Prof. Bettany Hughes is on the journey of a lifetime through France and Italy to understand how travel, art, and culture can enrich our lives.

Inspired by the 18th Century’s Grand Tourists, Bettany is making her own modern, pleasure-filled pilgrimages to some of Europe’s most beautiful cities including Paris, Nice, Florence, Lake Como, Venice, and Rome.

Bettany reveals the honeypot of art and culture that make these the world’s most desirable and popular destinations. This is a sumptuous treat-filled adventure revelling in the most inspirational art, culture, and history with a healthy dose of fine wine and delicious food thrown in for good measure.

Series One, Episode Three: Florence, Lake Como, Milan

Bettany’s third foray to discover the secrets of the good life begins in Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Bettany comes face-to-face with one of her favourite paintings, Botticelli’s masterpiece The Birth of Venus and indulges in a classic Florentine chocolate treat at Cafe Rivoire.

From Paris To Rome With Bettany Hughes – New Episode – Thursday, 16 February at 7.35pm on SBS and SBS on Demand (4 Parts)