Rome Unpacked: Series 1
To really understand Rome, you must understand its people – or the mob, as they were known in ancient times. As Giorgio Locatelli and Andrew Graham-Dixon explore Italy’s iconic capital, they are in search of the generations of ordinary Romans who have left their mark on the city’s culture and gastronomy.
In the first of two programmes, Giorgio leads Andrew to some of his personal favourite districts including Garbatella, Italy’s first `garden suburb’, which boasts vibrant market stalls and village architecture, where he introduces him to the simplest Roman food. In turn, Andrew introduces Giorgio to some of the most moving pictures by Caravaggio, in what was once the city’s foremost church for poor pilgrims.
Chef Giorgio Locatelli and art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon conclude their exploration of Italy’s capital. In the second of two programmes, as well as marvelling at the mosaics in the 12th-century Basilica di San Clemente, Andrew takes Giorgio to an ancient Roman schoolteacher’s classroom. Then it’s on to a true architectural and civic wonder – the vast Testaccio Slaughterhouse, where workers were once paid in offal. Travelling to the Palazzo Colonna, Andrew shows Giorgio the Beaneater by Carracci, a Baroque painting that makes an everyday subject extraordinary.