Ciao Bella

Ciao Bella

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!

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December 20, 2021 42 min

A certified carbon footprint of a bottle of wine? Eno-sustainability champion Michele Manelli pioneers a more sustainable landscape of enoculture in Montepulciano

 

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From Pliny the Younger and Napoleon to George Clooney and the Roys of Succession, Como is Italy's ultimate exclusive Italian lake destination, and no one knows it better than Bianca Passera, 3rd generation hotelier and CEO of Lario Hotels. 

Lario Hotels

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December 6, 2021 30 min

Incubator, Innovator, Educator.  H Farm is the future of Italy in a state-of-the art eco sustainable campus in Treviso that has launched some of the world's most powerhouse start up and has a K-University academy for future Steve Jobs.  Founder Riccardo Donadon shares the story of Italy's very own Sicilian Valley.

H Farm

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Gallerie d'Italia is Intesa San Paolo's incredible collection of 30,000 works of art across three incredible palaces in Milan, Vicenza and Napoli (and Torino soon). Intesa San Paolo Director Michele Coppola talks with Erica about The Grand Tour, temporary exhibits and events and the future of Gallerie d'Italia.

Gallerie d'Italia

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Hot motorcycles and smart women. Livia Cevolini revs up the roads as CEO of Energica and talks with Erica about women in tech.

Energica

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November 15, 2021 34 min

NFTs, Non-Fungible Tokens, we've heard all about them but does it mean to an artist?  Erica talks with Alexander Van Glitch, Nano- and glitch artists on how NFTs are nurturing an emerging world of creativity.

Alexander Van Glitch on Makers Place

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In this episode, Walter Chiapponi, Creative Director of Tuscany luxury brand Tod's, talks with Erica about endless inspiration, traditional Italian craftsmanship, sustainability and sensibility.

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Eva Geraldine Fontanelli aims to make the world as sustainable as possible with her Italy-based, ethical fashion company Goooders. Yep, three Os- find out her story with Erica.

Goooders

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October 18, 2021 43 min

Meet Susan van Allen, author, playwright and living anthology of Italy in America. Susan is the pen behind 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go which means  Erica and Susan have a  lot to talk about. 

Susan Van Allen's Italy

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Rome is a gorgeous palimpsest of history and no one knows that better than archaeologist Darius Arya and speleologist Adriano Morabito. Darius and Adriano join Erica for an afternoon chat about Rome.

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Roma Sotterranea

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October 4, 2021 27 min

There’s something about Modena. Italy’s Motor Valley is the nexus of creativity on the road and off, and every year the Motor Valley Fest showcases the amazing innovations.  Join Erica with superstar guests chef Massimo Bottura, Energica creator Livia Cevolini, Horacio Pagani, Maserati’s Francesco Tonon and Dallara CEO Andrea Pontremoli to find out what revs Motor Valley.

Revving it up in Italy's Motor Valley

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September 27, 2021 49 min

Art, culture, Italy and the African diaspora, meet Ashiko the new platform launching October 1st, 2021. Sharing the story are founder Mistura Allison and collector Ifeoma Nneka Emelurumonye.

Ashiko's Anotherland

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September 27, 2021 42 min

Italian cuisine is far more than nonna's carbonara. Veteran journalist, food writer and baker Laura Lazzaroni sits down with Erica to share her journey through Italy to explore the new chefs, kitchens, restaurants, and farms reshaping Italy's culinary landscape.

The New Cucina Italiana

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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.

Pasta-tively amazing

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April 19, 2021 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.  

Bagels in Rome, Believe it

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April 12, 2021 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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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.  

Inside the Uffizi

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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. 

Designing La Dolce Vita

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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

Feasting on the Cilento

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February 15, 2021 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

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