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Rick Steves’ Europe: Naples And Pompeii

Airs Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Rick Steves enjoys some wine with dinner while in Italy.

Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series RICK STEVES' EUROPE, and best-selling author of 40 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals."

Rick's Travel Tips

Explore Europe confidently, efficiently and safely using these travel tips.

Ruins of Pompeii, viewed from the Forum looking towards the Temple of Jupiter, with Mount Vesuvius in the distance.
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Above: Ruins of Pompeii, viewed from the Forum looking towards the Temple of Jupiter, with Mount Vesuvius in the distance.

App for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android

The Rick Steves Audio Europe app organizes Rick's vast and varied library of audio content into geographic-specific playlists so you can enjoy ready access to the information that relates specifically to your travel plans. You'll get Rick's self-guided tours for dozens of Europe's top museums, sights and historic walks — plus 200 tracks of travel tips and cultural insights from his radio show — all for FREE! View a demo

He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe — and Europeans — for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

"Naples And Pompeii" - Naples is Italy in the extreme. We'll prowl backstreet fish markets, dodge fast-moving Vespas, and dine on pizza where it was invented. We'll climb to the top of nearby Mount Vesuvius, then wander through the amazing ruins of Pompeii, the Roman town it destroyed.

For lots more information, check out our best-selling Rick Steves' Italy guidebook — or join us on one of our free-spirited tours in Europe.

Rick's Travel Philosophy:

Travel is freedom...one of the last great sources of legal adventure. Travel is intensified living, with maximum thrills per minute. It's recess, and we need it. Experiencing the real Europe requires catching it by surprise, going casual...Through the Back Door.

Rick Steves is on Facebook, and you can follow @RickSteves on Twitter.

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Rick Steves Europe: Naples, Italy: Archaeological Museum

Above: For lovers of antiquity, the National Museum of Archaeology by itself makes Naples a worthwhile stop. The city's one essential museum visit offers the best possible peek into the art of Pompeii. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit www.ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves Europe: Naples, Italy: The Birthplace of Pizza

Above: In Naples, pausing at any street corner gives you the chance to enjoy a vivid slice of Neapolitan life, and the perfect pizza. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit www.ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves Europe: Pompeii, Italy: Window on Ancient Rome

Above: Life in Pompeii stopped in its tracks in 79 a.d. when the thriving city was buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Today, excavations of this once booming city offer the best look anywhere at ancient Rome and remains of homes give a glimpse into Roman lifestyles. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit www.ricksteves.com.

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