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Life doesn't have a script. At least, it doesn't have to. Hosts Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks explore the challenges and joys of moving abroad and moving home. Whether you’re living overseas, or not — or not yet — join us weekly for unadulterated conversation. Get to know Rome. Laugh at our embarrassments and insights. Most of all, imagine the possibilities for your own life (and meet some famous authors along the way).

The Bittersweet Life Expat, Repat, Travel, Rome, Seattle, Books, Art, Italy, Wonder

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Life doesn't have a script. At least, it doesn't have to. Hosts Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks explore the challenges and joys of moving abroad and moving home. Whether you’re living overseas, or not — or not yet — join us weekly for unadulterated conversation. Get to know Rome. Laugh at our embarrassments and insights. Most of all, imagine the possibilities for your own life (and meet some famous authors along the way).

    Bittersweet Moment #167: Actually Not Italian

    Bittersweet Moment #167: Actually Not Italian

    Accordion music... red and white checkered table clothes... spaghetti and meatballs...
    All wonderful things but... actually, they are NOT Italian!
    On this mini-episode, Tiffany debunks some myths about what's authentically Italian and what isn't, particularly when it comes to what many tourists think is Italian cuisine.
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    NEW TO THE SHOW? Don't be afraid to start with Episode 1: OUTSET
    BOOK: Want to read Tiffany's book, Midnight in the Piazza? Learn more here or order on Amazon.
    TOUR ROME: If you're traveling to Rome, don't miss the chance to tour the city with Tiffany as your guide!

    • 12 min
    Episode 440 [Summer in Rome]: Where Are All the Accordions?

    Episode 440 [Summer in Rome]: Where Are All the Accordions?

    When you come back after several years to a city where you used to live, what do you notice? What has change? What has stayed the same? What have you forgotten about in your time away?
    Arriving in Rome after four years away, Katy notices something that—once ubiquitous on the streets of Rome—is now missing: accordionists. This sparks a conversation about what we notice, what we take for granted as being an eternal aspect of the city, and how a city can change before your very eyes.
    The famous song that Katy plays (and Tiffany recognizes but fails to recognize) is Ma il Cielo è Sempre Più Blù by Rino Gaetano.
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    NEW TO THE SHOW? Don't be afraid to start with Episode 1: OUTSET
    BOOK: Want to read Tiffany's book, Midnight in the Piazza? Learn more here or order on Amazon.
    TOUR ROME: If you're traveling to Rome, don't miss the chance to tour the city with Tiffany as your guide!

    • 17 min
    Bittersweet Moment #166: Exploring Villa Aurora with Princess Rita

    Bittersweet Moment #166: Exploring Villa Aurora with Princess Rita

    Following our exclusive interview with Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi, we explore the spectacular and art-filled Rome in a private tour, led by the owner herself!
    Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi, lovingly referred to as Villa Aurora, boasts an optical illusion by Guercino, four painters trying to outdo each other on the same ceiling for further commissions, a Michelangelo sculpture in the garden (is it??), ancient statuary everywhere you look, and most significantly, a original Caravaggio... and not just any Caravaggio: his only ceiling painting in the world!
    Discover this singular (and for sale!) home with us.
    (You only heard it here: the Princess sometimes does yoga under Caravaggio's ceiling mural!)
    In case you missed it, be sure to go back and listen to the exclusive interview with Princess Rita, taped the same day she showed us around her magnificent home. 
    To hear more about Villa Aurora and its fascinating history and the art it possesses, listen to Episode 412: The Auction of a Lifetime: The Villa, the Princess, and the Caravaggio; and Bittersweet Moment #30: VILLA AURORA. 
    Adore Caravaggio (like we do)? Check out Episode 42: CARAVAGGIO, Part 1; and Episode 43: CARAVAGGIO, Part 2.
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    WRITE A REVIEW: Leave us a rating and a written review on iTunes so more listeners can find us.
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    NEW TO THE SHOW? Don't be afraid to start with Episode 1: OUTSET
    BOOK: Want to read Tiffany's book, Midnight in the Piazza? Learn more here or order on Amazon.
    TOUR ROME: If you're traveling to Rome, don't miss the chance to tour the city with Tiffany as your guide!

    • 12 min
    Episode 439 [Summer in Rome]: Princess Rita and the Fight over Villa Aurora

    Episode 439 [Summer in Rome]: Princess Rita and the Fight over Villa Aurora

    In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi, the elusive American princess opens up about her relationship with the late Prince Nicolò, the unpleasant inheritance fight she's currently embroiled in with her stepsons, how she feels about the prospect of being forced from her home, and—perhaps most intriguingly—what it's like to live at Villa Aurora, a five-hundred-year-old home decorated with paintings by Guercino, Pomerancio, and even Caravaggio, with its gardens full of ancient statuary.
    Listen to more about Villa Aurora on Bittersweet Moment #30: Villa Aurora and Episode 412 The Auction of a Lifetime: The Villa, the Princess, and the Caravaggio.
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    TIP YOUR PODCASTER: Say thanks with a one-time donation to the podcast hosts you know and love. Click here to send financial support via PayPal. (You can also find a Donate button on the desktop version of our website.) The show needs your support to continue.
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    SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you never miss an episode. Click here to find us on a variety of podcast apps.
    WRITE A REVIEW: Leave us a rating and a written review on iTunes so more listeners can find us.
    JOIN THE CONVERSATION: If you have a question or a topic you want us to address, send us an email here. You can also connect to us through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Tag #thebittersweetlife with your expat story for a chance to be featured!
    NEW TO THE SHOW? Don't be afraid to start with Episode 1: OUTSET
    BOOK: Want to read Tiffany's book, Midnight in the Piazza? Learn more here or order on Amazon.
    TOUR ROME: If you're traveling to Rome, don't miss the chance to tour the city with Tiffany as your guide!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Bittersweet Moment #165: Italian Summer Reads

    Bittersweet Moment #165: Italian Summer Reads

    If you are dreaming of an Italian summer, find it within the pages of a book.
    Tiffany shares her favorite books that take place (at least partly) in Italy in summer, and exqiusitely and vividly capture that magical setting. 
    **Check out our interview with Liam Callanan about his earlier book, Paris by the Book here.**
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    SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you never miss an episode. Click here to find us on a variety of podcast apps.
    WRITE A REVIEW: Leave us a rating and a written review on iTunes so more listeners can find us.
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    NEW TO THE SHOW? Don't be afraid to start with Episode 1: OUTSET
    BOOK: Want to read Tiffany's book, Midnight in the Piazza? Learn more here or order on Amazon.
    TOUR ROME: If you're traveling to Rome, don't miss the chance to tour the city with Tiffany as your guide!

    • 18 min
    Episode 438 [Summer in Rome]: The Hazards of a European Road Trip

    Episode 438 [Summer in Rome]: The Hazards of a European Road Trip

    Ah, the freedom of the roadtrip. Go anywhere, anytime, at your own pace. No limits but the open road...
    *record scratch*
    ...unless you are roadtripping in Europe, that is. 
    Katy recounts the hazards, hiccups, and dramas of her attempt to roadtrip across several European countries... and catching Covid in the process.
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    SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you never miss an episode. Click here to find us on a variety of podcast apps.
    WRITE A REVIEW: Leave us a rating and a written review on iTunes so more listeners can find us.
    JOIN THE CONVERSATION: If you have a question or a topic you want us to address, send us an email here. You can also connect to us through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Tag #thebittersweetlife with your expat story for a chance to be featured!
    NEW TO THE SHOW? Don't be afraid to start with Episode 1: OUTSET
    BOOK: Want to read Tiffany's book, Midnight in the Piazza? Learn more here or order on Amazon.
    TOUR ROME: If you're traveling to Rome, don't miss the chance to tour the city with Tiffany as your guide!

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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Take a break to imagine

A staple in my week the Monday episodes and Thursday moments offer true respite from everyday life. The conversations either take me to a new place or help me look at life in a new way. I love it!

-alhj ,

Love love love!!!

I’m not an expat and doubt I will ever be one, but I love this podcast. Katy and Tiffany talk about a whole host of things so it doesn’t just appeal to people moving or living abroad. I adore Rome, so I love the episodes where they talk about the history and culture of the city, but I find all their episodes so relatable and insightful. Just gorgeous!!

srheli ,

Lovely

Been listening for years and it’s always so interesting! One of my favourite podcasts. It actually inspired me to move to Rome!

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