Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special

In the first two seasons of Dream of Italy, Italy travel expert Kathy McCabe brought you to some of the most enchanting corners of Italy from Abruzzo to Rome and Basilicata to Venice. Now she visits the hill town of Cortona in Tuscany, meeting a woman who might be just as passionate about Italy as she is – Under the Tuscan Sun author Frances Mayes.

Frances invites Kathy into Bramasole, the villa she and her husband transformed from a little fixer upper into a worldwide phenomenon, including a hit movie! Few people have been behind the gate of Bramasole, but Kathy takes you inside to visit the gardens and the beautiful rooms in the house and for a conversation with Frances about just what it is about Italy that keeps us coming back again and again.

Frances shows Kathy her Cortona starting with the tradition of coffee in the piazza. It’s a day filled with artisan, artistic treasures, food, wine and plenty of local friends. Kathy enjoys a cooking lesson with Michelin star chef Silvia Baracchi and Frances’ husband Ed Mayes invites Kathy to harvest olives on the grounds of Bramasole. The special culminates in an incredible cocktail party as the Tuscan sun sets and a lesson from Frances on why it is so very important to surprise your life! Join us as we dream of Italy, under the Tuscan sun in the Dream of Italy: Tuscan Sun Special.  PBS stations will begin airing the special after August 19th. It make take a few months to get on your local schedule. It will premiere on Create TV in the fall!

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If you don’t see your PBS station listed in the search, contact them directly and request the  Dream of Italy: Under the Tuscan Sun Special be added to the schedule.  Keep in mind the search above is just for the next few weeks.

Beginning October 2, the special will play on Create TV on:

  • Oct 2: 9:30am & 3:30pm ET
  • Oct 9: 9:30am & 3:30pm ET
  • Oct 12: 6am & 6pm ET (as part of a weekend food and travel event, “Viva Italia”)
  • Oct 13: 12pm ET (as part of a weekend food and travel event, “Viva Italia”)

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