Steered by his 1913 railway guide, Michael Portillo takes the train from the former political capital of Italy, Turin, to Casanova's capital of romance, Venice.

Along the way, he recreates the famous Italian Job on an historic Fiat test track and follows fashion in Milan before investigating the early 20th century British love affair with Lake Como in a seaplane. In Verona, Michael discovers the 'House of the Capulets', bought to attract Edwardian tourists to the scene of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. He then heads over the rail bridge across the lagoon to Venice, where he finds a microcosm of pre-First World War Europe in the Venice Biennale art exhibition.

Director
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Cast and characters
con il presentatore Michael Portillo, ex ministro del governo britannico e personaggio televisivo molto noto nel Regno Unito.
Producer
Michelle Heeley
Production
Boundless (London)
Con il sostegno di Film Commission Torino Piemonte
Distribution
BBC Two
Festival - markets - events

in onda in prima serata il 3 novembre 2013 sul canale BBC