Dream of Italy, Season 2

After the success of the first series of DREAM OF ITALY, PBS gave presenter/producer Kathy McCabe the go-ahead for season 2 – and that’s where we came in! Kathy asked us to help her find, stories, people and places for the 12 episodes of the new series, in locations from northern to southern Italy.

Kathy is a journalist and owner of Dream of Italy travel magazine. She is passionate about Italy and has travelled and blogged there for years. She wanted to show her audience why she loves the country, and in this series decided to follow her own personal story, her family roots, in Castelvetere in the Campania region. She meets up with old friends there, and is welcomed by the little town with open arms, so-much-so that the Mayor gives her honorary citizenship.
In Florence, we filmed in a lovely mix of culinary and artistic locations. In the Mercato Centrale Kathy takes a stroll with fellow American food writer Judy Witts Francini around the local produce and gastronomic stalls of the market, learns to cook minestrone at a Florentine trattoria, and tastes the historic Antinori wines. She then visits the stunning murals of the Cappella dei Magi, drops into an art restorer’s studio to see a work-in-progress, takes a lesson in fresco-making, and ends on a high note, literally, at the top of Brunelleschi’s Duomo on a crane with the stone mason whose task it is to maintain the cathedral in top condition. And, of course, there’s also a little shopping and relaxing thrown in, to make a great show full of beautiful locations and intriguing stories.
Other episodes in the series take place in Venice, Bologna, Abruzzo, Basilicata and Castelvetere sul Calore in Campania.
You can see the first episode, Venice, here.



  • Anh Does Italy (7 Network)
  • Baby Boom To Bust (Becker Entertainment/National Geographic/Discovery)
  • A Current Affair (Nine Network)
  • 60 Minutes (Channel 9)
  • Swimming World Championships in Rome with Peter Overton (Channel9)


  • The Secret Life of Alexander the Great (Proper Television/History Channel Canada)
  • The Secret Life of Casanova (Proper Television/History Channel Canada)
  • The Secret Life of Pope Rodrigo (Proper Television/History Channel Canada)
  • The Secret Life of Caligula (Proper Television/History Channel Canada)
  • The Secret Life of Lord Byron (Proper Television/History Channel Canada)
  • Are We There Yet? (Sinking Ship/National Geographic)

UK and Europe

  • Fizz, Bang, Whallop (STV/BBC4)
  • The Cook Who Changed Our Lives (Keo Films/BBC2)
  • River Monsters (Icon Films/Animal Planet)
  • 'Hula' and 'Alien' (Sonera TV commercials, Also Starring)
  • Planet Earth 2 (BBC1)
  • Football Lovers Do (Scripps International Networks)
  • 5 Best Things to Do in Milan (Scripps International Networks)
  • Ahlstrom commercial (Cocoa)
  • Rasgas commercial (WMP Creative)
  • Gino's Italian Escape (ITV)
  • Kotipizza TV commercial (Also Starring)
  • Andrew Roberts' Napoleon (Back2back/BBC2)
  • Nelson in His Own Words (Oxford Scientific Films/BBC2)
  • Fire & Ice (Just So London/Dunhill International)
  • Jingles for NOVA, Czeck television
  • Mentors (Proudfoot TV/ Rolex)
  • Nike Photo Shoot with Mario Gomez (VCCP Berlin)
  • Masterchef , The Professionals (Shine TV)
  • Top Gear (BBC1)
  • Objects of Desire (Storyvault Films/Channel 4) with Mariella Frostrup
  • The Link (Lion Television/National Geographic)
  • Earthflight (John Downer Productions/BBC/Discovery)
  • The Gadget Show (North One Television, Five)
  • The Fig Leaf (BBC4)
  • Pope Benedict XVI (Juniper Television/Channel 4)
  • Could You Eat An Elephant? (Keo Films/Channel 4)
  • Rhodes Across Italy (Denham Productions/UKTV)
  • History of Science (BBC1)
  • Rat Pack (Fever Media Ltd/BBC1)
  • UEFA Championship Final, Rome (ITV Sport)
  • PM Salvage Code Red (Steadfast TV)
  • Dolce Vito (IWC Media/Channel 4)
  • Superswarm (John Downer Productions/BBC Natural History Unit)
  • Imagine (BBC2)
  • Canon publicity (Coast)
  • Blue Peter (BBC1)
  • Medical Mysteries (Scream/Fox TV)
  • Mr and Mrs Smith (Outline Productions/Discovery)
  • Urban Myths (Cineflix/Five)
  • Who Do You Think You Are? Sheila Hancock (Wall to Wall Television/BBC2)
  • Ancient Worlds (MEM Television)
  • The Northern Renaissance (BBC Scotland)
  • Greatest Dishes of the World (Shine/Sky)
  • Holiday Showdown (RDF/Five)
  • Country File Special Christmas Edition (BBC1)
  • Mark Steel Lectures . Leonardo Da Vinci (BBC2/BBC4)
  • Home Abroad (RDF/Five)
  • ‘Yn Enw Serch’ (In the Name of Love) (Boomerang TV/SC4)
  • Motor World with Jeremy Clarkson (BBC2)