Rob and Rylan's Grand Tour - BBC Two

TV favourites Rylan Clark and Rob Rinder have teamed up on an epic tour across Italy in their new BBC series, Rob and Rylan’s Grand Tour. Following in the footsteps of romance poet Lord Byron, and other aristocrats who embarked on the Grand Tour, the duo enjoy all the art and culture that Italy is so famed for. This three part series on BBC Two sees the TV personalities explore some of Italy’s most loved cities: Venice, Florence and Rome. Join Citalia as we follow along on their fantastic Italian adventure, andiamo! 

The show aired on Sunday 12th May 2024 at 9pm on BBC Two.  
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Starting their journey in the winding canals of Venice, Rylan and Rob are ready to embark on the Grand Tour, once a cultural rite of passage designed to turn young men into distinguished gentlemen. 

In the city, they unveil one of the largest canvas paintings in the world, Tintoretto’s Il Paradiso, leaving them in awe. They also learn about the legacy of Italian painter Canaletto before heading off to the quaint island of Murano, famous for its glass blowing art. 

Rob, a lover of opera and poetry, attempts to realise a lifelong dream by conducting Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in the same church it was first performed in. Meanwhile, Rylan learns all about the lesser known side of the famous Venice Carnival. 

Venice holidays have an unforgettable appeal. With winding waterways and beautiful historic buildings, this Italian city is truly unique. Don’t miss gliding down the Grand Canal in a gondola, under the famous Rialto Bridge, before heading to Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) for an evening aperitif. 


In episode two, Rob and Rylan head to the Renaissance city of Florence, the “Beating Heart of Tuscany”. Famous for its many museums and art galleries, this charming city is oozing with history around every corner. 

Set out to uncover the secrets of the Renaissance period, the pair soak up the sights, including the well known Uffizi Gallery in the historic centre, home to pieces by legendary artists Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raffaello. 

Florence holidays invite you to enjoy a city filled with culture, nestled in the rolling green hills of Tuscany. Be sure to pay a visit to the iconic Duomo, the third largest church in the world, with intricate facades and astounding architecture. 

Holidays in Florence don’t just stop at art and museums though! The food culture in the city is something special. From the wine windows hidden across the old town to the Michelin-starred restaurants and the bustling Mercato Centrale, there’s something for everyone here. 


On their final stop, the dynamic duo head to Italy’s capital city, Rome. Here they enjoy exploring the classical ruins of the famous Colosseum and the Roman Forum as well as the Pantheon. 

Channelling their love of opera, Rylan and Rob enjoy a rooftop performance with sensational views of the city in the background. This trip has allowed them to uncover what it meant to be a Grand Tourist, taking us on a step back in time.

Rome holidays take you to a city like no other. With many UNESCO World Heritage sites dotted around the city, you’ll never be bored here. Enjoy the food. drinks, atmosphere, and culture, for there’s no place quite like Rome. 

Discover the Real Italy with Citalia

If you’d like to follow in the footsteps of Rob and Rylan, we can organise your very own Grand Tour of Italy. Can’t decide which city to visit? Why not visit all three with our Venice, Florence and Rome multi centre, where you can see and do more in a single trip! 

At Citalia, we have over 95 years’ experience in tailoring holidays to Italy. Our Italy Experts are on hand every step of the way to ensure you have the Italy holiday of a lifetime. So, what are you waiting for? Andiamo! 

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At Citalia we have over 95 years' experience in tailoring holidays to Italy. Our Personal Travel Planners are on hand every step of the way to ensure you have a perfect holiday. Start planning your Italy holiday today!
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