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)

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Program Extras

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)