Visions of Italy
Sat, 09/15/2012 - 4:30pm

A majority of Italian-Americans can trace their roots to southern Italy; for many, Visions of Italy will be a first look at the small villages of Il Mezzogiorno ("the midday") — Puglia, Abruzzi, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria — their ancestors left generations ago, in many ways unchanged by time. The helicopter flies over the most popular destinations in southern Italy — the romance of the Amalfi Coast (and the hairpin turns of the Amalfi Drive!); the bustling international seaport of Naples and the jewels among its islands, Ischia and Capri; the majesty of Vesuvius; the ruins of Pompeii; Rome’s Scalinata di Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) and Colosseum — but the program’s flight also reveals extraordinary sights that don’t make most itineraries.