For those moments when you can’t be in Italy, podcasts provide a lifeline. Hearing directly from the country can be a welcome bit of escapism even when your next trip might be far off in the future. Voices from Italy and more can provide a virtual link right back to Bel Paese, and share some tips for experiencing Italian culture at home.
These Italy podcasts cover everything from learning Italian to art, culture, and food, and can transport you back to Italy right from the comfort of your couch.
Italian teacher Lucrezia has a hugely successful YouTube and an adorable Instagram account to teach students about the language. If you are on the go, her Learn Italian with Lucrezia podcast is a great way to get in more language listening time and learn some essential vocabulary and grammar.
Run by lifelong friends, the Bittersweet Life is one of the most established Italy podcasts. Tiffany is based in Rome, while Katy is a former Rome ex-pat herself. The podcast covers a wide range of art and culture topics, but many find a way to wind back to Italy-inspired topics.
If you want an in-depth crash course in some of Italy’s lesser-known foods and culinary traditions, by Katie Parla and Dr. Danielle Callegari. They have so far covered everything from espresso to olive oil, looking at the cultural history of the foods and how they relate to Italian society.
If you are looking to expand your drinking horizons, this podcast from wine writer Monty Waldin will introduce you to some of the major players in Italy’s wine scene today.
You don’t have to be a history buff to get sucked into these little snippets of the Italian past. The short podcast episodes are designed to be informative without being overwhelming. They span everything from the Roman Empire to the unification of the country, and a bit on more modern historical events as well.
Maria Pasquale, cookbook author and the blogger behind HeartRome, hosts a weekly English-language program on Radio Food Live. Speaking with makers, cookers, and cultural writers from all over Italy, the show focuses on dishes, seasons, and local businesses and is filled with insider tips on experiencing Italy to its fullest. The show usually airs live online but past episodes are available as podcasts.
Rick Zullo’s podcast features a new guest every week to answer questions about traveling in Italy, living in Italy, or even conducting research on Italian ancestry. The episodes are there to guide and inspire you for your next trip and can even help with some Italian pronunciation.
Do you have any other favorite Italy podcasts? Let me know and I will add them to my “to listen to” list.
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