February 2018 – Season 2 of TV Series, New in Florence, Great Tour Guides

Behind The Scenes of Season 2 of Dream of Italy on PBS
Kathy and the crew traveled to Venice, Bologna, Florence, Abruzzo, Basilicata and Castelvetere sul Calore to film season two and she shares tales from the road from the unexpected guest Lucifero (last summer’s heatwave) to what it was like to meet Francis Ford Coppola who appears in the Basilicata episode.

New Buzz on The Florentine Food Scene
Florence is an exciting place for foodies these days, especially in the markets. Find out what’s new in Mercato Centrale and San Ambrogio, where famed Florentine chef Fabio Picchi has opened two new stands.  Fashion and food are melding with a new place to eat by Gucci, and more.

Great Tour Guides in Bologna and Venice
As we’ve written about many times, a great tour guide can truly transform a visit to any Italian city or region. We profile two of them in this article – and they are affordable. Meet Anna in Bologna whose not merely Bolognese – she’s ‘petroniana,’ that is, she was born inside the 11th century walls that surrounded Bologna during the Middle Ages and share insights from generations of her family. In Venice, we meet Luisella, a born storyteller who loves to take visitors to meet artisans and explore little-known museums.

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