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A Deep Dive into the Life of Gladiators, Part 2
There are so many myths - and little known truths - about the life of a gladiator back in Roman times. Were there female gladiators? Did gladiators battle wild animals? How were gladiators treated? Were gladiators always slaves or did they become a gladiator of their own free will? These are just a few of the questions you'll get answers to in this fascinating part 2 episode about gladiators and gladiatorial combat.
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Ten myths (and surprising truths) about gladiators and gladiatorial combat in Ancient Rome,
So much of what we assume is fact about gladiators comes from what we've seen in movies, or read in novels. This fascinating two part podcast episode chat with gladiatorial consultant Alexander Mariotti is just the place to start to dispel some of these myths. Alexander helps us to better understand gladiators and gladiatorial combat back in ancient Roman times.
Did the crowds eat the animals slain at the gladiatorial fights?
Were all gladiators slaves and did they fight to the death?
Were there women gladiators?
You'll be surprised by the answers to these questions...
Head to the Flavor of Italy website for more information, great photos, and links.
Molise - listener questions answered - (what is Molise anyhow?)
Molise - listener questions answered:
"What's Molise anyhow? I thought it was part of the Abruzzo region? Is it?"
Molise is a tiny little Italian region – the second smallest in Italy, and as of 1970 when it separated from Abruzzo it's a region all on its own. It's a magical secret region with exquisite food, and its very own wine made from grapes like the Tintilia grape, which only grows in the Molise region.
Have a listen to this episode to discover the region, and take a deep dive into its fabulous food and wine and culture. If you're looking for a delightful place in Italy to visit that's still mostly unexplored this is your destination!
Let me take you there in my three Molise region podcast episodes!
The unexplored, little-known Abruzzo region & its food experiences
Don't miss the unexplored, little-known Abruzzo region!
The Abruzzo region offers an abundance of history, culture and Abruzzo region food experiences:
* Visit the hands-on sustainable farm Fattoria Valle Magica with unique heritage breeds, delicious artisanal salumi and local food.
* Take a cooking class featuring Abruzzese cuisine.....arrosticini, pizzelle and spaghetti alla chitarra.
* Join a day, weekend or weeklong food tour.
Find all the details with links and photos on the Flavor of Italy website.
Neapolitan Pizza deliciousness, Italy's super power
Neapolitan pizza-making is the ultimate proof that Italy's super power is deliciousness. It's on the UNESCO intangible world heritage list.
Want to try Laura’s top three pizzerias where you are guaranteed to experience a delicious Neapolitan pizza tasting menu?
Do you know how Pizza Margherita and Pizza Marinara got their names?
Both steeped in history so have a listen to find out why!
The history of pizza as a flatbread dates back many centuries. It was only after tomatoes were brought to Europe in the 16th century that Neapolitans began using them as a topping for their flatbreads and pizza evolved into what is known today as Neapolitan pizza.
Italian Honey & the Honey Sommelier
The fantastic world of honey and the many things you probably don't know about it!
Did you know that almost all beekeeper’s honeybees are Italian?
Or that only the female bee produces honey and she produces a mere 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey during her lifetime!
Italy has a long history of honey tasting, using the same sensory analysis techniques used in wine tastings: sight, smell and taste.
Not to mention the Royal Jelly that bees produce!
Don't know what it is? Tune in to the episode to learn this, and so much more from the one and only Honey Sommelier, Marina Marchese!
Head to the Flavor of Italy website for lots of great links, gorgeous photos of honey and bees... and a tasty recipe!
I just found out about Ursula and bought her cookbook Cucina Siciliana, my mother, also named Ursula was so very proud of her Sicilian heritage and carried on all the Sicilian traditions and meals I can’t wait to get my book! Ursula Ferrigano sounds lovely!!
Dream of Italy
Great content and host . listen at night before bed and it takes me away to dream of a Italy …
One of my favorite food podcasts
Always worth tuning in, and this has become one of my favorite food podcasts. Wendy does such exhaustive research into every show, and you can hear her enthusiasm for the subjects she covers. She also gets some great guests, including cookbook authors and experts on obscure ingredients.