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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).

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - Ep. 1 - Part 7 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Exploring the gardens further, we come upon a grotto, as well as what looks like an ancient Roman site, replete with original statues. It was all part of Vanvitelli's plan.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - Ep. 1 - Part 6 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

If we thought the interior of the Royal Palace of Caserta was amazing, we should get ready for even more amazement as we go outside and see the spectacular park — a true capolavoro (masterpiece) — which Luigi Vanvitelli, architect and engineer, designed, giving water the starring role.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - Ep. 1 - Part 5 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The narrator makes us aware of the vast number of people necessary to run the Palace. We visit the most intimate place in the Palace: the queen's dressing room and bathroom. It is fascinating to learn all the ways in which it was outfitted to both pamper and protect the queen.

Alberto Angela - Meraviglie - Ep. 1 - Part 4 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Alberto Angela takes us from the public throne room to the private chambers of the Royal Palace. In order to obtain the desired wall coverings, a whole complex was built for manufacturing silk. It's still operating today. Incredibile!

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

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

We visit the magnificent, immense Throne Room, with its small but elegant throne, and vaulted, frescoed ceiling.

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

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

It's hard to fathom the scale of this royal palace. We learn how many workers it took and how long it took to build. The grand staircase is of amazing dimensions, and, when seen from the top, our host seems like a small dot at the bottom of it.

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

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Alberto Angela, well-known presenter of historical TV documentaries, takes us on a journey to discover some of the "wonders" — both man-made and natural — of this "treasure peninsula" called Italy. The journey begins at the Royal Palace in Caserta.

In giro per l'Italia - Lucca - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Mini decides to guide Arianna through one of the main roads of Lucca to the center of the city. It's one continuous road but its name changes several times. Arianna is fascinated by some mysterious numbers appearing on the stones of the pavement.

In giro per l'Italia - Lucca - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy Tuscan

Arianna visits Lucca for the first time, and gets some advice from a friend who lives there. Arianna and Eleonora look at the map together to get an idea of how the city is laid out. With its Roman origins, Lucca's urban space was designed with intersecting roads called 'cardos' and 'decumani'.

In giro per l'Italia - Firenze - Part 5 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy Tuscan

Arianna takes us down to one of the most popular and busiest parts of the city. Many areas are primarily zone pedonali (pedestrian areas) but you still have to be very careful.

In giro per l'Italia - Firenze - Part 4 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy Tuscan

Today Arianna takes us back to Florence. This time we go to a high point on the southern side of the Arno river where we get a view of the whole city in all its splendor.

In giro per l'Italia - Pisa e dintorni - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy Tuscan

Arianna takes us down to a beach near Pisa, and explains a bit about how beaches work in many parts of Italy.

In giro per l'Italia - Pisa e dintorni - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy Tuscan

This beautiful church is worth a stop on the way from Pisa to the seaside. Arianna shares her discovery of it. The ceramic bowls that decorate the church are technically known as “bacini ceramici” in Italian, which could be translated as “ceramic basins.” Art historians who write in English, however, also use the term “bacini” for these tin-glazed works.

In giro per l'Italia - Pisa e dintorni - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy Tuscan

Arianna shows us around the Cathedral Square, where the bell tower, better known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is located.

L'Italia a tavola - Interrogazione sulla Liguria View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Because Anna knows the subject backwards and forwards, she volunteers to take the teacher's quiz on Liguria, but that doesn't help much with her grade.

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