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Steve Perillo Carries On The Family Tradition Touring Italy

Paul and Elizabeth chat with Steve Perillo, CEO of Perillo Tours, both a pioneer and a leader in escorted tours to Italy. Steve represents the third generation of the family business. And he shares how his family worked to make Italy a popular destination for American tourists after WW II. Today they are leaders in touring Italy.





People — Janice Wald Henderson Finds Slow Food In Italy Worth The Trip

Janice Wald Henderson returns to share with Paul and Elizabeth her thoughts about the delights of Italian food and how to scope out the best places in Italy to enjoy it. You’ll also learn how slow cooking of classic Italian dishes can make for an evening to remember.

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Film – Naples 44 Brings Norman Lewis’ Classic Book To Life

The late Norman Lewis is widely regarded as one of the great travel writers and his book Naples ’44: A World War II Diary of Occupied Italy, one of the great works of travel writing.
Naples 44 is now a film, and Director Francesco Patierno joins Paul and Elizabeth along with producers Francesca Barra and Davide Azzolini to discuss how the film came to be and how faithful it is to the spirit and legacy of Norman Lewis’ great book.  
Details on Naples 44 can be found at IMDB. There are brief moments when our guests are speaking in Italian but how this film came to be made is fascinating. 

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Jennifer Dombrowski on Living in France

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Jennifer Dombrowski joins the show sharing her experiences from her recent move to Bordeaux, France. Having moved to Venice, Italy, her husband in the Air Force, and a travel blog writer, she is no stranger to life outside the United States. She shares challenges in living overseas, moving from Italy to France, and her perspective on current events in tourism safety.

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Jennifer Dombrowski Talks Travel Fulfilled And Hoped For

Dombrowski 1Paul and Jennifer talk travel. As Jennifer is into her second year as one of our correspondents we thought it only fitting to let you in on why she is such a valuable contributor to Traveling. Johnny Jet introduced us and since then we’ve benefited by Jennifer’s great expertise and also her understanding of the world we live in. Jennifer’s website and blog, is not only a source of accurate travel information (trust us that isn’t always the case when it comes to blogs) but it’s also written with a sensitivity to our men and women serving around the world. But perhaps Jennifer says it best in this from her website:

We’re Jennifer and Tim and we love adventure and we love wine, so we often try to combine the two! By day, you’ll find us out on some crazy adventure like snorkeling in Iceland in winter, but by night, we’re creatures of comfort. We both work full time, so we bring you practical tips for how anyone can fit travel into their busy lives – just like us! So far, we’ve visited 48 countries on 3 continents, lived in the United States and Italy, and Tim has lived in Korea. And we do it all while both holding down full time careers, Jennifer as a communications manager and social media strategist at a university and Tim as an active duty service member in the US Air Force. That’s how much we love travel. We can hardly stand to stay home in Italy for too long; wanderlust always gets the best of us. Travel has literally changed our lives, strengthened our marriage, and challenged us beyond our wildest dreams. Living by our motto “Live a Life of Adventure,” we’re here to prove to you that travel isn’t at all intimidating, there’s much more to see and do than that guide book you picked up shows you, and that you can balance a life of travel with your career. The travel will never stop for Jennifer and Tim. Our bucket list continues to grow with far flung places on this beautiful planet and we’re continually working toward our goal to become full time travelers once Tim retires from the Air Force. Join us as we show you how you can live a life of adventure! We’re always happy to offer our advice, so send us an email or leave us a note on our Facebook page.

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Mauro Galli Of Tourcrafters Talks About Slow Food Tours In Italy

florenceMauro Galli of Tourcrafters joins Paul and Elizabeth to talk about special Slow Food Tours of Italy. Mauro also talks about the special tours they have designed for disabled travelers who want to travel in France. He reports that France is making great strides in making many places accessible. These are some of the highlights of the Slow Food Tour they discussed on the air:

The Slow Food Movement, which started in Italy as an antidote to fast food (and McDonald’s), aims to rediscover the flavors of regional cooking and to take pleasure in cooking, eating and sharing meals.  TourCrafters’ Slow Food Gourmet Tuscany tour provides daily opportunities to do just that, with a cooking lesson, several wine and cheese tastings and convivial meals based on the traditional dishes of Tuscany. The tour was designed in partnership with Slow Food Italy. All restaurants, wineries, farms and artisans visited on this tour have been approved by the Italian Slow Food Presidia. The land-only escorted tour, which has several departure dates next spring, summer and fall, costs $2,600 and includes seven nights’ accommodation in 4-star hotels, daily buffet breakfast, seven other meals with regional wines, four tastings of Slow Food Tuscan wines, guided half day tours of Florence and Siena, some entrance fees, baggage handling, a professional tour director, licensed local guides, and  travel in state-of-the-art luxury motor coaches. The tour starts and ends in Rome, and along the way tour participants will enjoy  views of hillsides covered with the vineyards and olive groves so typical of the Tuscan landscape, visit bustling market towns like Greve in Chianti, experience wine and art cities like Montalcino (famous for the production of Brunello),  see the medieval town of Montepulciano and the Renaissance city of Pienza and, of course, tour Florence, Siena and the Umbrian city of Orvieto. The centrally-located  hotel in Rome, the Independent, is sleek and modern and features hypoallergenic mattresses, a “pillow menu,” Nespresso coffee makers and a rooftop garden.  The Hotel Villa Il Pilagio boasts a swimming pool and acres of garden in Rignano sull’Arno, not far from Florence in the beautiful  countryside of Tuscany.


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Global Travel Correspondent Gary Arndt Checks In About Tbex, Jordan and Italy

200x200headshotGlobal Travel Correspondent, Gary Arndt reports in after TBEX in Toronto. Before venturing off to Italy and his annual photo tour  he spent some time in Jordan where he visited even more parts of the country and reports that due to the lack of toursism prices and down and everyone is on a mission to welcome the tourists who do come. Gary reports that from his first hand observations the country is a good place to visit and well worth the trip. Check out his website for more news of his travels. Next he’ll be reporting in on his adventures in the Caribbean.

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Jennifer Dombrowski Helps Military Personnel Travel

We met Jennifer Dombrowski through an interview with Johnny Jet and we are totally grateful. Jennifer is in Northern Italy with her Air Force husband and they’ve been there for three years and looking forward to more time in the region. Jennifer and Tim travel as much as they can and try to find new and interesting places. Currently they are discovering small towns in Slovenia but they’ve been to Svalbard near the North Pole to drive dog sleds and are planning trips to Iceland and Dubai. They are taking advantage of being posted abroad and Jennifer is helping other personnel learn how to travel and enjoy the perks of being in another country. She recently started a “Lunch and Learn” series on the base. The first one featured festivals in Italy.


Johnny Jet Finds Room In London Without Breaking The Bank

Johnny Jet chats with Paul from London where he has discovered some very affordable ways to stay. He’s on his way to Venice to board a Seabourn cruise and will report on that on a later show. Johnny has been traveling the world and sharing his extensive knowledge of travel and especially of ways to travel more affordably for years. He stops to chat with Paul and Elizabeth frequently.


The Ultimate Journey In The Footsteps of Alexander

When you find your self consulting on a Michael Wood documentary because you are an authority on and have traveled in the footsteps of Alexander The Great, the next step is to take others on the same journey. Today Peter Sommer of Peter Sommer Travels takes small groups not only in the footsteps of Alexander the Great but along the coast of Turkey in sailing gulets. Peter joins Paul and Elizabeth to discuss travel to Turkey, Greece and Italy and just what it’s like to literally follow in the footsteps of Alexander The Great for more than 2,000 miles.