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Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 14 View Series View This Episode

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Ancient culture merged with "modern" culture, especially after Constantine created the new capital of the Roman Empire, Constantinople. Near Matera in Basilicata, even caves built into the rock face became churches. The frescoes on those walls are quite stunning.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 13 View Series View This Episode

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If you have ever visited Italy, you have probably run across the term pinacoteca describing a picture gallery, and wondered where it came from. You will find out in this video about a room called the "tablinum" in the Assisi domus, discovered because they wanted to build an elevator!

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 12 View Series View This Episode

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Parking is a problem in medieval hilltop towns and cities (especially those attractive to tourists), so one solution is to build an elevator to get from parking further down the hill, up to the center of town. But, you never know what you are going to find when excavating. In Assisi, they certainly hit the jackpot, right in the center of town: A roman domus.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 11 View Series View This Episode

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We're in Assisi, where, during some excavations, a domus was discovered. It's clear it belonged to a wealthy family because of the richness of the wall and floor decorations, and might even have been the home of the poet Propertius.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 10 View Series View This Episode

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With a look at one of the greatest Etruscan masterpieces in the Villa Giulia museum, we take our leave of Rome to journey to the Umbrian city of Assisi, or, as it was called in Roman times, Assisium.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 9 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

The Etruscans were influenced by other ethnic groups, particularly the Greeks. On display in the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia, we find evidence of this in the terracotta objects and fine gold jewelry and precious objects dating from the period.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 8 View Series View This Episode

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We get a look at the tomb, in terracotta, of a noblewoman. The clay allows for detail, where tombs in Macco do not. We then go to Rome, to the most important Etruscan museum, where we see once again, what an important role the afterlife played in the lives (and deaths) of the Etruscans.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 7 View Series View This Episode

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We're still in Tarquinia and we visit the tomb of Aninas. We gain some insight into the alphabet the Etruscans used, allowing us to recognize some names, but unfortunately, they didn't leave much in the way of writings to allow us to know much more.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 6 View Series View This Episode

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This magnificent, colorful tomb, twenty-five hundred years old, depicts a banquet in honor of the deceased, clearly a young man. It's a virtual time capsule.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 5 View Series View This Episode

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The Matuna family tomb contains many plaster reproductions of everyday objects, adding to the story of how the Etruscans lived. We move on to Tarquinia, where the tombs were carved out of a sedimentary limestone called Macco, allowing the colorful wall paintings to be preserved.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 4 View Series View This Episode

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One of the most famous tombs is that of the Matuna family. The reproductions and depictions of objects found there, ranging from everyday tools to ceremonial and funereal ones, allows us a glimpse of what life would have been like in this ancient civilization.

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

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There were different kinds of tombs built by the Etruscans. Alberto Angela explains how and why they were made the way they were. He also takes us into one of the most famous and beautiful Etruscan tombs.

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

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Italy

The Etruscans were an important part of Italy's ancient history, and its lands extended for a large expanse of the peninsula. We visit Banditaccia a Cerveteri, a necropolis north of Rome.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

This episode takes us to Sardinia where we see the ancient, majestic stone buildings, unique to Sardinia, called nuraghi.

Meraviglie - EP. 5 - Part 15 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

This episode of Wonders concludes, as we await more treasures to discover.

Meraviglie - EP. 5 - Part 14 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

We visit the interior of Villa Coldogno and see to what extent Andrea Palladio was ahead of his time as an architect, and how he was able to combine functionality and elegance.

Meraviglie - EP. 5 - Part 13 View Series View This Episode

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The city of Vicenza and its surroundings enjoyed an architectural golden age in the middle of the 16th century with, as its shining star, architect Andrea Palladio. Alberto Angela tells us the story of how it all came about.

Meraviglie - EP. 5 - Part 12 View Series View This Episode

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Amazing aerial views of Venice and the Venetian Lagoon provide an introduction to this episode on the Veneto Region. Andrea Palladio, one of the world's greatest architects, was from Vicenza and some of his most famous villas are highlighted in this segment.

Meraviglie - EP. 5 - Part 11 View Series View This Episode

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We say goodbye to the Dolomites and, after enjoying the extraordinary panorama from those peaks, go on to Venice, one of the most marvelous cities in the world.

Meraviglie - EP. 5 - Part 10 View Series View This Episode

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There is a legend about the Dolomites, which has to do with a famous rose garden.

Meraviglie - EP. 5 - Part 9 View Series View This Episode

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Alberto Angela gives us a simplified but fascinating description of how the Alps, and the Dolomites in particular, were formed from the sea. He goes on to tell a completely different story involving the Dolomites.

Meraviglie - EP. 5 - Part 8 View Series View This Episode

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We finally learn where the name "Dolomites" comes from. We also learn the fascinating story of how these mountains came to be.

Meraviglie - EP. 5 - Part 7 View Series View This Episode

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Alberto Angela explains how these wooden boards of red spruce become important parts of stringed instruments. The Dolomites are also a very unique place in terms of the land itself and how it is managed by the people who live there.

Meraviglie - EP. 5 - Part 6 View Series View This Episode

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Alberto Angela takes us to the place where the best wood for making stringed instruments can be found: the Paneveggio Forest.

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