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Learn Italian with Maxmondo - www.maxmondo.com - All about Italy in Italian! For intermediate to advanced learners interested in all things Italian. Audioshows in this podcast are accompanied by a magazine that contains the complete transcipt of the audio and additional vocabulary and exercises. It is available for subscribers in digital format (pdf) from the website.

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Tourcaster - Rome - Pantheon - Temple of the Gods Audio Tour show

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In 20 minutes of audio, your Artineraries™ Tour will take you through the entire building, into every chapel of this still-active church, as you hear about its construction, the famous Italians buried there, and its importance even up to today. This is track one of a multi-track tour, to download the complete tour visit www.tourcaster.com

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Tourcaster - Rome - Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Audio Tour show

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See the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica as you have never seen or heard it before. In an audio tour lovingly narrated by Sister Wendy, you'll open your eyes and your heart to the magnificent wonders of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Ceiling, and be immersed in the intense spirituality that permeates St. Peter's and the entire Vatican City. Just download the Artineraries Tour onto your mp3 player or iPod, and you're on your way to a remarkable journey of discovery as told through the art, artists and popes whose passion and vision make for a truly unforgettable experience. This is track one of a multi-track tour for Sister Wendy's Sistine Chapel in Rome, Italy. To download the complete tour, visit www.tourcaster.com

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Tourcaster - Italy - Venice - Ca' d'Oro Palace Audio Tour show

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Great Discoveries Audio Tour of the Golden Palace provides today’s tourist with the most entertaining and informative way to visit this splendid 15th century, late Gothic edifice. It is one of the older palaces on the Grand Canal and one of the most striking examples of the uniqueness of Venetian architecture. The Ca d'Oro houses the Giorgio Franchetti Art Gallery, which contains an impressive collection of important Venetian paintings by artists who were active between the 15th and 16th centuries, including "Saint Sebastian" by Mantegna and "Venus at the Mirror" by Titian. The Gallery also contains sculptures, furniture, 16th century Flemish tapestries, an impressive collection of 12th through 16th century bronzes, some Greek and Roman archeological pieces, medals, and a small collection of old Venetian ceramics. This carefully researched tour guides you through this majestic palace, pointing out and describing the most important pieces, by the most prominent 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 - Italy - Venice - St. Mark's Basilica Audio Tour show

Tourcaster - Italy - Venice - St. Mark's Basilica Audio TourJoin Now to Follow

St. Mark’s Basilica has majestically dominated Venice’s Piazza San Marco for over 900 years. It is unique for the wealth of its history and for the magnificence of its facade and interior. It was designed by an unknown Byzantine architect, who supposedly modeled it after the Apostoleion in Constantinople, giving it an opulent style with mosque-like onion shaped domes that clearly reflect the influence of the Orient. Some 8,000 square meters of mediaeval mosaics, made from gold, semi precious stones and Venetian glass, covers the walls, and cupolas. Countless numbers of pilgrims and tourists alike have been awestruck by the golden magnificence of this, the largest and most lavishly decorated 11th century church. 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 - Ca' Rezzonico Palace Audio Tour show

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Great Discoveries audio tour of Ca Rezzonico provides today’s tourist with the most entertaining and informative way to visit this majestic 17th century palace. It is one of the few palaces in Venice permitting public insight into what lies behind the ornamental facades of the exquisite buildings lining the Grand Canal. To have a palace on the Grand Canal was in itself prestigious, but to have such a splendid and unusually large one constructed by Giorgio Massari and decorated by Giambattista Tiepolo was certainly distinctive. Today it is one of the finest museums in Venice, housing a wonderful collection of 18th century Venetian art. Because objects designed for great palaces are displayed in a palace setting, the contents and the building harmonize in a way impossible to duplicate in a purposely-built museum. Our carefully researched tour identifies and locates the most relevant works of art to ensure that you do not miss the important pieces and that you clearly understand each items artistic and historic significance. 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 - Galleria dell'Accademia Audio Tour show

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Great Discoveries audio tour of the Galleria dell’Accademia provides today’s tourist with the best way to visit Venice’s foremost art museum. The Galleries contain an unparalleled collection of paintings from the great Venetian masters of the 13th through the 18th centuries. Five hundred years of Venetian art are displayed in a gallery, which for consistency, clarity of display and quality cannot be equaled anywhere. It opened to the public on August 10, 1817 and from that day on it has assumed its rightful place as one of the world’s most renowned art museums. Today it houses the most essential collection of Venetian paintings, including the works of Carpaccio, Giovanni Bellini, Gentile Bellini, Mantegna, Giorgione, Lotto, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Gian Battista Tiepolo, Canaletto, Guardi, Giambattista Piazzetta, Longhi and many others. This audio tour guides visitors through 25 rooms, containing hundreds of works by Venetian artists. The most important pieces, by the most prominent artists of their time have been carefully selected for discussion. 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 - Piazza San Marco show

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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 della Salute Audio Tour show

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Great Discoveries audio tour provides today’s tourist with the best way to visit Santa Maria della Salute, a soaring baroque structure unlike any other. She sits at the entrance to Venice, at the terminus of the Grand Canal, like some great lady on the threshold of her salon. In 1630, a plague had struck Venice taking over a quarter of its citizens to early graves. In the midst of this horror, the Venetian Senate made a pact with God, “Stop the plague and we will build a church to honor the Virgin.” The plague came to a sudden end, and the Senate set about honoring its promise by awarding a construction contract to an unknown 26-year-old architect, Baldassare Longhena. Longhena’s stunning interior contains many glorious works of art, including two of Titian's greatest paintings, "the Pentecost” and “St. Mark Enthroned with Other Saints.” The Sacristy houses an additional wealth of Titian paintings as well as the work of other artists, including one of Tintoretto’s most famous paintings, the “Wedding at Cana.” This carefully researched tour guides you through the basilica pointing out and describing the most significant artworks and other historic treasures. 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

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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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