Italy

RICK STEVES’ SPECIAL:
European Easter

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.

 

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Il Volo
Notte Magica

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.

 

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NOVA
The Next Pompeii

NOVA: The Next Pompeii

 

Discover Campi Flegrei, a lesser-known volcano in the shadow of Vesuvius. If it erupts, millions of lives could be at risk. Meet the scientists exploring its geography and developing a warning system to prevent Naples from becoming the next Pompeii.

 

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FINDING YOUR ROOTS
Dreaming of a New Land

FINDING YOUR ROOTS: Dreaming of a New Land

 

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores with Marisa Tomei, Sheryl Sandberg and Kal Penn the tremendous challenges faced by their immigrant forebears. From Italy, Russia and India to America, their histories show success could take generations to achieve.

 

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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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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.

 

 

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