Rick Steves' Heart of Italy

Rick Steves' Heart of Italy

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Pictured: Tuscan backroad.

Credit: ©2018 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc

Join Rick Steves as he delves deep into the Italian heartland — the place where la dolce vita is a way of life.

Rick Steves' Heart of Italy airs Sunday, April 11 at 3 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Starting in Umbria, we connect with rustic, traditional culture: sleeping at an agriturismo (farmhouse inn), seeing how prosciutto and pecorino cheese are made (and eaten), and hiking down into ancient and fragrant wine cellars. Then we visit Assisi, with its inspirational story of St. Francis, stop-and-smell-God's-roses spirituality, delicate Giotto masterpieces, and awe-inspiring basilica. In Siena, we enjoy a front-row seat at its wild horse race — the venerable Palio — and marvel at cultural treasures from the city's glory days, when it rivaled Florence for dominance in Tuscany.

We finish with the ultimate Riviera getaway: the Cinque Terre, where we get to know each of the "five lands" — from dramatic, vineyard-surrounded Vernazza to hardscrabble Riomaggiore to the pint-sized resort of Monterosso. Fishing for anchovies, sipping wine out of rustic barrels, bringing flowers to hilltop cemeteries, and savoring twinkling Mediterranean vistas, we enjoy Rick's favorite stretch of Mediterranean coastline. From hill towns to harbors, and from vino rosso to Giotto, Rick Steves' Heart of Italy savors the good life in the Italian heartland.