Francesco's Italy: Top to Toe - 4. The Land of My Mother
Francesco da Mosto travels the length and breadth of Italy. To end his journey, he visits the south and Sicily, home of his mother's family for over 500 years.
Francesco da Mosto visits the south and Sicily, home of his mother's family for more than 500 years. Easter celebrations in the south involve the streets running red with celebrants' blood and the locals indulging in frantic dances to ward off the threat of the tarantula.
On Sicily, the brooding majesty of Etna terrifies Francesco as he stares into the volcano, but there's beauty and art at the Villa Bagheria and an explosion of baroque decadence at Noto. Finally for Francesco, there's an emotional reunion with his family, who have come down from Venice.
First shown: 2 Jul 2006 Available until Thu 11:10pm Duration 60 mins