Rylan and Rob Rinder to travel across Italy in new BBC Two show

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Rylan and Rob Rinder are to head on travel adventure together in a new BBC Two TV show.

Rob and Rylan’s Grand Tour will start on BBC Two on Sunday, May 12 2024 at 9PM.

It will see the pair follow in the footsteps of 19th century romantic poet Lord Byron and other Grand Tourists, immersing themselves in the art, culture, bad behaviour and life-changing exploits of historic Brits abroad.

Starting their adventure in Venice, Rob and Rylan will immerse themselves in the city’s artistic treasures, from Tintoretto to Canaletto, while exploring the historical freedom enjoyed by gay men during the city’s famous Carnival.

They will also try their hand at traditional Venetian painting techniques and glass blowing.

The journey continues in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Here, they will marvel at iconic landmarks such as the Duomo, the captivating Venus by Botticelli, and the sculpted details of Michelangelo’s David.

Their final destination is Rome, the heart of the original Grand Tour and a cornerstone of classical civilization.

In the Eternal City, Rob and Rylan will delve into the ancient ruins, recreate dramatic Baroque art, and embrace their inner operatic divas with a rooftop performance.

Rob said: “Italy is so rich in art and culture and I can’t wait to get stuck in, seeing some of the finest things the country has to offer. The Grand Tour is iconic, especially as we’ll be following in the footsteps of some of history’s biggest cultural contributors.

“While Rylan and I almost certainly have different intentions for our trip, I can’t think of anyone I’d rather do this journey with.”

Rylan added: “When I found out that Rob and I actually get to go travelling around Italy for the Grand Tour, I couldn’t have packed my suitcase quicker. We’re not going to be your typical Brits abroad though as we properly immerse ourselves in all of Italy’s cultural offerings.

“Rob will be teaching me all about Italian history and art as we follow in the footsteps of the cultural greats, while I show Rob how to dance on bars. This series is going to be eye-opening, interesting, and I bet we’ll have a laugh or two along the way.”

The three part series will air on BBC Two and iPlayer from 12 May.

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