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Francesco's Mediterranean Voyage [DVD]

Francesco Da Mosto    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Francesco Da Mosto
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ARYYM2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,268 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Venetian architect and historian Francesco da Mosto sets out from Venice to cross the Mediterranean sea - following in the wake of his ancestor, the explorer Alvise da Mosto - to discover the cities and islands where Western civilization was born. Sailing in a late nineteenth-century schooner, he starts his journey in Venice and finishes in Istanbul. Along the way he takes in spectacular ruins like the Acropolis in Athens and the Roman city of Ephesus in Turkey; sacred sites like the monasteries of Mount Athos and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul; and beautiful Dubrovnik (destroyed and rebuilt in the last decade). Ancient history and bygone legends intertwine as Francesco visits these wonderful ancient sites, bringing the past vividly to life, and taking viewers on a thrilling cultural odyssey.

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Venetian architect and historian Francesco da Mosto sets out from Venice to cross the Mediterranean sea - following in the wake of his ancestor, the explorer Alvise da Mosto - to discover the cities and islands where Western civilization was born. Sailing in a late nineteenth-century schooner, his journey starts in Venice and finishes in Istanbul. Along the way he takes in spectacular ruins, like the Acropolis in Athens and the Roman city of Ephesus in Turkey; sacred sites like the monasteries of Mount Athos and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul; and beautiful Dubrovnik (destroyed and rebuilt in the last decade). Ancient history and bygone legends intertwine as Francesco visits these wonderful ancient sites, bringing the past vividly to life, and taking viewer on a thrilling cultural odyssey.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost Focus 1 Dec 2010
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I'm a big fan of Francesco, especially his series on the history of Venice which had the benefit of being (a) reasonably detailed and (b) being written and presented by an insider. His series on Italy was good too, if a little superficial in its coverage. It would be interesting to see Francesco do something similar but with more depth on England, a country he visits, I understand, with his family for holidays every year; `Francesco's England', anyone?

`Francesco's Mediterranean Voyage' falls between the Venice and Italy series, in my view. There is some interesting detail but still much superficiality, but at least we can be seduced by the beautiful camerawork and Francesco's own natural charms as he engages with his adventures and with the crew of the `Black Swan'. Captain Giulio had his own fan-club in my circle of friends and many watched it to catch a glimpse of him rather than the scenery! No doubt much of the interaction between Francesco and the crew was staged but there does seem to be some genuine moments of fear and joy. And Francesco's tearful goodbye to his family before commencing his three-month voyage is quite touching.

The first episode sees his last look at Venice; the subsequent episodes cover the Croatian coast (Pula, Split, Hvar, Korcula, and Dubrovnik - with some trips into the interior); Montenegro and Albania; Corfu (with an embarrassing David Bellamy); the Gulf of Corinth and the Corinth Canal (including the Peloponnese, Delphi, and Athens); the Cyclades; Crete; the Dodecanese; the Lycian coast of Turkey; the Dardanelles (featuring Gallipoli, but alas not Troy; and Bursa for the kebabs, but alas not for the carpets or spices); and Istanbul.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Well, I haven't finished watching this series yet, because it is still being screened on the Beeb for the first time. However, from what I have seen, I can say that this series is as entertaining as Francesco's previous series on Venice and Italy - Top to Toe.

Where this show succeeds is in the BEAUTIFUL cinematography and the effective score, but mostly, I have enjoyed watching it for Francesco himself, who is an extremely informative and charming guide. His enthusiasm for the subject is boyish and endearing and you feel you'd love to get on board and join him on his journey. His skill as a historian is to make history personal so that anyone can relate to times past.

The narrative is a nice balance of history, geography and light, human-interest stories. It gives a small flavour of places you can't help but want to visit yourself. I don't think it was meant as an indepth history, as this would be impossible in a 30 min show... so Francesco has achieved, I feel, what he possibly set out to achieve... that is, to provide a little entertainment for the audience, while providing them with enough information to make them want to, hopefully, find out more for themselves!

I will definately be buying the show to view again and hope that this won't be his last!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Francesco's marvellous Mediterranean voyage 10 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
Once I have watched the two discs on my DVD, I eagerly want to express my gratitude to Francesco for letting me visit all the lovely places of his choice. He has aroused all my senses, I have enjoyed every single part of his story. Starting with Venice, the emotional story of him and his family make and Venice make his story even more valuable. Francesco is a person that you admire all through his voyage and although he wants to be a tough man I prefer him as he is, subtle and sentimental. My husband and I watched his story appreciating it twice. My husband is a sea man from Dubrovnik and so was my father, we are a family that love the sea and know what was our history, linked to all Francesco's visit on the Mediterranean. His Croatia is very good ( althoug I wished he showed more of Dubrovnik, but this is personal), his Greece is majestic, with the islands the history, the life of people past and today, the fantastic wedding with 1.500 guests including Francesco, his family waiting for him on an island in Greece and finally Istambul !
We liked his relation wish the crew, and we give them our compliments for the sailing and everything, since we sailed these waters, but not on the Black Swon, we have a small sailing boat of 13 meters and we do lots of sailing.
The Captain has certainly won all the hearts of ladies ! A very charming Italian man, typical Mediterranean, reminds me of my husband.
The Black Swan sailing boat is our of dreams, and we have the film now called Black Swan what a coincidence!
To Francesco, his crew, his team, the BBC all our compliments, with wishes for more !!! Vesna and Jadran Gamulin, from Dubrovnik _ Croatia.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastico! 26 Aug 2008
Format:DVD
As with all Francesco's projects, his "Mediterranean Voyage" is simply a joy to watch. His quirky, heartfelt style of presentation is like taking a journey with an old friend, and the beautifully filmed Mediterranean scenery makes a wonderful backdrop to the glorious Black Swan. (And, if I'm totally honest, one glimpse of the gorgeous Captain Giulio and I was hooked!)
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