The show, released in weekly 15/20 minute episodes, covers the history of the Italian peninsula from the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476, through the unification of Italy in 1861 to the present day.
Recap 06: Episode 101 - 136
After quite a long tour (36 episodes) we take our routine look back to recap what we have been over, moving around Italy and back and forth in time
136 - Savoy from count to duke to pope (1391 - 1451)
We follow little count Amedeo VIII as he comes to power and manages to not only expand, consolidate and organise first his county and then duchy, but even has a go at being pope for a while!
Anti-mafia martyrs - Pio La Torre, the mafia fighting communist
We take a look at the life and struggle of Sicilian communist party leader Pio La Torre, who spent his whole life trying to oppose Cosa Nostra for the good of the opressed, even when it meant going against his own party.
F100: Before Evil - Interview with Brandon Gauthier on Benito Mussolini
As we finish celebrating the 77th anniversary of our liberation from the Fascist government and Nazi occupiers, I talk to author Brandon Gauthier about his new book, which explores the early lives of notirious dictators such as Hitler, Stalin and Kim.
135 - Savoy - different coloured counts and a murder mystery (1255 - 1391)
We continue catching up with the house of Savoy picking up in 1255 and, after some zig-zagging succession, see the "colourful" green count Amedeo VI and then try to discover what really happened to his son, Amedeo VII the Red count, as the counts slowly continue to expand their lands and influence in France and north-west Italy.
Announcement: 200th upload, new platform, new logo and happy birthday!
We have reached the 200th upload ( regular episodes plus extras) and have moved to a new platform. To celebrate this as well as my 45th birthday we are unveiling the new "A History of Italy" logo
Easy digestable show
Bitesize doses of elegantly and often amusingly told Italian history and culture. I love it! I hope the show carries on for a long time. The audio quality is always crips as well which adds to the experience
Super enagaing! A fun and informative listen
Always really well researched and put together. Don't think I've ever heard someone sound so British yet switch to flawless Italian so fluently!
This is a top class history of Italy show. I've learned a ton and I've only just started listening. Mike is a very engaging host and storyteller. As someone who's always been interested in Italian culture, I also love the intro music - makes me feel like I'm sitting in the sunny southern coast and excites me to be able to go there after covid!