There just aren’t enough hours in the day for reading, it seems, so for those of you who prefer your information brought to you in an auditory way, it’s a good thing there are so many podcasts out there to listen to.
You may already be familiar with the Italy podcast I co-host – Eye on Italy – but if you’re not, I wanted to highlight a few of the episodes we’ve posted over the last year or so that might be useful to those of you planning an Italy trip this year.
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I’ve broken them down into a few categories, and this is by no means a complete library of the podcasts – but it should give you a good start.
- Food writer David Lebovitz talked about his love of Italian gelato, including a few places that featured in his gelato walking tour in Rome in 2010.
- Katie Parla’s not shy about her love of offal, but she also took time in this episode to talk about cool sights in underground Rome.
- Christine Cantera loves rooftop bars, and she dished on several of her favorites in Rome.
- When in Rome, Carol Coviello-Malzone says, eat like the Romans do.
- Elizabeth Minchilli’s the force behind the fabulous new iPhone app, Eat Rome, and in this episode she talked about some of what she included in the app.
Tuscany & Florence Episodes
- Leif Pettersen told us about several places in southern Tuscany that may not exactly be undiscovered, but they’re sure a lot less crowded than Florence and Siena.
- There’s plenty of art in Florence, but Alexandra Korey helped us zero on in some of the things we might otherwise miss – and she shared a few other Tuscany gems outside Florence, too.
- James Martin gave us some hints on the foods to look for in Tuscany, and the lowdown on “cucina povera.”
- Context Travel docent Monica Vidoni took us on a fascinating walk through Casanova’s Venice.
- Longtime Venice resident Nan McElroy had us intrigued by the traditional style of Venetian rowing.
Other Handy Italy Episodes
- Want to explore a Tuscany-like region that’s far less busy than Tuscany itself? Get up to speed on Umbria with Alex Leviton.
- Hoping to trace the path of one of Italy’s most famous artists? Learn about Michelangelo’s Italy with Gene Openshaw.
- Curious about Italian food? Find out how it conquered the world with John Mariani and learn about what vegetarians in Italy eat with Rebecca Winke and Michelle Schoenung.
- Inspired by an Italy trip to seek out your Italian relatives? Get the ins and outs of Italian genealogy with Peter Farina.
- Heading further south? Explore Calabria with Cherrye Moore and Calabrian cuisine with Rosetta Costantino.
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