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Visions of Italy

Season 1

  • 240 mins
  • Documentary, Special Interest

As an emotional visit to a familys homeland, a souvenir of the trip of a lifetime, or the virtual realization of a fantasy vacation, this is the ultimate in armchair travel to Italy. It offers a unique aerial view shot in high definition from a helicopter-mounted camera, showcasing the countrys breathtaking scenery and abundant architectural wonders. An informative narrative and soundtrack of traditional regional music further enhance the experience. Includes three programs: Visions of Italy: Northern Style, Visions of Italy: Southern Style, and Visions of Sicily

4 episodes

1x01 Visions of Italy: Northern Style

  • Series Premiere

    no air date — 240 mins

Using a helicopter-mounted camera, Visions of Italy: Northern Style offers the ultimate vacation postcard of destination Italy—the sights and scenes immortalized in literature, movies, and art for centuries—seen as never before. Stunning aerial footage and evocative Italian music from Luciano Pavarotti to Dean Martin showcase unprecedented views of Siena, Florence, Pisa, Venice, Lake Como, the Alps and more. Northern Style's flight begins where much of the world's cultural arts began- in Florence, where the magnificent Duomo and the Giotto Bell Tower forever recall the power and majesty of ancient city states and Italian ingenuity. The program continues over the Tuscan countryside, around the famed Tower of Pisa, along the chic Italian Riviera beaches of Portofino and Camogli to the vineyards of Veneto to the venetian canals, Christopher Columbus' Genoa, Romeo and Juliet's Verona, the ski resorts of the Italian Alps, and the leisurely grandeur of Lake Como.

Visions of Italy: Southern Style takes viewers on a seamless journey starting just south of Rome; following along the rugged western coastline to the toe of the “boot” at Reggio Calabria; and then back inland over the countryside to Rome. Shot in high-definition from a helicopter-mounted camera, this film captures images of Italy no tourist’s camera could. With informative and poetic narration, and a soundtrack that resonates with the history and beauty of the region, get ready for an incomparable experience of southern Italy’s considerable charms.

1x03 Visions of Sicily

  • no air date — 240 mins

Shot in high-definition from a helicopter-mounted camera, Visions of Sicily showcases the unique and dramatic beauty of a place like no other. A part of Italy but very much a land unto itself, Sicily has always defied categorization; its geography born of powerful volcanic forces and shaped by the influence of conquering Greek, Iberian, Roman, Byzantine, North African, Arab, French and central European cultures throughout the centuries. Now seen from an aerial advantage, it exceeds expectations. Visions of Sicily is a guided tour physically impossible by any other means, informed by a narrative as richly textured as the island’s rocky crags, and set to a soundtrack distinctly Sicilian in its variety. From ancient fishing ports to modern autostradas, the helicopter surveys all that Sicily was and has become.

From the Alps to Sicily, tour all of Italy from a spectacular vantage point. Italians call their home Il Belpaese, The Beautiful Country, and it has never looked more breathtaking than in this unique aerial tour. Shot in high definition from a helicopter-mounted camera and planned with precision for optimum lighting and angles, your tour is enhanced by an informative narrative and a score of evocative regional music. Take an emotional visit to your family’s homeland, revisit favorite sights, or realize your dreams of discovering Italy for the first time--whatever your inspiration--you'll never have a better view.