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Tourcaster - Italy - Venice - Piazza San Marco show

Tourcaster - Italy - Venice - Piazza San MarcoJoin Now to Follow

Piazza San Marco is as overwhelming as it is exhilarating; overwhelming for its size and the hordes of tourists it holds, and exhilarating because as squares go this one is nearly perfect in its shape and architectural details. Grandiose buildings and monuments define its boundaries, on its western side stands St. Mark’s Basilica, a uniquely Venetian Byzantium-Gothic building that was completed in 1094. Next to the Basilica stands the luxurious Doge Palace constructed in 1419. At the end of the square towers the tallest structure in Venice the Bell Tower. Several museums also are found on the Piazza, including the Library of Sansoviniana, and the Correr Museum. The symmetry and beauty of St. Mark’s and its Bell Tower can leave even the most callused traveler dumbstruck. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour, visit www.tourcaster.com.

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Tourcaster - Italy - Venice - Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari Audio Tour show

Tourcaster - Italy - Venice - Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari Audio TourJoin Now to Follow

Step back in history as you listen to enchanting tales of the Frari, the mother church of Venice’s Franciscan Order and one of the city’s most important monuments. The plain exterior belies the magnificence of the interior and the grandness of its architecture. Twelve mighty columns hold up the sky of the Frari, which is composed of beams, ribbing, keystones, webs and ogives, all harmoniously intermingling. The aisles are lined with spectacular tombs to Venice's rich and famous citizens. The grandeur of its architecture, the magnificent monuments along the walls, the stained-glass windows shining above, seem to move ones eye towards a single point, “the Assumption” by Titian, the most precious of all of the Frari’s masterpieces. Titian is buried here in a rather simple tomb designed by Canova. The Frari contains many other masterpieces by some of the greatest Venetian Renaissance artists. Throw down your guidebook and venture off to see and hear the stories behind this resplendent church, the lives of the great Italians buried here, and the illustrious Renaissance artists who constructed this unique edifice. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour, visit www.tourcaster.com.

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Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Pitti Palace Audio Tour show

Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Pitti Palace Audio TourJoin Now to Follow

Great Discoveries self-guided audio tour of the Pitti Palace provides today’s tourist with the most enjoyable and informative way to visit the most majestic of the Renaissance palaces. Lavishly decorated and fully furnished, it remains one of the most extraordinary residences in the world. From the 16th century on, the Pitti Palace has been home to all of the ruling families of Florence, Tuscany, and Italy; including the Medici’s, Lorraine’s, Bourbon's, Bonaparte’s, and the Savoy’s. Today its countless rambling rooms house several museums, the most important of which is the Palatine Gallery, whose beautiful salons are filled from floor to ceiling with paintings from the private collections of the Medici and Savoy’s. It is one of the largest and most important museums in the world containing works of Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Botticelli, Lippi, Tintoretto, Peter Paul Rubins, and others. Our carefully researched tour guides you through the Palatine Galleries and the Royal Apartments pointing out and describing the most significant artworks by some of the most hallowed names in Italian and European art. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour, visit www.tourcaster.com.

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Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Uffizi Gallery Audio Tour show

Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Uffizi Gallery Audio TourJoin Now to Follow

Great Discoveries audio tour of the Uffizi provides today’s tourist with the most entertaining and enlightening way to visit one of the world’s truly magnificent art galleries. This incomparable museum is home to a collection of Medieval and Renaissance paintings, by some of the most hallowed names in Italian and European art. The exhibition area is composed of over 45 rooms that contain 1,700 paintings, 300 sculptures, 46 tapestries, and 14 pieces of furniture and ceramics. Here you will find paintings by the early masters like Cimabue and Giotto and magnificent Renaissance works by Uccello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Lippi, Botticelli, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, and many others. Two of the world’s most famous paintings, Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” and “La Primavera” are displayed here. Our carefully researched tour guides you through the Uffizi’s many rooms, pointing out and describing the most significant artworks by the most prominent European artists of their time. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour, visit www.tourcaster.com.

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Tourcaster - Provincetown - Walking Audio Tour show

Tourcaster - Provincetown - Walking Audio TourJoin Now to Follow

The walking tour begins in the center of town at McMillan Wharf and continues along Provincetowns historic and visually exciting Commercial Street. Written and guided by knowledgeable and well known resident Gordon Peabody, this informative narrative describes the many faces of Provincetown as well as the environmental changes faced by this part of Cape Cod. You will discover stories and facts about this fascinating town and waterfront area you can only hear from an insider. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour visit www.tourcaster.com

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Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Basilica di Santa Croce Audio Tour show

Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Basilica di Santa Croce Audio TourJoin Now to Follow

Great Discoveries audio tour provides today’s tourist with the best way to visit the Basilica of Santa Croce, perhaps the most beautiful Gothic church in all of Italy. Contrary to the heavy and dark reputation of Gothic architecture, the Santa Croce is actually light and airy, a unique blend of styles and thought. The sun filters through the many stained glass windows, playing multi-hued rays along one of the worlds greatest repositories of Renaissance art and sculpture. The effect inspires peace and spiritual tranquility and an incredible awe for human accomplishment takes root. Indeed, the city of Florence Italy, sensing the perfect peace granted by the Basilica, has buried many of her most famous sons and daughters here. Santa Croce contains more skeletons of Renaissance celebrities than any other church in Italy. Here you will find the monumental tombs and mortal remains of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Gioacchino Rossini, Ugo Foscolo, and many others. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour, visit www.tourcaster.com.

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Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Galleria dell'Accademia Audio Tour show

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Great Discoveries Audio Tours offer today’s tourist the most enjoyable and informative way to visit Florence’s Galleria dell’ Accademia. Famous sculptures by Michelangelo Buonarroti, including his Four Prisoners, the St. Matthew, the Pieta di Palestrina and his renowned statue of David are displayed here. The Galleria contains paintings by the great Florentine maestro’s of the early 16th century, Fra' Bartolommeo, Andrea del Sarto, Perugino and others. This eclectic collection also consists of works from the Byzantine era dated to around the 13th century, but overall it consists mostly of 14th and 15th century Renaissance art. This carefully researched tour guides you through the Galleria as a professional narrator, accompanied by historically appropriate background music, points out and describes its most significant works. Step back in history as you listen to enchanting tales of the Galleria and the great maestros who created this incomparable art. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour, visit www.tourcaster.com.

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Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Palazzo Vecchio Audio Tour show

Tourcaster - Italy - Florence - Palazzo Vecchio Audio TourJoin Now to Follow

Although the Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace) today contains the offices of Florence’s Mayor and City Council, much of it is open to the public including the Hall of the 500, the little Study of Francesco I and two of its three spectacular apartments. The vast halls and state apartments are ornately decorated in the style of the late Renaissance. Major attractions inside Palazzo Vecchio include the Room of the Lilies, Eleanora di Toledo's apartments, the Courtyard of Honor with the Putto Fountain, and Michelangelo's statue the Victory. The Quarters of Pope Leo X are being used to house Florence’s City Council and as reception rooms for the mayor and are not open to the public. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the entire tour, visit www.tourcaster.com

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Tourcaster - Nantucket Walking Audio Tour show

Tourcaster - Nantucket Walking Audio TourJoin Now to Follow

Avoid the crowds as you venture off Main Street and stroll the less visited areas and side streets of this very walkable town. Long time island resident and writer Dave Cocker leads you to dozens of hidden gems and favorite spots while making his leisurely tour toward Nantucket Harbor and the waterfront wharves come alive with thoughtful anecdotes, historical and architectural notes, local lore and insight into living on the island. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour visit www.tourcaster.com.

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Tourcaster - Alaska - Skagway and Yukon Territory Audio Driving Tour show

Tourcaster - Alaska - Skagway and Yukon Territory Audio Driving TourJoin Now to Follow

Before visiting Skagway Alaska this summer, make sure to pick up your own personal audio tour as you travel the 112 miles of scenic and historic South Klondike highway between Skagway Alaska and Whitehorse Yukon Territory. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour, visit www.tourcaster.com.

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