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 Two: Venice, Bologna And The Bay Of Poets

Bettany Hughes is pursuing the good life on a Grand Tour of Europe. Arriving in Italy, Bettany’s first stop is Venice – the arts and culture packed ‘Queen of the Adriatic’. Heading west Bettany stops off In Bologna, the capital of Emilio Romagna which has been dubbed the breadbasket of Italy. Later she heads to the Italian seaside following in the footsteps of her literary heroes.

From Paris To Rome With Bettany Hughes – New Episode/Thursday, 9 February at 7.35pm on SBS and SBS on Demand (4 Parts)