Assisi, Italy: Legacy of St. Francis

An hour’s drive to the east takes us to the neighboring state of Umbria, famous for the town of Assisi and its beloved St. Francis, who had a huge impact on the medieval church. The story of medieval Europe is the story of hard lives and a very religious world where people struggled and stressed…

A Visit to St. George’s Market, Belfast

Hey, I’m Rick Steves. I’m in Belfast. I’m at St George’s Market, and I’ve never been here before. It’s just really fun. I’m with my guide, Jackie Gillespie. Jackie: Hi. Rick: Hey, Jackie. So, this used to be filled with farmers and merchants? Jackie: Yes. They used to sell mostly meat — butchered meat —…

European Festivals II

-Hi, I’m Rick Steves, and it’s party time in Europe. In this special episode, we’ll see no museums and no art galleries, just lots of Europeans having lots of fun. People here are expert at festivals, and we’re invited. Let’s go. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ Europe has some amazing festivals, and as traveler’s, we’re welcome…

Assisi and Italian Country Charm

-Hi. I’m Rick Steves, back with more of the best of Europe. This time, we’re celebrating the traditions in Umbria and Tuscany. It’s the heart of Italy! Thanks for joining us. For me, the heart of Italy is Tuscany and Umbria. With farmhouse B&Bs as our springboard, we’ll enjoy Italian culture, from village intimacy to…

PERFECT day in SAN SEBASTIÁN Basque Country

¡Aquí están! ¡Aquí están! Oh Oooohhhhh Good morning, guys. It’s 8 am. We are going to spend the perfect day in Donosti, San Sebastian. And that begins at Playa Zurriola with a surf session out in Gros. We’re meeting up with our friends from Pukas Surf Shop. Aitor and Dama are going to get us…

London, England: The City and St. Paul’s Cathedral

Big as it is, London’s easy to get around in. And, once you’re oriented, riding its double-decker buses can be both efficient and fun. For me, enjoying the view from the top deck is one of the great treats of this city. We’re entering the historic core of London, the one-square-mile district locals call, simply,…