Why We Love the Italians

Viva Italia! Check out everything we love about the boot country from espresso to Chianti, from the Vatican to the Trevi Fountain.

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Inside a Nearby Church
Inside a Nearby Church

Inside a Nearby Church

“I sit inside a beautiful church not far from the Vatican, with relics of Padre Pio and a rather resplendent altar nearby.” – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Heavy Skies in Rome

Heavy Skies in Rome

“Heavy skies in Rome led to a magnificent light on the Ponte Sant' Angelo. We rushed to capture some of it.” – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

The Capuchin Museum

The Capuchin Museum

“Oh, those ancient Italians and their death worship. But what looks morbid at The Capuchin Museum in Rome is actually quite amazing -- the use of skeletal remains as a sculptural medium.” – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

The Road Going to St Peter's Basilica

The Road Going to St Peter's Basilica

“The stunning road to St Peter's Basilica. Rome at mostly any time of day is breathtaking, but try to catch it at daybreak.” – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Sistine Chapel on the Right

Sistine Chapel on the Right

“The inside the edifice that is St. Peter's will knock your socks off. To the right, the Sistine Chapel and the Pope's apartment where the white smoke rises and sometimes Il Papa waves from on high.” – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Blur of Jet Lag

Blur of Jet Lag

“Recording a show close. Or was it an open? It's all a blur of jet lag.” – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Bernini’s colonnade

Bernini’s colonnade

“We tried to make visual the use of this remarkable set of pillars at Bernini’s colonnade. Famed for their symmetry, they're intended to symbolize the embracing arms of the Church.” – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Swiss Guards

Swiss Guards

“The Swiss Guards have been the personal bodyguard for the Pope since the 1500s. However, don't be fooled by the traditional costumes -- they're not playing.” – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Padre Pio's Saintly Relic

Padre Pio's Saintly Relic

“Padre Pio's saintly relic: a fingerless glove which he used to cover up the bandages containing his stigmata. Not exactly a fashion statement, but then again, he was fighting poverty at the time.” – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Best Part of the Job

Best Part of the Job

“Best part of the job: access off hours. Here we are, virtually alone at St. Peter's, beside the obelisk, about to shoot. It was cold, but the cappuccinos helped.” – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Filming Next to the Tiber River

Filming Next to the Tiber River

“There’s always a boom microphone around … even when standing next to the Tiber River with Castel Sant'Angelo behind me. I don't speak anymore without one.” – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Rome's Atmosphere

Rome's Atmosphere

Rome certainly is not lacking for atmosphere.” – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

The Forum

The Forum

“I didn't shoot at The Forum this time, but I really enjoyed boring the crew with old shoot stories of my past. I once climbed beneath that thing. Pretty great.” – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Memorizing Lines

Memorizing Lines

“Memorizing something important I've decided to say on television. Because if not me, then who?” – Don Wildman 960 1280

  

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Castel Sant'Angelo was originally designed by Emperor Hadrian to be used as a mausoleum for his own family. 960 1280

  

Even though it's located in Rome, Vatican City has been an independent state since 1929. 960 1280

  

In ancient Rome, the Forum was the center of city life, playing host to festivals, funerals and rituals. 960 1280

  

Take a seat on the Spanish Steps, and watch the city go by. 960 1280

  

The Capuchin Crypt celebrates the life of the religious order of the Capuchin friars. 960 1280

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The first bloody fight took place at the Colosseum in A.D. 82, starting a tradition of battles between men and beasts. 960 1280

  

Inside the Galleria Borghese, you'll find Bernini sculptures including Apollo and Daphne. 960 1280

  

The Pantheon's architecture has inspired copycats around the globe. 960 1280

  

The largest and most memorable of the 3 fountains in Piazza Navona is Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers. 960 1280

  

Throw 3 coins into Trevi Fountain, and you'll be assured a return trip to Rome. Or so the legend goes. 960 1280

  

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The beautiful spiral staircase in the Vatican Museum. 960 1280

  

Nuns cross St. Peters Square. 960 1280

  

Stunning porticos run around the courtyard of the Galleria Doria Pamphilj. 960 1280

  

Shop for produce in the piazza, Campo de Fiori. 960 1280

  

Laundry is hung out to dry in the Trastevere neighborhood. 960 1280

  

Stop for some world-class cappuccino at Caffe Greco. 960 1280

  

Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri ' the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs. 960 1280

  

The steps leading up to Santa Maria in Aracoeli ' the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Alter of Heaven. 960 1280

  

Sentries guard Vatican City. 960 1280

  

The Pantheon's imposing dome is open to the heavens. 960 1280

  

The Spanish Steps are one of Rome's most popular meeting places. 960 1280

  

Ancient busts line the Palazzo Altemps. 960 1280