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Alex Polizzi's Italian Islands
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Series 1 - Episode 3
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Although Alex Polizzi covers pretty much the same Sicilian ground as Gino D’Acampo, her trip is a much more elegant, less frenetic affair. She starts in bustling Palermo where, like Gino, she tastes street food and hears about the fight against the Mafia.
But at this point their paths diverge as she then goes on to visit Gangi (designated Italy’s prettiest village) and takes a ride on a flamboyantly decorated horse-drawn cart. While not many of us would consider visiting a collection of mummified monks or drinking donkey’s milk as she does, it makes you yearn for a trip to Sicily.
Alex continues her tour with a visit to the north of Sicily, revealing a different side to the largest island in the Mediterranean. She discovers overwhelming opulence at a palace in Palermo, meets an inspirational mayor and viewing an army of mummified monks who are giving scientists new insights into island life in the past. She also learns how the Mafia have influenced Sicilian life for decades from a group of locals determined to bring about change.
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