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Francesco's Venice

All Episodes 2007

  • Ended
  • BBC Four
  • 2007-09-13T08:00:00+01:00
  • 60 mins
  • 4 hours, 0 mins
  • English
  • Documentary
Francesco's Venice brings us the epic story of Venice, seen through the eyes of Francesco da Mosto, a descendent of one of the oldest and most distinguished Venetian families, whose ancestral history is inextricably intertwined with that of Venice. Francesco takes viewers on an engaging and entertaining journey through Venice's history and the secrets and mysteries of its canals, palaces and homes. Fiercely proud and protective of its rich cultural and architectural heritage, Francesco gives us a unique and lively insight into the inner workings of one of the most beautiful cities in the world: the places, events and people that have sculpted Venice through the ages. These have included many of his own ancestors, such as the six da Mostos who were involved in the rise and fall of the ambitious and corrupt Doge Falier, and the young Alvise da Mosto, a courageous and determined explorer of the fifteenth century. Francesco's Venice covers the city's remarkable history, from the 5th century when the first settlers retreated to the safety of the lagoon and began to create their homes on its tiny islands, through its glorious years as a maritime republic, adept at trade, exploration, diplomacy and protecting its independence, to the fragile city of the twenty-first century. Francesco also looks at the uncertain future of the city, as the surrounding sea threatens to claim it back forever.

4 episodes

1x01 Blood

  • Series Premiere

    2007-09-13T05:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Francesco da Mosto presents a series telling the story of the birth of Venice, one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, looking at how a city of palaces, gold and jewels, art and treasures arose out of the swamp of a malaria-ridden lagoon. In this edition, Da Mosto reveals a secret history of violence, torture, political intrigue and revenge via the stunning interiors of the Doge's Palace, the Basilica of St Mark, the Ca da Mosto, the Ca D'Oro and the first low-level aeriel shots of the city in years.

1x02 Beauty

  • 2007-09-20T05:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Documentary series telling the story of the birth of Venice, one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, presented by Francesco da Mosto. The golden age of architecture arrived and stone and marble palaces replaced wooden houses as artists like Titian and Palladio transformed the look and reputation of Venice. But a calamity lurked just around the corner - plague.

1x03 Sex

  • 2007-09-27T05:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Documentary series telling the story of Venice, presented by Francesco da Mosto. He moves on to its most outrageous period of partying and licentiousness - the age of Casanova and the courtesan, when Venice was the red-light district of Europe and attracted rich and hopeful dandies from across the continent. But storm clouds lay on the horizon when Napoleon Bonaparte saw Venice as rich pickings with which to fund his revolution.

1x04 Death

  • 2007-10-04T05:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Documentary series telling the story of Venice, presented by Francesco da Mosto. He moves towards the present day and the problems of the sinking city, for which he partly blames the tourist industry originally inspired by those such as Byron. Francesco was a young boy during the great flood of 1966 and he looks at ways the future of Venice can be safeguarded in the future.

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