Arts, Travel Documentary hosted by Francesco Da Mosto and published by BBC in 2007 - English narration
Following his sumptuous series on Venice, Francesco da Mosto celebrates the art and beauty of Italy - its cathedrals, churches, palaces, opera houses, paintings, sculpture and music. It is a story of the Italy we all know and love, enhanced by a look at the secret side of the country that only an insider can show us. Da Mosta reveals the full glories of Renaissance Italy and the country's astonishing cultural diversity, which was only recently unified under one flag. Born into a distinguished family, with a Venetian father and a Sicilian mother, what better guide could there be than one who knows and loves this magnificent country?
This series was rebroadcast by The Travel Channel in January of 2007 and repeated on BBC2 in May 2007.
1) The Romantic North
Francesco da Mosto sets off to travel the length and breadth of Italy in a classic Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider. In the opening episode, he gets romantic in Juliet's home town of Verona; witnesses the birth of Western art; has a fashion makeover from Giorgio Armani; is invited into a closed convent to see the tomb of the most notorious woman in European history; and goes deep-sea diving in pursuit of a childhood dream.
2) A British Love Affair
Francesco da Mosto travels the length and breadth of Italy. Da Mosto enters Tuscany and Umbria to look at the long love affair that Britain has had with the area. He learns how to be the perfect courtier in Urbino; goes grape harvesting in Chianti; discovers the romantic inspiration at the heart of Puccini's operas; travels to Assisi to find out why he was named after St Francis; and takes Dame Maggie Smith on a sightseeing tour of Florence.
3) The Heart of Italy
Francesco da Mosto travels the length and breadth of Italy. He discovers why Rome is the Eternal City and goes head to head with Mussolini. Travelling via the fantastic water gardens of Villa d'Este and the royal seat of the Bourbon dynasty, he arrives in Naples. After an encounter with Italy's most astonishing sculpture and a lesson in Neapolitan pizza making, Francesco descends deep into the caverns of underground Naples and discovers an eerie cult of the dead.
4) The Land of my Mother
Francesco da Mosto travels the length and breadth of Italy. He visits the south and Sicily, home of his mother's family for more than 500 years. Easter celebrations in the south involve the streets running red with celebrants' blood and the locals indulge in frantic dances to ward off the threat of the tarantula. On Sicily, the brooding majesty of Etna terrifies Francesco as he stares into the volcano, but there's beauty and art at the Villa Bagheria and at Noto an explosion of baroque decadence.
* Video Codec: XviD
* Video Bitrate: 1468 kbps
* Video Resolution: 704 x 400
* Video Aspect Ratio: 1:76
* Audio Codec: AC3
* Audio Bitrate: 192 kbps 48000Hz
* Audio Languages: English
* Part Size: 746Mbs
* Part: 4
* Runtime : 59mins
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