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The Fatal Charm of Italy: A Question and Answer Podcast with Rick Zullo
25 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
The Italian Approach to Wellness and Beauty with Amy Parsons – FCI 044
The Italian approach to wellness and beauty is rooted in traditions and generational knowledge. Craftmanship and a commitment to quality. The post The Italian Approach to Wellness and Beauty with Amy Parsons – FCI 044 appeared first on Rick's Rome.
30 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
Fascism and Feminism in Italy with Jennifer Anton – FCI 043
Fascism and Feminism in Italy may not strike you as related ideas. Indeed, they are often more opposed than aligned. However, like much of Italy’s history, it’s more complicated than initially meets the eye. The topics of this post could not be timelier. March is Women's History Month, and March 8th, specifically, is International Women’s Day. […] The post Fascism and Feminism in Italy with Jennifer Anton – FCI 043 appeared first on Rick's Rome.
37 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
Eating Healthy While Traveling
Eating healthy while traveling in Italy present some odd challenges. Surrounded by all the abundance, how do you make smart choices? The post Eating Healthy While Traveling appeared first on Rick's Rome.
81 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
The Coronavirus Crisis in Italy – FCI 041
To date, I’ve resisted weighing-in on the coronavirus crisis in Italy on my blog. For one reason, the situation changes significantly on a daily basis. So anything written today might be totally irrelevant (not to mention inaccurate) by next week. But also, I’m not living there at the moment, so I don’t feel that I […] The post The Coronavirus Crisis in Italy – FCI 041 appeared first on Rick's Rome.
38 minutes | Feb 17, 2020
How To Plan A Trip To Italy – FCI 040
On the podcast today, I talked with my friend Victoria De Maio about how to plan a trip to Italy. We discuss four general types of travel: Large Groups, Small Groups, Custom Tours, and “Do It Yourself,” and we compare the pros and cons of each. Afterwards, I reflected on my very first vacation to Italy […] The post How To Plan A Trip To Italy – FCI 040 appeared first on Rick's Rome.
41 minutes | Jan 14, 2020
FCI 039 – Top Sites to See in Rome with Elyssa Bernard
We all know the Top Ten sites to see in Rome. But after those, what's "the best of the rest?" The post FCI 039 – Top Sites to See in Rome with Elyssa Bernard appeared first on Rick's Rome.
33 minutes | Nov 12, 2019
FCI 038 – Move to Italy the Right Way with Damien O’Farrell
I mean, everybody wants to move to Italy, right? (Or in any case, if you’re reading my blog, I assume that you’ve at least entertained the idea.) But hold on a second. While it's a tempting and romantic dream to sell all of your possessions and buy a crumbling farmhouse in Tuscany, you might want […] The post FCI 038 – Move to Italy the Right Way with Damien O’Farrell appeared first on Rick's Rome.
36 minutes | Nov 4, 2019
FCI 037 – In the Cucina with Adina Antonucci
In the Cucina with Adina Antonucci learning how to eat Italian in America The post FCI 037 – In the Cucina with Adina Antonucci appeared first on Rick's Rome.
40 minutes | Aug 23, 2018
FCI 036 – Writing About Italian Ancestors with Carol Faenzi
Italy, in all its charms, lends itself very nicely to romantic quotes, soft-focus photos of rolling landscapes, and Facebook “stories” that make our friends back home jealous. But if you crave a deeper connection, like I do, it’s the real stories that touch us much deeper than easy sentimentality. I’ve consumed more of these tales […] The post FCI 036 – Writing About Italian Ancestors with Carol Faenzi appeared first on Rick's Rome.
22 minutes | Mar 21, 2018
FCI 035 – Italian Pronunciation Guide
Make no mistake, learning a foreign language as an adult is NOT easy. Luckily, there are some aspects of the Italian language which are so simple that a child can understand them. To wit, I’d like to offer an Italian pronunciation guide, “co-produced” by my three year-old daughter, Demetra. More on that later… As far […] The post FCI 035 – Italian Pronunciation Guide appeared first on Rick's Rome.
26 minutes | Jun 14, 2016
FCI 034 – Unique Rome Tours with Beth from Select Italy
OK, so if you’ve been to Rome once or twice already, you might be looking for some unique Rome tours that will help you get acquainted with this ancient city on a deeper level. Not that you’d EVER exhaust all of the stops on a standard checklist—heck, even most native Romans don’t see “everything” in […] The post FCI 034 – Unique Rome Tours with Beth from Select Italy appeared first on Rick's Rome.
33 minutes | May 17, 2016
FCI 033 – Digging up Roots in the Boot with Laura Watson
During the summer of 2010, I took a trip back to my “ancestral village” in the remote mountains of Molise, about 100 kilometers from nowhere. I didn’t know much about the place; only that my great-grandfather had left there in 1880s with 20 lire in his pocket and a one-way ticket to the American Dream. […] The post FCI 033 – Digging up Roots in the Boot with Laura Watson appeared first on Rick's Rome.
37 minutes | Apr 4, 2016
FCI 032 – Under the Puglia Sun with Paul and Steven
I wrote a blog post a few years ago about buying property in Italy. I’ve never actually made the dive, but I’ve looked into it… so of course I felt qualified to speak as an expert. Anyway, the Tweet that I’ve sent out for this particular post is: “Buying property in Italy. My concise guide to […] The post FCI 032 – Under the Puglia Sun with Paul and Steven appeared first on Rick's Rome.
20 minutes | Feb 11, 2016
FCI 031 – Eastern Sicily Highlights with Saskia Balmaekers
“What was that?” I asked the waiter at my hotel, after my silverware vibrated, then shook violently, then fell off the table. He shrugged. “Oh, it’s nothing—just Colapesce trying to get comfortable.” “Well, can you ask him to be more careful? He nearly spilled my cappuccino!” I was joking with him, of course, as I’m […] The post FCI 031 – Eastern Sicily Highlights with Saskia Balmaekers appeared first on Rick's Rome.
17 minutes | Jan 11, 2016
FCI 030 – Coastal Italy Hotspots with Gillian McGuire
Those of you suffering the mid-winter blues amid the frigid cities of North America might not like me and my podcast guest today. This conversation took place poolside on a warm day on the Sicilian island of Vulcano, chilled glasses of crisp white wine in hand. The smoldering black volcano in the background set against […] The post FCI 030 – Coastal Italy Hotspots with Gillian McGuire appeared first on Rick's Rome.
33 minutes | Dec 27, 2015
FCI 029 – Promoting Italian Culture in America
Sometimes this humble little activity of mine opens up a few doors to Italian culture and society that otherwise I wouldn’t have access to. And on this occasion, I’ve really scored some fascinating guests on my podcast, including Dottoressa Gloria Marina Bellelli, the Consulate General of Italy in Miami. Her resume is impressive, to say […] The post FCI 029 – Promoting Italian Culture in America appeared first on Rick's Rome.
25 minutes | Dec 15, 2015
FCI 028 – Offbeat Museums of Rome with Elizabeth Joss
Why is it that people are so keen to visit museums when on vacation, but seldom visit museums in the city where they live? I’ve been guilty of this in Rome, always thinking that “I’ll get around to it someday.” My friend and podcast guest Elizabeth Joss did not make this common mistake when she […] The post FCI 028 – Offbeat Museums of Rome with Elizabeth Joss appeared first on Rick's Rome.
44 minutes | Nov 22, 2015
FCI 026 – Passing Through Piedmont with Diana Zahuranec
The degree of diversity in Italy never ceases to amaze me. The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know about this wonderland of cultural treasures. And by culture, we could talk about everything from art to language to food to architecture. Lately I’ve been learning a lot more about Piedmont (Piemonte), […] The post FCI 026 – Passing Through Piedmont with Diana Zahuranec appeared first on Rick's Rome.
56 minutes | Nov 11, 2015
FCI 025 – The Italian Travel Industry
In October, I attended the Italian travel industry trade show TTGIncontri for the second year in a row. Basically it’s an exposition about the size of three football stadiums filled with travel brands and travel destinations from around the world. Companies and tourist boards all congregate for three days in Rimini to convince wholesale buyers […] The post FCI 025 – The Italian Travel Industry appeared first on Rick's Rome.
21 minutes | Oct 26, 2015
FCI 024 – The Expats in Rome Interviews, Session 2
Today I’m back with Session 2 of my interview series with the Expats Living in Rome group. These short conversations were recorded on October 6, 2015 at an aperitivo in the historical center of Rome. Last time we heard from six diverse people; four expats from the US and two Italians born in Rome. This […] The post FCI 024 – The Expats in Rome Interviews, Session 2 appeared first on Rick's Rome.
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