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Italy Unpacked episode three – Land of Many Treasures

It’s the third and final instalment of “Italy Unpacked” this Friday (BBC 2, 9.00pm), entitled ‘Land of Many Treasures’, in which art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon and chef Giorgio Locatelli conclude their tour of northern Italy by exploring Piedmont.

As they meander through the region’s vineyard-clad rolling hills, there is the usual mix of sourcing local produce to create tasty traditional dishes – which this week includes truffles – and admiring hidden art treasures, from art galleries to chapels and palaces.

Of particular note this week, is a meeting between Giorgio and Carlo Petrini, the founder of the International Slow Food Movement, in Turin. He first came to prominence in the 1980s for taking part in a campaign against the fast food chain McDonald's opening a branch near the Spanish Steps in Rome (good for him!) and his stance soon attracted many supporters and followers which evolved into the Slow Food movement.

Over time, other subcultures developed beneath the Slow Movement banner, including Cittaslow (Slow cities), Slow living, Slow design – and Slow travel. (Now that sounds like a good idea.)

While Giorgio chats and cooks, Andrew wanders Turin’s streets admiring its baroque architecture, before they head off to the remarkable village of Varallo, home to one of Italy’s most famous pilgrimage sites. The Sacro Monte di Varallo (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) comprises forty-five chapel-like enclosures containing groups of life-size painted terracotta figures representing scenes from the life of Jesus – including the gruesome 'Massacre of the Innocents'.

And if you missed episode 2 last week, click here >

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