Best of Europe: Beautiful Italy
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Milan and Lake Como Program One
Rudy explores vivacious Milan, a European center for finance and fashion, by visiting an extravagant Gothic cathedral, viewing Leonardo da Vinci's famous Las Supper painting, and of course shopping. Rudy then hops aboard a train to serene Lake Como to soak in lakeside villages and elegant villas.
Genoa and the Italian Riviera Program Two
The Italian Riviera offers some of the most romantic and beautiful coastlines in all of Europe. In Genoa tour grand palaces to experience old-world elegance before heading south to the magnificent town of Portofino and the rugged cliffs of Cinque Terre. It truly is la dolce vita!
Hill Towns of Tuscany and Umbria Program Three
Take an unforgettable journey to the castles, vineyards, walled cities of glorious Tuscany. In Siena, Rudy explores the multi-towered town of San Gimignano and watches grapes harvested at a winery. Then Rudy discovers the out-of-the-way towns of Pitigliano and Sovana. In Umbria, he discovers Etruscan tombs and visits the home of St. Francis of Assisi.
Sicily Program Four
Rudy winds his way across this largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Once the center of the ancient world, Sicily offers up a vibrant, sun-soaked mixture of history, tradition, and intense cultural pride. At Palermo, Rudy visits a lively market, and marvels at Monreale Cathedral, which shows off remnants of its Arab, Norman, and Byzantine past. Rudy also climbs Mount Etna, for unearthly views.
Rudy Maxa is the host of an award-winning public television series and public radio s original Savvy Traveler. Rudy's authoritative tips, trips and secret places capture the vitality and character of the world s most popular destinations and go beyond the guidebooks to discover hidden treasures and off-the-beaten-path surprises.
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Top customer reviews
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.
These types of Travel Documentaries will get better once high flying Camera Drones are utilized, but hopefully a new type of Cultural Blu-Ray will emerge, one with few words, sweeping views, and engaging footage of what life is like at ground zero in these story book villages.
The Blu-Ray really could barely pass for Blu-Ray. If I didn't know what was in the slot, I really could tell for sure if it were a Blu-Ray, or DVD.
IMHO, Anthony Bourdain, though his documentaries are geared at cuisine, does a much better job at capturing the magic than Rick Steves. After watching the raw style of Bourdain, one comes away with what life is actually like in these locales.
Something I really missed was the close caption facility, which would have made the programme much more accesible
to then non native english community. However, in spite of the above this is a must who love Italy and for those who would like to travel there.
Rudy really encourages us to travel to Europe and his enthusiasm in infectious.
My students and I are delighted with his travel videos.