This Travel Talks short focuses on the ancient ruins in Rome, the leaning tower of Pisa, and the architecture in Florence, Italy.


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James A. FitzPatrick ...
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This travelogue begins in Rome, travels the road to Assisi, then goes on to Pisa, and ends in Florence. In Rome the focus is history and architecture. On the road to Assisi, we see the white cattle of Tuscany and the area's traditional farming. In the city of St. Francis, there's both history and shopping. On the way to Pisa, we observe the many trees planted in vineyards as poles for vines. In Pisa, we visit the Leaning Tower. In Florence, from the Cathedral to the Ponte Vecchio, the attention is on art and sculpture and the enduring inspiration of the wonders of this city. Written by <>

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25 August 1951 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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The Eternal City, the way it looked in 1951...
10 October 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Another in the James A. FitzPatrick Traveltalk series photographed in color with views of Italy's Eternal City, Rome.

It starts along the Tiber river, gives a short tour of Roman ruins like the Coloseum, St. Peter's, the Roman countryside in Tuscany, the picturesque village of Assissi (home of St. Francis of Assissi who was born there in 1182), a public fountain that serves as a common meeting ground, some colorful shops, the leaning Tower of Pisa and finally, the Cathedral of Florence with its intricately paneled bronze door.

These were the kind of travel shorts that FitzPatrick produced and narrated in the '30s and '40s and seen in many a school auditorium as a learning experience.

Summing up: Of passable interest, nothing more.

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