I'm Rick Steves. RICK STEVES ’ EUROPE: French Alps And Lyon Stream now or tune in Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 at 4 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV Thursday, November 5, 2020 Giuseppe: In Cinque Terre, if you know the wind, you don't need the weatherman. And to cap a great meal, chef Miky drops by as we're enjoying our traditional Sciacchetrà and biscotti. Andy: Looks delicious! Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. Rick: Sposato. The plow seems to honor hard work. Cows, of course. Rick Steves is your perfect travel partner, guiding you through his favorite European cities, villages and off-the-beaten-path destinations in this popular public television series. It was one of the mightiest of its day. Rick Steves Special: The Story of Fascism in Europe 1 Episode (2018) Rick Steves Special 5 Episodes (2012-2017) Rick Steves' Heart of Italy 1 Episode (2017) Traditional farming techniques are complemented with modern know-how, as the delicate vines are prepped in anticipation of a hot growing season. Rick: In France! Rick Steves' Europe is public television's most-watched, longest-running travel series. The centerpiece of the museum is a functioning replica of a 16th-century minting press — powered by water and made of wood. Like a breakwater keeps out the waves at the bottom of town, a gate stops traffic at the top. For those hiking the trails, an ideal snack is a slice of focaccia. Guilano: Cinquantaquattro. Before posting, please read our Community Guidelines. Until next time, keep on travelin'. Sure the place is now well-discovered. Since Roman times, Corniglia has been noted for its wine-making. 7 Nov. 2020 Germany's Fascist Story. Tonight, we're enjoying it on gnocchi. The Zugspitze is famed for a cold and ghostly wind that can really howl in the winter. Only 1 left in stock - order soon. Imagine 40 snoring knights packed into one room. Reifenstein offers one of Europe's most intimate looks at medieval castle life. But there's a low-key ambience where you're reminded we're all in this life together, so let's enjoy the moment. How about pasta for lunch? Rate. After an unforgettable hike, we'll catch our breath in Europe's largest high-altitude meadow, and then enjoy some more alpine folk music. This much-admired Golden Roof was built for the Habsburg Emperor Maximilian I in 1494. Gasthof Badl is run by the Steiner family. Manarola is petite and picturesque — a tumble of buildings filling its ravine above a craggy port. Live TV Choose Station. Perched just below Vernazza's castle, this restaurant is run by gracious and English-speaking Monica, her husband Massimo, kind Mario, and the rest of her family. For a sweet dessert wine, sip the local Sciacchetrà. The dry-stone-masons of the Cinque Terre are famed for their skill at artfully building and preserving the trails and terraces. It's great for a joy ride, and famously a big challenge for bikers. Landing at Compatsch, the commercial hub of the meadow, hikers can hop a lift or a shuttle bus to the trailhead of their choice. But the weatherman was no help when a freak rainstorm hit the region in October 2011. Enjoying this stroll, it's easy to understand why so many artists and romantics are drawn to this region. He even gave each city a new Italian name. We'll see all five towns — starting in Vernazza. The traditional alpine farmhouse was energy efficient, considering the technology of the day. For me, this is Italy at its most relaxed. After an unforgettable hike, we catch our breath in Europe’s largest high-altitude meadow, then enjoy some more alpine folk music. But I've never seen happier, more laid-back tourists. Germany, Austria, and Italy come together high in the Alps. Italy's Cinque Terre is an irresistible mix of nature, culture, and human activity — well-worn locals, sunburned travelers, and inviting family-friendly piazzas. The Brenner Pass has been the easiest way over the Alps since ancient Roman times. Ciao Maria! Giuseppe: Scirocco. Intricately whittled dioramas show off the region's tradition of fine woodcarving. Cribs were decorated with religious themes to be sure God watched over the baby. Well-kept huts, trails, and lifts make hiking here a joy (the season runs roughly mid-June–mid-October, with wildflowers at their peak in June). The Cinque Terre is five little towns like this — beautifully isolated in the most seductive stretch of the Italian Riviera. After conquering the Zugspitze, we'll visit a remote farm in Austria and join in a Tirolean village festival. Monica offers a free sciacchetrà or limoncello with biscotti if you have my guidebook (closed Wed and Nov–April, tel. Two castles like these, strategically straddling the valley, could control much of the trade passing between Germany and Italy. The most typical main course here: fish. From here you can scout the rest of your trek, and see your next stop: Manarola. Until next time…keep on travelin'. Cobbled lanes lead past friendly shops to the welcoming town square. Rentable private rooms — called camere — are the best values throughout the Cinque Terre. Caretaker: Welcome to Reifenstein. The woodwork is artful, and the engineering ingenious. The town's elegant architecture and rich church make it clear that in its day, Hall was a local powerhouse. Up to eight men shared each of these boxes — complete with hay, for maximum comfort. The first train line cutting through this tough, mountainous coastline was an engineering marvel for its day. There's one main street — it runs from its train station down to the sea. The Zugspitze, at nearly 10,000 feet, is Germany's highest mountain. This the ONLY collection of Rick Steves Italy TV shows produced since 2000 (vs. those filmed way back in the 1990s). So, the knights huddled together to stay warm. Beppe: Every village have a different dialect. The pesto is finished with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Buildings are painted with murals celebrating the town's rich heritage. She makes each guest feel right at home. All of Rick's TV shows and specials in one DVD box set Rick Steves is America's leading authority on European travel. Drivers will find it easy to reach, but it's definitely not worth the trouble for those without wheels. All the full length Rick Steves Europe PBS Episodes that I could find. From the beach resort half of Monterosso, a tunnel leads under the castle and into the old town. Use one of the services below to sign in to PBS: ... Rick Steves' Europe Egypt’s Cairo. From Austria (the cheaper, less crowded way up), make your way to the cable car station just outside the village of Ehrwald (by car or by train and then bus or taxi to the base of the lift). Getting off the familiar vacation destinations and exploring the many, many trails throughout Europe's wilderness areas is a vastly underrated vacation option that people don't consider. Plan your own trip or take one of Rick's value-packed European tours and vacations. Italy. It has a personality. My Account. Travel with Rick on this video guide to the Cinque Terre including Vernazza, Monterosso, and more. Terms of Service | Privacy. Monica: Exactly. In the densest parts of town, these lanes became interior passages. With the church overlooking its intimate main square, a couple of restaurants, and a handful of private rooms for rent, it has a relaxing vibe. Kastelruth is the gateway to Europe's largest alpine meadow, the Alpe di Siusi [a.k.a. The summit — first climbed in 1820 — is marked by a golden cross, carried up here by hardy villagers back in 1851. Miky's pasta is cooked with a unique twist — capped with pizza dough and finished in a wood-fired oven. And from up here we venture south, for the best of the Alps in Austria and in Italy. They brag that while big-time Riviera resorts nearby sold out, the Cinque Terre is still locally owned. Within its mighty stone walls, hefty timbers flesh out the staircases and rooms. The ingenious monorail wine train — called a trenino — carries workers high above the villages, where small family vineyards are tended with knowing care. Video: Watch Italy's Amalfi Coast, an episode of the Rick Steves' Europe TV show. While the church's structure is mostly 15th-century Gothic, the decor inside is 17th-century Baroque. From the top of the Europabrücke, or Europe's Bridge, it feels like just another freeway, but from the windy old road at the valley floor it looks like a mighty sculpture. In the special, Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season. While the Cinque Terre now endures the storms of the modern world, the region's charms are as endearing as its people are resilient. The island of Sicily has a complicated past making it distinct from Italy - spicier food, a more festive lifestyle, and people who are Sicilian first, Italian second. Terms of Service | Privacy, Cinque Terre, Italy: Hiking Corniglia to Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy: Manarola and Riomaggiore, Monterosso al Mare, Italy: Cinque Terre Resort Town. Warm water, colorful umbrellas, plenty of bodies soaking up that Mediterranean sun, and an inviting promenade. We're here in summer and everything's wide open. ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Rick: Buona sera! And my son, Andy, is joining us for the region's most elegant dining experience. Paintings adorning the walls feature only one family: the noble German family that has owned the castle for centuries. While tourism has brought a new affluence here, even high-end places are still family run. In the Alps of Austria and Italy, we celebrate both nature and culture. The baker stretches dough to fit the pan, roughs it up with finger holes, adds a few simple ingredients — perhaps tomatoes and olives, drizzles olive oil, and splashes it with salty water. Written and hosted by best-selling guidebook author Rick Steves, each half-hour show takes viewers to Europe's most interesting places, from great cities to off-the-beaten-path discoveries. With the lure of the modern world it's not easy to keep these labor-intensive traditions alive. Twelve new episodes include Portugal (Lisbon and the country's heartland), the heart of England, Greek islands, Sicily, and Scotland (Glasgow, Highlands, and islands). But Reifenstein has grown more welcoming with age. And that storm coming, come in from the sea. This crossing has long been a gauntlet of toll booths and forts. Even before the time of the Habsburgs, Hall was an important trading city. We'll dine on fresh seafood at the fisherman's harbor in Cefalù, ponder ancient Greek greatness in Siracusa, commune with monks alive and departed in a Capuchin crypt, sleep in an olive orchard at an agriturismo, and eat our way through a classic Sicilian banquet with a famous chef. While nothing like past generations, small-scale fishermen still earn their living working their nets while the tourists play. Fantastical characters warded off evil and even served as human scarecrows. For me, the best bits of Italy are traffic-free — and in this unique mix of Italian culture and nature, there's not a Fiat in sight. The castle tower looks new because it was rebuilt after the British bombed it, chasing out the Germans (small fee, open daily). Thanks for joining us. And it's main square has some of the region's finest restaurants. And this cable car zips us to the top in 10 minutes. ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | It's clearly a proud family operation: Miky (dad), Simonetta (mom), charming Sara (daughter, who greets guests), and the attentive but easygoing waitstaff all work hard. 0. Back then, its medieval center was actually larger than Innsbruck's. Life here is subject to the dictates of the weather. Guilano: Corniglia o Cinque Terre. St. Florian, the patron of firefighters, is shown all over town putting out fires. These bold limestone pillars offer something for everybody. The knight Florian Waldauf, a friend of Innsbruck's Emperor Maximilian I, built this chapel in 1501 to thank God after the two of them survived a harrowing storm at sea, and filled it with more than 2,000 relics. Everywhere I look feels like an alpine adventure awaiting my arrival. Here I have Massimo grandparents. Detailed maps show tiny roads you might not realize exist. You can also peek into the interior of the adjacent Hofkirche (statue-lined court church of the Habsburgs). Italy. For elegantly presented, top-quality food, with subtle flavors that celebrate local ingredients and traditions, this is my Cinque Terre favorite. Tiny communities like this grew up in the protective shadows of their castles — their people ready to run for refuge at the first hint of a Turkish pirate raid. No cars enter this village of 600 residents…except early on Tuesdays, when trucks and vans roll in for the weekly tailgate-party street market. And with slap dancing like this, what girl wouldn't say yes? The Cinque Terre takes great pride in its white wine. The Cinque Terre, which means "five lands," was originally described in medieval times as "the five castles." Then we hike to Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore before catching the boat to Monterosso al Mare. After a hike, it's fun to survey what you've explored. is the perfect time. Stay drunk all the time! Of the five towns, Vernazza has the closest thing to a natural harbor. Waiter: Gnocchi con pesto. Hall's much-appended church is dedicated to the patron saint of sailors — in honor of the riverboat crews that kept trade flowing along the Inn River. Hi, I'm Rick Steves, back with more of the Best of Europe. But I prefer a smaller town, with fewer tourists. If you keep climbing, eventually you'll pop out up at the top, near the castle — handy for fleeing attacks. 0187-812-296). For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, Monica: Every week, and it's not necessary to cry when you are here. ... My wife and I are very familiar with this series: we watched and taped many of the episodes on cable TV; we used the travel tips and "back door" attractions to plan our own travels and we revisit our tapes frequently, using them a souvenirs. Rick: So if you know the wind… Giuseppe: Yes, but I think that the weather will be changed. Rick: 54 liters — that's a lot. You approach the Cinque Terre by train through long, dark tunnels. Savor the view and the unforgettable setting. The highlight is the carefully reconstructed interiors of several Tirolean parlors with their small windows, wood paneling, and finely crafted furniture. Watch Rick Steves' Europe Free Online. The trails are rough…but manageable. Mammoth waves can slam into this wall. A tower has stood guard here for a thousand years. Today that region is divided: part in Austria, and part in Italy. Rick Steves, America's leading authority on European travel, returns to transport viewers to the continent's bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque countryside. Giuseppe: …in Cinque Terre, you don't need a weatherman! Then it's time for the dancers. And the craft survives to this day, with skilled artisans like Giuliano Basso. It's also just right for someone needing a lazy beer with a spectacular view. Rick: Good for the tourists. Use one of the services below to sign in to PBS: You've just tried to ... Rick Steves' Europe Germany's Dresden and Leipzig. It's supported by only one pylon. These slopes are busy with skiers in the winter. With voluptuous swoops and curls, this scene, frescoed in 1498, is a fantasy of elves, jesters, archers, and fruity symbols of fertility. This is a combination of Mr. Steves' tv traveling programs in Italy. Hi, I'm Rick Steves, back with more of the best of Europe — and right now, I'm the highest person in Germany, proving that almost anyone can make the summit in Europe's Alps. $24.51. Karel: OK! The region is a mix of the two cultures, and officially bilingual. As the area's a national park, you'll pay a nominal admission fee, and enjoy better-maintained trails and a more pristine countryside. Today's Netflix Top 10 Rankings. Here the lord and lady seem proud of what must have been an impressive fortified home in its day. Thanks for joining us. For a car-hiker's look at life in the high Alps, we're switch-backing up to a 5,000-foot-high perch. When you come here, you must try pesto. Every one, want the people, have something like before. Before posting, please read our Community Guidelines. Rick: Grazie! Irena: Ciao! Check if it is available to stream online via "Where to Watch". Miky is packed with well-dressed locals who know their seafood and want to eat it in a classy environment. DVD. And completing this storybook Dolomite setting, the spooky mount [outcropping] Schlern, home of mythical witches, looks boldly into the haze of the Italian peninsula. From up here, it's all downhill to Innsbruck. And even the little cupids carry barrels of salt. With the steep hillsides serving as a giant funnel, the flash flood overwhelmed the tunnel containing the town's stream. In the Alps of Austria and Italy, we celebrate both nature and culture. It's my sentimental favorite in the area for its convenience (a short and scenic walk from Hall's old town), peaceful setting, big breakfast, and warm welcome. Add Image. 1. One of the essential Cinque Terre experiences is to get out and hike. Rick: That's perfect! While the traditional economy is farming, today tourism is also big — skiing in winter, hiking in summer. The pesto is a local sauce; it's come from Liguria, the region where we are now. Back when salt was money, Hall was loaded — its seal features a barrel of salt. Sure, it's touristy, and virtually every storefront caters to visitors' needs. I'm Rick Steves. Rick Steves' Europe is an American travel documentary television series created and hosted by Rick Steves.In each episode, he travels to the continent of Europe, documenting his experiences along the way.. Trucks and vans roll in for the best alpine thrills in Europe nature! 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