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Smart Travels - Europe With Rudy Maxa Previous Broadcasts

Provence (Episode #107)

KQED Life: Wed, Oct 31, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

Sun, olive trees and cicadas - we're in the heart of France. With our base in the sleepy town of St. Remy, we make forays into the villages, countryside and cities of Provence. Driving tours of the Alpilles and Luberon regions take us to the red rock village of Rousillion, the lavender ensconced Abbey of Senanque, and the picture perfect village of Eygalieres. We also take in the delights of Provence's cities, Arles, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. We end our adventures with a dip in the Mediterranean at the seaside village of Cassis. Tips on how to rent a vacation home in France and enjoying the many summer festivals.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Oct 31, 2012 -- 11:30 PM

Hill Towns of Tuscany and Umbria (Episode #106)

KQED Life: Tue, Oct 30, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

Castles, vineyards, walled cities and a fierce medieval rivalry that lingers today - we're out for an adventure in the Italian hill towns. Our base is dramatic Siena, home of the intensely competitive Palio horse race. From Siena we explore the multi-towered town of San Gimignano, watch grapes being harvested at a winery and drop in on the cheese festival in Pienza. Then south to Rudy's secret pick - the haunting hill towns of Pitigliano and Sovana. In Umbria we discover Etruscan tombs, visit the home of St. Francis of Assisi and pick up some pottery in quaint Gubbio. Tips on driving through the maze-like streets of a hill town and finding a place to stay.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Oct 31, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Tue, Oct 30, 2012 -- 11:30 PM

Florence (Episode #105)

KQED Life: Mon, Oct 29, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

In this glorious city, rich in art, Rudy brings the Renaissance to life. We visit the great museums - the Uffizi, Bargello, and Accademia, as well as the landmarks of the Renaissance - the Duomo, Bapistery and Giotto's Tower. Rudy's tip for beating the crowds is peaceful Oltr'arno on the other side of the river. An excursion outside of town leads to a Medici villa, a sleepy Tuscan town and a museum with inventions by Leonardo da Vinci. Tips on shopping and how to buy quality leather products.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Oct 30, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Oct 29, 2012 -- 11:30 PM

Genoa and the Italian Riviera (Episode #104)

KQED Life: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

We're off to the Italian Riviera seeking la dolce vita in one of the world's most romantic places. With death-defying cliffs and beaches that shimmer like jewels, the Riviera is as stunning a coastline as anywhere in Europe. In the port town of Genoa, we tour palaces for a taste of old-world elegance and dine on world-class pesto. Then we head south to the famous resort of Portofino and the sea cliff towns of the Cinqueterre. Finally, we battle vertigo at Pisa's leaning tower. Tips on using train passes and finding addresses.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Oct 27, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 -- 11:30 PM

Venice (Episode #103)

KQED Life: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

Join Rudy as he surrenders himself to the charms of magical Venice. We tour the famous sites - Piazza San Marco, the fairy tale Basilica of San Marco and the Rialto Bridge. Rudy also shows us how to escape the crowds by visiting the neighborhoods of Dorsoduro, Cannaregio and San Polo. Along the way, he takes us for a rousing drink at the city's oldest wine bar, on a dreamy gondola ride and to a traditional Venetian mask shop. In search of hand blown glass, lace and the birthplace of Venice, we journey to the lagoon islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Tips on how to navigate your way around this watery city.

Rome (Episode #102)

KQED Life: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

Rudy is in the city where all roads lead - Roma. We begin in ancient Rome - the Forum, Palatine Hill, Colosseum, and Baths of Caracalla. Then we explore modern Roman life on the streets and in cafes, pizzerias and gelaterias. We detour to another country, Vatican City, then shop along the Corso and relax at the Piazza di Spagna. Rudy's pick for best city walks are a tour of the historic center and a stroll in shady Trastevere. Tips on getting around and places for tasty snacks.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 -- 11:30 PM

Naples and the Amalfi Coast (Episode #101)

KQED Life: Tue, Oct 23, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

Naples is an ideal launching point for exploring the ancient city of Pompeii and the devastation of Mount Vesuvius. Trek across a still-active volcano, then to stylish Sorrento, sample luscious gelato and hop a ferry to the isle of Capri. Take in spectacular views along the thrilling Amalfi coast and further south visit Paestum, home to the best Greek ruins outside of Greece.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Tue, Oct 23, 2012 -- 11:30 PM
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