Italy Unpacked

Series 1 - 3. Land of Many Treasures

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

The scenery is gorgeous. The food looks great. The art and architecture are hard to beat. So why does this series leave us mentally drumming our fingers? It might be because Andrew Graham-Dixon and Georgio Locatelli spend a lot of their time just chatting — a great formula if what they say is full of wit and insight, but to be brutally honest, it isn’t. Discussing Turin or truffles or 11th-century frescos, there’s not enough that feels fresh or surprising.

The Piedmont countryside looks wonderful and you may make a mental note to go there on holiday, but really, just because Andrew and Georgio have a great time doesn’t mean we do. And if they talk once more about how everything’s rooted in the land, I’ll scream.

About this programme

3/3. Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli conclude their tour in Piedmont, where they visit an abbey on an ancient pilgrimage route linking Canterbury and Rome. They get the chance to go truffle hunting with a local man and his dog, and have a succulent breakfast with one of their finds. In the region's capital Turin, Giorgio chats to Carlo Petrini, founder of the International Slow Food Movement, while Andrew enjoys the baroque architecture found all over the city. Finally, they head to a sacred site in Varallo, where the mountain-top chapels are full of waxworks depicting scenes including the Massacre of the Innocents.

Cast and crew

Cast

Presenter
Andrew Graham-Dixon
Presenter
Giorgio Locatelli

Crew

Director
Karen McGann
Series Producer
Silvia Sacco

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