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on 15 January 2013
I watched the series on TV and it was wonderful
Andrew is a wonderful art historian and instead of the usual gobbledegook and BS he speaks from his heart with genuine passion which allows people like me to see art and appreciate it as never before. So many ' art experts ' speak another language and its almost as if they dont want to allow us 'Un educated ones ' into their private club. Opera used to be the same until Pavarotti brought it to the masses by giving free concerts so the ordinary man in the street could hear and appreciate Classical Music.Andrew does exactly the same thing with art.Georgio is a chef and together they explore the beautiful island of Sicilly.
A great programme makes you want to go there and this is what this series does.From the most amazing Ice Cream shop , a wonderful bread shop and the very moving 'Vasa Vasa' religious procession they make you ache to go and retrace their footsteps.
Andrew and Georgio bounce off each other and are the perfect example of a genuine
wonderful bromance.
You will not be disappointed with this DVD and its a must watch if you are plannning to visit the island.
10 out of 10
Can't wait for 'ITALY UNPACKED '
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The three hour long episodes in this DVD are watchable and interesting: I missed the series, but as Giorgio Locatelli is a chef whose cooking I like and having an interest in art, I thought that this would make an interesting programme and was not disappointed. The history of Scicily is facinating and it has been touched upon lightly, but intelligently and with obvious passion, including its most dark and recent past. Caravaggio and religion dominate, with its holy places repositories for some magnificent works. The food, too, is wonderful, from a traditional Buccatini con le Sarde and the sweet and sour flavours of Sicilian food to the use of local herbs and vegetables that grow within yards of a traditional farmhouse. Great art, equally good food and a tour guided by two friends enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of places, that if you have never visited, you will soon want to.
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on 30 May 2013
I absolutely loved this unique travelogue which offers a really fascinating insight into the culture, history, art and cuisine of Sicily. The fantastic and engaging enthusiasm of both Giorgio and Andrew, and natural rapport add to the enjoyment of what is a lovely series to watch. Their respective depth of knowledge and passion for their own particular interests blend well and combines wonderfully to create an original approach in creating a new take on the well-worn path of travel/cookery/art programs to produce something which is both refreshing and punchy.
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on 2 March 2013
The two make a good pairing and their enthusiasm for the subject matter permeates the whole DVD. I bought it because I'm off to Sicily myself in a few months and so am using this DVD as my introduction to the island. So far, so good.
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on 4 October 2014
Having just returned from Sicily it lived up to all my expectations - beautiful, fertile,and bountiful in it's produce. Very many archeological sites to visit and admire. Altogether a very enjoyable first visit to Sicily helped by watching it all on TV
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on 5 February 2013
Decent travelogue for foodies. Plenty of history, culture, food and brotherly banter. The episode featuring
the most amazing ice-cream shop is definitely worth a view. If you're currently loving Italy Unpacked then this is a must have DVD
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on 11 March 2013
Loved the tv series and wanted to watch it again. Now planning a holiday to Sicily this year. The mix of culture and food is well balanced.
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on 5 September 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. These two guys get on so well together and their enthusiasm for Sicily is evident through the 3 part DVD.. Emphasis on the complex and interesting culture and exquisite food of Sicily - I found most interesting and am so looking forward to visiting within the next few weeks. Most definitely recommended.
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on 12 February 2013
I am so pleased I bought this DVD! As someone who adores Italy and adores cooking, this series is perfect. Giorgio Locatelli and Andrew Graham-Dixon are a perfect team and their love and enthusiasm for cooking, art and Sicily is obvious throughout. It is a very relaxing series, the sort of thing you want to watch after a long day at work; you almost feel as if you are there with them, enjoying the beautiful art and savouring the delicious meals. It is a bit like the Francesco da Mosto programmes but with the addition of food - never a bad thing! I learned so much about the country past and present and I am determined to visit Sicily soon. I would highly recommend this DVD and cannot wait for Italy Unpacked to become available on DVD too.
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on 29 July 2015
I gave this to my Sicilian father as a 79th birthday present, He grew up in Catania. As soon as he comments I will post a review, suffice to say I have explained to him in English that as far as I am concerned Locatelli and Dixon are a dream team and they have eekled out bits of Sicily that only Sicilians had previously recognised. We'll see his respone - they're a contrary bunch, he may have some quite poetic yet longwinded things to say about it. I will try to edit... ;-)
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