Went to Italy in Sept/10 - unfortunately found out about this podcast just 1 month prior to leaving. Even so, having to cram 4-5 lessons per day, as NOT recommended by producers of podcast, results were quite good. Basic phrases that I learned from podcast came in very useful, like asking for a pizza to be made "not too hot, please" and asking for a "table for 2". Gracie, Mark, for a job well done. Next time, I'll plan on using the DAILY phrase as intended over the course of 100 days.
A must have for anyone visiting Itay.