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Rick Steves' Florence

Rick Steves in Florence, Italy.
Courtesy of Rick Steves
Rick Steves in Florence, Italy.

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

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.

Rick Steves at the Accademia with Michelangelo's "David," Florence, Italy.
Courtesy of Rick Steves
Rick Steves at the Accademia with Michelangelo's "David," Florence, Italy.
View of 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
Rick Steves' Europe: Florentine Delights and Tuscan Side Trips Preview
Rick Steves' Europe: Florence: Michelangelo's David
Rick Steves' Europe: Florence: Strolling the Oltrarno Neighborhood
Rick Steves' Europe: Florence: Antipasti Feast
Rick Steves' Europe: Florence: Brunelleschi's Dome