17 episodes

If you dream of Italy, host Kathy McCabe and her fascinating guests are here to make your Italian travel dreams come true whether you're seeking life transformation life with a move to Italy or simply want to make your Italian vacation as authentic as possible. McCabe is the host of the PBS TV travel series Dream of Italy and founded the award-winning travel publication Dream of Italy in 2002. Our episodes - mostly recorded on the road in Italy - cover everything from picking the best cooking schools and villa rentals to gaining Italian citizenship and starting a new chapter in Italy...

Dream of Italy Kathy McCabe/Dream of Italy

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 138 Ratings

If you dream of Italy, host Kathy McCabe and her fascinating guests are here to make your Italian travel dreams come true whether you're seeking life transformation life with a move to Italy or simply want to make your Italian vacation as authentic as possible. McCabe is the host of the PBS TV travel series Dream of Italy and founded the award-winning travel publication Dream of Italy in 2002. Our episodes - mostly recorded on the road in Italy - cover everything from picking the best cooking schools and villa rentals to gaining Italian citizenship and starting a new chapter in Italy...

    Episode #16: Italian Culinary Adventures in Modena with Rhonda Vilardo

    Episode #16: Italian Culinary Adventures in Modena with Rhonda Vilardo

    Join host Kathy McCabe and Rhonda Vilardo of Italian Culinary Adventures as they discuss one of their very favorite cities in Italy- Modena in the region of Emilia Romagna. Modena lives and breathes food, especially balsamic vinegar and parmigiano reggiano. Kathy recently filmed two episodes of season 3 of the TV series Dream of Italy in Modena and Rhonda and Kathy discuss Michelin-star chef Massimo Bottura and his wife Lara Gilmore and their culinary and philanthropic empire in this charming city. Rhonda explains how she takes guests through the many layers of Modena exploring food, wine and culture, meeting food producers and learning hands on the special culinary traditions of this corner of Italy. If you are dreaming of visiting Modena, you don't want to miss this episode of the Dream of Italy Podcast!  

    • 36 min
    Episode #15: Bring Italy to Your Doorstep with Olivia Becker

    Episode #15: Bring Italy to Your Doorstep with Olivia Becker

    Pistachio cream tastes like that breakfast you enjoyed in Milan.
    A drizzle of balsamic vinegar catapults you back to a memorable lunch in Modena.
    A bite of pasta transports you back to a perfect dinner in Umbria.
    Olivia Becker of Dalla Fonte knows the important role food plays in our memories. She talks to host Kathy McCabe about how Dalla Fonte brings customers Italian food directly from small businesses and local suppliers in tiny towns in Italy, truly living up to its name which means “from the source.”  Olivia, who has Italian-American ancestry, connects with many female-led business owners and entrepreneurs keeping traditional food alive while keeping an eye on innovation. Jordan almonds (“confetti”) were a staple in Olivia’s Abruzzese family and are synonymous with parties and celebrations still today for many Italians. She includes confetti from the Pelino factory in Sulmona, Abruzzo, in operation for over 300 years, as part of a special box created as an interactive experience for Season 3 of the TV series Dream of Italy. Olivia's curated boxes bring the best of Italy, authentic Italy, to your doorstep. 
    Save 20% in Dalla Fonte's store with code: DREAMOFITALY

    • 40 min
    Episode #14: Buying Short Term Rentals in Italy with Brad Allan of BradsWorld

    Episode #14: Buying Short Term Rentals in Italy with Brad Allan of BradsWorld

    YouTube star, dog-lover and all-around great guy, Brad Allan, originally from Texas, lives his dream of Italy in Montepulciano with his wife Olivia. Host Kathy McCabe enjoys a great chat with Brad and his new life in Italy! His thoroughly educational channel gives tips on how to move to Italy and how purchase property either for your personal use or to turn into short-term rentals as Brad has. Brad has a booming business renting out elegant apartments to travelers to Tuscany. He's also loving the Tuscan lifestyle as are his dogs! If you dream of moving to Italy with a smart way to finance it, this episode is for you. 

    • 50 min
    • video
    Episode #13: Fractional Ownership in Florence with Italy Perfect

    Episode #13: Fractional Ownership in Florence with Italy Perfect

    Don't we all dream of owning a home in Italy? What if you could be part owner of a stunning apartment in Florence with little of the usual hassles of buying a house in Italy? Your Italian dream might be closer than you think...
    Host Kathy McCabe welcomes Lisa Byrne of Italy Perfect who has been renting villas and apartments in Italy for years and is now offering fractional ownership (four weeks per year) of a stunning apartment in dreamy Florence: They discuss:
    How fractional ownership works and why you are truly a deeded owner Why Florence is the perfect location for a fractional ownership in Italy What the price is for Italy Perfect's Maestro fractional ownership What the advantages and disadvantages of fractional owneership are Why purchasing a fractional ownership can have less risk than buying a house in Italy  How you can rent out the Maestro apartment when you are not there And much more... For more details, visit www.italyperfect.com
    Enter to win a 4-night stay in Florence: www.dreamofitaly.com/winflorence
    Show notes: https://dreamofitaly.com/2023/01/11/podcast-episode-13-fractional-ownership-in-florence-with-italy-perfect/

    • 45 min
    Episode #12: Overcoming Challenges in Claiming Your Italian Citizenship

    Episode #12: Overcoming Challenges in Claiming Your Italian Citizenship

    In our previous episode (#11), we discussed how many who have Italian ancestry can claim Italian citizenship, jure sanguinis, by right of blood. In this episode, we dig deeper as sometimes this process isn't as straightforward as it first might seem. 
    Host Kathy McCabe welcomes Bianca Ottone of My Italian Family.  They discuss:
    + Why more and more Americans are pursuing dual citizenship
    + Why naturalization records are the most important
    + How Bianca and her company helped Kathy explore her heritage in Campania
    + How to navigate around the "1948 rule" which might seemingly deny your claim to citizenship - and how Kathy is doing it
    + How adoption affects the ability to claim citizenship
    + How to navigate around name discrepancies, whether they were made on purpose or by mistake
    + How to find the Italian town(s) your ancestors are from, even if you are not sure of all of their details
    Show notes: https://dreamofitaly.com/2021/05/04/podcast-episode-12-overcoming-challenges-in-claiming-your-italian-citizenship-with-my-italian-family/
     

    • 37 min
    Episode #11: How to Use Your Italian Ancestry to Claim Citizenship

    Episode #11: How to Use Your Italian Ancestry to Claim Citizenship

    Italy bestows Italian citizenship jure sanguinis, by right of blood. So that means many Americans who have Italian blood can be dual citizens and hold citizenship in the U.S. and Italy, allowing them to live in Italy full-time and access many benefits - and even pass it on to their children. 
    Host Kathy McCabe welcomes Melanie Holtz of ItalyAncestry.com to discuss genealogy and how tracing your ancestry can lead to Italian citizenship and an EU passport. They discuss:
    + How Melanie's own ancestors were "on the run" - and that's sometimes a common story - when they emigrated to the U.S. 
    + How Italian records can tell you so much of the story of your ancestors
    + Why so many Italian records are available in Salt Lake City, of all places
    + What are the advantages of claiming Italian citizenship
    + Why the wait at some U.S. consulates is up to eight years! to process citizenship paperwork, but there's a very fast way to get your citizenship granted - on the ground in Italy
    + What the cost is to go through the citizenship process and ways to save money
    Show notes: https://dreamofitaly.com/2021/05/04/podcast-episode-11-how-to-use-your-italian-ancestry-to-claim-italian-citizenship-with-italyancestry-com/

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

ilovepresidenttrump ,

Mimi

Awesome podcast and I watch Kathy on PBS create Chanel i must look for upcoming shows ! But listening to the podcast is so informative ! Grazie xoxo

Timeless Treasure ,

La Bella Vita

Love to listen, learn and Dream of Italy when you share all you know and have experienced in your travels🌻🌻💕 Thank you Kathy! You have lite a spark and a dream for me that someday I will get to go back to Italy!
Grazie Mille💕🌻

Kb40088 ,

Love it

Much like the TV show, I can’t wait for the next episode of the Podcast!

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