Italy's Invisible Cities takes viewers underground to explore the hidden treasures that made Italy’s cities the powerhouse of the ancient world. With the help of a team of experts and 3D scanning technology, the series explores a lost subterranean metropolis that helped build and fuel the roman empire. From huge underground quarries, stunning cavernous spaces, vast water cisterns to ornate temples and tombs and the elaborate lifts, trap doors and mechanics beneath the Coliseum, this series reveals the buried story of the ingenious Romans and how they planned, created and lived in their captivating city more than two millennia ago.
Using the latest 3D scanning technology, Alexander Armstrong and Dr. Michael Scott uncover 2500 years of hidden history in the city of Naples. They explore how the ever-present volcano of Mount Vesuvius both nurtured the region and exacted a terrible price from those who live close by. They also uncover how this hotbed of volcanic activity is associated with the underworld from its earliest Greek and Roman origins; revealing a place where life and death and beauty and danger are never far apart.
Exploring the watery wonderland of Venice, Armstrong and Scott uncover how a city built in a swamp became one of the most powerful metropolises in Medieval Europe. They dive into its canals to experience how the city, constructed on mud, remains standing to this day and how its beauty once masked a ruthless secret state of excess and vice – home to one of the greatest lovers and polymaths of all time, Casanova.
The romantic city of Florence, rife with wonderful facades and artwork masks a hidden story of intrigue and secrecy, fueled by one powerful family – the Medici’s, known as the Godfathers of the Renaissance. Uncovering the secrets of the Duomo di Firenze, Florence’s cathedral, Armstrong and Scott build a 3D model of the structure to reveal the countless passages and corridors connected to the city – a true foundation of Florence’s renaissance glory.
Journey deep underground to Rome’s hidden underbelly – a stunning, ancient world of cavernous spaces and intricate design. With exclusive access deep beneath Rome’s streets and stunning new visualisation techniques, Dr. Michael Scott leads a team of experts to reveal the full story of the ancient world’s most awe-inspiring city and the extraordinary people who created and lived in it.