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Touring Italy, travel video
Explore the Italy of yesterday and today, and visit the land of da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo, Verdi and Caruso even as you take in chic Milan and wander the Italian Riviera. Sample the culinary delights of Bologna. Discover the ruins of Pompeii, the Renaissance city of Florence and the canals of Venice. Then on to the eternal city of Rome, where the remnants of an ancient empire stand amid the bustle of a modern metropolis. This is one of the most comprehensive video presentations ever produced on Italy. Informative and entertaining..carefully researched, contains a wealth of information.. excellent photography, clear concise narration. Well suited for many educational purposes, a must for all libraries.

Great Cities of the Ancient World : Rome & Pompeii
This hour-long video covers the grandeur of the ancient cities of Rome and Pompeii. By reconstructing the ancient buildings, the viewer is given a glimpse of daily life in the early part of the first millennium. Using a collage of sculpture, paintings, and footage from black-and-white films about the Roman Empire, narrator Edmund Purdon takes the viewer on a journey through two cities that are considered part of the basis of modern civilization. Ruins are displayed in their present state, and then are rebuilt on video so we can see exactly what each building was used for. In this way, we can see how early Romans lived--how they shopped, what their theaters were like, their baths, their eating and drinking habits, and even their bloody gladiator fights. Pompeii is introduced in the same manner, and we learn of its destruction--the earthquake and volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which killed over 2,000 people and buried the city until it was discovered in the mid-18th century.

Italy: the Hilltowns of Tuscany, the Italian Riviera
Nothing makes me want to drop everything and hop on a plane to Europe more than watching one of Rick Steves' videos. His attitude to travel is so refreshing -- break down the barriers between you and the culture you traveled so far to see. This video gives good tips on packing light, meeting locals, and searching out small villages not (yet) overrun by the tourist crowds. Steves is a bit geeky, but once you've watched him for a while and start to appreciate the depth of his knowledge of European travel it becomes endearing, not annoying. I'd highly recommend this video to anyone planning a trip to Italy. And if you're not planning a trip there, by the end of the video you will be!


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