The whole story of the rise and fall of Venice and the desperate race against time to save the spectacular sinking city
Using the multi-million euro renovation of Rialto Bridge by fashion entrepreneur Renzo Rosso (Diesel) as a starting point, this breathtaking 90-minute (2 x 45) documentary special tells the whole story of Venice, from its maritime republic beginnings to the groundbreaking efforts to save the sinking city from the sea and smog. This two-part series shows how fashion, archaeology and culture are coming together for an epic renovation of one of the most famous bridges in the world. The controversial impact of big cruise ships, global climate change and other threats to the Venice lagoon are covered in depth, as is the engineering behind a 7 billion euro project to build a massive underwater surge barrier that rises out of the sea when high tides threaten to flood the ancient city.
Featuring in-depth interviews with activists, engineers, architects, historians and benefactors who know Venice best and are working to save it. These experts give us the whole back stage story of how Venice was actually built and the extraordinary efforts necessary to save it from disappearing beneath the sea.