Campania

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
Abruzzo

 

Historically, Abruzzo was a rural and poor society somewhat isolated from the rest of the country. This might explain why between 1901 and 1915 alone, a million people emigrated from Abruzzo and neighboring Molise – many to the United States. Thirty percent of Abruzzo is covered by nature reserves and three national parks, helping Abruzzo earn the distinction as the greenest region in Europe. Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo protects endangered species such as the Marscian Bear and the Appennine Wolf. Although it is Abruzzo’s most populated city, the port of Pescara isn’t the most alluring of destinations. Further inland, the regional capital of L’Aquila is a far more interesting and beautiful place; in fact The Financial Times has called it “the most handsome city in Abruzzo.” Emperor Frederick II founded the town in 1240, supposedly by joining 99 villages together.