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Program 213a: Italy Faux Pas; Tuscany versus Umbria

Release Date: 10-13-2012


Helping to melt the age-old rivalries between two popular regions of Italy, locally-based guides help us take a closer look at Tuscany, and its neighbor Umbria.  They're both classic destinations for exploring Italy’s scenic medieval hill towns and countryside.  And listeners share reports of faux pas and misunderstandings they experienced in Italy, and what they learned from their travels. 


  • Italy-based tour guides Jamie Blair-Gould (from Lucca, in Tuscany) and Cecilia Bottai (from Orvieto, in Umbria)

Related Links

  • Varenna is the small town on Lake Como that Rick and caller Karen discussed.
  • Wikipedia has an entry on the historical importance of the Tuscan hill town of Volterra, including information about its references in popular fiction.  It also has information on the Umbrian town of Spello, where caller Jake stayed.   Chiusi is the town where caller Rod stayed, which hosts the National Etruscan Museum.   Caller Mike visited San Gimignano in Tuscany, known for its skyline of medieval towers. 
  • Cecilia’s winery estate near Orvieto is called Tenuta Le Velette.     
  • Rick described his experience ordering chianina beef in Tuscany on his blog.