Kimberly's Italy

Kimberly Holcombe

Welcome to Kimberly's Italy, a travel podcast focused on all things Italian. My love affair with Italy started with a move to Milan many years ago, and the enriching experience became part of my DNA. Our episodes highlight some of our own travels and the comical lessons we learned along the way. You can be the beneficiary of invaluable travel tips, and at the same time enjoy a few laughs. We share our passion of the Italian cuisine, history, art, architecture, and the welcoming nature of the Italian people, whom define this incredible country. You can reach me at: Kimberlysitaly.com read less
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155.  All the History, None of the Crowds!
6d ago
155. All the History, None of the Crowds!
Episode Highlights: Join us ( Kimberly and Tommaso) as we shine a light on the lesser-known gems of Italy—Piacenza and Pistoia. This episode is packed with insightful tips to inspire your next Italian adventure beyond the usual tourist hotspots like Rome and Florence. Introduction to Piacenza and Pistoia: Discover the charm of these lesser-known cities that offer a rich blend of history, culture, and architectural beauty. Learn why venturing beyond the typical destinations can provide a more fulfilling and less exhausting travel experience. Trip Planning Tips: We discuss the common challenges of trip planning in Italy and offer practical strategies for managing tourist crowds. We highlight the benefits of exploring smaller cities to truly appreciate local culture without the overwhelm. Spotlight on Pistoia: Known as a quieter alternative to Florence, Pistoia boasts natural beauty, thermal baths, and unique architecture. Suggestions for staying in Pistoia and taking day trips to Florence or Lucca for a balanced experience. Highlights include the architectural wonders of Piazza del Duomo, the Bishop’s residence, the bell tower, and the baptistery. A nod to Pistoia’s designation as the capital of culture in 2017, enhancing its appeal. Exploring Piacenza: Piacenza offers a peaceful atmosphere, contrasting with the bustling vibe of Milano. Despite fewer hotel options, Piacenza provides lovely accommodations and a welcoming ambiance. Key sites include Piazza San Antonio, Piazza Cavalli with its equestrian statues, and Palazzo Gotico. Delve into the city’s rich history, including notable visits from Leonardo da Vinci. Indulge in Piacenza’s local salumi for an authentic taste of Italian cuisine. Follow us on Social Media Instagram Facebook
154. Travel Tips + News…Molto Importante!
Jul 10 2024
154. Travel Tips + News…Molto Importante!
Welcome to another episode of our podcast, where we delve into the multifaceted world of travel in Italy. In this episode, we share essential travel updates, and practical tips to enhance your Italian adventure. Travel Updates: Current Events and Their Impact Volcanic Activity: Mount Etna’s eruptions disrupt flights, emphasizing the need for flexible travel plans. Rising Costs: Increased demand and prices for flights to islands like Sardinia, coupled with the Italian government’s failed price cap attempt due to airline pressure. Wine Quality: Volcanic ash affects the quality of local wines, a point of interest for oenophiles. Weather Challenges: Intense storms and unpredictable weather call for thorough preparation and local advice. Practical Tips: Navigating Challenges and Enjoying Italy Drought in Sicily: Severe drought leads to water restrictions, impacting tourism and agriculture. Visitors are advised to be mindful of water usage. Heat Management: Summers in Italian cities can be brutal. Tips include: Early sightseeing and visiting air-conditioned museums. Carrying water bottles and utilizing public water fountains. Opting for light meals and moderating alcohol intake. Finding shady streets and planning evening activities for cooler experiences. Special Advice for Visiting Venice To beat the crowds and heat, consider rising early, taking siestas, and exploring the city at night. Teaser: Stay tuned for the next episode where we will discuss two charming small Italian cities worth visiting. Join us as we continue to explore the wonders of Italy, offering heartfelt stories, essential updates, and valuable tips to make your journey unforgettable. Follow us on Social Media Instagram Facebook
153. Riva del Garda is Bellissima!!
Jul 2 2024
153. Riva del Garda is Bellissima!!
Join us as we embark on a picturesque journey to Riva del Garda, situated on the stunning Lake Garda. In this episode, we delve into the region’s rich sailing culture, its natural beauty, and the profound impact of travel planning. Key Highlights: Riva del Garda - A Sailor’s Paradise: Discover why Lake Garda is a renowned hotspot for sailing activities such as windsurfing, wind foiling, and kite surfing. Contrast between traditional windsurfing and modern sailing trends. The unique winds generated by the Dolomites make Lake Garda an ideal location for sailing enthusiasts. Importance of Meticulous Travel Planning: Anecdote highlighting the value of detailed travel planning through a client’s praise for a well-organized trip to Italy. Tips on how personalized travel advice can enhance the travel experience. Social Media’s Impact on Tourist Destinations: Example of Varenna on Lake Como becoming overcrowded due to its popularity on social media. Discussion on how this trend affects the authenticity and enjoyment of travel spots. Exploring Riva del Garda: The charm of Riva del Garda’s Centro Storico with its preserved buildings, diverse architecture, and car-free streets. Outdoor dining experiences and the local shopping scene. Historical landmarks such as the old clock tower and sailing schools with skilled windsurfers. Venturing Beyond Riva del Garda: Visits to Malcesina, featuring a medieval castle and a cable car ride to Montebaldo. Exploration of Bartolino, celebrated for its sailing clubs and water sports activities. Scenic Walks and Architectural Contrasts: A leisurely walk along Lungo Lago in Bardolino showcasing scenic views and architectural differences compared to Riva. Culinary Delights at Desenzano: A stop at the Eseilunga grocery store in Desenzano, highlighting the variety and quality of Italian products. Purchase of ingredients for a late-night pasta meal, celebrating the rich flavors of Italian cuisine. Reflecting on Lake Garda’s Allure: Deep appreciation for the region’s beauty and the possibility of making Garda a future home. Tune in to this episode to experience the magic of Lake Garda through vivid storytelling and insightful reflections. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or planning your first trip, you’ll find plenty of inspiration and practical tips for your next adventure. Follow us on Social Media Instagram Facebook
152. Trento a Hidden Treasure
Jun 26 2024
152. Trento a Hidden Treasure
Welcome back to our podcast, where Tommaso and I, Kimberly, celebrate Italy’s rich history, culture, cuisine, architecture, and art. In our latest episode, we took a deep dive into the enchanting region of South Tyrol. We were thrilled to share some of the glowing listener reviews that perfectly capture the simple pleasures of Italy. Our mission is to inspire and educate you on planning your next Italian adventure, fueled by our passion for this incredible country. Recently, Tommaso and I embarked on a delightful journey to Trento, a charming city nestled in the Trentino Aldo Adige region. Our adventure began with a picturesque drive from Lago di Garda, and to our delight, we found free parking upon arrival. Trento’s unique blend of Venetian and Austro-Hungarian architectural influences left us in awe. One of the highlights of our visit was the Piazza del Duomo, where we marveled at the impressive Romanesque and Gothic styles. We also loved the vibrant atmosphere of the student-filled piazza near where we enjoyed a delightful lunch at a local trattoria. Our exploration didn’t stop there. We visited the historical Castello Buonconsiglio, a fortress with sections dating back to different periods. Strolling through Trento’s Centro Historico, we couldn’t help but appreciate the city’s clean, cohesive design and distinctive reddish stone tiles. As our visit to Trento concluded, we made plans to see come back to Trento and strongly recommended that you explore lesser-known destinations like Trento instead of the usual tourist hotspots. Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast for more travel tips and updates. We can’t wait to share our next Italian adventure with you! Follow us on Social Media Instagram Facebook
150. Kimberly News, Italy News
Jun 12 2024
150. Kimberly News, Italy News
In this heartfelt episode, Kimberly opens up about the recent delays in her podcast episodes, attributing them to the emotional aftermath of her mother’s passing and technical internet issues. She takes a moment to reflect on the unwavering support of her parents, particularly in her decision to move to Italy to pursue her photography career. This move not only enriched her appreciation for Italian culture but also inspired the creation of her podcast. Key Highlights: Personal Reflections: Kimberly shares a touching tribute to her parents and their support for her adventurous career shift to Italy. Insights into how her experiences in Italy have shaped her podcast’s content, focusing on travel, culture, and personal stories. Travel Insights: Historic “Motonave Milano” Steamship: The refurbishment of this iconic Art Nouveau steamship on Lake Como, despite facing recent extreme weather in Lombardia. The steamship’s rich history, architectural beauty, and the modern amenities it offers to travelers. Travel Tips for Northern Italy: Essential packing tips to prepare for Northern Italy’s unpredictable weather. Practical advice on using credit cards, recommending Visa or Mastercard over American Express. Tips for enjoying Venice at night, along with new regulations aimed at managing overtourism. Sustainable Tourism: Camino Reto Hiking Route: Introduction of the 170-kilometer hiking route in the Dolomites, promoting eco-friendly travel. Connection of remote villages through this scenic trail, offering diverse landscapes and historical sites. Future enhancements including a traveler’s passport, a diploma for completing the route, and plans for a twin cycling route by 2025 to improve accessibility for outdoor enthusiasts.
149. The Perfect Birthday in Sirmione
May 29 2024
149. The Perfect Birthday in Sirmione
Episode Highlights: Weather Breakthrough: The narrative begins with the joy of a sunny day at Lago di Garda after a series of rainy days, setting a picturesque backdrop for the episode. Critical Insight on AI in Travel: Kimberly and Tommaso delve into the pitfalls of AI-generated travel articles, sharing a critique of an inaccurate piece about Newport, Rhode Island. They emphasize the importance of verifying online travel information to avoid misinformation. Travel Planning Tips: With the high demand for travel to Italy, listeners are advised to plan their trips well in advance. Road Trip to Sirmione: Detailed recounting of our scenic journey, including a ferry ride from Desenzano to Sirmione. Highlights include visiting Castello Scaligero and celebrating Kimberly's birthday at a restaurant renowned for its gin and tonics made with Tassoni tonic water. Culinary Delights: A mouth-watering description of our lunch featuring burrata, tomato salad, and pizza, served by a charming waiter. Historical Exploration: A visit to Grotto di Catullo, the ruins of an ancient Roman villa, with detailed observations of its historical significance and stunning panoramic views. The site’s organization and informative signage enhanced their experience. Village Stroll and Discoveries: Anecdotes about navigating restrooms, walking through village streets, and discovering a villa that resembled a luxury hotel. Despite skipping the long lines to explore Castello Scaligero in-depth, we admired its architectural beauty and restoration efforts. Practical Travel Advice: Tips for visiting architectural sites early to avoid crowds, enjoying local cuisine, and strategically planning ferry rides. Perfect Birthday Celebration: The day culminates with a sense of satisfaction from exploring ruins, a castle, and savoring delicious food and drinks. The episode wraps up with excitement for our next road trip destination. Join Kimberly and Tommaso for an episode filled with travel tips, cultural insights, and personal anecdotes, ensuring you have the best experience in Italy while navigating the potential pitfalls of AI-generated travel information.
148. So much to LOVE in Lago di Garda!
May 22 2024
148. So much to LOVE in Lago di Garda!
Main Theme: Explore the enchanting region of Lake Garda through our immersive travel experiences, historical insights, appreciation of cultural richness, and our personal anecdotes. Episode Highlights: Road Trips Around Lake Garda: Activities include sailing, biking, hiking, and camping. Emphasis on discovering hidden gems and local adventures. Camping at Lake Garda: Thera are a multitude of local campsites. Architectural and Scenic Marvels: Visit to a Romanesque church offering breathtaking views of Lake Garda. In-depth look at the striking architectural features of the church. Journey to Limone Sul Garda: Challenges of finding parking in a popular tourist spot. Observations on the village’s lemon-themed branding and its charm. Admiration of the beautiful waterfront and a humorous encounter with a soccer field near an old convent. Listener Engagement: We encourage listener feedback and participation through reviews and social media interactions. We appreciate audience engagement, fostering a community of Italy enthusiasts. Future Explorations: Teasers about upcoming adventures around Lago di Garda, promising more hidden spots and unique experiences. Conclusion: Join us as we weave through Italy’s picturesque landscapes, sharing stories that capture the heart of Italian culture, history, and everyday wonders. Whether you’re planning your own trip or simply love the idea of Italy, this podcast promises to transport you to the enchanting shores of Lake Garda. Ciao! Ciao!
147. Tourist Season is in Full Swing!!!
May 15 2024
147. Tourist Season is in Full Swing!!!
Welcome to another episode of “Kimberly’s Italy,” where your hosts, Kimberly and Tommaso, take you on a journey through the heart of Italy, exploring its art, culture, cuisine, and the unique challenges travelers face. This episode is packed with insights, stories, and recommendations for anyone looking to experience Italy beyond the surface. Main Themes: Transportation Challenges: Learn about the hurdles travelers encounter, from navigating Rome’s streets to dealing with taxi shortages at airports. Hear a firsthand account of a car accident in Rome and the struggle to find alternative transportation with the complexities of local services. Practical Travel Recommendations: Discover apps like IT Taxi and the benefits of hiring private drivers or using the Leonardo Express train for efficient airport-city commutes. Upcoming Events and Strikes: Get insights into how the planned nationwide taxi strike and the Vatican jubilee in 2025 could impact travel and transportation in Italy. Responsible Tourism: Reflect on the importance of traveling responsibly, considering the environmental and cultural impact of our visits. Learn about the fines for taking sand from Sardinia and the effects of overtourism in cherished locales. Enrolling in STEP: Understand the value of staying informed about potential risks while traveling abroad, especially amidst global unrest. Heartwarming Travel Stories: Be moved by a touching narrative of a client visiting her grandparents’ village in Puglia, showcasing the depth of personal connection that can be found in Italy. What You’ll Learn: How to navigate Italy’s transportation system, including alternatives to traditional taxis and strategies for dealing with strikes and shortages. The importance of responsible tourism and how to minimize your footprint while maximizing your experience. Safety and preparedness strategies for international travelers, ensuring a smooth and informed journey. Episode Highlights: Kimberly and Tommaso share their expertise and passion for Italy, offering listeners a comprehensive guide to making the most of their Italian adventure. Hear real-life stories from clients, including the challenges they faced and the unforgettable moments that made their trips special. Gain valuable insights into planning your trip, from choosing the right transportation to finding those hidden gems that offer a genuine Italian experience. Join us as we delve into the beauty and complexity of traveling in Italy, offering you the tools and knowledge to navigate your journey with confidence and joy. “Kimberly’s Italy” is your passport to a deeper understanding of this magnificent country and its many wonders. Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast and leave us a review. Your feedback helps us make each episode even better. Safe travels, and until next time, Arrivederci!
144. Our Happy and Upbeat Take on Day 2 in Venice!
Apr 24 2024
144. Our Happy and Upbeat Take on Day 2 in Venice!
Episode Summary: In this heartfelt episode, we unpack the bittersweet feelings of returning home after an enchanting trip to Italy. We dive into the complexities of “reentry stress” juxtaposed with their deep longing for the Italian way of life. From navigating travel hiccups to cherishing the quiet moments away from the hustle of tourist spots, we share their honest experiences and tips for future travelers. What You’ll Learn: The Realities of Coming Home: We discuss the emotional rollercoaster of returning to routine life in the States after the freedom and beauty of Italy, using the phrase “reentry is a bitch” to capture their sentiments. Staying in Venice: As a duo we reminisces about our unique stay in a charming, renovated apartment in Venice, located in a former glass blowing factory. This experience allowed us to live like locals, away from the crowds, highlighting the importance of sustainable tourism. Local Dining Experiences: Listeners will get a taste of Italy as we recount our dining adventures, from enjoying fresh seafood in Venice to discovering the exquisite white wines of Friuli. Special mention is made of a cozy meal at Sao Paulo in San Polo Sestiere. Challenges of Tourist Destinations: We provide insights into preparing for visits to popular cities like Rome, Florence, and Venice, offering advice on how to navigate the overwhelming tourist presence. Embracing Technology: From QR code menus to Vaporetto tickets, learn how technology can enhance the travel experience in Italy, making navigation and exploration smoother for visitors. Discovering Murano and Burano: We share their experiences visiting the islands of Murano and Burano, touching on the vibrant history, colorful houses, and the centuries-old lace-making tradition of Burano. A Nostalgic Attempt to Revisit Cafe Florian: The episode also shares a touching moment of attempting to revisit memories at Cafe Florian in Piazza San Marco, highlighting how COVID restrictions have impacted traditional experiences. Closing Thoughts: “Kimberly’s Italy” goes beyond just sharing travel tales; it’s about connecting with the heart and soul of Italian culture, and embracing the beauty of its local traditions and people. Whether you’re navigating post-travel blues or planning your next Italian getaway, this episode offers a genuine look into the joys and challenges of traveling, and why, despite everything, Italy remains a country that captures the hearts of many. Next Episode Teaser: Stay tuned for our next episode where we’ll dive deeper into our special lunch in Burano, share more hidden gems of Italy, and continue our discussion on sustainable travel. Join us as we continue to explore the richness of Italian culture, one episode at a time. Remember to subscribe or follow “Kimberly’s Italy” on your favorite podcast platform to stay updated on our adventures and insights. Buon viaggio! Follow us on Social Media Instagram Facebook