103 episodes

Italy is the best. Art, Fashion, Food, Design, Innovation, Heritage, you name it, the Bel Paese is built on millennia of creativity and is teaming with innovators. Ciao Bella and host Erica Firpo talks with the creative forces behind Italy today - artists, designers, chefs, experts and aficionados. Cocktail conversations and behind-the-scenes visits that will make you want to pack your bags and go!

Ciao Bella Erica Firpo

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 45 Ratings

Italy is the best. Art, Fashion, Food, Design, Innovation, Heritage, you name it, the Bel Paese is built on millennia of creativity and is teaming with innovators. Ciao Bella and host Erica Firpo talks with the creative forces behind Italy today - artists, designers, chefs, experts and aficionados. Cocktail conversations and behind-the-scenes visits that will make you want to pack your bags and go!

    Family Business Banfi Style

    Family Business Banfi Style

    From Italy to America and back again, for Cristina Mariani May, co-CEO of Banfi, the wine business is 100% Italian and American. With a 100 year-old grasp on importing Italian goods to America, Banfi has also been producing one of the top Brunellos for nearlly five decades. In this episode, Erica heads to Castello Banfi near Montalcino to talk family business and Tuscan heritage with Cristina.
     
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    • 37 min
    Talk Como to Me at Bellagio's Villa Serbelloni

    Talk Como to Me at Bellagio's Villa Serbelloni

    Growing up in a historic five-star hotel on the shores of Lake Como, Jan Bucher is no stranger to the complexities and curiosities of luxury hospitality. As general manager of Bellagio’s Villa Serbelloni, Jan has accepted the four-generations-old torch that is running one of Como’s, and accordingly, the world’s, grandest hotels. Join Erica and Jan for a conversation on Clooney, culture and Como.

     
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    INSTAGRAM: @ericafirpo

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    • 41 min
    The Lady in the Palazzo at Venice's Violino d'Oro

    The Lady in the Palazzo at Venice's Violino d'Oro

    Sara Maestrelli shares the journey from creation to design of Violino d'Oro, her family's new hotel in Venice. Hosts Erica Firpo  talks with Sara Maestrelli about the intricate process of transforming historical buildings into modern hospitality spaces while preserving their heritage.Tune in to discover the secrets behind the lady in the palazzo and the art of creating a home away from home in the heart of Venice.
     
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    • 33 min
    So You Want To Be A Digital Nomad in Italy?

    So You Want To Be A Digital Nomad in Italy?

    News Flash: Italy has finally greenlit the Digital Nomad Visa! Your dreams of living in Italy are about to become reality. In this short episode, Thea Duncan, Italy relocation expert, joins Erica to break down what the new digital nomad visa is and what it means to you.
     
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    INSTAGRAM: @ericafirpo

    TWITTER  @moscerina

     

    • 19 min
    The Sicilian Inheritance and Jo PIazza

    The Sicilian Inheritance and Jo PIazza

    Murder, mayhem and Sicily, that's author Jo Piazza's stranger than fiction reality which inspired her to write her latest book "The Sicilian Inheritance".  In this episode, Jo joins Erica to talk hill towns a 100-year-old family tale, and the best things in being Italian American.
     
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    INSTAGRAM: @ericafirpo

    TWITTER  @moscerina

     

    • 31 min
    Tommaso Cecca and the Culture of Campari

    Tommaso Cecca and the Culture of Campari

    In an industry where the brightest stars fall the fastest, Campari has been a constant. A landmark of culture and pioneer of innovation, the brand’s trademark location in Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II embodies its legacy of quality, family, and, above all, italianità. Erica sits down with Tommaso Cecca, head mixologist of Camparino in Galleria, for a conversation on Campari’s unmatched history, its role in aperitivo culture, and the recent opening of its underground speakeasy, Sala Gaspare. 
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

downinke ,

Fun and entertaining

I loved the Debbie Travis and Thea Duncan episodes but all are fun, educational and a sneak peak into Italy from here in Texas. I only wish it was more frequent!

sre you there ,

Great!

Erica—
Look forward to listening to your podcast.
You are full of information and deliver your podcast with great enthusiasm!
Thank you and Ciao Bella

VincentB68 ,

Thank you!

Thanks for making us travel in the Bel Paese, meet fantastic people and feel immersed in the Italian culture.

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