Mediterranean

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.

 

 

 

RICK STEVES’ EUROPE
Travel Skills: Cruising

RICK STEVES’ EUROPE: Travel Skills: Cruising | Rick Steves Photo

 

Setting sail on the Mediterranean, we’ll explore the ins and outs and pros and cons of cruising. We’ll learn how to get the most out of a cruise and exercise our independence to make smart use of limited time on shore by planning well, avoiding lines, and eating quick-but-local meals on the go. Along with the joys and efficiencies of cruising, we’ll consider the downsides, including the inevitable congestion and commercialism that comes with mass tourism.

 

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RICK STEVES’
Cruising the Mediterranean

RICK STEVES’: Cruising the Mediterranean

 

In this one-hour special, Rick sails from Barcelona to Athens, with stops in the French Riviera, Rome, and more. Our goal: to explore the ins and outs and pros and cons of cruising. We’ll learn how to make the most of the cruise experience, from enjoying time on the ship to exercising independence on shore — savoring iconic sights and romantic island getaways.

 

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JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
France – Following the Rhone

 

Joseph follows the Rhone River on its 500-mile journey through France to the Mediterranean Sea and rides this watery highway to experiences that embrace the grandeurs of the past and the glories of a moment. From the ancient ruins of Vienne to the monumental masterpieces of Avignon, Joseph discovers a wealth of historic, natural and cultural riches.

 

 

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
Armenia – Ancient History and Modern Traditions, Part 1

 

Joseph crisscrosses Armenia to ancient sites where some of the world’s oldest artifacts have been discovered. From roadside fruit stands to riverside wine stalls and bustling markets, Joseph is welcomed into local homes to witness traditional artisans at work and join in religious and communal celebrations.

 

 

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.

 

 

The Greeks
Chasing Greatness

 

Explore Greek history with archaeologists, historians, scientists and artists who are launching groundbreaking new explorations of what made the achievements of the ancient Greeks great.

 

Chasing Greatness
Watch as ancient Greece’s legacy is invoked in Athens and at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. Take a look back at its rise and fall, which might not only help us understand the challenges we face now, but may also point toward a better future.

 

The Greeks
The Good Strife

 

Explore Greek history with archaeologists, historians, scientists and artists who are launching groundbreaking new explorations of what made the achievements of the ancient Greeks great.

 

The Good Strife
In the wake of the Bronze Age collapse, Greek civilization entered a crippling dark age. But with centralized monarchies out of the way, a new type of society was given the chance to rise from the ashes — built not by kings from the top down, but by individuals from the bottom up. Through centuries of strife, or perhaps because of them, this disparate group of people, bound by a common language, epic stories of heroic ancestors, a shared belief in the gods and an insatiably competitive spirit, delivered some of humanity’s greatest achievements – from the first Olympic Games to early theories of nature to an entirely new system of government: democracy.

 

The Greeks
Cavemen to Kings

 

Explore Greek history with archaeologists, historians, scientists and artists who are launching groundbreaking new explorations of what made the achievements of the ancient Greeks great.

 

Cavemen to Kings
Uncover the stunning origin story of the Greeks – from primordial hunter- gatherers struggling to survive on the rocky Greek mainland to seafarers pioneering new trade networks across the Mediterranean Sea. Thousands of years before Greece’s Golden Age, inhabitants were already creating new forms of art and architecture, establishing the first writing system in Europe and building kingdoms of unprecedented wealth.

 

RICK STEVES’ EUROPE
Western Turkey

 

America’s leading authority on European travel, returns to transport viewers to bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque countrysides. Each episode contains Rick’s valuable insights on art, culture and history, and his practical, experience-enhancing travel advice.

 

 
Western Turkey
From the port of Kusadasi, we join Rick to wander the streets of ancient Ephesus, soak in a natural spa at Pamukkale, learn why the dervishes whirl at Konya, lunch in a Turkish pizzeria, and cruise the Mediterranean on a traditional Turkish gulet (yacht) from Antalya.