Episode 52: Tuscan Sun Festival with Alberto Alfonso and Edward Mayes

Hosts Sara, Jessica, and Michelle discuss the Pope’s first tweet, pot on Italian balconies, another round in the Naples trash crisis, and an Italian company making the news for firing only women. Then we talk with artist Alberto Alfonso and poet Edward Mayes about their unique collaboration, which will be presented at this year’s Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona.

Episode 51: Judaism in Italy with Rabbi Barbara Aiello

In this episode, hosts Sara, Jessica, and Michelle talk about the Louvre not loaning out the Mona Lisa, a new hotel tax soon to be implemented in Florence andamp; Venice, and new spots in Italy added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Then we speak with Rabbi Barbara Aiello, the first woman Rabbi in Italy.

Episode 48: Calabria Culinary Tour with Cherrye Moore

Hosts Sara, Jessica, and Michelle talk about how thin Italian women are, caves in Basilicata transformed into luxury hotels, and Berlusconi’s continued party mode. Then we speak to Cherrye Moore to hear some Calabria summer travel tips and to learn about her food and wine tour in Calabria in the fall.

Episode 46: The Evolution of Tourism in Italy, with Steve Perillo

Hosts Sara, Jessica, and Michelle talk about the hunt for the true Mona Lisa, a statue of Pope John Paul II that the Vatican doesn’t like, and Venice’s flood control project. Then we speak to Italy travel expert Steve Perillo about the evolution of tourism in Italy since his family’s company, Perillo Tours, began offering trips to the country in 1945.

Episode 45: Italy Q&A Part 3

Hosts Sara, Jessica and Michelle answer your questions about traveling with children, and crafting the perfect itinerary, traveling in Italy with photography equipment, scenic train rides, culinary schools in Rome, and people watching.

Episode 44: Tuscan Food with James Martin

On this week’s episode, hosts Sara, Jessica, and Michelle talk about an IKEA ad in Italy causing outrage, Italian police pocketing coins from the Trevi Fountain, more ancient artifacts discovered in Italy, and a sad update from the Giro d’Italia. Then we speak with travel writer and part-time Tuscany resident James Martin about the food of Tuscany.