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RICK STEVESEUROPE: Assisi And Italian Country Charm

Airs Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV

The quiet streets of Assisi, Italy.

Credit: Courtesy of Rick Steves

Above: The quiet streets of Assisi, Italy.

Consummate traveler, host and best-selling guidebook author Rick Steves returns for a ninth season of the travel series RICK STEVES' EUROPE.

This season, join Rick as he experiences the local culture, cuisine and fun in some of Europe’s most interesting places, including Italy, England, Germany, Bulgaria and Romania.

Whether you want to visit Siena’s wild Il Palio horse race or explore the forested mountains of Transylvania for a peek at an old German fortress, Rick provides informative and enlightening ways to enjoy Europe's great cities and off-the-beaten-path discoveries.

"Assisi And Italian Country Charm" - In the Italian countryside, Rick connects with rustic, traditional culture: enjoying an agriturismo (farmhouse inn), seeing how prosciutto and pecorino cheese are made, and hiking down into deep and ancient wine cellars.

Montepulciano, Italy: Tuscan Vino and Views

The Tuscan hill town of Montepulciano, Italy, is a wine-producing capital with an independent spirit. In Montepulciano, you can enjoy medieval architecture, taste wine from the barrel, and dine on a juicy steak surrounded by local Italians.

He ends in Assisi — the hometown of St. Francis — which retains its spiritual aura to this day. Like pilgrims, he explores its stony center before trekking to its awe-inspiring basilica, built on the tomb of the beloved saint.

Assisi, Italy: Basilica of St. Francis

Italy's Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi rises where St. Francis was buried in 1230. For eight centuries it's been one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in all of Christendom.

Past episodes and clips of RICK STEVES' EUROPE are available for online viewing.

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RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Season 9: Preview

Season 9 of RICK STEVES’ EUROPE features ten all-new TV shows. Join writer and host Rick Steves as he experiences the local culture, cuisine, and fun in some of Europe’s most interesting places: Italy (Siena, Assisi, and Tuscany’s wine country); England (Cotswold Villages, Wells, Stonehenge, and the southern coast); Germany (Dresden, Leipzig, Hamburg, Nürnberg, and Frankfurt); and some exotic eastern adventures in Bulgaria and Romania. Whether you’re an armchair traveler eager to learn, or an active traveler dreaming up new plans, Season 9 of RICK STEVES’ EUROPE is the next best thing to a plane ticket. Season 9 debuts in fall 2016.

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