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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 underw
Join Richard Bowen of Context Travel and I as we discuss the impact of WWII on Italy and how the Monuments Men of the Allied forces and the Italian citizens saved their art for the world.
I read Robert Edsel's wonderful book Saving Italy about the Monuments Men and was inspired to dig deeper into a part of Italy's history that I've largely ignored. I guess the snob of Ancient Rome, Medieval, and Renaissance Italy got the best of me for many years...until now.
This is a fascinating subject that includes the near loss of Da Vinci's Last Supper, the loss of the complete collections of many of the museums throughout Italy, and how the Monuments Men worked day and night to protect, preserve, recover, and replace many of the world's most famous art, manuscripts, and architecture.
Be on the look out for the soon to be released movie starring George Clooney and Matt Damon as I'm sure, as much as you might like my show their star power slightly out powers mine. Also read Saving Italy, and visit http://www.monumentsmenfoundation.org/
Visit Contexttravel.com and set up a custom Rome tour focused on WWII.
Many more WWII segments to follow.
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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
First of all let me tell you how much I don't like tour. This may sound strange, but it's exactly at the base of how I design my own "tours for people who don't go on tours." I don't want my clients to feel like tourists when they are traveling with me. I was born and raised in the capital of the Renaissance, aka Florence Italy, so you can imagine how many "herds" of people I would see being dumped every day on my city's most histo
From Sicily to the Dolomites Madeline can coach you in your trip planning to Italy or plan your entire trip. She even offers a concierge service to help you out of a jam if you run into one.
Through living and working in Italy as a tour guide, a nanni, and a ex-pat she knows the ropes, the tips, the tricks, the guides, the routes, where to park, and how to beat the lines.
Her goal is a balanced visit to Bell'Italia and she works with you to make your dream vacation a realit
Smart Tours in Italy is a cruise enthusiast's delight. Dedicated to shore excursions to all of the major ports with itineraries to make your dreams of Italy come true.
Imagine as you step of the pier from your cruise and there waiting for you is a comfortable, affordable, air conditioned luxury vehicle to whisk you into Florence, Rome, or Tuscany to enjoy a day sipping wine, enjoying the sights, or the wonderful Italian countryside all to have you back in time and in comfort to
As an A rated Travel & Leisure travel agent Mina loves planning trips to Italy. Travelive.com has a dedicated site travel2italy.com where you can enjoy their Italy travel options and when you're ready give them a call to put your trip together.
Their site is filled with wonderful ideas and itineraries, but the start dates and specifics are up to you. Mina and her team use a consultative approach to help you make your dreams come true from Lake Como to Venice to Sicily
Paul Bennett joins me to share his passion for Italy and their 7-10 new walks in Rome, Florence, Venice, and Naples.
Paul does a wonderful job sharing what each of the new tours has to offer and how the Context Travel Docents will bring to life the narrative and history for travelers every step of the way.
The new tours are:
1. Florence - Women in Art from the Renaissance to Today
2. Rome - The Good Life; Rome's storied ancient past and Villa living for
Learn the ins-and-outs of home swap to enjoy Italy and the world using a home swap.
What a wonderful way to travel.
Shelley shares her tips, how to find places to stay as well as find people to stay in your home in places you only wished you could visit.
This is truly a remarkable way to see the world as a local.
Brian Mazza shares his experience finding his family who hails from Calabria. It was a long and sometimes arduous process that led him to his family's hometown deep in Calabria.
We'll enjoy the process with Brian, how he uncovered all the wonderful resources he used, and how it felt to find his home.
We'll also enjoy talking about Calabria as an under visited region of Italy and how any seasoned traveler to Italy should make Calabria a main stop during their visit t
This is a segment where I talk to my friend Darryl who had never been to Italy before and came to visit me. We discuss all sorts of tips, advice, and insights that will benefit an Italy first-timer or an Italianati. We talk about:
Using the trains, taking cabs, pick pockets, creating a journal, tagging photos, taking notes, the Loggia of Florence and other fantastic sights, stamping and dating your rail pass, using the autoticket machine at the train station, finding your car
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