Welcome to Ciao Bella, where travel writer Erica Firpo sits down with Italy's 21st century creators - contemporary artists and artisans, heritage brands and innovative aesthetes, chefs, experts and more who are defining, redefining and evolving Italy, and beyond. Fashion. Food. Art. Travel. Hotels. Galleries. Pizza. Aperitivi. Coffee. And more. Cocktail conversations and behind-the-scenes visits that will make you want to pack you bags and go! Episodes drop every Monday!
Top 10 Ciao Bella Episodes
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Pasta-tively amazing with Julia Ficara
04/26/21 • 35 min
Fresh pasta is delicious. But is it easy to make? Master pasta maker Julia Ficara shares the secrets from water and farina to 1 meter rolling pin, water and farina. Join in with Erica and Julia on making pasta in the Bologna tradition.
Bagels in Rome, believe it
04/19/21 • 51 min
Bagels don't always equal Rome, but believe or not, they are the next best breakfast delight in the Eternal City thanks to Linda Martinez and Steve Brenner, husband-wife duo who've gone from the Beehive hostel to the beginnings of a bagel empire.
03/01/21 • 35 min
Where did Woman Woman go when she came to Italy? The Cilento, a beautiful area south of Napoli, known for its beautiful culture and landscape. Join Erica as she gets into Cilento with writer, art historian and Feast on History founder Danielle Oteri.
03/08/21 • 39 min
Everybody's dream is to move to a beautiful home in Italy, but what does it take? Interior designer Arlene Gibbs shares her story on building a career in interior in Italy, from Rome and a small Lazio town to around the world.
02/08/21 • 42 min
Karime Lopez is amazing - chef du cuisine at Florence's Gucci Osteria, the first Mexican woman to receive a Michelin star, and an all-around cool woman. Join Erica and Karime to talk food, travel, Gucci and women in the kitchen.
In the kitchen with Karime Lopez
Curves and colours with Olimpia Zagnoli
02/15/21 • 42 min
Curves, colours and a clever wit, welcome to the world of Olimpia Zagnoli. OZ is everywhere . . . on the walls of Uniqlo, Prada t-shirts, covers of the New Yorker, and boxes for Estee Lauder, Perugina and Barilla. Join Erica and Olimpia for a deep dive into OZ's technicolor designs.
Curves and Colours with Olimpia Zagnoli
03/15/21 • 24 min
The Uffizi is the Best. A must-visit museum in Italy, one of the world's most important and most visited, and with one of the largest and best known collections of Italian Renaissance art, there is nothing quite like it. Michelangelo, Leonardo, Botticelli and Uffizi director Eike Schmidt join Erica to talk about the amazing and every innovative Uffizi.
A tale of Chocolate and Torino
02/01/21 • 18 min
Gianduja, Gianduiotto, Creminio, Bicerin. Torino is a chocolate lover's town. Join me and Sandra Salerno, food journalist and pen behind Un Tocco di Zenzero for some chocolatey history and insight on why your next winter wonderland visit is Torino and where you'll be enjoying your own bicerin and cioccolato caldo.
A Tale of Chocolate and Torino
01/25/21 • 33 min
Biondi Santi is one of Italy's vineyard pioneers, trailblazing in Tuscany for decades but in this century, Biondi Santi is a whole new world. Join Erica at Castello di Montepò (in the hills near Scansano) with Tancredi Biondi Santi to talk wine, history, clones and terroir.
Sant'Eustachio, Rome's historic caffe
04/12/21 • 45 min
Sant'Eustachio il Caffe could be Rome's very best coffee bar. For nearly a century, the beloved caffe has charmed residents and visitors with great coffee drinks and an a yesteryear vibe. Federica Ricci joins Erica for the history and secrets of her family's coffee caffe.
Sant'Eustachio, Rome's Historic Caffe
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