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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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The Sal and Bob Show

Sal Demilio and Bob Phillips

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The Sal and Bob Show is a podcast hosted by comedians Sal Demilio and Bob Phillips. They love steakhouses, so they visit some of the best in the country, crack wise and generally act like idiots while enjoying a great meal. They talk comedy, gambling, sports, movies and other things that interest us. With regular bits like the One Hit Wonder and The Whine List, it's a lively half hour of nonsense. Follow the show on Twitter at @SalAndBobShow Follow Sal and Bob individually at @SallyD08 and @ ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Get ready for a holiday treat with the latest episode of the Sal and Bob Show, where comedians Sal Demilio and Bob Phillips bring their unique blend of humor and insight. This episode kicks off with a deep dive into Gordon Lightfoot's haunting classic, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," before switching gears to the excitement of the NFL, partic…
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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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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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In this laughter-packed episode of "The Sal and Bob Show," comedians Sal DeMilio and Bob Phillips dive into a smorgasbord of topics, each more entertaining than the last. The duo kicks off with heartwarming and hilarious Thanksgiving recaps. From Sal's Italian style meal to Bob's dinner guests, these stories are sure to tickle your funny bone. But …
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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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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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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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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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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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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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On this electrifying episode of "The Sal and Bob Show," Sal and Bob take a humorous dive into Elon Musk's quirky naming decisions – from his kids to his Twitter antics. How does one even pronounce 'X Æ A-12' anyway? Shifting gears, they discuss the current political landscape of the USA, offering their candid thoughts on the upcoming election and w…
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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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In this laugh-out-loud episode of the Sal and Bob Show, our dynamic duo dives deep into a myriad of tantalizing topics. Bob shares a hilarious birthday tale from Benihana that has Sal rolling in laughter. From there, they cruise into Elton John territory where Bob, the self-proclaimed superfan, geeks out over the classic "Someone Saved My Life Toni…
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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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Benvenuti to the Cilento Coast - this beautiful area just south of the Amalfi Coast is sitting there in plain sight waiting to be discovered. Beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, life changing buffalo mozzarella cheese.. what's not to love! We're re-running this episode as part of a series of favorites while we take a short break.. in Italy of course!…
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Packing for Italy is a challenge that perplexes many travelers. 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 here > untolditaly.com/191 The Untold Italy travel podcast is an independent production. Podcast Editing, Audio Production and Website Devel…
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Vicenza is a beautiful Renaissance city hiding in plain sight between Venice and Verona. Known in Italy for architectural masterpieces and an elegant and refined pace of life, Vicenza is a place few tourists visit but, if you're a curious traveler, you really should! Read the full episode show notes here > untolditaly.com/190 The Untold Italy trave…
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Most of us are quite familiar with Italian red wine varieties but of course they make excellent white wines too. Join our friends Olivia and Andrea from Italian Wine Tales as we explore the different grapes and varieties of Italian white wines found from coast to coast. Cin cin! Read the full episode show notes here > untolditaly.com/189 The Untold…
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In this laugh-out-loud episode of the Sal and Bob Show, comedians Sal DeMilio and Bob Phillips take you on a flavorful journey to the renowned Le George Mediterranean Bar & Bistro in Northville, Michigan. As you’re soaking in the Mediterranean vibes, groove along with them to the Song of the Week, "Hourglass" by the legendary band, Squeeze. Not fam…
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Italy has thousands of miles of coastline but most English speaking visitors head to just a tiny section of well known (and overtouristed) resorts. Author Corinna Cooke joins us to share her favorite secret Italian spots by the sea and how to enjoy your time there. After all, an Italian beach experience is one you'll remember forever, so don't forg…
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Wondering what you can eat that's cheap and tasty on your trip to Italy? Street food is popular from Naples to Rome, Venice and beyond. You'll find lots of delicious morsels to eat on your travels that won't break the bank. From iconic pizza to cannoli, mozzarella balls and arancini, there's a tasty street food snack to tempt everyone. So make sure…
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In this laugh-out-loud episode of "The Sal and Bob Show," our comedic duo, Sal Demilio and Bob Phillips, serve up a smorgasbord of hilarity and insight. 🚀 Dive into the world of "Boomer Life Hacks" as Sal and Bob unearth some of the most preposterous ones you've probably never heard of. Get ready to chuckle, facepalm, and maybe even take notes! 🔮 P…
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Welcome to exciting Catania, Sicily - a city that ignites your senses and reveals the true essence of this breathtaking island. Here ancient traditions meet modern artistry, the fish market sits alongside a majestic cathedral and Etna smokes away in the distance. Join us as together with expert Karen La Rosa we unravel the secrets of Catania's vibr…
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When you're in Venice you must try cicchetti. These tasty bites washed down with local wine are a longstanding food tradition in Venice. Just don't call them tapas. Or a picnic. Learn all about Venetian cicchetti, what to look for and where to try them from the cicchetti queen herself - my friend Monica Cesarato! Read the full episode show notes he…
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Summer and peak season is hotting up in Italy! As we're only half way through the season we're offering an insight to making your summer Italian trips run smoothly this year and in ones to come. Founder Katy held with our friend Italy travel expert Danielle Oteri from Feast Travel who has just returned from 6 weeks in Italy and is full of sage advi…
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Getting around Italy can be tricky even when you're physically able, but how about if you're traveling in a wheelchair or have limited mobility? Our guest Aimee Maldonado shares practical tips and ideas for having an incredible time in Italy - choosing hotels, train travel, rolling around the small streets and more. Read the full episode show notes…
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Get your forks ready! We're back in Rome to learn the tips and tricks of making Rome's famous pasta dishes with our friend and Testaccio local Nesim Bekalti from Full Belly Tours. We also discover the best places to try them in the Eternal City because, it's true, no matter what you do this pasta always tastes better in Rome! Read the full episode …
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When in Rome.. you must try its iconic pasta dishes! Discover the key ingredients, origin stories and legends behind the classic pasta dishes of Rome - cacio e pepe, alla gricia, carbonara and amatriciana - with our friend and Testaccio local Nesim Bekalti from Full Belly Tours Read the full episode show notes here > untolditaly.com/181 The Untold …
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Looking for authentic travel experiences in Italy? In this episode we discuss what is an authentic travel experience and how you can find them in Italy. But, above all, we believe, travel your own way, follow your own path and realise your own Italian dreams, even if they are part of a tourist experience. Untold Italy Tours - small groups, local co…
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Are you a wine lover? Then your trip to Italy has many adventures in store. Italy is the world's biggest producer of wine and there is much to explore. Today we're delving into Italian sparkling wines and learning which varieties to try and where, what to look for when you're choosing what to buy and of course, because this is Italy, what you shoul…
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On this episode of The Sal and Bob Show, comedians Sal Demilio and Bob Phillips invite boxing writer Bill Dettloff to discuss his new book, a biography of light heavyweight champion Matthew Saad Muhammad. Through humor and captivating storytelling, they explore Muhammad's remarkable life, from his troubled youth in Philadelphia to his rise as a box…
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Studying abroad in Italy is an incredible opportunity for many young people today including our guest Tyla who recently spent 6 months in Milan at a local university. Tyla and her mum Barbara join us to share their experiences and discuss the opportunities and challenges other families considering a study abroad program should consider before embar…
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