Italy

MUSIC VOYAGER
Yellow Roads of Italy: ’All roads lead to Rome’ (Umbria and onwards to Rome)

MUSIC VOYAGER – Yellow Roads of Italy: ’All roads lead to Rome' (Umbria and onwards to Rome)

 

Host Paulino Duran leaves the beauty of Tuscany behind as he picks up his journey along the “Yellow Roads,” the back roads of Italy to open this episode with a private performance at Posta de Donini Hotel. Then he drives to the capital of Umbria, the city of Perugia, the ancient banking capital in the high-walled city. From Perugia he heads to a private lunch in the middle of the vineyards in Lungarotti and enjoys a conversation with friends around fantastic wines. Leaving the wines behind, he visits the quaint town of Orvieto, with its magnificent Duomo, and lunch with his new friends at Franco’s restaurant. From Orvieto he travels to Rome, where he spends time at the Duomo and The Trevi Fountain, along with a famous city expert. His journey ends at the Vatican with a private tour of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and a dinner on the lawns of the Vatican.

 

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RICK STEVES’ EUROPE
Sicilian Delights

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Sicilian Delights

 

Sicily serves up a full-bodied and tasty travel experience. Rick dines on fresh seafood at the fisherman’s harbor in Cefalù, ponders ancient Greek greatness in Siracusa, communes with monks – alive and departed – in a Capuchin crypt, sleeps in an olive orchard at an agriturismo, and eats his way through a classic Sicilian banquet with a famous chef.

 

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RICK STEVES’ SPECIAL
European Christmas

RICK STEVES' SPECIAL: European Christmas

 

Host Rick Steves visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to learn about customs, hear local choirs and discover holiday family traditions.

 

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RICK STEVES’ EUROPE
The Best of Sicily

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: The Best of Sicily

 

After going fishing for anchovies off Cefalù, we land in rough-and-tumble Palermo. Marveling at the eerie skeletons in a Capuchin crypt, airy mosaics of Monreale, enchanting ruins of Segesta, and fiery rim of Mount Etna, we enjoy the best of Sicily.

 

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Il Volo
Notte Magica

 

Join the international superstar trio and special guest Plácido Domingo for a magical night of music beneath the stars in Florence, Italy’s beautiful Santa Croce Square. Il Volo pays tribute to the Three Tenors with songs in operatic style.

 

 

RICK STEVES’
Heart of Italy

 

Host Rick Steves delves deep into the Italian heartland, where la dolce vita is a way of life. Rick visits his favorite stretch of Mediterranean coastline, as he goes fishing for anchovies, sips wine out of rustic barrels, brings flowers to hilltop cemeteries, and savors twinkling Mediterranean vistas.

 

 

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Montréal, Canada

 

From immersive to interactive, Montréal is a city that puts on a show of sheer artistry in practically everything that this city is involved with. From hidden-alleyway bicycle tours to the French-Canadian version of Little Italy to its world famous Cirques Festivals to a distiller making gin out of locally sourced botanicals, Montréal both surprised and inspired Samantha in her travels visiting the “City of Saints.” Only to be further awed, Samantha takes an evening walking tour of Old Montréal, where short films are digitally projected on the sides of historic buildings with the corresponding soundtrack being played through one’s smartphone, which all celebrate Montréal’s 375 year history.

 

 

MOVEABLE FEAST WITH FINE COOKING
Bologna, Italy

 

Join Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking for its first-ever visit to Bologna, the culinary capital of Italy. Host Pete Evans meets Stefano Corvucci, founder of the Culinary Institute of Bologna, and learns why the Po River Valley gives its famed Grana Padano such distinguished flavor. Then, our two chefs join up with Stefano’s colleague Lucia Bezzi to visit the Mercato di Mezzo, a food market that’s been buzzing since the Middle Ages. Stefano and Lucia bring to life iconic regional dishes like lasagne, tortelloni, and tiramisu, using techniques and instincts they’ve inherited and cultivated from family. It’s a meal as rich in flavor and heritage as the medieval brick that covers the city.

 

 

RICK STEVES’ SPECIAL:
European Easter

 

Taking you on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Italy, and Greece, “Rick Steves’ European Easter” celebrates this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures. You’ll feel the emotion of this special time as the Passion of Christ unfolds during Holy Week. We’ll join Andalusians carrying parade floats, Greek priests tossing showers of flower petals, and villagers blessing olive branches, plus feasting, fireworks, and more. Exploring a rich and fascinating mix of traditions — from its pagan roots to its glorious finale — “Rick Steves’ European Easter” sheds new light on this timeless holiday.

 

 

MOVEABLE FEAST WITH FINE COOKING
Vercelli, Italy

 

The home of Italy’s lush risotto rice, Vercelli lies in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean. Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking pays a visit to bearded brothers Christian and Manuel Costardi, chefs who have perfected their risotto craft all the way down to the rice grain at their restaurant Cinzia da Christian and Manuel. Host Pete Evans takes a trip to the risotto farm with Christian and Manuel to see how the local rice is sourced from hand-flooded fields. Then, the group gets up close with another Piedmont product: hazelnuts. Back at the Costardis’ restaurant, which has been part of their family’s hotel for decades, the feast showcases Christian’s classic tomato risotto and Manuel’s delicate hazelnut ice cream.

 

 

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