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When did Rick Steves begin running tours of Italy?

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Rick Steves began leading three-week guided tours of Europe in 1982, acting as both minivan driver and personal tour guide. Steves' first travel guide, "Europe Through the Back Door," was first published in 1980. In 1999, he published additional guidebooks about Paris, London and Rome.

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Rick Steves produces more than 50 travel guidebooks from his headquarters in Washington state. Steves has hosted more than 100 episodes of Rick Steves' Europe on public television, as of April 2015. He writes and co-produces his own shows through his private media company, Back Door Productions.

Rick Steves first visited Europe in 1969 with his father, a traveling piano importer. When Rick was 18, he made his first visit to Europe without his parents. He paid his expenses by giving piano lessons.

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