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Searching for Italy with Stanley Tucci: Locations for Season 3

Stanley Tucci’s show “Searching for Italy” has kept the world’s Italophiles rapt with insider looks at Italy’s best food. But Tucci isn’t done—there will be a season 3!

Although CNN has yet to announce Season 3, Tucci has already posted this summer about filming schedules and dining in Italy on his Instagram page. And he has been giving up glimpses of regions that he didn’t feature in Season 1 or Season 2 of the show.

Here are the places that will likely turn into episodes for “Searching for Italy” Season 3:


As I mentioned in my post about Season 2, CNN and Tucci dropped a hint back in February with this traditional Puglian pasta recipe. You can get Tucci’s orecchiette recipe from his cookbook The Tucci Table: Cooking With Family and Friends.

Puglia is a hugely popular summer destination, which is probably why Tucci and crew saved this location to film during the height of its season.


Tucci, who has Calabrese roots, mentions Calabria in the first season of Searching for Italy and even takes a ferry from there to Sicily. But he has yet to explore his ancestral homeland for the show. In season 3, he likely will, as he shared this update on filming in Calabria.

“After a day filming in Calabria it was time for a cocktail,” Tucci writes in the caption for a sponsored ad for Tanqueray gin.


On June 17, 2022, Tucci was in Cagliari, Sardinia. A savvy reader pointed out that the “perfect little trattoria” he is inspecting is Trattoria Lillicu (reviews).

On June 23, Tucci was still in Sardinia as he filmed another ad for Tanqueray. This time, it looks like he was in the northeast in the gorgeous subregion of Gallura.

Genoa and Liguria

During the last week of June and the beginning of July, Tucci appears to be filming in Genoa. Here he is eating a dish of gnocchi with clams and pesto. Of course, pesto is a traditional condiment from Genoa.

And here he is, on his day off, dining with a friend in Genoa:

When Will Season 3 Air?

I have no idea when Season 3 will air or how many episodes it will be. But the four locations listed above are most likely a lock.

Other regions that Tucci may want to explore—as full episodes or as side trips from the above-mentioned regions—include:

  • Abruzzo
  • Basilicata
  • Marche
  • Molise
  • Trentino Alto Adige

I will update this post as I learn more!

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