Music Lovers and Europhiles: Viva Italia and Viva Verdi

As Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey debuts across the USA on public television this month, I’m bringing you clips all this week. In part four, we’ll see how, in the late 19th century, composers like Giuseppe Verdi partnered with freedom-lovers as Italy struggled heroically to unite and join the family of nations. Enjoy this stirring little musical trip back to the days when Italy won its independence.

Remember, the full hour-long special is available for free to any public television station. If it isn’t scheduled to air in your city yet, call your station to request it.

If you can’t see the video below, watch it on YouTube.