I love Italy, and have spent a lot of time there over the years. I wanted to like this series, but the host spoiled it for me. I understand that the series grew out of her book, and that that is the reason why she's the host, but I found her accent (in English) to be flat and irritating, and her Italian pronunciation really grating. Her reading of the voiceover script sounds amateurish. On the other hand, the show visits interesting places and interviews interesting people, so I did watch it. It could have been a 5 star series with a better host, but it's just ok as is.