Thursday, April 23, 2009

A tip no one talks about, but you'll love me for it.

This is a little embarrassing, but essential.  As you'll discover in Italy the bathrooms are hard to come by, and when you do find them they are often ill-equipped.  By ill-equipped I mean there is often no toilet paper.  

My advice is to bring personal, flushable, wipes to use for a little bathroom hygiene when you need it.  They aren't expensive, they work great, and you'll never be caught off guard with that not so fresh feeling.

Keep in mind that you can't or often cannot flush paper down the toilet so follow the bathroom's instructions as posted.  If you do it right though you should only need one flushable wipe instead of, well, however much toilet paper you use.

I prefer WetOnes Fresh 'n Flush.  They make them in individual packets so you can throw a few in your backpack.

You can find them on Amazon, at your local drugstore or Wal-Mart.  Don't leave home without them.  You'll thank me later.

Monday, April 6, 2009

How the How to Tour Italy Project will work

How the How to Tour Italy Project will work

The best, most hidden, tastiest, most fun, most interesting, and most beautiful of Italy will be delivered during the How to Tour Italy Project.

Let’s say I’m in Rome doing an episode on the Pantheon.  I’ll do the Radio show live from in front of, in, and around the Pantheon talking about all the things that make the Pantheon great like the fact that all of the columns came from a mine in Egypt.  Each of the columns were cut to fit in Egypt and sent by barge to Rome and placed where they are today.  It takes over 6 people holding hands to circle each column.  I may also talk about how the great Renaissance artist Raphael is buried there and that his unfinished painting Transfiguration was shown at his memorial, and get the idea.

As I’m doing the radio show I’ll  record a video so you can hear and see all the great stuff about the Pantheon.  As I’m doing the radio show and recording the video I’ll be doing a Twittcast for all the Twitterers (is that a word) out there.  How will I do the Twittcast while doing the radio show and shooting the video you wonder?  It’s top secret or I may have someone in Italy helping me.

Once the episode is done I’ll post it on and add some pictures since they’re worth a thousand words plus drop a post on the How to Tour Italy Blog about the Pantheon, update my Facebook Fan Page and status, and finally turn the radio show and video into a podcast and add it to iTunes...all on the Pantheon.

You’ll be able to follow along with each post on in order as it’s all happening, or select the region of Italy you want to learn more about and go from there.  You can also select by artist, masterpiece, or topic.  Keep in mind you can tell me where to go and what to do on Twitter, via email, on Facebook, or on my blog.

Here are some of the topics I’ll be covering to give you an idea of what to expect:

Professor Langdon’s adventure from Angels & Demons in order as I share each sight he encounters with a twist, Caravaggio’s paintings at San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome, Why espresso is so much better in Naples, The beautiful sunflowers of Tuscany, Grappa from its home town, the coolest bridge in Italy (it’s not what you may think), Paduan Hens, white asparagus of Bassano, black bread, beer, and speck in Trentino-Alto Adige, Italian fondue in Aosta, the riches of the Loggia in Florence, Find Italy’s best food region (I have my opinions, but I’ll let the food do the talking), do a radio show from the Roman Amphitheater in Fiesole using the natural acoustics, and much more.

I already have some excellent guests lined up.  I’ll be doing a wine tasting with Vino Roma in Rome, walking tours with Eden walks, showcasing one of the best B&B’s in Florence, and...well, you get the idea.

The best, most hidden, tastiest, most fun, most interesting, and most beautiful of Italy will be delivered during the How to Tour Italy Project.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The How to Tour Italy Project

v. The definitive investigation and discovery of Italy’s treasures told by a collection of experts, academics, travelers, and tour guides delivered by Anthony Capozzoli seamlessly through Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, iTune’s podcasts, Flip-Videos, a Nikon D70, a Sony HandyCam, the How to Tour Italy radio show, and a Widget for the benefit of travelers, lovers of Italy, and those that are unable to travel due to our global economic conditions.