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Rick Steves’ Florence

Airs Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Rick Steves in Florence, Italy.

As has been his production tempo since 1990, every two years Rick Steves produces a new series of travel shows exploring his favorite European destinations. Released in late 2012, Season 7 of RICK STEVES' EUROPE features 14 vivid episodes covering London, Paris, Venice, Florence, and Rome in delicious, wide-screen, hi-def — plus the highlights of Northern England and three European travel skills episodes filled with practical, experience-enhancing, money-saving tips and insights.

Courtesy of Rick Steves

Rick Steves at the Accademia with Michelangelo's "David," Florence, Italy.

Courtesy of Rick Steves

View of Florence, Italy.

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What's New in Italy for 2013 by Rick Steves

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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

This special program covers the highlights from two of Rick's episodes about Florence:

"Florence: Heart Of The Renaissance" - Fifteenth-century Florence was the home of the Renaissance and the birthplace of our modern world. In this episode, we gaze into the self-assured eyes of Michelangelo's "David," enjoy Botticelli's "Birth of Venus," delve into the 3-D wonders of Ghiberti's "Gates of Paradise," appreciate Fra Angelico's serene beauty, and climb the dome that kicked off the Renaissance. Then we cross the Arno to where Florentine artisans live, work, and eat...very well.

"Florentine Delights & Tuscan Side Trips" - We'll enjoy more of the exquisite artistic treasures of the city that propelled Europe out of the Middle Ages. Then we side-trip to a couple of rival cities and cultural capitals in their own right, Pisa and Lucca, where we'll marvel at a tipsy tower, circle a city on its ramparts, and enjoy some Puccini in his hometown.

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.

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Rick Steves' Europe: Florence: Heart Of The Renaissance Preview

Above: 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: Florentine Delights and Tuscan Side Trips Preview

Above: In this episode on Florence, we'll enjoy more of the exquisite artistic treasures of the city that propelled Europe out of the Middle Ages. Then we'll side-trip to a couple of rival cities and cultural capitals in their own right, Pisa and Lucca, where we'll marvel at a tipsy tower, circle a city on its ramparts, and enjoy some Puccini in his hometown. 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: Florence: Michelangelo's David

Above: 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: Florence: Strolling the Oltrarno Neighborhood

Above: There's much more to Florence than the touristy zone north of the Arno River. To discover rustic, old Florence cross the river and dive into the colorful Oltrarno district. Wander the back lanes and you'll find artisans practicing centuries-old crafts like picture framing, violin making and more. Finish your day at a Florentine steakhouse, which as any meat lover knows means sampling the tender, local Chianina beef, which goes well with a glass of Chianti. Salute! 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: Florence: Antipasti Feast

Above: Travelers dine like royalty at an "antipasto extravaganza" in one of Rick's favorite Florentine restaurants. Today the chef recommends a parade of plates including an assortment of salami, cheeses, fava beans and bruschetta, all paired with local wines. Top it off with a glass of sweet vin santo and biscotti. Buon appetito! 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: Florence: Brunelleschi's Dome

Above: Built in 1420, Brunelleschi's dome ignited an architectural Renaissance that can still be experienced today. Tourists climb 500 steps to the top in a hollow space Brunelleschi devised to make the dome lighter, therefore ultimately able to stand. 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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