4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Brief overviews, but still quite valuable.,
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This review is from: Best of Europe: Italy [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I have to admit, I didn't know who Rudy Maxa was before I bought this video. My wife and I are heading out on a Mediterranean cruise soon, and I was looking for videos the help prep us and inspire us. This video hits Florence, Rome, Naples/Amalfi & Venice...and we're visiting all those places, so for the low price, I couldn't see a downside.
Each episode is about 27 minutes, and therefore, there is little depth. But for quality of content, it's about the same as an episode of Rick Steves' show or Samantha Brown. I believe it falls somewhere between the two. Brown, to me, is a bit shrill and she tries too hard to be "cutesy." Steves just has better written narration, IMO. Maxa is an engaging enough guide, I suppose...just a little low energy.
The quality overall, is excellent, at least on the blu-ray. You really get a good sense of the area. The best episode is the one set in Venice. I got several excellent ideas and jotted down a number of places to visit. Rome feels the most insubstantial...he tries to cover too many places and once. But honestly, that's actually a fairly minor quibble. This video provides nearly two hours of excellent "tour prep" in a solid, workmanlike fashion. If you're planning a trip, then this becomes a 5-star must-buy.