Rick Steves' Europe

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  • TV-G
  • 2001
  • 12 Seasons
  • 8.6  (660)

Rick Steves takes his television audience to different, interesting destinations in Europe. The show is absorbing. It is an ancillary bonus to his travel guide: since the viewer is allowed to see first-hand what certain destinations provide visitors to the area.

He generally makes it a point to take his viewer to a number of ecclesiastical sight-seeing opportunities which he also regularly does so within his travel guides. He additionally makes it a habit of visiting many culinary venues. There is some mild drinking involved with respect to some of the gastronomical adventures: however, Rick never heavily imbibes. The alcohol is pertinent to the meal or cuisine. Special events and festivals, too, are covered within certain regions.

Rick advises viewers about how to get to the travel destination. The information is useful in that it provides his television audience with the types of public transportation available as well as other forms of transport within the region.

Rick, with each episode, takes his viewer to a different nation, region and respective village inside of the European continent. He makes it a point to share historical data about the region and/or attraction he is visiting.

Various accommodations; and dining venues ranging from fine-dining to more rustic style eateries are covered by the show's host. The accommodations are generally in close proximity to the sight-seeing attractions he visits. If the hotel is further away from the attraction: as alluded to above, the proper transportation sources are pointed out to the show's viewers.

Works of art and other cultural aspects of the city are shared. This aspect may seem a bit romanticized or poetical at first; however, all such descriptions are clearly relative to the region. The romanticized description makes the travel destination all the more culturally interesting.

The show, once again is obviously a source of promotion for the host's guidebooks. He also helps out the local business establishments, where he is visiting in his endorsement of their cuisine and wares for sale. However: Isn't that what the tourism industry is all about? Drumming up business for many of the area's unique shops; bistros, and other cultural attractions? The show, in summary, is very enjoyable - Rick's favorable recommendations more than likely appreciated by Rick's travel, television audience.

Rick Steves' Europe is a series that is currently running and has 12 seasons (170 episodes). The series first aired on October 1, 2001.

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12. Art of the 20th Century
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Europe's tumultuous 20th century spawned a kaleidoscope of cutting-edge art. From Spain to Hungary, Glasgow to Oslo, we seek out all that's wild, colorful, surreal, and just plain fun. The fascinating work of Pablo Picasso leads us through the century's major art styles. And in today's gleaming cities, we see how a persistent artistic spirit connects us with both our past and an exciting future.
Art of the Impressionists and Beyond
11. Art of the Impressionists and Beyond
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The late-1800s saw old notions of beauty challenged by revolutionary artists. We enjoy pioneering Impressionist works-Monet's lilies, Renoir's ladies, Degas' snapshots and Rodin's statues-that capture the joie de vivre of the age. We trace the tempestuous travels of Van Gogh through his incomparable art. And we finish in Spain, with wild and crazy buildings that herald the dawn of a new century.
Art of the Neoclassical and Romantic Ages
10. Art of the Neoclassical and Romantic Ages
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Baroque Art
9. Baroque Art
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Forged in Europe's religious struggles, Baroque art inspired the faithful and dazzled the masses. We start in Rome, with its awe-inspiring St. Peter's, fleshy Bernini statues and bubbly fountains. In Belgium, we see the dramatic canvases of Rubens. And finally: the ultimate Baroque palace, Versailles, with its chandeliered Hall of Mirrors and vast gardens where nobles played as Revolution brewed.
Art of the Renaissance Beyond Florence
8. Art of the Renaissance Beyond Florence
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From Italy, the Renaissance spread across Europe, revolutionizing art. We travel to Spain and Portugal where overseas plunder is transformed into lacy architecture and ethereal paintings by El Greco. In bustling Germany and Belgium, new technologies enable Durer's mass-produced engravings, Van Eyck's meticulous oil paintings, Brueghel's peasants at play, and the futuristic visions of Bosch.
Art of the Florentine Renaissance
7. Art of the Florentine Renaissance
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After its medieval struggles, Europe rediscovered the art of the ancients, led by booming Florence. We revel in the bold spirit of the Cathedral's lofty dome and Botticelli's sweet Venus. Leonardo da Vinci gives us the iconic Last Supper and enigmatic Mona Lisa. And Michelangelo-sculptor of David, painter of the Sistine, and architect of St. Peter's-takes the Florentine Renaissance to new heights.
Art of the High Middle Ages
6. Art of the High Middle Ages
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As Europe passed A.D. 1000, its growing prosperity was reflected in soaring Gothic cathedrals graced with colorful altarpieces, lacy stonework, and radiant stained glass. We visit luxurious castles to see exquisite tapestries showing a new secular love of worldly pleasures and, end in Italy, where pioneering artists like Giotto were mastering realism and pointing the way to the future of art.
Art of the Roman Empire
4. Art of the Roman Empire
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With its vast empire, ancient Rome gave Europe its first common culture. From England to Turkey, we explore the greatest Roman cities, marveling at their over-the-top art, soaring aqueducts, and crowd-pleasing theaters. As Rome fell, saints replaced Caesars and Christianity filled the vacuum with art-filled churches-preserving the grandeur of imperial Rome and inspiring the Europe to come.
Ancient Roman Art
3. Ancient Roman Art
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We follow Rome's rise through its awe-inspiring art, starting at Rome's humble birthplace in the Forum. Soon Rome is graced with supersized monuments like the majestic domed Pantheon and the Colosseum, where gladiators battled to the death.
Art of Ancient Greece
2. Art of Ancient Greece
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Ancient Greece laid the foundations of Western art. Traveling from its sun-splashed isles to the rugged mainland to bustling Athens, we trace the rise of Greek culture. We marvel at the timeless Acropolis, perfect Parthenon, and Golden Age theaters. And we watch as art evolves from stiff statues to perfectly balanced Venuses to the exuberant Winged Victory, capturing the spirit of the age.
Art of Prehistoric Europe
1. Art of Prehistoric Europe
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Where to Watch Rick Steves' Europe
Rick Steves' Europe is available for streaming on the Rick Steves' Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Rick Steves' Europe on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Hoopla, Apple TV, PBS, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 1, 2001
  • IMDB Rating
    8.6  (660)