Be inspired to take a journey to Italy with the new series of ‘Italy Unpacked’ and Citalia

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Historian Andrew Graham-Dixon and chef Giorgio Locatelli are back on our TV screens for the new series of Italy Unpacked.

On Friday 10 January, we saw the start of a stunning new series of ‘Italy Unpacked’. Following the success of the first series broadcast in 2013, Series Two of ‘Italy Unpacked’ is sure to be another breathtaking journey.

Series Two will see presenters Andrew Graham-Dixon and Chef Giorgio Locatelli take a journey to explore the country’s history, culture, food, art and landscape. This latest series sees the presenters explore the west coast of Italy, in three hour-long episodes.

The first episode took Andrew and Giorgio Locatelli to Liguria, a region bordered by mountains and a stunning rocky coastline. Exploring the culture and cuisine of this diverse region, their first stop was the city of Genoa. Genoa was once a maritime city and its baroque palaces ooze glamour with stunning art and decor.

The next stop for the presenters was Tuscany, via Cinque Terre, a rugged portion of coastline which consists of five picturesque villages seemingly wedged into the cliff face. Journeying on from Cinque Terre, they head into the stunningly unspoilt Tuscan countryside, exploring a hidden gem of Renaissance Art in Pistoia and the famous city of Pisa. Their journey comes to an end in the first episode in the port city of Livorno, where chef Locatelli cooks up the delicious fisherman’s catch of the day.

Citalia, the leading specialist in holidays to Italy, offers an exquisite range of holidays to Liguria. For those who were inspired by this stunning area when watching the first episode, Citalia has a week in Liguria from £575 per person. This Liguria holiday includes a seven night stay on a bed and breakfast basis in a Classic Double Room at the five star Excelsior Palace in Rapallo, return flights from London Gatwick with British Airways and a saving of £455 per couple. Based on a departure date of 10 April 2014.

Alternatively, enjoy a short break to Tuscany with Citalia from just £355 per person, staying for five nights at the four star Grotta Giusti Spa Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. This Tuscany holiday includes return flights from London Gatwick with British Airways and a saving of up to £305 per couple. Based on departures 12 June 2014.

The second episode which airs this Friday 17 January sees the pair head to the region of Lazio, which is home to the iconic capital city of Rome. The pair discover the legacy of those who took refuge away from the city life and the politics of the Popes. Travelling further on, Andrew and Giorgio take in the beautiful gardens and fountains of the Villa d’Este and the tombs of the Etruscans. Watch as Giorgio cooks a traditional Italian meal fit for a pope from an ancient cookbook in Viterbo, before ending this part of their journey in Latina in the South of Lazio.

For those looking to visit the ancient city of Rome and discover more about its history, Citalia is offering customer’s short breaks to Rome from just £279 per person. This Rome holiday, departing 27 February 2014, includes four nights bed and breakfast at the three star Hotel San Remo, return flights from London Gatwick with Easyjet and a saving of £235 per couple.

Go on your own ‘Italy Unpacked’ journey with Citalia and its January Sale offering savings of up to 45% before 31 January 2014. Citalia, leading Italian specialist for over 85 years, offers a comprehensive collection of holidays across Italy that combine the country’s scenery, beaches, history and warm climate.

Tune in this Friday, 17 January to catch BBC Two’s ‘Italy Unpacked’ starting at 21:00.

For more information on Citalia and its January Sale, visit or call a travel expert on 0843 770 4443.

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