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The Guide to Essential Italy

Let The Great Courses and Smithsonian Journeys take you on a rich and diverse tour that explores the crown jewels of Italian civilization.

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36 Lectures

1
Image of Rome: The Eternal City
Rome: The Eternal City
0 of 29 min
2
Image of The Capitoline and the Colosseum
The Capitoline and the Colosseum
0 of 28 min
3
Image of Imperial Palaces of the Palatine Hill
Imperial Palaces of the Palatine Hill
0 of 29 min
4
Image of Pompeii: A City Frozen in Time
Pompeii: A City Frozen in Time
0 of 29 min
5
Image of The Roman Forum
The Roman Forum
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6
Image of Along the Via Sacra to the Capitoline
Along the Via Sacra to the Capitoline
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7
Image of The Via del Corso and Princely Palaces
The Via del Corso and Princely Palaces
0 of 28 min
8
Image of The Trevi Fountain and Baroque Rome
The Trevi Fountain and Baroque Rome
0 of 30 min
9
Image of Above and Beyond the Spanish Steps
Above and Beyond the Spanish Steps
0 of 29 min
10
Image of At the Bend in the Tiber
At the Bend in the Tiber
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11
Image of The Pantheon to Campo dei Fiori
The Pantheon to Campo dei Fiori
0 of 31 min
12
Image of Piazza Farnese to the Ara Pacis
Piazza Farnese to the Ara Pacis
0 of 30 min
13
Image of Piazza del Popolo to San Clemente
Piazza del Popolo to San Clemente
0 of 29 min
14
Image of The Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica
The Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica
0 of 30 min
15
Image of Orvieto, Siena, and San Gimignano
Orvieto, Siena, and San Gimignano
0 of 30 min
16
Image of Florence: Politics in Art and Architecture
Florence: Politics in Art and Architecture
0 of 31 min
17
Image of From the Piazza del Duomo to San Marco
From the Piazza del Duomo to San Marco
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18
Image of Santa Croce and the Pazzi Chapel
Santa Croce and the Pazzi Chapel
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19
Image of En Route to the Ponte Vecchio
En Route to the Ponte Vecchio
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20
Image of The Pitti Palace
The Pitti Palace
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21
Image of The Oltrarno
The Oltrarno
0 of 30 min
22
Image of Walking to Santa Maria Novella
Walking to Santa Maria Novella
0 of 29 min
23
Image of From Santa Maria Novella to San Lorenzo
From Santa Maria Novella to San Lorenzo
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24
Image of The Medici Legacy
The Medici Legacy
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25
Image of The Ognissanti, Palaces, Parks, and Villas
The Ognissanti, Palaces, Parks, and Villas
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26
Image of Romantic Views: San Miniato and Fiesole
Romantic Views: San Miniato and Fiesole
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27
Image of Arezzo, Perugia, and Assisi
Arezzo, Perugia, and Assisi
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28
Image of Venice: The Center of Power
Venice: The Center of Power
0 of 30 min
29
Image of The Drawing Room of Europe: Piazza San Marco
The Drawing Room of Europe: Piazza San Marco
0 of 29 min
30
Image of The Basilica of San Marco
The Basilica of San Marco
0 of 28 min
31
Image of The Ducal Palace
The Ducal Palace
0 of 29 min
32
Image of Venetian Civilization
Venetian Civilization
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33
Image of Along the Giudecca and Grand Canals
Along the Giudecca and Grand Canals
0 of 29 min
34
Image of The Upper Grand Canal and San Marco on Foot
The Upper Grand Canal and San Marco on Foot
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35
Image of The Rialto and Sestiere San Polo
The Rialto and Sestiere San Polo
0 of 28 min
36
Image of Sestiere Castello and the Outer Islands
Sestiere Castello and the Outer Islands
0 of 37 min

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October 14, 2018
Oh, gee. I give a polite but negative review TWICE and it gets removed? I wonder why....

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