoes and paintings, and …

Unique Christmas Celebrations in Southern Italy

An edited version of this article appeared in the November 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. Click here for all Christmas in Italy travel suggestions The holiday season is a magical time of year in Italy and a great time to experience Italian traditions new and old. Over the years at Dream of Italy, we’ve written about various ways to …