I saw this series advertised on BBC recently and thought I'd give it a watch. Of course I don't have much (more like any!) time for TV these days but I recorded the 4 part series to watch at my own' leisure'. It's on every Friday evening on BBC 2. Monty's begins in the capital, Rome, then Florence in Tuscany, and finally works his way south for the last 2 episodes.
Whether you're a fan of Monty Don or not, and for me it doesn't matter who the host is as Italy as a country is very interesting, both culturally and historically. Along with it's well established garden design it should be an engrossing series for those that are moved by visiting gardens. I guess I owe Monty Don some gratitude as in a BBC programme some years ago as he visited gardens of the world and introduced me to some of my now favourite landscape architects, Roberto Burle Marx and Juan Grimm. I got deeper into those designers some time later in my studies so it was made easier for me to make a decision to watch this new series by Monty.
I also like picking up little bits of history along the way of a documentary...like a good story being told. Watching these programs allow my creative juices to flow, give ideas, inspirations and wonderful insight into the background of some of the gardens visited. I also like documentaries like this as I may never get to visit some of these gardens so it's great to be able to visit on screen and get some type of moving experience, along with narration, rather than just still pictures.
Enjoy it - like me you can watch during dinner!
The Telegraph - article
BBC iPlayer link