Alex Polizzi embarks on a voyage of discovery back to her roots, taking in the colourful regions of Italy, from the cities and lakes of the North to the unmistakably Mediterranean South. Alex’s journey will see her revisiting some of her fondest memories, from her honeymoon tour to the humble hillside village that her grandfather came from and Rome, the city that she lived in during her twenties.
This week, Alex Polizzi arrives in Sardinia to explore her family roots and discover the rich and diverse culture of this ever-popular destination. She’ll be sampling the Cagliari cuisine, venturing inland to experience the rugged beauty of the Supramonte region and meeting a woman who claims to be the last woman in the world to weave the precious sea silk. She’ll also be meeting a team of scientists who are studying the genes of the locals, as she learns that Sardinia has more centenarians than anywhere else in the world.
This week Alex Polizzi explores Italy’s smaller islands, from Capri and Ischia in the Bay of Naples to the remote Aeolian Islands further south. She’ll be experiencing Capri’s glamorous fashion and scaling the rocky heights of the Aragonese Castle in Ischia, meeting a team of women who restore historic relics of international importance. From there, Alex will sample the island of Salina’s famous Malvasia wine, before making a rare sighting of dolphins in the waters off Filicudi.
This week, Alex Polizzi reaches Sicily, where she tours the north. She discovers overwhelming opulence at a palace in Palermo, samples world famous street food on the city’s gritty streets and learns how the mafia have influenced Sicilian life for decades, by meeting a team of locals determined to bring about change. Alex will also venture inland where she uncovers some of Sicily’s oldest traditions, including a trip aboard the famous, intricately decorated Sicilian donkey cart.
The final leg of Alex’s journey reaches a fitting crescendo in the secret south, a region that Alex knows little about. Puglia, one of the most rural regions welcomes Alex first with a tour of its curious beehive shaped Trulli and a wine with a difference. Next, the majestic Monte Pollino National Park is an unexpected delight, before her adventure concludes in the unique city of Matera. Here, Alex tours the atmospheric cave dwellings, some of the oldest settlements in Europe, before taking in the extraordinary annual festa, a carnival with a twist!