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Just a few tips and tricks to using the trains in Italy like how to read the signs, what the abbreviations stand for, and how to plan your trip using a rail pass.
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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.
Some of us think about making changes in our life; few of us actually do it, Lisa Condie is a shining example of not only doing it, but doing it so well you can't help smiling each time you think of her. The best part is you can join Lisa on a tour with A Better Way to Italy through Tuscany and the Cinque Terre any time you'd like.
Imagine walking the beautiful streets of Cortona, horseback riding, yoga, shopping, wine tasting, or just relaxing at the most beautiful, hand-selected locations in Italy.
Lisa not only offers you the chance to tour with her and Sarah, you can read along with Lisa as a contributing writer at the Huffington Post on all things Italy.
Be sure to do the following: Visit A Better Way to Italy's site, book a tour directly on their site or on the Italy Travel Marketplace, and last, but not least follow Lisa on Huffington Post.
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.
If you Dream of Italy at Christmas then this segment is for you. Listen to Kathy share her love and experiences of enjoying the holiday season in Italy.
Papal Mass at midnight, Feast of 7 Fishes, La Befana, live Nativity scenes, and the Epiphany are only some of the topics.
If you visit dreamofitaly.com you'll find links with so many tips it will keep you busy through the New Year soaking in all of the savory information.
Speaking of the New Year you'll find out what color underwear the Italians wear for good luck on NYE.
Oh, and if you act now you can enjoy a holiday discount courtesy of Kathy and Dream of Italy for her marvelous newsletter.
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.
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
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
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.
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
James Martin has been going to Italy since the 70's and has witnessed the changes, he lives there a few months of the year, writes for About.com, created 2 wonderful apps: Tuscany for Foodies and Sardinia from the Inside Out, was an archeologist, and anthropologist, and has wonderful insight about the hidden treasures of Italy.
Peruse his blog and you'll see what I mean. I thoroughly enjoyed talking to James about the food of Italy and how different it is from town to town, his wonderful discoveries throughout the hidden spots that are rarely if ever visited by tourists, and how to enjoy Italy as a local.