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Direct from Italy! Follow the adventures of two Americans running a villa in Puglia, Italy, and learn all about Italian the culture, people, food and fun. Every week, we’ll share our lives with you and what life in Italy is really like especially for two Americans. From Italian recipes to travel in Italy to interviews with others who share the same Italian spirit, we’ll cover it all. So come along for the ride and discover that life is better when you put a little Italian into it.

Living Villa Cappelli Paul Cappelli & Steven Crutchfield, discussing all things Italian: food, cu

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Direct from Italy! Follow the adventures of two Americans running a villa in Puglia, Italy, and learn all about Italian the culture, people, food and fun. Every week, we’ll share our lives with you and what life in Italy is really like especially for two Americans. From Italian recipes to travel in Italy to interviews with others who share the same Italian spirit, we’ll cover it all. So come along for the ride and discover that life is better when you put a little Italian into it.

    064: Translating Pasta

    064: Translating Pasta

    We take a lot of pasta names for granted.  Sure, we all enjoy “spaghetti,” but do you know what it means?  How about “penne” or “fusilli”?
    In this podcast, we talk about the names of various pastas.  And in many cases how the name describes the shape.
    If you want to see actual pictures of the various pastas, check out all the pics in the show notes.
    Also, at the end the podcast, we give you a few cooking tips on pasta.

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    063: Caremongering, the virus, and gardening — oh my!

    063: Caremongering, the virus, and gardening — oh my!

    The title pretty much says it all.  We talk a little more about the coronavirus in Puglia and how Italians are dealing with things.  Luckily the medical system here is very good.

    We talk Caremongering.  A wonderful movement started in Canada.  Essentially, it is a movement encouraging acts of kindness or assistance, especially to help vulnerable people, during tough times, like the COVID-19 pandemic.

    And while it’s not an Italian expression, the sentiment is totally Italian.

    Typically Caremongering revolves about starting your own local Facebook group.  The more local, the better, like smaller towns or regions or neighborhoods in big cities.

    Typically, posts are divided between two main topics: #iso and #offer. #iso posts are for people "in search of" help, whereas #offer posts are for people offering help.

    For example, someone posts they are #iso toilet paper, and a neighbor can drop some off on their porch.

    So, since we are spread wide and far in this group, feel free to start your own local Caremongering group!

    Not sure how?  Here are step-by-step instructions: https://www.facebook.com/help/167970719931213

    Then we talk a bit about what we are harvesting from the garden as well as planting.

    I’m not sure how we got on the top of canned bread, but I promised pictures in the show notes.  So here it is.


     

     

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    062: Our experience with the coronavirus in Italy.

    062: Our experience with the coronavirus in Italy.

    Not much in the way of show notes for this episode guys. And this might be a trend as we focus more on putting out good audio, and not so much on the show notes, so we can do more podcasts.

    This episode, we catch you up with what life has been like with the coronavirus here in Italy, and more specifically, Puglia. It is definitely a strange time, but very manageable and fine from our perspective.

    Do you have a question you'd like answered? Anything we didn't cover? Let us know in the comments. And we'll give you updates very soon in the next podcast.

    Stay safe everyone! Wash and sanitize those hands!

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    061: Day in the life of running an Italian Villa

    061: Day in the life of running an Italian Villa

    In this episode, we try to give you a bit of behind the scenes look at what it’s like to run a villa, especially from the tour and vacation rental aspect.
    We cover all sorts of topics, including:
    •  Breakfasts, as far as what we serve and why a simple breakfast is never a simple breakfast
    •  Laundry.  Again, while for most a load of laundry here and there during their week is a normal chore.  There’s nothing normal about it when you have 10 bedrooms of sheets and towels to wash each week.  Plus, you have to head down to hang them up to dry, which is another trip in and of itself.
    •  Meals.  How we design meals and cook them, with and without guests.  If you’ve ever made a big holiday meal for your family, you probably have some idea the amount of work that goes into that.  So when are cooking for say 15 to 20 people each day, the chopping, cooking, and cleaning all add up.
    • Touring.  Paul is the man who drives everyone around on tours.  So after breakfast, he’s driving everyone to the next site and leading the tour at that location.  He also sticks with everyone to order everything for each meal, and make sure everyone is taken care of at the restaurant.
    • Shopping.  This is never a quick task when food shopping in Italy. You could just go to a supermarket, but we never do.  So you head to your butcher.  Then the local produce vendor (aka farm stand essentially).  The baker/breadman.  The local cheesemaker.  Etc. Etc. Etc.  We, of course, have our favorites spread all over town.  So Paul is either driving guests around to visit each store during our tour.  Or if we are making meals for guests, he is doing the shopping for that.
    •  Cleaning.  This isn’t just about a turnover day, which is always a very long day, but also about during the week.  On the turnover day, you have to clean up the whole villa. Which meals cleaning 10 bedrooms, 2 common rooms, the kitchen, and all the outside spaces.  During the week, there’s just normal everyday cleaning, but also clean up after a meal with guests. Which if you are serving a four-course meal to 20 people means 80 plates alone, not counting pots, glasses, etc.
    •  Entertaining.  Probably the most fun, but this would include handling happy hour drinks, taking guests on special outings, and at as a concierge. 
    • Product work.  So when we don’t have guests, we switch to making products to sell to mainly the U.S.  So this includes, of course, harvesting olives, taking them to the mill, etc.  It includes catching up on inventory and making other products like our conserves.  It’s putting labels on all the packaging and making sure everything is ready to ship the states.  All the stuff you might think of with a business like that.
     
    So, that’s just a bit of our excuse for being so tardy with doing more podcasts, but we do hope to do more very soon!

    • 35 min
    060: Italian Villa Projects

    060: Italian Villa Projects

    In this podcast, we catch you up on the projects we’ve been doing at the villa during our “off time” without guests.  From major new interviews to unexpected construction, we’ve had a lot going on.

    • 29 min
    The Top 10 reasons to book an Italian villa for your next celebration

    The Top 10 reasons to book an Italian villa for your next celebration

    Have a big milestone birthday coming up?  Or perhaps an anniversary?  Perhaps you’re just looking to travel with a large group of family and friends.  Then booking a villa in Italy might is the perfect way to celebrate with family and friends.  Here are just a few of the reasons you should book an Italian villa now!
     
    1. It’s more affordable than you think
    When you stay in a villa in Italy, it will feel like you’re living in luxury, but it’s very affordable.  Definitely more affordable than a hotel or resort.
    According to Lonely Planet travel site, even a midrange hotel room in Italy will cost you upwards of 200 Euro a night.  At a four or five star hotel, it will be 250 Euro or more. 
    A villa rental however usually averages to 99 Euro a night per room.  That’s a 60% savings! 
    • Meals
    • alcohol
    • Parking, etc.
    Bonus tip:  It’s not uncommon to ask guests to chip in when joining you for this amazing celebration.  They will also have an amazing holiday, you are just arranging it all. You don’t have to pay for it all on top of that!  Renting a villa makes it a lot easier to split costs that deciding who had the salad and who at the pasta at dinner.
     
    2.  You can bring along a ton of friends and family
    Space, it’s not the final frontier.  It’s what you get when you rent a villa!  Ever tried to squeeze your family into a hotel room when traveling?   Especially once you get to five or more kids?  It’s not only uncomfortable, but a hassle. 
    A hotel room can average around 400 square feet
    A villa can average 2000 square feet!
    Or 20000 sq. Feet total
     
    •  full kitchen, multiple bathrooms, multiple living spaces, and probably a game room or two is an amazing option for larger groups. 
    • get away from everyone for a couple of hours?  There’s always some corner free.  Want to play a board game? Set up your area over there while others lounge by the pool.  There are always options when you rented a villa.
     
    3. You’ll find a variety of entertainment
    If you’re traveling with a large group for your birthday or anniversary (or other big event), that usually means you’ll have a range of ages, from parents with kids to elderly relatives. 
    An Italian villa rental allows you all to be together, yet still have your own space to find something fun to do.  A hotel just isn’t geared for families or groups of friends traveling together. Between the expenses mentioned above, it’s also not conducive for a lot of together time.  Just gathering by the hotel pool or a nearby restaurant isn’t all the different from other get-togethers at home.
    A villa allows you to cook together. Play games together.  Take a walk or run together.  Go see the sights and more.
    Plus, while kids do love hotels, they do get bored easily.  With a villa, you can comfortably let them explore and play without worrying about other guests.  Plus, most villa rentals have a DVD library, board games, and pool to keep kids occupied.
    Double plus, if you can get an Italian villa centrally located, you can take a lot of fun day trips.  Italy, and especially Puglia, have a lot of great sites that both young and old enjoy seeing.  From castles like Castel del Monte, to amazing seaside towns like Polignano a Mare, and to beautiful Unesco World Heritage sights like Matera.

    4.  Your celebration will be YOUR celebration
    When renting a villa for your getaway, you get a higher level of privacy that you could never get at a hotel or condo.  No sharing the pool.  No dealing with dining with strangers or hotel staff asking to clean your room early in the morning.
    It also works in the opposite direction.  No one likes to go to a restaurant with a toddler that could have a meltdown or that crazy loud uncle that tends to embarrass you. 
    Hotel guests can include everyone from adventurous ne

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
153 Ratings

153 Ratings

ChromeLuxx ,

Insightful, interesting, and impassioned

These two gentlemen really bring everyday Italia to life for English speakers contemplating a move or living vicariously. From politics to olive oil, a great assortment of subjects are covered direct perspective.
Come prepared with love for all things Italian, voracious appetite for incite, and joie de vivre they share with all.
The only negative is on the technical end and hopefully will get better!

Gigi_85 ,

Love

Really enjoy these podcasts. It’s a an authentic insight into Italy. Would love to visit Villa Capelli one day.

Ippi437 ,

Waste of time

Would leave a negative rating if possible. Insufferable. Boring. Addio Cappelli

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