To begin with, Bologna! They call it The Wise, the Fat, the Red, the Towered: it is a town for students and for people who know how to live well, where art is at home. Here in Bologna history left its mark in the architecture – and we are going to offer you a different take on its beauty. Next, Annalisa Gaudenzi will find out about the surprising gems hidden in Frosolone, a small village in the green hills of Molise. Ever since centuries ago, this village was capable of welcoming the future and yet preserving its traditions – to become the ideal destination for those who want to live in harmony with Nature. Finally: Made in Italy just outside of Pisa, where Italy is playing a key role in the most amazing scientific enterprise of 2017: the discovery of the gravitational waves.
Today’s episode features just one story. With a rowing boat, Guido Morandini approached an incredible territory, which houses an ancient community of fishermen who speak Veneto dialect although they are, in fact, in Friuli, and that pass on the next generations their ancient songs to keep their bondage with their territory.
To begin with, the village of Monterano, deep in the natural reserve of Manziana, atop a tuff hill. Etruscan at its foundation, then Roman, then Byzantine, in the 14th century became a domain of the Anguillaras; next came the Colonnas, the Della Roveres, the Corsinis, and finally the Altieris. It was the climax of its magnificence. Pope Clemens X, born Emilio Altieri, requested the top artist of the 17th century, Gianlorenzo Bernini, to work on Chiesa di San Bonaventura and on the Palazzo Ducale. Capri. Pearl of the Tyrennian Sea, an island of emperors, caves and beautiful rocks sprouting from the sea. Today, we have two extraordinary guides with us: Riccardo Esposito, a local historian, and a pop star who took his nom de plume right from the island: Peppino di Capri. Made in Italy: Donatella Scipioni leads us into the fascinating and amazing story of the most important brake factory in the world – the Brembo. AMong the great industries that made the history of Italian manifacture, Brembo represents a fulfilled dream of someone who wanted to be an architect and became a mechanic instead
A dream-like landscape, in a breathtaking scenario… ladies and gentleman, today Italian Beauty means adventure! From the highest peak in Europe, the Monte Bianco, a trip on the new Skyway – a walk in the clouds with a stunning view. Next, Bellezza in bicicletta: a trip around Italy on two wheels. In today’s episode, Sven and Niccolò, our cyclo-tourists, ride in Liguria. Four days, almost 50 miles, from Sarzana, near La Spezia, and Portofino, a symbol of this region and the Italian way of living – and loving. But to begin with, the Skyway, the most advanced cablecar in the world. From the foothills of the Monte Bianco to the perennial snow of the Miage glacier, to find out about the high altitude champagne, the crystal seekers and the incredible world of the alpine guides!
Italian Beauty: something for everyone’s taste! A feast for your taste, your sight, your smell – everything the great Italian cooks can devise for you! Come and meet Ciccio Sultano, the great Sicilian chef, who opened his restaurant in the incredible location of Ragusa Ibla. Next, Italian Beauty becomes bike friendly, thanks to Bellezza in bicicletta. In today’s episode, our cyclo-tourists, Sven and Niccolò, ride from the Campi Flegrei, in the gulf of Pozzuoli, to the Costiera Amalfitana. The landscape of the most spectacular coast in the Mediterranean Sea, the sun and the cuisine will be enough for them to forget how hard is to bike! But to begin with, here’s to you Ciccio Sultano, a prominent name in the new Sicilian cuisine. This great chef brought our Matteo Di Calisto to tour the Valle dell'Ibla – to find out why this incredible territory is visited by thousands of people around the year for its cuisine, its art and its landscapes.
An all time high of Italian Beauty: Art, Altitude and Adventure! Art first: Djamila Borra brings us to the Arcimoboldo exhibition at the Palazzo Barberini in Rome. A rare opportunity to find out more about this incredibile artist – truly a legend of his own, who grew up artistically in his father’s workshop but soon found a unique talent. A new premiere on Italian Beauty: Bellezza in bicicletta. Let’s travel across Italy on a bicycle – for a different perspective, and new emotions. Not even rain and cold will stop our host Sven, a cyclo-tourist guide who turned his passion into a job. A slow journey among the vulcanic lakes of Lazio and the unspoiled nature of the Maremma. Finally, the Dolomites host the Musei della Montagna – an extraordinary project dreamt of by worldwide famous climber Reinhold Messner. But to begin with: the funny, sophisticated, out-of-this-world art of Arcimboldo: born in 1526, a part of the imperial court of the Ausburg, one of the great names of Mannerism.
We continue today in our visit to the breathtaking Museo di Capodimonte: after touring the park, it is time to get lost in the rooms of the royal apartment and along its endless halls filled with masterpieces. It is the last leg in our journey along the Ferrovie della Calabria. Cosenza is the old site of the Bruzi, who built it in the 4th century BC on seven hills. An ancient and beautiful place, to explore and re-discover. Made in Italy also means superior craftmanship. Ever since 1786, the Antico Setificio Fiorentino manufactures the most precious clothes on original looms.
In today’s episode, all the wonders and the masterpieces of the Museo di Capodimonte. A journey among statues, paintings, china and imperial ballrooms. Next, we continue our journey on a forgotten railway in Calabria: a discontinued line that today offers a unique scenario of deers, fawns and wolves among a beautiful woodland. Made in Italy is Salvatore Ferragamo, an established brand around the globe: an Italian living abroad for more than ten years, and then back to his homeland to build his own maison in Florence.
Beauty and history in Florence, at the Palazzo Corsini al Parione, just two steps from Ponte Vecchio – house to breathtaking masterpieces of art. On its tracks in the inside valleys of Calabria, our train continues to travel across Sila. Ancient legends still live in an area that covers more than 61,000 acres of natural wonders. Welcome to Rieti, with its lakes and rivers. At an hour drive from Rome, it is a territory that provides unique ingredients to the recipes of the Serva brothers, two Michelin stars chefs.
A new chapter in our tale about the Italian historic mansions tells us the story of Palazzo Gondi, a magnificent 15th century building in Florence, the hometown of Renaissance. Its designer, Giuliano da Sangallo. The great byzantine mosaics of Ravenna mark the final stop of the “Treno di Dante”. An extraordinary journey along the hundred year old Ferrovia Faentina that links Florence to Ravenna, where Dante spent the last years of his life. For your taste and enjoyment, Italian Beauty travelled around Italy searching for the best Italian chefs and an exclusive insight into their secrets. Multi-award winning chef Cristina Bowerman tells her story.
Italian Beauty means beauty in all its forms! To the houselord of Palazzo Tamborino Cezzi it’s almost like time stopped: his astonishing mansion and his carriages are still in pristine order! Next, we continue our trip on the low-speed Treno di Dante, on the tracks of the Ferrovia Faentina, from Florence to Ravenna. An unusual tale, where landscape and people mix in a unique story that combines art, history and popular culture. Bologna hosts a special place, where old movies find a new life. An image rediscovered, a worldwide excellence in film restoration.