Great Continental Railway Journeys

Genoa to Brenner Pass #504

Monday, January 8, 10:00 pm on KPBS

Duration: 0:59:39

Description: Michael Portillo embarks on a glorious action-packed adventure from the Italian Riviera to the Austrian Alps. Along the way, our man of the match discovers how an Edwardian Briton brought "the beautiful game" to the historic port of Genoa. Michael is ambushed by singers of the city's legendary trallalero and learns to whip up a mean pesto Genovese. He takes the train as it clings to the cliffs along the Riviera Di Levanti, to reach the impossibly picturesque and remote villages of the Cinque Terre, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national park. In the waters off La Spezia Michael discovers how Italy's imperial ambitions put her at the forefront of modern aerial warfare. He is piped aboard the frigate ITS Virginio Fasan to learn about naval technology today.


Broadcast In: English