Episode Three: The Merchant's of Venice
The last leg of Andrew and Giorgioâ€™s journey is in the Veneto. Itâ€™s one of Italyâ€™s most fascinating regions and a real melting pot thanks to its geographical position in the north east of Italy. Deliberately avoiding Venice they follow instead in the footsteps of the Venetian merchants and tour their great inland empire. Appropriately starting their journey by boat they go harvesting for clams where Giorgio cooks spaghetti alle vongole in the middle of the lagoon.
They continue their tour visiting amazing frescoes in the town of Padova, travel up the river Brenta with its outstanding Palladian villas and continue on land to admire, in the town of Vicenza, one of the most beautiful paintings ever made in western civilisation; Giovanni Belliniâ€™s Baptisim of Christ and coincidentally one of Andrew's favourite paintings.
Andrew and Giorgio end their journey where the Venetians ended theirs at the very top of the Dolomites, one of the most amazing and surprising Italian landscapes.