Happy Easter from Rome! The city is in top form and full of visitors from all over the world, celebrating Easter with Papa Francesco. The traditional Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) blessing will be imparted from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica tomorrow morning. If you wish to travel there in the imagination, Rick Steves has just aired a new radio program in which he and Gene Openshaw (Rick’s lifelong friend and collaborator) explore the great church. And I’m there too! You can find it here. I hope you enjoy it and that you’ll come and see it person soon.
Look for the three episodes Rick recently filmed in Rome. Rick and his crew (producer Simon Griffith, cameraman Karel Bauer, and editor Steve Cammarano) did a fantastic job, showcasing the city at its best. I was pleased to be a part of it (and appear in all three episodes!). More general information about the project here. Or you can watch the show directly from the links below:
Rome: Back-Street Riches
Rome: Baroque Brilliance
Rome: Ancient Glory
Listen in as we chat about several topics. You can hear the interviews on his website (links below) or download the show as a podcast from iTunes here.
Rome After Dark (originally aired 10/26/13)
Waters of Rome (8/24/13)
Visiting St. Peter’s Basilica (3/30/13)
European Impressions of America (6/23/12)
Rome: Beneath the Surface (7/30/11)
Art in Italy with Gene Openshaw (11/27/10)
Rome City Guide (1/30/10)