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Take an unprecedented journey through Italy with Magnificent Italia, showcasing a true mosaic of cultures, nature, and art revealing three millennia of history. Each breathtaking episode will give you the opportunity to explore the hidden gems that make the Italian territory so special taking you to a different part of the country to tell you all about its natural wonders, its diverse historical and artistic heritage and its ancient traditions.

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SEASON 3

Towers guard the sea on the southern coast overlooking Pula. Costa Verde contrasts with Oristano’s sand dunes, where flamingoes anticipate the Sinis peninsula, located between the Mal di Ventre Island and the Capo Mannu beaches with their blue waters and white quartz

From Capo Malfatano to Capo Mannu

Season 3 | Episode 1
The Archipelago of Maddalena has its history dating back to the days of Nelson and Garibaldi. The wind swept Gallura has its centre in the fishermen village of Castelsardo. Porto Torres and charming Stintino emerge from a coast pointed by cliffs. Wild Sardinia can be admired at its best from the Island of Asinara.

From Maddalena to Asinara

Season 3 | Episode 2
The visit to the Amalfi Coast starts from Punta Campanella with its breathtaking views. Amalfi impresses with the beautiful Dome while Lemon trees point the uphill road to Ravello. The National Park of Cilento uncovers natural sceneries until Capo Palinuro. The journey ends in Paestum with its famous Greek temple.

From Punta Campanella to Paestum

Season 3 | Episode 3
Taurasi, homeland to a prestigiious wine, marks the discovery of Irpinia. Benevento with its Roman theatre and the Arc of Emperor Adrian is still witness to the ancient memory of the Sannitic people. Caserta is domi-nated by the Royal Palace and its park second only to French Versailles.

From Taurasi to Caserta

Season 3 | Episode 4
Volcanic lakes introduce to northern Lazio: From Bracciano to Anguillara Sabazia. The necropolis of Cerveteri and Tarquinia bear the Etrurian mark with nearby medieval Viterbo and fascinating Civita di Bagnoreggio high above an isolated rock. The journey ends on the Bolsena Lake.

From Bracciano to Bolsena

Season 3 | Episode 5
The Ripasottile and Lungo Lakes announce the artistic city of Rieti. Beyond the Albani Hills and the Roman Castles the medieval atmosphere can still be experienced in Norma and Sermoneta. Southwards the Pontina valley tells of old land reclamations from where the Circeo Park emerged, a natural paradise for fauna and flora.

From Rieti to Circeo

Season 3 | Episode 6
Southern Lazio is mainly sea. The charming whitewashed Sperlonga and Gaeta point the legendary Ulisse‟s Riviera and stand opposite to the Pontino Archipelago with its paradise islands of Ponza, Gavi, Zannone, Santo Stefano and Ventotene.

From Terracina to Ventotene

Season 3 | Episode 7
Land and water merge in the Orbetello Lagoon, dominated by the Argentario and facing the islands of Giglio and Giannutri. Talamone marks the entry to the Regional Park of Maremma while the thermal baths of Satur-nia and Bagno Vignoni lead to beautiful Val D‟Orcia with stunning Montalcino and Pienza

From Sorano to Pienza

Season 3 | Episode 8
Siena is introduced by the stunning Dome emerging from the unusual Piazza del Campo, birthplace of the Palio. Just above on the shores of Arno lies Pisa, one of the most famous Italian art city with its hanging tower and the Campo dei Miracoli. The journey ends in the charming oasis of Massaciuccoli.

From Montepulciano to Pisa

Season 3 | Episode 9
The visit to western Liguria starts from Hanbury Villa and its beautiful gardens and continues along the Flow-ers Riviera with famous Bordighera and Sanremo. The journey along the coast gets up to Alassio with its wall of fame. Nearby the Island of Gallinara offers charming views offshore.

Ventimiglia to Gallinara

Season 3 | Episode 10
Castles and villages like Zuccarello and Balestrino tell of the ancient history of Liguria. The Finale area ex-presses the double soul of mountain and sea with its steep rocky cliffs best suited to extreme climbing. A less wild but more artistic nature can be appreciated in the park of Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini of Pegli.

From Albenga to Pegli

Season 3 | Episode 11
Piave is one of the most iconic Italian rivers for its WWI heritage with its famous battle of Vittorio Veneto. This is also the birthplace of Prosecco originating in Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. But most of all this is a moun-tain region dominated by the Dolomites and the skiing kingdom of Cortina d‟Ampezzo.

From Alta Marca Trevigiana to Cortina d’Ampezzo

Season 3 | Episode 12
The discovery of southern Piemonte begins on the alpine peaks bordering France. Valleys pointed by indus-trial districts introduce to the medieval city of Cuneo. From there the Argentera massif overlooks Limone Pie-monte. Castles and art treasures mark the Monferrato area with Valenza and Alessandria.

From Colle della Maddalena to Monferrato

Season 3 | Episode 13
Gran San Bernardo points the beginning of an historical path that once used to take pilgrims to Aosta and Piemonte. Villages, ancient castles and churches are to be found along the way. Up in the mountains we enter Gran Paradiso with is wildlife and glaciers the once holiday destination for Pope John Paul II.

From Gran San Bernardo to Gran Paradiso

Season 3 | Episode 14
The northern area of the Lombard region offers breathtaking views: from Angera on Lake Maggiore to the picturesque Menaggio of the high Lake Como. The river Adda leads to the Valtellina area with its whilte val-leys and its food specialties from Bitto to Pizzoccheri. Further north the Stelvio Park with beautiful Bormio and Livigno.

From Angera to Livigno

Season 3 | Episode 15
Located between Lombardia, Piemonte and Emilia Romagna Oltrepò Pavese is a hilly land with vineyards and farms crossed by minor rivers running towards the Po. Artistic centres like Lodi, Crema and Cremona, homeland to the famous Stradivari, take to Mantova and Sabbioneta, real Renaissance treasures.

From Oltrepò Pavese to Mantova

Season 3 | Episode 15

SEASON 4

Val di Noto in southeastern Sicly appears with its late baroque towns and their grandiose palazzos and churches. Ragusa, Modica, Scicli, Noto, Avola and Palazzolo Acreide disclose impressive urban structures rich in culture and art. This is the land of Caltagirone Ceramics and of the beautiful mosaics of Villa del Casale of Piazza Armerina. The coastline between Gela and Punta Secca is literally facing Africa. The natural reserve of Pantani di Vendicari discloses ancient treasures in the Necropolis of Pantalica. The journey ends in the fascinating coastal town of Siracusa.

From Caltagirone to Siracusa

Season 4 | Episode 1
Palermo, main city of Sicily,discloses its magnificence right from the sky: its villas and gardens, theatres, museum and churches bear all its cultural and artistic past. From the beach at Mondello to the Dome of Monreale the journey continues along the northern coast between Capo Zafferano and Capo Milazzo. The villas of Bagheria -hometown to the italian artist Guttuso and movie director Tornatore –the castle of Cefalù and the Sanctuary at Tindariare among thearea’s most beautiful landmarks. Behind a mountain land overlooks the Eolie: seven stunning volcanic islands that attract with their charm and wildness.

From Mondello to the Eolie Islands

Season 4 | Episode 2
The Castle of Mussomeli on top of a steep and pointed rock is a real challenge for the gravity force, whereas Caltanissetta and Enna are worth a visit. All around the cultivated fields that remind the old times of the large landowners of Sicily so well depicted iby Giovanni Verga’s novel. The author’s house can still be visited in Catania, alongside the residence of another famous citizen:composer Vincenzo Bellini. The fascination of Etna with its high energy contrasts with the tranquility of villages like Bronte, Adrano and Randazzo.The journey continues along Acicastello, Acitrezza and Acireale up until Taormina, where jet set meets history. Messina, the northest coastal city of Sicily, is our final destination.

From Mussomeli to Messina

Season 4 | Episode 3
The discovery of Puglia is like a chromatic experience: from the all white Monopoli and Ostuni to the emerald green and deep blue of northern Salento. The region that stretches from the Adriatic to the Ionian Sea discloses natural reserves like Torre Guaceto and the Saline of Punta della Contessa, with its archeological diggings disclosing the Messapi’s megalithic walls in Manduria. Brindisi and Taranto are two busy harbour towns and two ideal starting points for travelling south along the coast through XVI century watchtowers and sandy bays like stunning Portoselvaggio.

From Monopoli to Portoselvaggio

Season 4 | Episode 4
Salento, marks the End of the Land with its Finibus Terrae Sanctuary rising up on the southernmost point of the region in Santa Maria di Leuca. Cliffs pointed by caves and watchtowers run along the coastline to Otranto. The main city of Puglia, Lecce the Baroque, takes its name from the forest of live oak whose hints can still be found in the Riserva delle Cesine..The Olive tree, another symbol of the region,can be found mainly around the Trulli, Puglia’s iconic stone buildings and ideal setting for the rhythms of Pizzica and Taranta, Salento’s tribal dance and music. Next Porto Cesareo and Gallipoli on the Ionian Sea and back to the lighthouse in Santa Maria di Leuca, where our journey started.

Lecce and the Salento

Season 4 | Episode 5
A hot air baloon waiving at sunset above the lake of CIngoli becomes metaphor of the slow and romantic tour of the hills between the Appennines and the Adriatic sea. Macerata, Fermo, Ascoli Piceno are fascinate with beautiful historical centres. Tolentino and Recanati are best visited following the steps of San Nicola and Giacomo Leopardi, whereas Montelupone, Offida and Monte falcone Appenino inspire off the beaten tracks. The region Marche offers both sea and green hills, from the coastal towns of Grottammare and San Benedetto del Tronto to the beautiful and pristine Monti Sibillini and their abbeys, castles and palazzos.

From Cingoli to Montefalcone Appennino

Season 4 | Episode 6
North-Western Toscana appears as a pointed shape between Liguria’s inland and Emilia’s Appennines. Woods and small villages uphill crossed by pilgrims running along the Via Francigena hide mysterious and fascinating places like the Cave of the Wind. Green and hilly routes take us to the Alpi Apuane and their marble caves that made Carrara famous in the world. On one hand the mountains and the Garfagnana on the other the Tirreno and the Versilia coast with posh Forte dei Marmi and picturesque Massa. Nearby Viareggio features one of the oldest and well known Carnivals of Italy. Behind art cities like Renaissance Lucca and Medieval Pistoia recall the finest history of Toscana.

From the Alpi Apuaneto Viareggio

Season 4 | Episode 7
The circuit with its curves, races and speed is what comes to mind when speaking of Mugello but this area where the Appeninic Passes mark the boirders with Romagna reveals a fascinating yet unknown corner of Tuscany. From the Lake of Bilancino with its warm light,the Villa Medicea and historic Prato to the poetic village of Fiesole. This is also a land of woods and hidden monastery like the one in Camaldoli. Artisti Piero della Francesca, born in the nearby Sansepolcro, lived and worked mainly between Monterchi and Arezzo, the city whose medieval atmosphere comes back to life during the Giostra del Saracino. Castel Fiorentino and Cortona with their olive trees and vineyards announce the warm colours of Tuscany’s Valdichiana.

From Mugello to Valdichiana

Season 4 | Episode 8
The Piacenza area sums up the variety of Emilia‘s territory: from the southern narrow Appeninic Trebbia Valley, where kayaking is most recommended to the Valley of Arda with its impressive sceneries. Back to lowland Gazzano Visconti and Montechiaro are medieval towns.The city of Piacenza appears deeply influenced by the Farnese Family. Nearby Busseto, was hometown to composer Giuseppe Verdi, who lived most of his life in his villa by Villanova sull’Arda. Fidenza with its Dome on the Via Francigena is a starting point for a journey across the Appenines to Romagna’s Castrocaro and Faenza with its ceramics. Final destination the Rivera Romagnola for a night of fireworks.

From Bobbio to Cesena

Season 4 | Episode 9
River, Sea and Man are the three forces regulating life in the Veneto’s Regional Park of Delta Po. Following Po’s currents we get to Polesine and from there to the area’s main town Rovigo. Travelling towards north we encounter Colli Euganei, the place known for its natural spring and thermal baths: from the Abano Terme waters to the muds of Montegrotto. This is a land of beautiful villas and grandiose gardens, castles and villages like the one where Poet Petrarca used to live. The journey continues along the Lessinia and the massive of Pasubio, the mountains of the Cumbri peoples. Old traditions are here juxtaposed to the hi-tech observatory of Asiago and the contemporary art at Park of Sojo.

From the Delta Po to Asiago

Season 4 | Episode 10
It all starts from the lunar landscape at Gavia Pass, all around peaks, natural reserves, lakes and mountain huts. Concarena and Pizzo Badile Camuno stand up high with their concave and convex shapes referred to by the Camuni peoples as symbols for the masculine and feminine deity. West of Adamello, in the pastures surrounding Europe’s largest glacier, Valcamonica appears flanked by villages grown after the hydro-electrical power development. The steep massive of Presolan in Val di Scalve has nothing to envy to the Dolomites. The landscapes along River Adda inspired Leonardo Da Vinci, from the blue collars village at Crespi D’Adda to the Abbey of Chiaravalle. The pointed peaks of Grigne offer the last taste of Lombard Mountain.

From the Gavia Pass to Grigne

Season 4 | Episode 11
A journey through Piemonte following the steps of Pilgrims along the Via Francigena: from the Montalto Dora Castle to the streets of Ivrea with its industrial past. Dozens of castles point the landscape that was historically dominated by small feuds in war with each other.The Canavese area is a clear example with the Residence of Masino, the Castle of Pavone Canavese, Agliè and Valpenga. But this is also a land of spirituality with the Sacred Mount of Belmonte, UNESCO’s heritage,and the Abbeys of Vezzolando and Staffarda. From the mountains to the valleys of Lanzo and Chisone, where the sound of a ghronda is the perfect soundtrack to the Occitan culture. These are among the things not to miss on the way to the source of Italy’s biggest River Po at the feet of Monviso.

From Ivrea to Monviso

Season 4 | Episode 12

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