BBC – Italy Unpacked: The Art Of The Feast

BBC – Italy Unpacked: The Art Of The Feast


Andrew Graham-Dixon and chef Giorgio Locatelli travel through Italy exploring the country’s history, culture, food, art and landscape. Their journey begins in Bologna, the capital of Emilia-Romagna, one of the richest regions in Italy. They find out why the city is know as la Dotta (the Learned), la Grassa (the Fat) and la Rossa (the Red), while visiting its shops, art institutions and the oldest university in the world.

Andrew and Giorgio experience the social and friendly atmosphere of the region and meet fishermen casting huge nets at the mouth of the river Po. From there, it is a short journey to Ferrara where they discover the legacy left by the famous dynasty d’Este, and to Modena, home of balsamic vinegar and Ferrari.

Finally, Giorgio reveals the source of modern Italian cuisine – at the Palatina Library in Parma he views an original copy of the first cook book of the newly united Italy – while Andrew admires Correggio’s magnificent fresco in the dome of Parma Cathedral.


24 thoughts on “BBC – Italy Unpacked: The Art Of The Feast”

  1. Personally I would take Chinese, Indian and Mexican food over overrated Italian dog food anyday.

  2. I read somewhere that all of Italy hides inside at night because thats when the zombies come out. So make sure you don’t travel outside at night if you visit.

  3. I like this show 🙂 It’s interesting to see a show that combines art history and food. There’s also good chemistry between Andrew and Giorgio; I like their sense of humor!!!

  4. Andrew and Giorgione are both incredible! I love this series! But I will say I was alittle put off when Giorgio rolled his eyes about the “Americans” and pasta Bolognese. I am of Italian decent and I must say that Italian immigrants had nothing and were not educated, so they took advantage of the opportunities and abundance of available food. The “Americans” he rolled his eyes about are really Italian immigrants that modified the tradition. We love Italy!!! Love this show!!! Thanks! BTW- our family never had meat in our sauce or lasagna, it was always on the side and usually sausages. Some Italians call the sauce “gravy” when the meat is cooked with the sauce, we always called it sauce and NEVER too much because the pasta is king!

  5. Sombody wrote here:
    Personally I would take Chinese, Indian and Mexican food over overrated Italian dog food anyday.

    Wait a moment … dog food? I think you were talking about yourself, right?

  6. Wow, I am very impressed by Bologna! Thank you, producers and presenters of this video! I will find out …

  7. Can someone please tell me what waltz song that is at the end credits (@58:24, with the accordion), and who is it by?

  8. I just so love these two guys and this is the best travel programme I have ever seen! they are so passionate and competente in their areas: cooking and art. and they have such a good interaction with great humor and openness that I am so deeply touched by – what a friendship! the whole Italy unpacked series are my favorite and has given me the last klick to head for Italy in April 2017 to start a 2 week italian course!

  9. great passion for fiod and art from Bologna, and Andrew and Giorgio. Great music too! does anybody know the names of the music from this episode?

  10. These places beckon me to visit. Surely they’re among my bucket list to visit one day.

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