Bologna

MOVEABLE FEAST WITH FINE COOKING
Bologna, Italy

 

Join Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking for its first-ever visit to Bologna, the culinary capital of Italy. Host Pete Evans meets Stefano Corvucci, founder of the Culinary Institute of Bologna, and learns why the Po River Valley gives its famed Grana Padano such distinguished flavor. Then, our two chefs join up with Stefano’s colleague Lucia Bezzi to visit the Mercato di Mezzo, a food market that’s been buzzing since the Middle Ages. Stefano and Lucia bring to life iconic regional dishes like lasagne, tortelloni, and tiramisu, using techniques and instincts they’ve inherited and cultivated from family. It’s a meal as rich in flavor and heritage as the medieval brick that covers the city.

 

 

DREAM OF ITALY
Castelvetere Sul Calore

 

In this segment from the beginning of the Castelvetere sul Calore episode of Dream of Italy (season two), host Kathy McCabe introduces the world to her ancestral hometown and tells the story of her great-grandfather Generoso Nargi and why she returned to rediscover the town in 1995 and is back again.

 

 

DREAM OF ITALY
Basilicata with Francis Ford Coppola

 

The small Italian region of Basilicata is located in the “in-step” of the Italian boot. Basilicata is the most mountainous region in Italy with nearly 50% of its territory covered by mountains, with the rest of the area nearly fully covered in hills. Although Basilicata has less than 10 miles of coastline on the Mediterranean Sea, that coastline is one of its best-kept secrets and the seaside town of Maratea could give anywhere in the Amalfi Coast a run for its money in the beauty department. The most famous site in Basilicata is the sassi (caves) of Matera which were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

 

 

DREAM OF ITALY
Florence

 

In Season 2 of Dream of Italy, join Italy travel expert Kathy McCabe as she visits Florence, Venice, Bologna, Basilicata, Campania and Abruzzo. In Basilicata, Kathy is joined by film director Francis Ford Coppola. Kathy explores her Italian roots in her ancestral hometown of Castelvetere sul Calore.

 

Florence
Florence is known for its Renaissance art and architecture. But the city isn’t stuck in the past, it is always evolving. Host Kathy McCabe gets to see the restoration of the Duomo from a unique perspective – a crane! She visits the only Last Supper painted by a woman – a Renaissance nun nonetheless – and she’s how it is being brought to life. Florence is also home to modern street artist Clet Abraham and Kathy joins him for an artistic caper of sorts. There are fresco-making and cooking lessons and a unique, historic boat trip on the Arno River.

 

 

DREAM OF ITALY
Bologna

 

In Season 2 of Dream of Italy, join Italy travel expert Kathy McCabe as she visits Florence, Venice, Bologna, Basilicata, Campania and Abruzzo. In Basilicata, Kathy is joined by film director Francis Ford Coppola. Kathy explores her Italian roots in her ancestral hometown of Castelvetere sul Calore.

 

Bologna
Bologna is one of Italy’s lesser-known big cities but is one of its more charming. Known its cuisine (this is where Italians go to eat) and as home to the oldest university in the Western World. It also the center of Italy’s “motor valley” and host Kathy McCabe gets a test drive in a Lamborghini. Not only does she learn how to make Bologna’s famous tortellini but she attends Gelato University, yes it is real. Kathy and her friend Alessandro head for the Bologna Hills, La Dolce Vita-style in a convertible and meet the nonna (grandmother) who makes some of the best ragu in the world.

 

 

Italy’s Mystery Mountains

 

Behind Italy’s cultural abundance is the diversity and turbulence of its geology: the continuously erupting volcanoes, the violent earthquakes, the clash of mighty tectonic plates, and the rising of the mountains from which Michelangelo quarried his famous Carrara marbles. Follow two international teams of geologists ― one working near Bologna and the other in southern Italy, where Sicily’s famed volcano, Mt. Etna, erupts in brilliant showers of lava ― as they fill in the story of how the Italian peninsula was first created and whether the famed Apennine Mountain range running down Italy’s spine is still alive and growing.