We are planning our "once in a lifetime" trip to Italy this fall and downloaded this series to gain some insight. Well, in a nutshell, we are seriously reconsidering going.
These comments are only from watching the first of four episodes. I doubt we'll be watching the rest.
Francesco claims over and over how Italy created all kinds of wonderful things, such as how English estates are modelled after a house built in the 15th century for a cardinal at the Vatican. My first though was what is a god worshipping cardinal doing building an estate fit for a king, but that's another story for another day.
Then he's onto how this or that painter created modern painting in the western world. I'm sorry, but Picasso was not influenced by any of the junk that's displayed in this series.
All art was invented in Italy according to Francesco.
Then we get FIAT. He claims that the old FIAT factory was where modern automobile manufacturing came from. Apparently he has not heard of the Model T and that the FIAT factory was a complete copy of how things were being done by Ford. To even discuss the disgrace that is FIAT, the worst car company in the world, should give you an idea of how low this program sinks.
Then there is the religion. The entire show is drenched in catholic nonsense. There's churches, nuns, paintings of Jesus, statues of Jesus, and one that's even underwater!
He drives his POS Alfa convertible into the town centre of several cities and every one of them looks exactly the same. It's like I could visit the Bellagio in Vegas and feel that I'd seen it all.
The segment with Giorgio Armani is a joke. Armani couldn't wait to be rid of this buffoon.
Overall, this is the worst representation of Italy we've ever seen and we are seriously reconsidering visiting.
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