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Rick Steves’ Rome: Eternally Engaging

Airs Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 3 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Rick Steves inside the Colosseum, Rome.

Credit: Courtesy of Rick Steves

Give at the $180 level during our membership campaign and receive the "Rick Steves' All 100 Shows" DVD Box Set, the Italy Guidebook & Italy Phrasebook, plus 2-DVD Set of Season 7, a "Travel Skills" DVD, Newsletter and Italy map. This gift also includes enrollment in the myKPBS Savers Club plus additional online access to more than 130,000 merchant offers and printable coupons, as well as a KPBS License Plate Frame (if you're a new member). A "Rick Steves' Rome" DVD set, or a Rome Guidebook set is available at the $60 level.

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

In this hour-long travel special, Rick Steves explores the "Eternal City" of Rome, a grand and ancient metropolis rich with exquisite art, vibrant culture and centuries of history.

Rick traces the rise and fall of classical Rome, meanders through the heart of Bernini's Baroque Rome and makes a pilgrimage to the Vatican.

Then, he uncovers the charms of hidden neighborhoods filled with character and energy, enjoys a Roman feast, and mixes and mingles with the locals during an early-evening stroll through the city's romantic nightspots.

Designed as a kick-off to the all-new seventh season of RICK STEVES' EUROPE, this special debuted nationwide in fall 2012.

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

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Preview: Rick Steves' Rome: Eternally Engaging

Above: In this hour-long travel special, Rick Steves explores the "Eternal City" of Rome, a grand and ancient metropolis rich with exquisite art, vibrant culture and centuries of history. Rick traces the rise and fall of classical Rome, meanders through the heart of Bernini's Baroque Rome and makes a pilgrimage to the Vatican. Then, he uncovers the charms of hidden neighborhoods filled with character and energy, enjoys a Roman feast, and mixes and mingles with the locals during an early-evening stroll through the city's romantic nightspots.

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Rick Steves' Europe: Rome, Italy: Catacombs and Appian Way

Above: Rome's San Callisto catacombs housed early Christian heroes later recognized as martyrs and saints as early as the 3rd century. Along with the catacombs, which were abandoned and forgotten in the Middle Ages, Rome's ancient Appian Way is enjoying resurgence as a well-known attraction for locals and tourists alike. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit http://www.ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves' Europe: Rome, Italy: Ancient Wonders

Above: Rome's ancient wonders are at tourists' fingertips when they visit the Eternal City. Step inside Rome's pantheon for a look at the splendor of ancient Rome, and marvel at the colossal Colosseum, Rome's greatest engineering feat. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit http://www.ricksteves.com.