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Rome: Caput Mundi, Ancient Rome and Its Relevance To Our Modern World (2008)

Peter Melaragno  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Peter Melaragno
  • Producers: Atlantic Productions
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Atlantic Productions
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00178T5IW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Welcome to ROME: CAPUT MUNDI with two shows that offer a WALKERS HISTORY OF ROME preparing you for a detailed and memorable visit.
It has 108 minutes of video, and while it may cost more than other travel DVDs, do read the CUSTOMER REVIEWS; you will see why this DVD boasts a FIVE STAR rating.

The FIRST PART is 58 minutes. It sets the thematic scale of your visit and touches on all the city's layers: the pre-historic, Etruscan, Imperial Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, and the modern. The SECOND PART at 50 minutes is the WALKING TOUR. It explores the city as organically as a walking visitor might; STEP BY STEP (take a right, take a left) to all the important sites and offers suggestions for EATING AND LODGING.

All cities are layer cakes stacked with detail. Rome is the most deeply layered of all. Few cities offer the WALKING VISITOR such a spectrum of choice. And, in Rome, most of it is free and out in the open! This is how I organized the WALKING TOUR, with three separate tours proposed for you to take over the course of from one to three days.

Included in the DVD case is a specially designed 60-page POCKET GUIDE to carry with you on your tour. It has a centerfold MAP and is coordinated with the 50-minute WALKING VIDEO. Understand, however, that while it is impossible to show everything that Rome offers a visitor, CAPUT MUNDI shows you what you NEED to know. Some museum information is included here, but we do not take you inside museums. Rome is full of museums (the VATICAN MUSEUMS alone would require a 10-hour DVD).

Finally, understand that this DVD has no PUB CRAWLS. The DVD is designed to get you quickly to the core of what Rome is really about. So, if you are ready to begin - ready to get serious about understanding Rome, Capitol of the Ancient World - let ROME: CAPUT MUNDI show you the way.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT COMBINATION OF BACKGROUND February 25, 2009
By Jack
Both the DVD and walking tour were a perfect introduction to Rome and gave us a lot of ideas for how to spend our four days as we also go to Egypt after that. The presentation of info by day was extremely convenient and easy to follow with good travel hints, dining tips, and metro tips. We're trying to put it on our iPhone so that we can bring a walking tour with us as we do Rome. We're very excited about our trip and a lot of our excitement is because of these DVDs and booklet, which are just perfect!. We studied the options in Amazon real hard when getting this and are glad we did. It's wonderful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Order of Chaos July 1, 2009
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Travelling to Rome for the first time, I had this sense of dread and excitement. There is so much to see and do, and a limited time to do all of this. Caput Mundi gives this wary traveller a sense of direction, flow and priority that would otherwise be difficult to derive from anything short of a personal tour guide. Peter Melaragno (can you imagine how many PE teachers killed his name in junior high in Rhode Isalnd?) walks us through strata of historical and cultural chaos of a city built upon many others. This comes with two DVD's - the travelogue, and the detailed walking tour, complete with maps, cursors and real time reference of sights, sounds and tastes. There are enough recommendations to book lodging in the heart of it all. I will travel with his pocket guide - a printed text of his walking tour - (included with the two DVDs) in one hand, and a folding laminated map of old Rome in the other. Carpe Diem...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! June 22, 2011
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We are planning a trip in the fall back to Rome. I have order many books and video's on touring and attractions for this trip. This is my favorite. Peter has done an excellent job with giving the history so that the places you are visiting come alive.
The set comes with a pocket guide that is small enough to carry around with you, but has information and history on all the sights you will see.
I am so greatful that I found this DVD set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Rome DVD May 29, 2010
By P. Kyne
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Watched the first program tonight with my wife. We have grazed our way
through a number of different DVDs on Rome as preparation for what we hope
will be an educated next visit in the summer. Caput Mundi is by far the
best, not only as a source of rich information, but especially as a
re-welcoming into the textures and "smells" of this amazing city. Great
videography and editing. We will definitely download the iPod walking tour
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Guide June 8, 2011
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Peter has done a wonderful job with this - You get all the info of the tedious guided tour without the hassle and in the comfort of your own home. Then, you are prepared to do the walking tour full of knowledge and on your own terms without the tedious guide!

We have not been to Rome is years and are looking forward even more after this "preview" tour and suggested walking tours. We have an apartment in Navona and this will all be easily adapted - Thanks again Peter
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best for Rome!! December 9, 2010
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I have been to Rome several times and even have relatives living there. I have dabbled with guide books and the like but have never taken the time to truly delve into the history of this fascinating city. This DVD and accompanying booklet are the perfect combination for those interested in the history and actually seeing it on the ground. I found Peter Melaragno to be an excellent guide (engaging, knowledgable and entertaining) and his DVD and booklet are probably the next best thing to being there with him in person. I highly recommend this product.
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