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Itinerari Della Bellezza
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Four documentaries created by RAI Culture (Italian public television) explore the regions of the Alto Adige, Umbria, Abruzzo, and Basilicata. The viewer is treated to breathtaking landscapes, and the narrator provides historical background to the many architecturally significant places that are visited. Richly ornamented Romanesque churches are featured, including places associated with St. Francis of Assisi (1181/2 - 1226).

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Itinerari Della Bellezza - Trentino Alto Adige - Part 1

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Italy

The first of a six-part series on the Trentino-Alto Adige area of Italy, also known as South Tyrol, reveals majestic alpine landscapes and masterpieces of medieval art.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Trentino Alto Adige - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Majestic mountains, clear lakes, and enigmatic medieval frescoes characterize the area surrounding Termeno.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Trentino Alto Adige - Part 3

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Italy

We get a glimpse of some of the amazing frescoes in this part of Italy.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Trentino Alto Adige - Part 4

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Italy

The segment features the 13th century Roncolo Castle, where frescoes give precious insights into the life of the nobility in the Medieval period. The footage of the Valley of the Lakes is also spectacularly beautiful.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Trentino Alto Adige - Part 5

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Italy

Buonconsiglio Castle in Beseno is the highlight of this segment. The castle boasts a frescoed cycle with scenes from the everyday life of farmers and nobles, circa 1400.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Trentino Alto Adige - Part 6

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Italy

The final segment on the Alto Adige features the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The series will continue with other Italian regions.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Umbria - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

There are so many beautiful spots in Italy. Umbria is next on our list!

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Umbria - Part 2

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Italy

This segment shows us the Abbey of Saints Felix and Maurus as well as Norcia, the birthplace of Saint Benedict. Little remains of the cathedral after the earthquake in 2016. Here are some photos of what has remained.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Umbria - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

We're still in the area of the Nera river valley, and there are plenty more beautiful sights to see.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Umbria - Part 4

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Italy

The Abbey of Saint Eutizio is featured in this segment. It was largely destroyed in the earthquake of October 31, 2016. Its reconstruction is in the planning stage.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Umbria - Part 5

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Cascia and Visso are explored in this segment. The narrator makes the point that Umbria is the land of saints, naming: Saints Francis, Clare, Benedict, and Rita.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Umbria - Part 6

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Italy

The series on Umbria ends with amazing landscape shots of Castelluccio, including fields of poppies, cornflowers, and lentil flowers. Castelluccio's lentils are justly renowned.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Abruzzo - Part 1

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Italy

The Abruzzo Region, sometimes known as the Abruzzi with an i in older publications, is the area of interest for this six-segment video. This segment concentrates on the Piccolomini Castle in Marsica.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Abruzzo - Part 2

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Italy

Highlights include a church straddling the Romanesque and Gothic in Celano, and Massa d'Albe (the Roman city of Alba Fucens), where there is an amphitheater excavated from rock. The word arena comes from the Latin word harena, or sand. Sand was used on arena floors to catch the blood lost during gladiator games and the like.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Abruzzo - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The segment highlights two medieval churches near the ancient site of Alba Fucens. Both churches display ornamental facings made from pieces of colored marble that are intricately pieced together, what is known as Cosmatesque work.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Abruzzo - Part 4

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Italy

Abruzzo churches built by order of Saint Francis of Assisi (1226–1330) or dedicated to him, are featured in this segment.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Abruzzo - Part 5

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Italy

The segment features the Oratory of San Pellegrino and the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption in Bominaco. These, together with the Marian church in nearby Fossa, are considered the finest examples of Medieval art and architecture in the Abruzzo Region.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Abruzzo - Part 6

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Italy

The tour of the Abruzzo Region concludes with sights near l'Aquila, the region's capital.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Basilicata - Part 1

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Italy

Welcome to breathtakingly beautiful Basilicata with its mountains and sea, light and silence.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Basilicata - Part 2

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Italy

This segment features Melfi, a city at the base of Mount Vulture, where Frederick the Second of Swabia spent a number of years.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Basilicata - Part 3

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Italy

The Archeological Park of Venosa is the highlight of this segment. We see the building projects of Robert Guiscard, the Norman conqueror of southern Italy and Sicily.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Basilicata - Part 4

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Italy

The segment features Acerenza and its 11th century cathedral, which was built over pagan and Early Christian constructions.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Basilicata - Part 5

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Italy

The segment concentrates on the environs of Matera, its rugged beauty, and the sacred art and architecture that makes use of natural grottoes.

Itinerari Della Bellezza - Basilicata - Part 6

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Italy

Pythagoras, after leaving Croton, brought his school of philosophy to Metapontum. This key city of Magna Graecia [Greater Greece] brings the series on Basilicata to a close.

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