A few years ago, Burt was at the Trevi Fountain in Rome and began wondering about the history of the fountain. In virtually every city he has ever visited there were fountains. Why and how did they get started? This program answers those questions and goes on to trace the importance of water and how it has shaped human history. It also presents the 10 most interesting fountains to visit as you travel around the world.
Travels & Traditions is a series of 13 half-hour programs in which award-winning journalist Burt Wolf travels to cities around the world, telling the stories of local traditions that have influenced us all. In many locations, he also shows how foreign traditions have influenced the city he is visiting. He reveals the relationship of marriage and food and the history of gaming. And, of course, he examines society and culture through eating.