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Italy from the Heart

Italy from the Heart

Italy from the Heart connects travelers to Italians, their passions and the places they are attached to. Each episode brings to your kitchen table Italians from all over Italy, the cities, the villages, the mountains, the seaside as we get to know people you might actually meet on your travels.

Recent Episodes

A Pause: Buon Ferragosto

Aug. 14, 2021

Ferragosto is both a national holiday when Italians celebrate the height of summer and a religious holy day in the Catholic church. August 15th is when Italians with family and friends are out in nature whether at the beach …

In Rome, a food blogger recommends hidden gems not found in guidebooks.

July 30, 2021

Food historian and recipe developer Luca Marchiori shares some of his favorite things to do and places to eat in Rome.

Episode 5: In Rome, a Venice-born Britain-raised food writer and podcaster finds home.

July 16, 2021

What’s it like growing up in a bicultural home? Luca Marchiori shares with us a childhood with an Italian father and a British mother and how he now navigates his own two distinct cultural identities in Italy as a recipe dev…

In the Italian Alps, a Down-To-Earth Countess Tends to Her Haunted Castle

July 3, 2021

In Episode 4 we speak with the Countess Marina Rasini. She owns a jewel of a castle that was once owned by the Von Trapp Family of “Sound of Music” fame in the Italian Alps near the Austrian border in the region of the Trent…

What Does A Young Priest from Bari, Italy and Good Ole' St. Nick Have In Common?

June 19, 2021

And why is the capital of Bari and not the North Pole the home of the Santa Claus we know and love.

Let the Umbrian town of Spello cast a spell over you with flowers!

June 5, 2021

Spello is a charming hilltop town in the heart of Italy in the region of Umbria, found just between Florence and Rome. Every year Spello holds a festival of flowers that will spellbind you! This “INFIORATA” - which means “de…