Elyse Weiner We begin by seeing four eras of Rome's 2,000-year-old history all in one view. We ascend the Capitoline Hill with Michelangelo's harmonious Piazza; explore the prison where legend says St. Peter and Paul were held captive; walk through the Ancient Roman Forum, with the Roman Senate House, the House of the Vestal Virgins, and the Arch of Titus; and then on to the incredible Coliseum. See where gladiators fought and died. Learn how the ancient technology of pulleys and elevators and winches made for spectacular spectacles. We'll also:
Walk where victorious Roman Emperors celebrated their triumphs
See how 55,000 spectators filled the Coliseum in just a few minutes
Mark the spot where Marc Antony delivered the eulogy for Julius Caesar
Look at an ancient Roman apartment house
See a Renaissance gem designed by Michelangelo
Learn how lions and tigers sprang from under the floor of the Coliseum
Stand at the spot where Vestal Virgins were buried alive for breaking their vows
Elyse Weiner On this tour of Paris' Left Bank, you'll experience: the white hot center of Paris where writers, artists, and musicians come to create; St. Germain des Pres, the oldest church in Paris; the history of massacres and martyrs; chic shops and naughty novels; the art of the cafe; the history of what happened to the heads of Notre Dame's statues; Roman ruins beneath the Cathedral; a hidden jewel of a Renaissance courtyard; window shopping to the pulse of Jazz; a stroll through a marvelous morning market; a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower; a walk on the street where the guillotine was perfected; the joy of eating French fries in the student quarter; Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, Ben Franklin, and the Empress Josephine; a secret entrance to the Louvre; a soaking in Impressionists and Existentialists, intellectuals and revolutionaries.
Elyse Weiner On this tour of Pompeii, a city preserved by a volcano in 79 AD, we'll walk the ancient streets remarkably like our own. We'll hear about that incredible August day, 1900 years ago, when ash rained down from Mount Vesuvius, turning the sky black and encasing Pompeii in a time capsule; stop at ancient cafeterias and bars; cross in Roman crosswalks; marvel at the mosaics, the frescoes, the still-brilliant colors; see the pipes that brought running water to homes and fountains; envy how the very rich lived; visit the baths and theatres, gardens and stores; view plaster casts of the citizens of Pompeii as they died; see a bakery, a laundry, a brothel, and ancient graffiti still clear on city walls; and stand where the Gladiators trained and where they fought in the first Roman Amphitheatre ever.
Elyse Weiner On this tour of Old Rome, you'll experience: the Piazza Navona; the spot where Julius Caesar was assassinated; Cosmic Caravaggio's; incredible coffee; art that tricks your eye; gelato that delights your palate; the Pantheon; a Renaissance masterpiece; a Baroque beauty; the remains of ancient temples, baths, and latrines; sweet, delicious water from fountains still fed by Roman springs; and a Michelangelo sculpture in Rome's only Gothic church.
Elyse Weiner On this walk through Barcelona, you'll experience the "visual architectural party" of the city's streets; wander the Boqueria Market, Europe's largest, where produce is art and every possible kind of seafood is on brilliant display; ramble through the Rambunctious Ramblas; stop for hot chocolate and churros and learn how chocolate came to Barcelona; walk through a lush, green cloister with its bubbling fountains and gabbling geese; wonder at Gaudi's fantastical, undulating, brilliantly colored buildings; sip Cava and sample scrumptious seafood at a countertop bar; see the alabaster basin where six Caribbean Indians were baptized after arriving with Columbus; experience ancient Roman columns in a peppermint green jewel of a building; see Barcelona's Bridge of Sighs and taste some tapas; visit the Catalan Gothic Cathedral and learn the gruesome story of the city's patron saint; shop homemade cheeses and wines in a church courtyard; walk the streets of the ancient Jewish Ghetto and see where Don Quixote watched an early printing press at work; and sip at the fountain that "guarantees" a return visit to Barcelona.
Elyse Weiner On this tour of Florence, explore the distinctive Duomo of Florence; see the Gates of Paradise, the innovative bronze doors that ushered in the Renaissance; savor a hot chocolate with whipped cream; go inside Dante's Church, stroll the square that was once a Roman Forum; stop at a snack-stand selling the Florentine delicacy tripe; wander through Renaissance delights and Medieval alleys; enjoy magical views and timeless landscapes; inspect street-front wine bars, markets, and palaces; see the spot designed for Michelangelo's David; and end your walk at the Ponte Vecchio, the Old Bridge that's spanned the Arno River for 700 years.
Elyse Weiner In this audio walking tour, you'll encounter no roads, no cars, no buses - just boats, canals, and the watery, magical atmosphere that is Venice.
The amazing sites you'll hear about include the astounding Piazza San Marco, called "the drawing room of Europe"; the mosaics of the Byzantine Cathedral; the Bridge of Sighs; a Gondola depot; and the Doges' Palace, with its torture chambers dating from the Inquisition.
You'll understand why Venetians tolerate all those pigeons, learn how coffee arrived in Europe, and why Venetian cafe orchestras play Austrian waltzes. And you'll hear about a thousand-year-old palace made of marble lace, the famous Rialto Bridge, and Venice's favorite son, Marco Polo, who introduced ice cream to the West.
Elyse Weiner In this audio tour, we'll walk the streets of Salzburg where Mozart roamed; see where he was born and where his family lived; stand where Julie Andrews and the von Trapp gang sang "Do-Re-Mi"; wander the lovely and soothing cemetery built into the mountain; enter the oldest restaurant in Europe (Charlemagne ate there); explore the palace and gardens built by an archbishop for his lady love and their 10 children; visit the festival halls of the renowned Salzburg Music Festival; experience an underground bakery that's been filling ovens and bellies for more than a thousand years; inhale the herbal smell at a 500-year-old pharmacy; walk the 850-year-old main street, with its intricate iron signs and charming shops; check the weather on a 150-year-old forecasting machine; go inside a luscious chocolate shop; stand inside Fischer von Erlach's ethereal masterpiece of a church; choose from a dozen sausage stands and walk through a produce and cheese market; stop for a special Salzburg souffle and a sip of wine from Mozart's day; and experience ever-present music and astounding architecture, vast squares, and cozy courtyards.
Elyse Weiner In this audio tour through Vienna, hear about cannonballs, still embedded in the Cathedral Spire, that were fired by Turks 500 years ago; listen to a clock designed in the fantastic Viennese Art Nouveau Style; hear why the Waltz was considered naughty in Strauss' time; explore winding streets Mozart knew and find out where he first performed at age six; savor the aromas of Vienna's intellectual coffee houses; examine treasures in the apartments where emperors lived for nearly a thousand years; stand on the Stars of the Musical Mile, dedicated to classical greats; discover cakes being made in one of the city's best cafes; experience the Holocaust memorial; hear about a preening self portrait by a church sculptor; discover a church once painted by Adolf Hitler; visit public toilets designed by an architectural maverick; stop at a street kiosk for a crunchy hot dog with mustard; wander delightful hidden courtyards; and walk through the fanciest shops of Salzburg.