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

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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

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

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.

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

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The temple dedicated to Concordia was built on an ancient seabed from two million years ago, and is one of the most remarkable structures from the Greek world. Alberto Angela explains why it is the only one still standing.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - EP.2 - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

We're in the south of Italy, where many cultures have merged. Alberto Angela takes us to visit the magnificent Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - Ep. 1 - Part 15 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

There is more to tell about the incredible, huge cistern in the center of Matera. With this, the episode concludes, with an invitation to join in the next journey of discovery.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - Ep. 1 - Part 14 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

In Matera, various epochs shake hands, as Alberto Angela put it. Matera continues to amaze us with what's hidden underneath the piazza of the Baroque quarter: Il Piano.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - Ep. 1 - Part 13 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Living conditions were so different at the time of the cave dwellings. Imagine having a mule and rabbits running around the house! The government eventually put a stop to this type of dwelling, and much was gained, but much was lost. On the other hand, people had to live somewhere. The Civita, the oldest part of Matera, filled up quickly around the imposing cathedral, and there was no more room for building houses.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - Ep. 1 - Part 12 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

We see the inside of house built into the rock. It is fascinating to learn how families coped with the problems of water, humidity, and cramped quarters.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - Ep. 1 - Part 11 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

We enter a fascinating church carved right into the rock: the Church of the Madonna di Idris. There are some surprising discoveries awaiting us.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - Ep. 1 - Part 10 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Matera is all about caves and grottoes. There were many natural caves that were expanded to be used as dwellings and churches, and other man-made grottoes as well.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - Ep. 1 - Part 9 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Alberto Angela takes back in time, to a city that came about in a totally different way: splendid Matera in Basilicata. It's definitely worth a trip.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - Ep. 1 - Part 8 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

We leave the Royal Palace of Caserta and head towards Cilento in Campania where there is a huge Benedictine monastery. When we see the term convento, we might assume it is a convent for nuns, but in Italian, un convento can be a religious community for either monks or nuns (or both).

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