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Bettany Hughes' Grand Tour: From Paris to Rome

Season 1
In the 18th century, those seeking culture and an artistic education would take a 'grand tour', exploring Europe's rich heritage and cuisine. In this delightful travel documentary series historian Bettany Hughes follows in their footsteps, visiting such wonders as the museums of Paris and Rome, the canals of Venice, the cuisine of Florence and Milan and the glorious vistas of the Amalfi coast.
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  1. S1 E1 - Paris, Annecy and the Cote D’Azur
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    September 29, 2022
    It's the city that was top of the list for any 18th century traveler. Now historian Bettany Hughes is following in the footsteps of these 'grand tour' explorers and delving into the finest that Paris has to offer in this travel documentary. In the Louvre Museum, Bettany comes face-to-face with the Venus de Milo, before checking into five-star hotel, where writer Oscar Wilde spent his final days.
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  2. S1 E2 - Venice, Bologna and The Bay of Poets
    October 6, 2022
    During an 18th century 'grand tour,' those looking for enlightenment would head to Italy. Now historian Bettany Hughes tries to emulate them in this sumptuous travel documentary. She encounters the stunning beauty of Venice's canals, then wanders the magnificent Doge's Palace. She unearths Bologna's finest culinary offerings before heading to the haunts of her favorite romantic poet, Lord Byron.
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  3. S1 E3 - Florence, Lake Como, Milan
    October 13, 2022
    Just like the 'grand tourists' of the 18th century, historian Bettany Hughes travels deeper into Italy to uncover fine food and culture. In this glorious travel documentary, she explores Florence, one of Italy's most beautiful cities. Then it's on to Lake Como where famous figures from Napoleon to George Clooney have sought sanctuary. Finally, she visits Milan, Italy's most stylish city.
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  4. S1 E4 - Amalfi Coast, Capri, Rome
    October 20, 2022
    Grand tour travelers weren't simply interested in education. As historian Bettany Hughes discovers in this engaging travel documentary, they wanted all their horizons broadened. She explores the breathtaking vistas of the Amalfi Coast and nearby island of Capri, full of ancient history and glamor. She ends her journey in Rome, where she unearths one of the city’s best kept secrets.
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Ewen Thomson
Nick Catliff
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