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Untold Italy is a travel podcast full of practical tips and advice to help you plan your trip to Italy. Travel experts Katy Clarke and Josie Armao answer your questions so you can plan with ease and uncover your own, as yet untold adventures in Italy. On our show we share highlights of the major destinations, off the beaten path secrets, best ways to get around, favorite food spots, cultural insights and much more. You’ll learn how to plan your Italy itinerary to include the places and experiences you’ve been dreaming of. And create memories to last a lifetime. Our goal is to help you plan a vacation in Italy that suits you and your travel style. We love Italy and hope that by crafting incredible trips there you’ll be inspired to return again and again. Hit subscribe so you don’t miss an episode and get ready to be transported to bella Italia! Make sure to visit our site for show notes, resources and more >> https://untolditaly.com/podcast
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#068 Things you should know before planning your move to Italy There comes a time when most travelers who visit Italy stop for a moment and wonder .. what would it be like to actually live here? Attracted by the relaxed lifestyle, beautiful surroundings and seemingly endless food and wine experiences, Italy has held an allure long before Frances Mayes penned Under the Tuscan Sun.If you're seriously considering making a change and moving to Italy,  our guest Thea Duncan has the inside scoop on the things you need to consider and steps you need to take to make that dream a reality. Thea has lived in Italy for almost 20 years and found some things out the hard way, so you don't have to. She shares her insights in this week's episode of Untold Italy.Want to know more about moving to Italy? Thea has a replay of her popular webinar presentation available to our listeners until midnight Friday 16th April >> visit Doing ItalyInformation about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode can be found at >> https://untolditaly.com/68Join our free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#067 Amalfi Coast - where to and what to see Beyond Italy's iconic cities,  there's one place that I know you dream of.  Spending some time on the incomparable Amalfi Coast is high on the Italy wish list for many, thanks to its dramatic landscapes, sun drenched shores and crystal blue seas.  But, will your experience match your dreams?  In this episode we chat to local tour guide Pierpaulo about the places to go and things to see on the Amalfi Coast and the best ways to get around - by road and by sea. Pierpaulo shares favorite restaurants and experiences and his favorite towns to visit as you explore one of the world's incredible coastlines. If you're planning to stay in Positano, check out our Essential Guide to the romantic town with the inside scoop on the best restaurants, beach clubs, walks and more >> visit our shopWant information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode? Head over to: https://untolditaly.com/67Join our free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#066 Trip report: Valerie's solo adventures based in Milan Originally planned as a trip with her friend, Valerie found herself flying to Milan on her first solo adventure abroad. There she fell in love with Italy, learnt a few things about planning a trip there and also about herself. In this episode you'll discover the sights that charmed her the most and things she would do differently.This is our first listener trip report where we hear from fellow travelers on their experiences planning and enjoying their trip to Italy. Everyone travels differently and we think it's great to hear perspectives from all kinds of trip planners. If you would like to participate, please send us an email to ciao@untolditaly.comWant information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode? Head over to: https://untolditaly.com/66Join our free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#065 Umbrian towns and Villages.The hill towns with cobblestone streets and pots of flowers come alive in our trip to Umbria. Our guest, author Michelle Damiani, paints a picture of these charming villages that retain their unique culture and traditions despite the modern pace around them.From floral festivals to ancient civilizations, this relatively unknown region is ideally placed for a stop on your journey between Rome and Tuscany.  But be warned. You may find yourself wishing you had stayed a lot longer.Want information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode? Head over to: https://untolditaly.com/65Join our free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#064 South Tyrol and the DolomitesLet's go to South Tyrol and the Dolomites where Italy meets Austria and mountains plunge into shimmering lakes. Italy's northern most region is where you'll find ski lodges and hiking trails and fascinating culture that takes influence from both its Italian and Germanic past. Join us as we chat with South Tyrol specialists Kate and Vin from Throne and Vine, a website focused on the South Tyrol region, about all the beautiful places to see and things to do when you go there.Want information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode? Head over to: https://untolditaly.com/64Our free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#063 Abruzzo - hidden central region spanning mountains and coastlineAbruzzo is one of the lesser known regions of Italy even though thousands of its citizens migrated around the world in the last century. This up and coming region is blossoming thanks to better transport links and technology that connect its people to Rome. But Abruzzo retains its unique charm , traditions and folklore and enjoys stunning landscapes from coast to mountain peak.Join us as we chat with Abruzzo expert Luciana Masci who explains why visiting Abruzzo is so special and how to make the most of your time there.Want information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode? Head over to: https://untolditaly.com/63Our free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#062 Unique artisan made souvenirs and gifts from the heart of TuscanyAs you stroll the cobbled streets of Tuscany's hilltop towns, chances are you'll pop inside a shop or two, intrigued by the beautiful wares on display. Home to talented artisans that continue centuries' old traditions, Tuscany is the place to buy gifts and souvenirs that will be cherished for years to come.  Our guest Arianna Cini is from the Chianti region of Tuscany and she's proud to tell us all about the beautiful linens, pottery, natural cosmetics, olive oil and cheese made using natural ingredients, traditional skills and to ancient recipes. Of course there is a story to learn behind each of these goods that make them even more special. If you can't wait until your trip to Italy to have a piece of Tuscany in your home, you can enjoy one of the beautiful gift boxes Arianna has created that can be shipped to you while we wait for travel to resume.Want information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode? Head over to: https://untolditaly.com/62Join us in our exclusive online piazza here >> https://untolditaly.com/insidersOur free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#061 New Discoveries in Ancient PompeiiPompeii is one of the world's most fascinating archaeological sites but what many people don't know is that new discoveries are made every year that give us clues into what life was like back in 79AD when Mount Vesuvius exploded. The devastating impact of the volcano was felt for miles beyond the current site and recently ruins have been uncovered as far south as Positano on the Amalfi Coast.Join us as we chat with art historian Danielle Oteri about the Ancient Roman sites you can visit in the area around Pompeii. From sumptuous villas with vibrant frescoes and even an underwater site you can swim through, there is much to be excited about in old Pompeii.Want information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode? Head over to: https://untolditaly.com/61Join us in our exclusive online piazza here >> https://untolditaly.com/insidersOur free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#060 Garfagnana - hidden Tuscan hills near LuccaExplore Tuscany beyond Florence and surrounds and you'll discover areas rich with local culture and cuisine and interesting landscapes. Today we're headed to the Garfagnana hills that are rugged and covered in chestnut trees in contrast to the vine covered regions of Chianti and Val D'Orcia.The Garfagnana is close to one of our favorite cities Lucca and also the northern Tuscan coast. It's an interesting place to explore and we'll find out some of its secrets from our guest Buzz McCarthy who has lived there for many years.Want information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode? Head over to: https://untolditaly.com/60Join us in our exclusive online piazza here >> https://untolditaly.com/insidersOur free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#059 Romantic Amalfi Coast weddings Valentine's Day is just around the corner so we're heading to the Amalfi Coast where hundreds of couples celebrate starting the journey of a lifetime together with family and friends every year. With some of the world's most stunning scenery, amazing food and jaw dropping venues, the Amalfi Coast may just be the ultimate destination wedding location. Our guest Victoria Morris helps plan dream Amalfi Coast weddings and joins us to share her experiences being involved their special days. Want information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode? Head over to: https://untolditaly.com/59Join us in our exclusive online piazza here >> https://untolditaly.com/insidersOur free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#058 Italy travel update and Listener Q&A Vol. 3Want to know what is happening in Italy and current travel restrictions? We give a quick update on the situation on the ground.We're also answering questions from fellow travelers who wanted to know how to get help if you fall ill in Italy, how to find a lovely agriturismo or farm stay, and wineries to visit in Tuscany plus more! Grazie, thank you for listening. We hope you enjoy our show and would love you to subscribe for all the latest episodes.Want information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode? Head over to: https://untolditaly.com/58Join us in our exclusive online piazza here >> https://untolditaly.com/insidersOur free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#057 Chianti region - more than wine (though that's important too)Tuscany is high on many Italy wish lists but where should you go to experience this region. Tucked in between Florence and Siena, the area known as Chianti is known for beautiful rolling green hills, picturesque villages and of course wine!  Joining us today is Arianna Cini who was born and raised in the Chianti region and now helps visitors experience its people, places and culture. We learn what to expect on a visit to Chianti, some of her favorite secret villages and of course what to eat! This is the first in a series of episodes where we dive into the provinces and areas of Tuscany, one of Italy's largest regions.Want information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode? Head over to: https://untolditaly.com/57Join us in our exclusive online piazza here >> https://untolditaly.com/insidersOur free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#056 Realizing the dream of buying property in Italy with Nikki TaylorHave you ever dreamed of moving to Italy for an extended stay? If you're anything like us, you often take a sneak peek at the real estate windows in pretty Italian towns that you visit and wonder what life would be like if you actually lived there. Maybe you've even tried to secure one of those oh so tempting €1 deals some Italian towns are offeringToday we take a little detour off the travel path and are joined by Nikki Taylor,  a property expert based in beautiful Puglia. Nikki used to fantasize about living in Italy and she's made her dreams come true. These days she helps others buy their perfect piece of Italy and settle into life there. Nikki shares some tips on buying property in Italy and lets us know if those €1 are a bargain or a honey pot!Want information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode? Head over to: https://untolditaly.com/56Join us in our exclusive online piazza here >> https://untolditaly.com/insidersOur free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#055 Piedmont: picturesque region in the north of ItalyWhen visitors from outside Europe think of Italy's elegant piazzas, pretty hill and lake towns, vines for miles and delicious dishes, for some reason they don't often think of the northern region of Piedmont. Our guest Olivia Windsor is  here to change all of that with a sneak peak into the royal city of Turin/Torino, its decadent treats and the surrounding countryside known for some of Italy's best wines and of course truffles! Olivia lives in the region and is diligently tasting her way around its towns, restaurants and cafes. Want information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode? Head over to: https://untolditaly.com/55If you want to build a draft itinerary for your own trip to Italy so you're ready to book when it is safe and travel is allowed then join our Italy itinerary challenge. Our 5 day challenge will take your dreams into a plan you can build on when the situation on travel to Italy becomes clearer.Join us in our exclusive online piazza here >> https://untolditaly.com/insidersOur free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#054 Solo travel tips for an exciting Italian adventureIf you were ever inspired to take a solo adventure to Italy then this episode is for you. Our guest Sierra Busch overcame her fears of traveling alone and has had some incredible adventures in Italy. Inspired to help others do the same, she's written a book to help those who want to visit Italy on their own make the most of their trip.Sierra shares her thoughts on travel in Italy as a solo woman traveler and gives us words of wisdom about how to approach this for your own trip. The practical tips are just the boost you need to get yourself from dreaming on the couch to dancing in the piazza with your new Italian friends.If you would like information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode, head over to: https://untolditaly.com/54Join us in our exclusive online piazza here >> https://untolditaly.com/insidersOur free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#053 How to plan your dream trip to Italy -  itinerary building tips from Corinna CookeBuon Anno! Happy New Year! Usually at this time of year we start thinking of the months ahead, the places we'll go and start planning our trips. We're having a different start to 2021 but that doesn't mean we can't start dreaming and putting draft plans in place for when things become clearer.On this episode we talk to guide book author and tour leader Corinna Cooke about how she plans her trips to Italy and tips for planning yours. Just like us, Corinna has been planning a few Italy itineraries over the past year and we all agree it has helped boost our mood and feel more positive for the future.If you want to join in and build a draft itinerary of your own so you're ready to book when it is safe and travel is allowed then join our Italy itinerary challenge. Our 5 day challenge will take your dreams into a plan you can build on when the situation on travel to Italy becomes clearer.If you would like information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode, head over to: https://untolditaly.com/53Join us in our exclusive online piazza here >> https://untolditaly.com/insidersOur free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
Announcing the winners of our 50th podcast episode giveaway. Listen to hear if you won one of our fantastic prizes. We also have a gift for those who missed out.With thanks to our partners The Italian on Tour, La RosaWorks Sicily Tours and Travel, Gourmet Girls Sorrento, Giardino di Capri and Creative Edge Travel.************All listeners can take 10% off our Italy Travel Planners and Untold Italy Insiders membership with code GIFT10Untold Italy Insiders membership - our online piazza where you can plan your trip to Italy with travel and on the ground experts and immerse yourself in Italian culture - click for detailsItaly Travel Planners - our one page planners for Rome, Florence, Venice, Sorrento, Milan, Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre - click for more information10% of all sales will be donated to Food for Soul, an Italian organization that helps individuals and families experiencing food insecurity, job loss and isolation.************Grazie! See you in 2021Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#052 Buon Natale, Merry Christmas and our top 5 episodes this year2020 has definitely been a year to remember and in this episode we're focusing on the positives and revealing the top 5 episodes of Untold Italy.We've also got a few Christmas gifts in the form of lovely messages of hope from some of our guests on the show. Let's put 2020 behind us and look forward to 2021 and hopefully realizing our dream trips to Italy.We're taking a break for Christmas but will be back on January 1st with a fun start to the year and many more episodes planned to help you keep dreaming of Italy.Buon Natale! Grazie, thank you for listening. We hope you enjoy our show and would love you to subscribe for all the latest episodes.If you would like information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode, head over to:https://untolditaly.com/52Join us in our exclusive online piazza here >> https://untolditaly.com/insidersOur free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#051 Christmas in Rome and ItalyChristmas is going to be a little different in Rome and Italy this year but regardless, longstanding traditions continue. From giant Christmas trees, sparkling lights and sweet treats, Christmas in Rome is a magical time.We're joined by author and Rome resident Maria Pasquale who shares with us her favorite traditions in Italy and Rome at Christmastime and how you can seek them out for yourself when travel becomes possible in the future.Grazie, thank you for listening. We hope you enjoy our show and would love you to subscribe for all the latest episodes.If you would like information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode, head over to:https://untolditaly.com/51Join us in our exclusive online piazza here >> https://untolditaly.com/insidersOur free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
#050 Josie's favorite experiences to have in ItalyThis being our 50th episode we are celebrating with a GIVEAWAY! As a big GRAZIE! and thank you to all our listeners who put us in the top 5% of podcasts worldwide we're running a competition with some fantastic prizes. Head over to untolditaly.com/giveaway for all the details.Seeing the sights of Italy is one thing but enjoying a moment of pure joy is quite another. If you ask us, travel is all about experiences and that's exactly what we're talking about with Josie in this episode. She tells us the moments and places where she had an emotional response to being in beautiful Italy and hopefully it will give you some ideas of how you can create memories like this of your own. We did ask her to stick to 5 but it seems that wasn't possible. Ah Italy, you'll always hold a very special place in our heart!Grazie, thank you for listening. We hope you enjoy our show and would love you to subscribe for all the latest episodes.If you would like information about the places mentioned and full show notes for this episode, head over to:https://untolditaly.com/50Join us in our exclusive online piazza here >> https://untolditaly.com/insidersOur free community for Italy travel lovers:https://untolditaly.com/communitySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/untolditaly)
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