We continue our sail along the Brenta: today you can join us at the Malcontenta, a magnificent villa designed by famous architect Palladio. Next, we arrive in Venice, looking for the ghost of Corto Maltese, the famous character created by the late Hugo Pratt, a true genius of comics. Finally, we move to Trieste, a true Italian capital of science. In Trieste we’ll visit such renowned institutes as the Centro Internazionale di Ingegneria Genetica e Biotecnologie, a legend in its own right.
We start out in Veneto, sailing along the Brenta, aboard the Burchiello, visiting patrician mansions, listening to local folk singers and tasting the exquisite local cuisine. Next, a special tour of the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, the most important underground research laboratory in the world, a true Italian excellence, where scientists are at work on the most advanced researches of today’s physics.
The lyrics by Ezra Pound and boogie woogie: looking for a common denominator, the heartbreaking songs by Piero Ciampi and the incredible talent of soccer player Igor Protti, on a journey along the Arno river, with a detour to Leghorn, along the canale dei Navicelli. Next, we move to Catania, a beautiful town rich of monuments and history that today hosts an avant-garde scientific cluster, the Laboratori Nazionali del Sud. A research center focusing on the physics of particles with many applications: from the new techniques in cancer treatment to the astrophysics observation of outer space.
We begin with the Arno river - a character and a legend in its own right, just like the people who live on its banks. This is a river full of stories that go back in time: among them, “The Mud Angels”, the hundreds of young men and women who flocked to Florence to save its treasures from the damages of the flood, or the story of a young kid from Pontedera who caught fish with bare hands and later became a boxing world champion. Then, we move to Trieste, for the latest about Made in Italy science! The Elettra Synchrotron, a worldwide excellence, is a ring where the electrons get pushed up to almost speedlight, to release a sort of radiation critical to researches that would be otherwise impossibile.
Freedom and beauty, according to Italian writer Paolo Cognetti, are what the mountains suggest. Premio Strega winner in 2017, Cognetti is the brain behind “The Call of the Wild” festival – an annual convention of artists, literates and ordinary mountain lovers. Join us to learn more. Here comes La bellezza in bicicletta: the second leg in our journey to find out more about the Grande Raccordo Anulare delle Biciclette di Roma, also known as GRAB. Once completed, it will allow Rome citizens to cross the whole city, from its archaeological heart to the outskirts. 27 miles surrounded by beauty .
We’ll begin our journey in the top left corner of Italy, Val D’Aosta, with a very special guide: author Paolo Cognetti, who in Summer 2017 just won the prestigious Premio Strega with his novel Otto montagne. Next, we ride a special tour with Bellezza in bicicletta: today, please join us in a special feature on the GRAB of Rome: il Grande Raccordo Anulare delle Biciclette, meaning a special ringway around Rome especially for bicycles. Today it is a project, tomorrow it will be the longest in the world.
Lucca: world-wide known for its monuments and for its center, where you can find buildings and monuments going back in history. Today, we sent our crew on a mission: find its hidden treasures, capture its most unusual perspectives and meet its incredible people. Next, our crew moves to Roscigno Vecchia, a small village that for centuries has been fighting its own struggle against Nature, until the last man standing left in 1902.
Part of the Cultural Heritage of UNESCO, redone by the Gonzagas into one of the cradles of the European Renaissance, Mantua is one of the Italian art cities par excellence. Our cameras went to shoot her most intriguing and unusual angles. Next, we have the great Italian chefs! Today’s episode brings us in the kitchen of Alessandro Gilmozzi, the creator of the “Dolomites cuisine”. A chef forever bound to his homeland, and the exquisite ingredients it can offer.
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!