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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 expert Katy Clarke interviews special guests and answers your questions to help you plan 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 ...
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Have you ever wondered what a trip to Italy would be like? Where the best beaches are in the south of France? Or where the best hiking spots are in Iceland? In Wonder, we'll explore one of the best parts of life, travel. We'll delve into everything from exploring different locations we've experienced to ones we haven't through guest interviews. We'll also talk about how to plan a trip to a new destination, tips and tricks we've learned, and even how to mitigate the effects of jet lag. If you ...
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Travel That Matters (named one of the 10 Best Podcasts of 2022 by Men’s Journal) explores the world’s most extraordinary travel experiences and destinations with award-winning editor, writer, and luxury travel expert Bruce Wallin. Bruce’s remarkable guests share inspiring, life-shaping stories about their adventures and cultural explorations, as well as travel tips and recommendations for the best destinations, hotels, restaurants, activities, and more. Their travel tales and insights cover ...
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The Rome 2-day itinerary! With such a beautiful city with so much to see, it isn’t easy to build an itinerary in 2 days that covers it all. We tried to hit the must-see’s and do’s, leaving Rome feeling full of history, culture, and pasta. In this episode, we dive into everything we did in our 2 days visiting Rome. From our first pasta carbonara rig…
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Sardinia is Italy's second largest island and remowned for incredible beaches and a deep and ancient culture. Beloved by Europeans, it is not as well visited by English speaking travelers who miss out on wonderful scenery, hyper local experiences, delicious food and wine and much more. Read the full episode show notes here > untolditaly.com/219 Sup…
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Learning some Italian for your trip is a very good idea but how hard is it to learn Italian? No matter your age or experience, if you're prepared to make a commitment to your learning then Italian is one of the easier languages to learn. Join Italian language coach Monica Cazzamani Bona from Su Misura as she shares how to learn Italian the way that…
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We're finally here to discuss one of our favorite cities, Rome! This episode is packed with great travel conversation, starting with deconstructing the Conde Naste Top 10 Best Beaches in the World. Following up, we give our background about why we chose to visit Rome, why it's such a special place, and our initial take when we landed. We dive into …
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Wishing you a very happy Easter. In this short update we share our best resources for planning your trip to Italy if you've set aside some time to do that over the weekend Our website - untolditaly.com - 100s of useful and FREE articles and podcasts to help you plan your trip Our community - Italy Travel Planning (Facebook) - fellow travelers answe…
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If it is your first visit or your fifth, exploring Rome is one of life's great pleasures. In this episode learn what experiences to seek out when you visit the Eternal City. Not necessarily a list of bucket list items but ways to immerse yourself in one of the world's greatest cities. These are the things host Katy does each time she's in Rome. Rea…
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The 2023 Master Chef series was such a success that we decided to keep it going for another season! Prepare your palate for adventure, because Travel That Matters is about to take off (again) with the top tastemakers on a culinary journey around the globe, including Nancy Silverton, Wolfgang Puck, Charlie Palmer, Danny Meyer, Jonathan Waxman, and m…
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To many people, Byron bay is home to the eternal summer. Just north of Sydney a short 8 hour drive or a 1 hour flight, you'll find an oasis that's more than your average beach town. Byron Bay is iconic for a reason, and it's amazing not just in the summer season. Byron boasts beautiful people, fresh food, social locals and the most "chill" vibe (ac…
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Nestled between Rome and Florence, Umbria is Italy's green heart, a beautiful and timeless region with charming hilltop towns, fields of flowers and delicious food and wine. Glam Italia guidebook author Corinna Cooke joins us to sing the praises of this wonderful region that is easy to access but somehow has fewer crowds than neighboring Tuscany Re…
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Driving is often the best way to explore Italy's beautiful countryside but what if you don't want to rent a car? In this episode we chat to Bookings For You founder Jo Mackay about the best places in regional Italy to explore using the local train and public transportation network Read the full episode show notes here > untolditaly.com/215 The Unto…
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Ready to go beyond the guidebook? Hear Angelo, founder of Liv Tours, reveal a treasure map to the Eternal City's most captivating, off-the-beaten-path wonders. Join us as we unveil Rome's special secrets from the serene Santa Maria Maggiore to the mystifying catacombs. Are you prepared to experience Rome like never before? Tune in and transform you…
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A trip to Tuscany would not be complete without trying some of the region's amazing wine. Today we're headed to the Val d'Orcia and southern Tuscany where you can taste some of the most celebrated varieties in Italy - Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and more. Discover what makes southern Tuscany more than just an incredible win…
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Getting people to think differently when deciding where to travel next is a specialty of the travel journalist Andrew Nelson, a writer for two decades with National Geographic Travel and a two-time Lowell Thomas prize winner. Andrew joins Bruce on the podcast to discuss places in his new National Geographic book, Here Not There, revealing 100 alter…
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A behind the scenes look at Untold Italy, a podcast, travel resource site and services and small group tour company that started as a simple travel blog, survived the pandemic and grew into a multi-faceted business. This is our story as requested by many listeners. Strapped for time or need more help? Check out our new Trip Planning Services Read t…
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Italians are very particular when it comes to food and eating. Manners and ways of doing things are part of the fabric of life. In this episode our local Roman food expert Nesim joins us to share the dos and don'ts of eating in Italy. Please.. do not touch the produce at the market! Read the full episode show notes here > untolditaly.com/211 Strapp…
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Embark on an adventure through South Africa with Liam Tomlin (Cape Town chef), Deborah Calmeyer (ROAR Africa founder), and Tiago Sarmento (managing director of Belmond in Southern Africa), whose stories and insider tips on crafting the ultimate travel experience will have you hooked on this something-for-everybody destination. On his recent trip to…
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A new tourist tax, visa waiver program and important events you need to know about if you're planning trips to Italy in 2024 and 2025. While some of these are a while away we know many of you make plans well in advance so we're sharing some upcoming changes for travelers to Italy in the near and longer term future. Read the full episode show notes …
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It's deep mid winter in Tuscany and that calls for warming soups and hearty dishes that are the mainstay of Tuscan cuisine. Local cook Giulia Scarpaleggia shares her favorite winter produce and dishes from her home in the Chianti countryside including a very special treat that can only be tried in in the lead up to and during Carnevale Read the ful…
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This week, we're recommending a Pushkin podcast, A Slight Change of Plans, where Maya Shankar blends compassionate storytelling with the science of human behavior to help us understand who we are and who we become in the face of a big change. In this episode, Dr. Richard "Harry" Harris is an anesthesiologist and expert cave diver who was tasked wit…
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Venice is a city of art and artists. And it has been for centuries. This commitment to craftsmanship and creating is part of what makes the city on water so special. Local Monica Cesarato shares some of her favorite artisan creators, where to visit them and why their commitment to these traditional crafts is so important to Venetian culture Read th…
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Let's discover how to find the very best accommodation options in Italy for your upcoming trips. Joining us is guide book author Corinna Cooke to help us work through the quirks of Italian hotels and understanding what to look out for if you're booking rentals via Airbnb or other platforms. Accommodation is perhaps your biggest trip expense after f…
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Divia Thani is an incredible and inspiring source of information on how best to explore the many different regions of India, from the Himalayas in the north to Chettinad in the south. In this episode of Travel That Matters, Bruce speaks with Divia, the Global Editorial Director of Condé Nast Traveler, about her home country of India, inclusive of t…
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Attention wine and truffle lovers! Barolo, a picturesque wine area in northern Italy's Piedmont region is waiting for you. Barolo is known as the King of Italian Wine thanks to its royal connections to the ruling Savoy family - monarchs of Italy. The wine region is a series of lovely towns perched on hills covered in vines with the magnificent snow…
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Planning a trip to Italy in 2024? This episode is a must listen no matter what stage of planning you are in. Our host Katy spent 8 weeks in Italy in 2023 and 6 weeks in 2022 - in the popular cities and areas and off the beaten path favorites. Things have changed a little since covid so in this episode she shares her best ever tips for planning your…
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Our love of travel and food converge in spectacular fashion in this exploration of Mexico and its many regional cuisines with chef and TV host Pati Jinich. As the host of the 3x James Beard Award-winning PBS television series “Pati’s Mexican Table,” resident chef at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C., and a cookbook author, Pati is …
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Buon Natale! It's Christmas time and we're headed to beautiful Sorrento near Naples. Known and loved as a summer destination for visitors around the world, Sorrento loves to get festive in December with feasting and fun that is famous across Italy. It's a great time to visit and our guest Lee, long time resident from the Gourmet Girls food tours ba…
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This week, we're recommending a podcast for Scotland-lovers by award-winning travel blogger Kathi Kamleitner. This clip is of her conversation with Mark Williams, a forager and foraging tutor with over 30 years of experience. Originally from the Isle of Arran, Mark lives in Galloway these days and runs foraging classes and workshops all over Scotla…
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It's the most well known location on the Amalfi Coast, each street is lined with stunning pastel storefronts, delicious food, and some of the most jaw-dropping views... Today we're diving into none other than Positano! A few months ago, we took a trip to Positano, Italy and are here to tell you all about it. Everything from how to get there (and ho…
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Capri is one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean. And also one of the most visited. To make the most of your time there and have a delightful experience you'll need to spend more than a day there plus engage in some precision planning. Here from local Holly Star on how to have a wonderful time on magical Capri. Read the full episode …
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Dr. Tara Stoinski, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund President, CEO and Chief Scientific Officer, joins Bruce to discuss the fascinating scientific and conservation work the organization does in the mountains of Rwanda, as well as the fund’s brand-new Ellen DeGeneres Campus—a facility that will not only change how we study and protect mountain gorillas but …
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When you think of bright blue beaches, beautiful shorelines, and holiday vibes, Greece is sure to come to mind. With some of the most stunning beaches and intricate geological landscapes, it's somewhere at the top of bucket lists. While we loved Santorini and Mykonos, Paros stole our hearts. This quant, quiet, and relaxed island delivers all your h…
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Assisi is the region of Umbria's best known town and has been welcoming pilgrims and travelers for centuries. The home of St Francis, Italy's patron saint, it is a sacred and spiritual place where people of all faiths gather. Joining us today is local guide Isabella Bellucci who shares her passion for this beautiful hilltop town and its stories. Re…
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Rome's highlights are well known but what if you want to dig a little deeper? Listen in to learn some of the treasures of the Eternal City hiding in plain sight if you're prepared to be a little curious. From a unique winery to a port city built the same time as Pompeii, you can never stop discovering the many layers of Rome. Read the full episode …
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John Robert Sutton didn't always know he wanted to travel through 124 countries and be the best exotic food trader, but we're glad he did! This episode is packed with the most interesting stories, like where vanilla is really from and how it grows in its natural state, what the most potent and natural antioxidant on the face of the earth is, what v…
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Pop the Prosecco! Today we're celebrating 200 episodes of Untold Italy. And what better way to do that than with a whole show dedicated to chocolate - Italian chocolate of course! Not quite as famous as Swiss or Belgian chocolate, but just as delicious and revered throughout the land! Read the full episode show notes here > untolditaly.com/200 Reso…
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Your bags are packed, preparing for your flight, and you're thinking... how will I get data once I'm on holiday? Getting data on holiday is simple and you have options! In this episode we discuss the top 4 ways to connect to data when you're abroad. From eSIMs to getting a SIM in destination, there are pros and cons to each option we discuss so you…
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Tuscany's Val D'Orcia is one of the most beautiful places in the world and it's here that you'll find the delightful town of Pienza. Remodeled in the Renaissance by an enterprising pope, this town captures the beauty of Tuscany both inside and outside its stone walls. Be the first to know about our Tuscany Wine and Wellness Tours - click here Read …
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“From a hidden region of Colombia to a high-profile hotel debut in London, this episode is for adventurers, foodies, escapists, and big-city lovers—basically anyone who cherishes travel and is interested in exploring new places,” Bruce says. Throughout the episode, you will hear the insights and advice of luxury travel leaders whom Bruce Wallin, Tr…
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In this episode, we are heading to North West Tasmania, where we're exploring one of the most popular hiking destinations in Tasmania, Cradle Mountain. Cradle Mountain is most known for one of its most famous hikes, the Overland Track, a multi-day hike throughout the Central Highland mountain range. The good news is, not all hikes are multi-day and…
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Treviso is a tantalizing town hiding in plain sight just north of Venice. Home to tiramisu and Prosecco this small city is a place you could easily while a few hours away in, or even a few months. Our guest Gabe North-Harney moved there with her husband a year ago and shares insights into her new home and journeys around Italy. Read the full episod…
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The first stop along the Amalfi Coast is one often overlooked, but high above the coastline with far reaching views of Salerno is Vietri sul Mare. One of the lesser known but remarkable towns along the Amalfi, Vietri is the ceramic capital of Italy. Vietri is stunning, full of art, creativity, beautiful beaches, and some of the most wholesome peopl…
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Recently returned from 6 wonderful weeks in Italy, host Katy shares her highlights and learnings from visits to Rome, Florence, the Dolomites and South Tyrol, Modena and the Emilia region, the Cilento Coast, Ischia and more Read the full episode show notes here > untolditaly.com/197 The Untold Italy travel podcast is an independent production. Podc…
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"I came to Thailand when I was just a teenager and chose never to leave," said guest Bill Heinecke, collector car enthusiast, experiential traveler, and billionaire founder and chairman of Minor International PCL, which owns and operates hotel brands including Anantara and Tivoli. Host and award-winning travel writer and editor Bruce Wallin guides …
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Have you ever started planning a trip with a partner and struggled to make it work? Or wound up month into planning trips with friends only to realize everyone has a different idea of what they want to do? In this episode we're diving into planning a trip with your partner (but it translates to friends or anyone you travel with!), using our most re…
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Are you ready to discover the wonderful world of Italian red wine? Most of us are familiar with Chianti and perhaps even the King of Wines Barolo however have barely scratched the surface of the many hundreds of local varieties found in the 20 regions of Italy. From Amarone in the north to Nero d'Avola in the south, there is an Italian red wine var…
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Planning a trip to Italy is fun but it can also be time consuming and also a bit overwhelming. In this episode we share the best ways to plan your trip depending on the time and resources you have available. Read the full episode show notes here > untolditaly.com/195 The Untold Italy travel podcast is an independent production. Podcast Editing, Aud…
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You might have heard of the Yucatán, but you may not have heard of Mérida. A special spot tucked away from the frequent tourist crowds heading to Chichén Itzá, Mérida is a hidden cultural hub-spot. Tune in to hear more about Luke's adventures in Mérida, exploring the beautiful cenotes and the many wonders of the Yucatán! Wonder where we'll explore …
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In this episode, host Bruce Wallin explores the transformative power of travel with guest Esme Benjamin, a wellness and travel journalist and host of the podcast The Trip That Changed Me. They start by talking about wellness programs in Italy (The Ranch) and Cuba (Mhai Yoga). We learn why Fiuggi water has been celebrated for its healing powers and …
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Let's go to Lecce, beautiful southern city with Baroque charm. The proud capital of Puglia's Salento region is elegant, charming and home to artisans proud to showcase their cultural and food heritage. From Lecce you can reach the incredible Salento beaches and countless sleepy small towns. It's a city of dreams if you're looking for a unique Itali…
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Speaking a little Italian is polite and a great way to enhance your trip. In this episode our friend Michele from the Intrepid Italian shares some quick tips on getting from Ciao! to ordering a gelato. We're re-running this episode as part of a series of favorites while we take a short break.. in Italy of course! Read the full episode show notes he…
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