Program 474: Essential Sicily; If Venice Dies; Casanova
Release Date: 02-11-2017
A Sicilian tour guide lays out the essentials for exploring his distinctive sun-drenched island. Then a prominent Italian archaeologist discusses Venice's population decline, which continues even as crowds of tourists and cruise-ship passengers overwhelm Italy's most beloved city. And we'll get all the gritty details on the side of 18th-century Venice described so vividly by that infamous libertine, Casanova.
- Sicily-based tour guide Tommaso Pante
- Dr. Salvatore Settis, professor at Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, and author of "If Venice Dies" (New Vessel Press)
- Historian Laurence Bergreen, author of "Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius" (Simon and Schuster)
- Tommaso Pante's website.
- Lonely Planet's online guides to the cities of Palermo, Taormina, and Cefalu, in Sicily.
- Dr. Salvatore Settis is a professor at Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, and wrote "If Venice Dies."
- The New York Times reviewed Salvatore Settis' treatise on Venice. Dr. Settis also wrote an editorial for the Times, in which he highlights the challenges facing Venice.
- An update on Venice's flood-control MOSE project, includes photos.
- The Independent discusses the problem of over-tourism in Venice.
- Dr. Settis recommends visiting the Church of San Giovanni in Bragora, where composer Antonio Vivaldi was baptized.
- Laurence Bergreen is the author of "Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius." He's also a member of the Explorers Club in New York City, and speaks on his discoveries about Casanova in this video.
- The landmark Doge's Palace is now an historical museum on the Piazza San Marco in Venice.
More with Dr. Salvatore Settis - Rick and Dr. Salvatore Settis, author of "If Venice Dies," discuss if entry fees are a option to fund improvements to Venice, what it's like to live there, and how the city got the nickname "La Serenissima." (runs 2:10)