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Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 3 - Part 12 View Series View This Episode

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We look at Leonardo's Last Supper from close up — the details, the symbolism — but also from the refectory floor, seeing how Leonardo's genius made the fresco part of the room itself.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 3 - Part 11 View Series View This Episode

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This video focuses on one of the most famous artists of all time, Leonardo da Vinci. In particular, we start looking at one of his greatest masterpieces, the Last Supper.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 3 - Part 10 View Series View This Episode

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The Republic of Siena ends in the 16th century and power goes to Florence, where we go next, to see some of the architectural wonders there.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 3 - Part 9 View Series View This Episode

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Alberto Angela shows us a volume from 1554 that bears witness to one of the most dramatic moments in Sienese history. We then go on to the beautiful city of Pienza.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 3 - Part 8 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

How could accounting books be so fascinating? The ones from the State Archives in Siena are veritable works of art and tell some interesting stories.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 3 - Part 7 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

We have a look at two important medieval manuscripts in the State Archives. They are the original Constitution of the Republic of Siena. Alberto Angela gives us some fascinating facts concerning it that reaffirm how wise the rulers of that republic were.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 3 - Part 6 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The Siena Cathedral is large, but it was supposed to have become much, much bigger. Alberto Angela tells the fascinating story.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 3 - Part 5 View Series View This Episode

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Alberto Angela explores the Piccolomini Altarpiece with sculptures by Michelangelo, and the beautiful frescoed Piccolomini Library within the walls of the Siena Cathedral

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 3 - Part 4 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

Alberto Angela focuses on one of the floor inlays depicting the story of Siena according to tradition. Siena shares a city symbol with Rome.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 3 - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The Siena Cathedral is one of the most notable examples of Italian Romanesque-Gothic cathedrals, and is well worth a visit, for both the beauty of the exterior and the unique marble artwork on the interior.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 3 - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Alberto Angela brings medieval Siena to life, with the help of some breathtaking aerial shots.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 3 - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

We are now in the heart of Italy: Tuscany. One of the most beautiful and important cities in Tuscany is Siena with its very particular piazza.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 2 - Part 13 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Alberto Angelo tells us the fascinating story of how trulli are built. Some of the most characteristic trulli can be found in Alberobello.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 2 - Part 12 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

We visit the land of the trulli, curious dry stone huts. Alberto Angela gives us some background about these unique dwellings.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 2 - Part 11 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

As opposed to the classical palaces of the powerful, with their throne rooms and great halls, Castel del Monte has some smaller and more intimate spaces, conducive to more personal encounters. Over the centuries, the castle was exploited in different ways, well into modern times.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 2 - Part 10 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Alberto Angela takes us inside Castel del Monte and helps us imagine what it might have looked like when it was "alive." He uses the term piano nobile, which indicates the floor of a mansion where the noblemen or landowners lived, as opposed to the floors where the servants' quarters and kitchens would have been.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 2 - Part 9 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Wonderful aerial photography shows Castel del Monte and its crown-like octagonal shape. Frederick II was particularly fond of the castle because it was an ideal location to hunt small game with his falcons.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 2 - Part 8 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The first stop is Italy's easternmost point, the Punta Palascìa and its 19th century lighthouse. Alberto Angela then shows us another site in the Apulia region, Castel del Monte, a breathtaking crown-shaped castle built by Frederick II in the early 1200s.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 2 - Part 7 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

We say goodbye to Agrigento's Valley of the Temples and get a close look at the awesome Riace Bronzes in Reggio Calabria. The two life-size Greek bronzes date to the 5th century BC and were discovered off Riace by a scuba diver in 1972.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 2 - Part 6 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The Ephebe of Agrigento is considered to be one of the masterpieces of Greek sculpture of the fifth century B.C. in Sicily. It is held in the Regional Archeological Museum of Agrigento, in which we also find a Roman sarcophagus in marble from the second century A.D. with scenes depicting the life of a child who died at an early age.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 2 - Part 5 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Although we don't know their function, the Telamons, gigantic statues alternating with the semi-columns of the Temple of Jupiter, were as high as a six-story building. A reconstruction of the temple in the Pietro Griffo Regional Archeological Museum allows us to imagine just how imposing they must have been.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 2 - Part 4 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Alberto Angela shows us how the Greek Temple of Zeus was built to be seen from great distances.

In giro per l'Italia - La finestrella di Marechiaro -Napoli View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marino tells about Marechiaro, a small village in the area of Naples called Posillipo. Marchiaro gives its name to a very famous Neapolitan song by Salvatore Di Giacomo.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP. 2 - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Alberto Angela talks about how Akragas came to be, how its name changed over time, and about what information has been obtained from archeological digs.

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