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I can live a happy and content life now. I've accomplished one of my lifetime goals in interviewing Italy Magazine on my little show. I'm excited beyond measure.
Georgette Jupe joined me to talk about Italy Magazine and why it's simply amazing. It is THE Italy resource, packed with glorious stories about all of Italy from Rome, Florence, and Venice to the nooks and crannies that all of us Italophiles yearn for everyday.
I remember when they were a printed magazine and I had them collected like prized novels on my bookshelf (still do). They've since gone green and are purely an online magazine to the benefit of us all. The content changes often, is packed with LOCAL insight, offers a community for all of us to tap into the collective braintrust of millions of readers and Italy experts, has a shop, and neatly organized content.
If you can't get enough of Italy Magazine at www.italymagazine.com be sure to follow them on all of their well managed, informed social network sites. You will discover a new Italy everyday.
Susan Van Allen joined me to talk about her amazing book, 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go. From museums, to beaches, to villas, to spas, to gardens, to women run wineries, to the insight of other great women writers like Ms. Francis Mayes, we covered it all.
Her book is a glorious read filled with insight that can be used by both men and women for a great trip through Italy.
I was inspired by her perspective and her passion.
My favorite chapter title is Bernini's Beautiful Broads and the Galleria Borghese of Rome. Susan's ability to have fun with the content, yet deliver an insight that few books are able to will have you eager to run to enjoy all 100 sights in her book.
The best part is you can use it as a great read and a guide book. This is a great book to turn to when planning your trip to Italy and while you're there you can bring the printed copy or the ebook.
In addition to this great title you can also enjoy her other book Letters from Italy - Confessions, Adventure, and Advice.
Be on the look out for her soon to be released new title, 50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Women Should Go.
Visit Susan's Site and be sure to buy her book
You may also join Susan on a tour of Italy on her Golden Week in Southern Italy: For Women Only Tour this October. Go with her to experience the pleasure of Southern Italy, Magical Capri, Fascinating Pompeii, the Best Pizza in the World, and much more. Hurry though. There are only 4 spots left.
It's simple...just read the manual! I'm only kidding. Taking great pictures in Italy is an artform and Raffaella De Amicis talks us through how to work your camera, set up the shot, and click your way to awesome memories.
Visit her unbelievable gallery and buy some of her pics at www.molimogallery.com. My faves are of the Nonne, the Nuns, the Colosseo, the pavement at Pompeii, and the Bridge of Sighs.
So much to learn, but so fun to practice.
Raffaella also talks about her upcoming photography tour where she'll be creating wonderful memories for all of us. Be sure to support her. Learn more at http://www.trevolta.com/travels/Forza-Italia-Capturing-Italy-23533
I am joined by the Founder and President of Arte al Sole, Shannon Kenny. We talk about her camp, Arte al Sole for children in six locations throughout Italy and how the camps allow children to embrace, food, art, culture, natural history, and history. We talk about Shannon’s awesome background in Medieval and Renaissance History and what motivates her, and more importantly, the children at Arte al Sole.
Visit their site at www.artealsole.com for a profile of each of her programs and to catch up on the details of each location. There are six to choose from.
Arte al Sole is a summer day camp for international children offering week-long sessions based on the art, culture, and natural science of Italy with locations in Panicale, Umbria; Lucca, Montepulciano, and Florence in Tuscany; Rome; and Puglia. Children ages 6-12 will explore the artistic and natural wonders of these inspiring environments through exciting and engaging activities in art history, fine arts principles, nature walks, sketching and painting, collage, architecture, sculpture, craftsmanship, and science. Each session includes a cooking lesson preparing regional dishes and a fieldtrip to local museums and architectural sites. The program is entirely in English, offering an optimal language immersion experience for children of all ages and languages. A teen leadership program is also offered for students ages 13-17.
Victoria DeMaio of www.postcardsfromtravelpizazz.com joins me to share her tips and insight on traveling through Italy with her organized groups and her independant travels.
We talk about the great things to do, how to get from here to there, and why indulging in getting lost is the way to go.
Even if you've been to Rome, Florence, and Venice 5 times there is always something to enjoy and a fun way to do it.
I'm inspired by Victoria and her passion for Italy and it comes through with her every word.
Think about enjoying the Sistine Chapel with no one else during regular visiting hours, using the new train option, tours with wonderful tour companies, and blogging about it all the while.
Victoria you put a smile on my face and I'm certain you'll help many others find their way in Italy.
Rick Zullo is touring Italy on his Blog Tour and doing a wonderful job experiencing Italy like a local with locals for the benefit of us all.
My friend Rick has been voted one of the best bloggers on Italy and now he's taking his blog on the road.
We talked about his time in Milan and the Lake Region, then how he fell in love with Tuscany.
The best part is Rick has enjoyed tours and guides throughout Italy to experience each place. From the hilltowns to Florence and he's not stopping there.
There are more segments to follow for Rick to share his experiences throughout his wonderful tour.
Visit Rick's site at rickzullo.com
Victoria de Maio of postcardsfromtravelpizazz.com joins me live from Orvieto for our first live segment from Italy during her fabulous trip to Italy. Each segment is only 10 minutes long so you can enjoy her delicious trip with Victoria every step of the way.
In this short, but insightful episode we talk about being in Umbria, Orvieto specifically, getting caught in the rain, private tours, Italian hot chocolate, tufa, the chocolate festival, and why Umbria is awesome.
You can keep tabs on Victoria's trip on info.howtotouritaly.com/living-the-dream/
Victoria's Italy Travel Segment Series is sponsored by the Italy Travel Marketplace.
Enjoy every step of Victoria's trip through Italy from Florence, to Rome, to Puglia, and back as she joins me on the air to chat.
We'll be connecting live to talk about her favorite gelato spots, getting lost, her discovered travel tips, favorite wine, and much more.
Join us as we explore Italy together bringing each day to life through the show and her wonderful trip throughout Italy together.
Visit her site at http://postcardsfromtravelpizazz.com/ to learn more.
This wonderful segment series is brought to you by the Italy Travel Marketplace. Check it out at www.italytravelmarketplace.com
Victoria de Maio of postcardsfromtravelpizazz.com joins me live from Puglia in Southern Italy for our third episode of her Living the Dream series.
She's just outside of Lecce and you can join her as she visits the Trulli, enjoys an espressino, dives into a sea urchin, and explains why the South of Italy is just perfect.
Why don't more travelers visit Southern Italy? I have no idea, but Victoria describes how wonderful the locals are, how great the food is, and what life is like in the heel of Italy.
Not only is the Amalfi Coast one of the most beautiful places on earth, it enjoys some of the best food too. This charming, family run, home-cooked, delicious restaurant will leave you dreaming of your experience for years to come.
When I went to do the interview I walked in and mom, dad, and son were all hard at work prepping food for lunch.
Listen to my interview with Vincenzo and believe me you'll be calling ahead to make your reservation...and you should.
Visit their site at www.davincenzo.it and make your reservation today.
Enjoy the finer things in life (don't read expensive) and enjoy your time in Italy with Your Private Italy. They'll book all of the details from picking you up at the airport and scooting you quickly through customs, to a helicopter transfer, a private jet, cooking classes, wedding planning, car rentals, tours, scuba diving, kayaking, and property rentals.
Nicole and her husband offer a market experience in the rarely visiting by travellers Trionphale market of Rome. It's only steps away from the Vatican so you can enjoy the market, a privately enjoyed cooking class and lunch, then find your way to the Vatican.
The best thing to do is visit their site at www.yourprivateitaly.com or the Trionphale Tours facebook page (website soon to follow) at https://www.facebook.com/TrionfaleTours
The lure of Ischia is real yet few travelers have experienced it and it's only a hop, skip, and a jump from Naples or the Amalfi Coast. The best part is it's much, much cheaper than Capri. Better yet I can almost guarantee that you'll be the only one that has visited this beautiful island as you talk about your trip to Italy at your next dinner party.
This wonderful island will capture your soul. Filled with wonderful food, views, wine, volcanic pools, cheap and elegant hotels, and most importantly amazing locals Ischia will easily be your favorite stop in Italy.
Why is this the first segment I've featured this amazing island? That's a great question and shame on me.
Dion of Ischia Review joins me to share the secrets of this wonderful place and helps us all understand why after one visit he now calls it his home. Be sure to visit www.ischiareview.com for a great site dedicated to all things Ischia with unique and fun ways to experience one of Italy's best kept secrets.