This radio program from RAI Radio 2, Italy’s public broadcaster, has been running for more than a decade and takes up topics in arts, sciences and in particular history covering them with quite a bit of depth over a series of episodes. The radio program is broken down into different podcasts by subject.
Mainly for the intermediate and advanced levels of learning Italian. The audio is mostly in Italian and the recordings are at a slower than normal pace, which allows you to really focus on strengthening your listening skills. There is also a lot of information on Italian culture and society, along with transcripts from each lesson on the website so that you can follow along and actively practice both your listening and reading at the same time.
This daily podcast reveals local oddities and traditions of the Italian regions. Subjects include dialects, food, news, festivals, parties and tourist sites both on and off the beaten path. Guests and listeners from across Italy chime in with their own suggestions and information.
This podcast is great for upper intermediate and advanced learners of Italian. It’s total immersion combined with lots of interesting topics and explains idiomatic and colloquial expressions. It is the companion podcast to the popular Italian learning website Italiano Automatico by Alberto Arrighini.
This podcast covers the basic through advanced levels of Italian. The episodes are exciting and immersive. The dialogues are presented by engaging hosts in a clear, concise way covering many grammatical features and cultural topics.
This history podcast is a part of the larger radio program “Mix 24” from Italy’s Radio 24. In the parent program, Giovanni Minoli provides a more in-depth discussion of items in the news or trends in the culture. In this, the history segment, an historical figure or moment gets a 20- to 25-minute treatment from a present-day Italian perspective. It includes interviews with historians and sometimes primary sources. Minoli’s stated goal is to relate history to the present moment, to help us better understand where we are now.
An intermediate level podcast. Discusses world news, grammar, and expressions in the form of slowed down audio. Every episode is a virtual immersion into the Italian-speaking world showing grammar and vocabulary in context. On the website there are transcripts for each episode available with grammar, expressions, pronunciation, and quizzes.
This podcast is almost entirely in Italian and is mainly designed for intermediate learners although you can easily select your level and choose to listen to episodes that are right for you. The website includes transcripts as well as helps learners learn colloquialisms in the “Usi Colloquiali” (Colloquial Uses) section. Host Davide mixes stories from his own life with handy new vocabulary.