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Giorgio Locatelli and Andrew Graham-Dixon explore Italy's iconic capital, discovering the generations of ordinary Romans who left their mark on the city's culture and gastronomy.

To really understand Rome, you must understand its people - or the mob, as they were known in ancient times. As Giorgio Locatelli and Andrew Graham-Dixon explore Italy's iconic capital, they are in search of the generations of ordinary Romans who have left their mark on the city's culture and gastronomy.

Giorgio insists that they travel, in true Roman style, by moped. They start their journey at the Trevi fountain, immortalised in Fellini's La Dolce Vita - which itself featured countless locals as extras to capture the real faces of Rome. Giorgio leads Andrew to some of his personal favourite districts, including Garbatella, Italy's first garden suburb, with its vibrant market stalls and village architecture, and introduces him to the simplest Roman food - 'the true food of the people'. He also insists on showing him how spaghetti carbonara should really be made - 'add cream and I'll kill you'.

In turn, Andrew introduces Giorgio to some of the most moving pictures by Caravaggio, 'the painter of the people', in what was once the
city's foremost church for poor pilgrims - and they set out together to enjoy one of the great erotic masterpieces of Baroque painting. La Dolce Vita still exists, you just have to know where to find it.

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Mon 9 Dec 2019 22:00

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  • 00:03

    Coldplay

    Viva La Vida

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon
Presenter Giorgio Locatelli
Series Producer Silvia Sacco
Executive Producer Jeremy Dear
Production Company Wall to Wall Media

Broadcasts

  • Fri 5 Jan 2018 21:00
  • Fri 5 Jan 2018 21:30
  • Sat 6 Jan 2018 14:00
  • Sat 20 Jan 2018 02:25
  • Tue 8 Jan 2019 21:00
  • Wed 9 Jan 2019 03:00
  • Wed 20 Mar 2019 23:15
  • Thu 21 Mar 2019 00:15
  • Mon 9 Dec 2019 22:00

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