Siena and Tuscany's Wine Country



Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide | Check your local public television station for this Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on Siena, once a proud and independent city-state, retains its confidence and unique traditions. We’ll enjoy a front-row seat at its wild horse race — the venerable Palio — and marvel at cultural treasures from the days when it rivaled Florence for leadership of Tuscany. Then we’ll head into wine country for a little “dolce vita” under the Tuscan sun.

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35 thoughts on “Siena and Tuscany's Wine Country

  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    A friendly advice: for the benefit of non-europeans,please slow down the captions a bit ie show the captions a little more time.Europeans can hear your voice commentary while others may read the written @t this way all can enjoy your @t example is that of "Booking @t"

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    bellissima Toscana
    the marvellous Siena, the aristocratic Florence, Pisa and its leaning tower, Lucca, Arezzo, San Gimignano and its medieval towers, Volterra and many many other sites in one of the most beautiful scenery of the whole world…. !!! Ciao

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    What a soul stirring beautiful area this is, must visit when I am next in Europe.

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    Burnted out buildings and violeance in the streets–you mean like he Democract run cities??

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    why this obsession of Americans with my country? we are different in everything from you, in the way we eat, dress and live, yet there is almost an obsession, which however is almost never a true understanding and relationship. many Americans come to Italy but most of them don't know Italians and they don't hang out with us . so why ?

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    My sister, an artist, and I were supposed to go to Italy, then into Austria and Germany, this past May, 2020.
    We had planned the trip for 2 years.
    Sigh.
    Thank you, Rick Steves- I now come home from a busy day at my front-line job, brew myself a hot cuppa and sit and "travel" with you.

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    the sloppiest horse-race ever, bareback, no stirrups, right hand turns, messy start, no rules, etc.

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    as always, I appreciate Rick Steves' honesty, much of human culture is based on EGO, Florence has huge church, so we in Siena must have HUGER church, all about EGO. Same with the French, English, Chinese, etc. Everybody has ego.

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    You kept stressing secular as if you hate God and the church. I don't think that was necessary. Many people especially in Italy have much love and respect for God. However i loved the video outside that. Beautiful. I wish i saw more of the palio costumes though. But good job.

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    I suggest to take a visit to the nearby val di Chiana it is another fantastic place where u can experience the tuscan’s lifestyle and also have memorable landscapes

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    Your travel series in Italy is a gem for me during this quarantine period! Love Italy!!! Can' wait for the borders to open!!! All the wine, the food, the romantic cobblestone streets!!! Thank you!!!

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    Once again, another great show. Rick proves that entertainment and education are not mutually exclusive.

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    Don’t go to Siena, there’s the mafia and italians eat the horses of the Palio still they are in life!
    Those bunch of pizza dago not white Catholics, stay away!

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    Thank you for going back doing a FULL episode not a travel byte for phones.

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    The striking observation as I watch these programs is the lack of grossly obese people in Europe — with the exception of England. America could learn something from these people.

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    So long story short, Siena's cathedral is the equivalent of the clapped out Honda with Supreme and Versace stickers holding the bumper on while Florence is the Ferrari they were trying to beat.

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    I've been to Rome, but Tuscany is my most desired place to go. As if a sting is pulling on my heart. I love the way Rick shows this wonderful place.

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    Wow what a gorgeous everything excellent can’t wait to go ,i love ❤️ 🇮🇹 red wine 🍷 , made in 🇮🇹 is the greatest in the whole wide world 🌎 Sir Steves thanks great effort god bless and peace your voice is so lovely and sweet i loved it

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  • September 30, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    America is a toilet compared to so much of Europe, and the rest of the world too.

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