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Brian Sewell in Brian Sewell's Grand Tour of Italy

Brian Sewell's Grand Tour of Italy

2005 NR

Historian Brian Sewell re-creates an 18th-century Grand Tour of Italy's most important cities, explaining why these journeys were considered an essential part of any young English gentleman's education. The 10-part series takes Sewell to such lofty cultural centers as Rome, Venice, Pompeii and Florence, where he colorfully expounds on some of the less urbane elements of these trips, including gambling, drinking, womanizing and general debauchery.