Italy – A Cultural Feast!

January 26,2010

Italy is not just home to the Vatican City and the birthplace of the mouthwatering pizza. This country has been the throne for many powerful rulers; from the Etruscans and Byzantine rulers in ancient Rome to the early Popes in the medieval era. As a result, Italy is a land of subtle contrasts.

Rome – the Eternal City is a bustling capital brimming with history in the form of its countless chapels, piazzas, and monuments. The Vatican is a beautiful citadel rich in treasures and religious implication as it’s the seat of the Holy Pope. The Pantheon and Saint Peter’s Basilica are breathtaking to say the very least. The Roman Coliseum that now lies in ruins as a result of earthquakes stands as a lasting tribute to the magnificent arena where hundreds were killed in gory sporting events to entertain emperors. The Trevi Fountain is also another aquatic delight you wouldn’t want to miss!

To any tourist, a trip to Italy would be insignificant without a visit to Rome. But again, if you’re looking to spend time with your partner in a dreamy locale, then Venice is the place to be! Idyllic and incredibly romantic, the City of Canals has a lot to boast about – from scenic gondola rides along the waterways to picturesque bridges and inviting cafés on the banks of the canals.

For enthusiastic intellectuals or leisurely art admirers, Florence is a living museum. The Renaissance Capital of the World is interspersed with galleries and museums making it the heart of Italian architecture. Milan on the other hand, can be rightly called a cultural and social hub, which has guided Italian thought and philosophy for centuries.

Moving on to Italian cuisine, Pizza, which means ‘pie’ in Italian, was originally a common specialty for the lower-class population of Italy. Other classic Italian specialties, such as pasta and spaghetti are a staple in most Italian food joints. A traditional Italian meal would begin with pasta, minestrones, or risottos cooked in a soup, followed by some form of meat and vegetables cooked with a local authentic flavor accompanied by wine. Of course, who can forget the scrumptious Italian desserts such as the chocolaty tiramisu!

The people in Italy are colorful and exciting and have a zesty passion for food, art, and life! A day or two of sightseeing is not enough to fully appreciate this fascinating country, which is a cornerstone for modern civilization. But, to enjoy Italy to the fullest in the few days that you travel, make sure you book your tour with PerilloTours, who are legends in providing best tours to Italy since 1945.

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Steve Perillo and Everett Potter Part 2

December 08, 2009

On the second half of the Perillo Travel Show, Everett Potter talks about his Everett Potter Travel Report and what people can expect from this report. He says that his report focuses more on five star experiences than on five star places.

Everett Potter Potter also answers the five critical questions a traveler must ask before an adventure travel trip. According to him the most important question that travelers must ask themselves when going on an adventure trip is how fit they are.

Potter is of the opinion that before any journey it is essential to find out how long the travel company has been in business. He talks about several ways to check the credibility of the company.

Travel insurance is another mandatory item on the checklist. He feels that a couple of hundred dollars would cover everything and save a lot of hassle if something were to happen.

Watch the Perillo Travel Show on www.perillotv.com to obtain detailed and valuable travel information from Everett Potter, or log on to http://www.youtube.com/perillotraveltv.

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Steve Perillo and Everett Potter Part 1

December 08, 2009

Everett Potter, a renowned travel writer for high-profile magazines, was this week’s guest on the Steve Perillo Travel Show. Apart from being the editor-in-chief of Everett Potter’s Travel Report, a blog dedicated to travelers, he is also the contributing editor to a variety of websites including The New York Times Syndicate and National Geographic Traveler.

On the show, Everett Potter talks about how he got involved in travel writing. Further, he talks about the importance of knowing social rules including tipping rules, customs, and behavior, when visiting new places.

When asked about skiing, Everett Potter reveals that even though he started out late, he soon became fanatical about skiing and went to ski all over the world. The Everett Potter’s Travel Report covers skiing, but the focus is more on value. He also talks about his favorite destinations for skiing as well as the best time to go skiing.

Don’t miss out on this interview to know more about Everett Potter and his views on skiing. Log on to http://www.youtube.com/perillotraveltv.

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How to get paid to travel – 2

October 26, 2009

In the second part of the show Jeff Blumenfeld gives several tips to those looking for companies that will sponsor their trips. He says that one must do his homework before approaching a company regarding sponsorship.

He talks about various ways of going on trips where one can not only get paid, but also get a wonderful experience. For instance, a photographer can go on someone else’s trip to shoot video and pictures. Likewise, someone with medical experience can sign as a trip doctor. He also talks about how a company can get exposure by sponsoring expeditions that are relevant to it.

Jeff Blumenfeld also shares some interesting stories that he has included in his book. Catch all this on www.perillotv.com or http://www.youtube.com/perillotraveltv.

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How to get paid to travel – 1

October 26, 2009

The guest on this week’s Steve Perillo Travel Show is Jeff Blumenfeld, founder of Blumenfeld and Associates, Inc., a public relations and special events firm, which has among its clientele names such as 3M Thinsulate, Du Pont, Virgin Atlantic, and Iceland Tourist Board. He is also the editor and publisher of Expedition News, a newsletter and website that helps companies get involved in Adventure Marketing opportunities.

In his interview with Steve Perillo, the CEO of Perillo Tours, Jeff Blumenfeld talks about his book You Want To Go Where? and the inspiration behind it getting companies to sponsor trips. According to him, there has to be a bigger reason, such as a good cause or a record breaking attempt, to get companies sponsor your trip.

To know more on how to get paid to travel, watch www.perillotv.com or log on to http://www.youtube.com/perillotraveltv.

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Erik Hastings on Travel Broadcasting – 2

October 20, 2009

On the second part of the Perillo Travel Show, Erik Hastings recounts how he began his career in travel broadcasting industry and his journey towards The Travel Show host on WABC. He reveals to Steve Perillo that he started doing radio from the age of 15, but later quit his job to pursue a career in acting. When his acting career failed to take off, he decided to go back to radio on his friend’s suggestion. He started as a vacation relief board operator and went on to become the host on The Travel Show on WABC.

When quizzed if he wanted to do television after his travel show on radio, Erik Hastings answers that there is more potential for growth on the web than television. According to him, people can get unbiased and good information only on the web.

Watch the www.perillotv.com or log on to http://www.youtube.com/perillotraveltv and learn all about Erik Hastings and his web show.

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Erik Hastings on Travel Broadcasting – 1

October 20, 2009

Erik Hastings, travel expert and host of The Travel Show on WABC Radio, the biggest station in New York, was the guest on the Steve Perillo Travel Show this week. In his conversation with Steve Perillo, the third generation CEO of Perillo Tours, Erik Hastings shares his opinion on who should be called a travel expert. He feels that only people like Arthur Frommer, who have traveled extensively and have years of experience doing it should be called travel experts.

He also admits that he likes to do more than just write articles on travel and that is why he does the radio show. He feels that people should see and hear more about the places they want to travel. He also says that consumers should get a more experiential feel of the place.

To know more on what he had to say, watch www.perillotv.com or log on to http://www.youtube.com/perillotraveltv.

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Alison Wellner on Food & Travel: Part 2/2

Further on the Perillo Travel Show, Alison Stein Wellner talks about her profession as a travel writer. She reveals that she initially started writing about agriculture and later shifted to business before finally settling on travel.

They also discuss different types of cruises and the problems associated with them. Pet travel was another topic that was discussed on the show. According to Alison Stein Wellner, pet travel is a big deal these days. She feels that high-end hotels are more pet friendly and even names a few places that provide special services for pets such as pet menu, cocktail hours, and surf lessons for the dogs.

Catch all this and more on the Steve Perillo Travel Show at www.perillotv.com or http://www.youtube.com/perillotraveltv.

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Alison Wellner on Food & Travel: Part 1/2

The guest on this week’s Steve Perillo Travel Show was Alison Stein Wellner, a culinary travel writer for About.com. Apart from being a culinary expert, she is also a luxury travel blogger who writes for AOL’s Luxist and the Huffington Post. Her blogs focus mainly on travel, culture, politics, and arts.

In her interview with Steve Perillo, the CEO of Perillo Tours, Alison Stein Wellner talks about heatseaking, the search for the ultimate spicy food. She recalls her experiences with hot food in different places such as India, Honduras, and Indianapolis. She also talks about her love for chocolates especially, the combination of chocolate and bacon.

To know more about what happened on the show, log on to the Steve Perillo Travel Show at www.perillotv.com or http://www.youtube.com/perillotraveltv.

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Rudy Maxa talks with Steve Perillo: Part 2/2

Steve Perillo continues his conversation with Rudy Maxa in the second part of the Perillo Travel Show. Rudy Maxa had predicted earlier in humor that airlines in future would be charging for amenities such as blankets and pillows too, which later came true.

According to Rudy Maxa airlines that charge for everything separately are more transparent than those that advertise lower costs without including other charges. Though the fare seems less initially, in the end, with the inclusion of surcharges or airline security charges, it turns out to be much more than expected.

Further on the show, Rudy Maxa also talks about his favorite place and the country that has the most beautiful women.

To know all about it, watch the Steve Perillo Travel Show on www.perillotv.com or perillotravel.

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