Lunigiana hosts Australian television programme

Lunigiana did itself proud when it played host to the Australian television programme, Out of the Blue, in Filetto on Saturday, 7 September 2013. The lifestyle programme was treated to medieval costumes, flag waving, sword fighting, artisans of old, and traditional food from the region. Very impressive.

Filetto Lunigiana

The Gruppo Storico di Aulla with its flag waving and drums led the medieval procession into the piazza. The Compagnaia della Spada di Aulla laid on a splendid sword fight, which the crew loved – and of course filmed. The hosts of the show Michael Angelakis and Michael Keelan were treated to cooking demonstrations of testaroli and frittelle di castagna (chestnut pancakes), and a tasting of Lunigiana’s finest delicacies.  The falconer gave an impressive mini display, there was wool being spun, baskets being woven, and a blacksmith demonstrating his skills for the cameras.

Filetto LunigianaLunigiana’s traditional hospitality was one of the main reasons the producers of the programme chose Filetto as a location. One of the producers commented that the helpfulness and friendliness of the Luniginesi was impressive, particularly when compared to locations further south and in the Cinque Terre, where they were virtually ignored. Lunigiana also made an interesting location as it is unknown. In addition, it offers excellent value for money when compared to the major tourist destinations in Italy.
Filetto Lunigiana
Credit and congratulations for creating a medieval atmosphere for the show goes to the members of the Associazione Operatori Turistici Lunigiana, The Comune di Villafranca, ProLoco Villafranca, Anspi di Filetto, La Castagna Racconta di Licciana Nardi, Gruppo Storico di Aulla, Compagnaia della Spada di Aulla and the artisans and folk in medieval costume.
Out of the Blue Lunigiana

The episode of Out of the Blue filmed in Filetto is scheduled to air on Australian television in a new series starting in April 2014. The programme is broadcast in South Australia on Channel 7 and in the rest of Australia on Channel 7TWO.

My thanks to Mike Davis, Ristorante Alla Pizza di Sopra and the Associazione Operatori Turistici Lunigiana for reporting and photographs.

Lunigiana hosts Australian television programme appeared on Ciao Lunigiana on 8 September 2013.

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