Full datetime event:New York — Tuesday, May 4, 2021From 8:00 pm to 9:00 pmLos Angeles — Tuesday, May 4, 2021From 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmLondon — Wednesday, May 5, 2021From 1:00 am to 2:00 amAthens — Wednesday, May 5, 2021From 3:00 am to 4:00 amSingapore — Wednesday, May 5, 2021From 8:00 am to 9:00 amSydney — Wednesday, May 5, 2021From 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Italy! The land of “la dolce vita”, gondolas, motorinos, and of course, pizza! Italy is known for its famous capital cities like Venice, Florence, and Rome. Millions flock to its historic attractions and monuments every year to engage with ancient history, notorious squares, and illustrious palaces.
But what happens when we skip the tourist-filled major cities of the north and head in a different direction? What will we find?
There is a different Italy to be discovered by simply swapping your landing pad from Rome to Naples. This metropolis is Italy’s most densely populated city with double-time ancient history left over from the Greeks and the Romans. There are literal layers of city to explore.
Looking for something a little less hectic and a little more relaxing? Let’s head to the Amalfi Coast, but let’s skip Amalfi! We can do a quick day visit, but the real-life Amalfi coast is found in other less known towns like Minori and Atrani.
For our dedicated off-the-beaten-path travelers, we can head to Calabria, the true wild-wild-west of Italy. With seaside resort towns, hidden churches in caves, jagged mountain ranges, and the literal end of the mainland coastline almost touching Sicily, this toe of Italy has so much to offer. Perplexing that is so often overlooked.
In this talk, you will learn how to navigate the southern coasts of mainland Italy and Sicily, getting your advice from an Italian travel expert and language teacher. Find out how to create your own itinerary and your own adventures by connecting with locals and sticking to towns that are less known but full of the rich Italian culture we all crave.
JESSICA LEE is a native of Massachusetts, USA and has been a traveler for over fifteen years. She started her trips in high school as a two-time exchange student in Paris and Florence. Through these experiences, she has always focused her travels on local culture, traveling like she lives there, and avoiding mass tourism and fast travel.
As a public high school Italian teacher of over a decade, Jess has taken her students on tours to Italy three times. After realizing these tours were over-priced, fast paced, and not as culturally rich as she had hoped, she created an exchange program for her students to stay with real Italian families.
Jess founded The Wander Word in 2020 to be able to focus on her true travel passion to help others transform themselves from tourists to travelers, shifting the focus from prominent piazzas to understanding the cultural and historical context in order to better understand the destination and its people. Through one-on-one cultural immersion coaching, travel planning, and language courses, Jess prepares her clients to travel like they live there and to interact with locals in a positive way.
HOST: This event will be hosted by Laura Cox, a Virtual TNN Event Host and San Diego TNN Chapter Leader, with a passion for international family travel (https://instagram.com/travel80by80). She has lived abroad in Prague and Sevilla and has traveled extensively with her husband and two children (46 countries together and counting)!
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