Welcome back to the Friends That Carry On Podcast! We’re a group of friends that like to travel the world together. We want to share our passion for travel through travel tips and tricks we’ve picked up along the way and stories of our adventures!
In this episode, the Friends will be covering things to do in Southern Italy, as Friend Eric Fargo, reflects on his most recent 20-day trip to Italy. From restaurants to famous sites, the Friends discuss some of the best things to do in Southern Italy and offer some interesting history and insight in between. In this episode, Eric Fargo in the host and tchotchke holder joined alongside Jim Read, Brian Romine, and Jim Scott.
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Reconnecting with Distant Family
Eric just got back from Italy! He shared how his passion for travel came to be and how this trip came about. In 2013, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He was lying down in hospital bed for several months and thought that if ever he’d travel again, he wants to go to where his grandfather came from. He went to trace back his DNA to find his relatives. Ultimately, his search led him to Santa Severina in Southern Italy.
Upon arriving, he couldn’t find his BnB and asked for help from a couple of locals passing by. They walked around for several moments until he told them his last name, Faragò. Turns out that one of the local helping him, Carlo, is married to a woman who also had the same last name – Anastasia Faragò.
He was invited to their home. Carlo found out they both had a copy of one photo – a family photo from Eric’s father. An overwhelming feeling came upon Eric. If they had the same photo, they must be family after all! Eric plans to go back and bring his father with him.
Falling in Love with Florence
After meeting his family, Eric went to stay in Florence for 9 days. Jim Read was last in Florence 15 years ago, but it was his favorite city in Italy. Florence is a walk-friendly city, but the tram made it even more lovely. It’s small and compact, has the most beautiful museums, and easy to navigate around, what’s not to love? Eric recommends booking online.
FTCO Foodie Minute
Madrid’s Sobrino De Botin is the oldest restaurant in the world. The atmosphere and food are incredible. They’re best known for their suckling pig and meats, but all of their food is great. Jim wrapped up the Podcast by quoting his favorite Hemingway passage that was set in Botin.
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