• 2:25

    Join Rudy in Agrigento, Sicily where the band Dioscuri enthralls listeners with the rhythmic notes of music that speaks to the everchanging cycle of light to darkness, and darkness to light. In the background, the Valley of the Temples resonates with history.

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    Accompany Rudy to Bologna, Italy and enjoy the unique band Gruppo Emiliano. Next, stop in Verona, home of Romeo and Juliet and the Arena di Verona (Verona Arena), where Rudy happens to visit the night Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Aida is on the bill.

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  • 3:15

    Rome- Italy’s Eternal City. The Via Sacra leads to The Forum where you can walk through buildings and streets of ancient history. Nearby is the renowned Colosseum where gladiatorial sport once entertained thousands. The Theatre of Marcellus (Teatro Marcello) was once a place where Romans could enjoy good theater. When Rudy stays in Rome, he

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  • 4:11

    Experience the city of Reims, considered to be the main champagne region in France. Rudy visits Taittinger’s Winery and learns how champagne is made. While dining at Domaine Les Crayeres Hotel and Restaurant, Rudy and Ana learn how to pair the proper champagne with each course of their meal.

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    In ancient times, Syracuse rivaled Athens in wealth and power. The historical center of the city, Ortygia (Ortigia) Island, speaks volumes of history. Here, you will visit the Temple of Athena, the Cathedral of Syracuse, the Fountain of Arethusa, and the Archaeological Park Neapolis.

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    You do not want to miss Cortina d’Ampezzo. This region of the Dolomites is as impressive as they come. The natural beauty of the landscape is beyond expression. Often times, the best way to experience Cortina is by finding a pleasant mountain refuge. From Rifugio Lagazuoi you will get a commanding 360-degree view of the

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    Rudy believes that the Dolomites Mountains are among the most “magical and fantastic” chain in the Alps family. Bolzano has historically been considered a gateway to the Alps, and Bolzano itself was once an Austrian border-town. Also, visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology where the Bronze-Age-dated Otzi the iceman is exhibited. The Mario Rimoldi

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  • 3:26

    Vicenza’s goldsmiths have been hard at work since the 1300s, and you will get a firsthand glimpse of such work at Soprana. Vicenza is also renowned for Andrea Palladio’s architecture, including The Basilica. A visit to some of Andrea Palladio’s villas in Italy’s countryside is also well worth a daytrip. Andrea Palladio’s influence stetches far

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  • 2:18

    The Villa Barbaro di Maser was built in the 1550s by architect Andrea Palladio, with frescoes on the interior by Paolo Veronese. In Bassano del Grappa, The Ponte Vecchio (aka Ponte degli Alpini) was a bridge that was also designed by Palladio. Bassano is also known for its ceramics, and its eighty-proof moonshine called grappa.

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