Award-winning documentary film-maker, Folco Quilici
takes a searching look at his homeland. Roaming the length and breadth
of Italy and its coastal waters, he delves into legend and local life,
probing the secrets of history and the environment with an expert eye.
The result is an amazing kaleidoscope of superb photography that brings
to life the timeless vitality of a country that has seen it all. From
the Etruscans to Ancient Rome, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance,
from the City States to the present day, Quilici reveals forgotten links
with the past and dwells on Italy's immense historical heritage and wealth
of natural splendours.
Italy and its Mountains
The story of Italy's geographical
backbone, the succession of peaks and valleys that run from the Alps to
the Apennines, from the Dolomites to Mount Etna. An environment full of
surprises, from magnificent panoramas and extensive wildlife conservation
to towns, castles and abbeys that safeguard centuries old traditions and
art treasures. Retracing Ancient Roman roads that negotiated high altitude
passes to unite a country divided by towering natural barriers. Discovering
little-known mountain locations that preserve traces of Italy's origins
in a rich heritage of primitive art, passed down from the days of the
Samnites and the Etruscans. Finally, an adventurous exploration of the
slopes of Italy's most important active volcano and the brooding Mount
Vesuvius, with the ancient town of Pompei, frozen in time, at its foot.
Italy and its Waters
Lakes and rivers, magnificent
vistas steeped in history, lifelines of human aggregation and development.
Italy and its Plains
Probing the more than two millennia of human
endeavour that has transformed Italy's richest and most productive areas.
Centuries old agricultural communities have accepted the challenge of
high technology and become bustling industrial cities with a complex art
heritage that spans the country from the Po Valley to the Plains of Catania,
from the Tavoliere plains in Puglia to the Campidano plain in Sardinia.
Italy and its Coastline
Over two thousand kilometers of cliffs and beaches,
bays and promontories lapped by the waters of six seas, punctuated by
cities, towns, resorts and troves of archeological remains inherited from
the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Arabs. Virtual 3D reconstructions will
reveal the complexities of the Ancient Roman naval bases of Aquileia and
Baia and the ports of Emperors Trajan and Claudius adjacent to the marvels
of Ostia Antica.
Italy and its Islands
voyage of discovery among the more than 800 Italian islands, some volcanic,
others granite or porphyry outcrops, some populated, others deserted.
Each the jealous guardian of its own destiny as Italy's forward outposts
in the Mediterranean Sea, microcosms of tradition and style. The Aeolian
Islands, the Pontine Islands, the Tremiti Islands, the Archipelago of
the Maddalena, the Tuscan Archipelago, "island oases", havens
for marine wildlife in danger of extinction. Age old shipping hazards
that took a heavy toll of Ancient Greek, Phoenician and Roman shipping,
creating underwater caches of archeological treasures that continue to
supply Italy's museums with priceless exhibits.