Podcast Episode #10: Grow An Italian Garden With Seeds From Italy

In April, Seeds from Italy received a shipment of tomato and pepper seeds that passed extensive testing for plant diseases required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Selection and quantity is limited, but most of the bestselling varieties are available at this writing, and more are expected to be certified for import in the future. Check growitalian.com (use code dreamgarden to save …

Podcast Episode #9: Your Crowdsourced Italian Travel Dreams

  Transcript with Show Notes Embedded: Geri Romeo: I’m Geri Romeo of Miami, Florida. When I dream of Italy, I dream of peeking down an alley on the island of Murano in Venice. “Ciao bella,” calls out a man to me, a beautiful man dressed in an exquisite blue suit. Yes, I know a good suit when I see one. The …

Podcast Episode #8: Share Your Dream of Italy During This Difficult Time

 Transcript with Show Notes Embedded: Kathy: Why such resolve? Because I believe in Italy. I’m betting on Italy. Italy has saved me again and again. It has been my constant. And I believe in dreams and their ability to become reality. This is Kathy McCabe. Welcome to the Dream of Italy Podcast. You know me from the PBS travel series, …

Podcast Episode #7: Exploring Florence While Staying at the Grand Hotel Minerva

 Florence simply enchants us…and some much of the Florentine experience is where you stay. Host Kathy McCabe has a favorite Florentine hotel and it is the Grand Hotel Minerva.  At the hotel’s stunning rooftop pool Kathy sat down with her friend sales and marketing director Andrea Bargigli to talk about what makes the Minerva unique and how to explore …

Podcast Episode #6 – Author Frances Mayes on Moving to Italy

Have you ever thought about packing up, leaving your life as you know it, and moving to Italy? Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun, did just that when she and her husband Ed purchased a villa in the hilltop Tuscan town of Cortona, resulting in a bestselling book and movie! Frances recently joined Kathy in filming the Dream …

Podcast Episode #5: Steve Perillo on How Travel to Italy Has Changed

If you lived in or grew up in NY/NJ or CT in the past 40 or 50 years then the name Perillo needs no explanation. Mario Perillo and his groundbreaking commercials for his Italian tours made him more famous than the Pope in some homes! His son Steve has carried  Perillo Tours. forward. Host Kathy McCabe sits down with Steve …

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 …

Podcast Episode #3: Steve Born on Finding Serendipity in Italy

Should you take an escorted tour to Italy, plan a trip on your own or something in between? The age-old question when traveling to Italy. Luckily, travel industry insider Steve Born of Globus and Monograms has some answers.  Host Kathy McCabe and Steve talk about how you simply must make time for serendipity in Italy and how to do that. …