Francesco da Mosto is an Italian architect (Instituto Universitario d’Architettura di Venezia and the Universitee La Sorbonne), author, historian, television presenter and motor racing enthusiast. He has presented several series on BBC 2 including Francesco’s Venice (2004) and Francesco’s Italy: Top to Toe (2006) where he explored the country in an Alfa Romeo Spider and Francesco’s Mediterranean Voyage (2008) which saw him travelling from his home in Venice to Istanbul, visiting cities including Split, Mostar, Dubrovnik and many more. He also presented Shakespeare in Love (2012), alongside Emma Thompson and other eminent actors, which revealed the debt Shakespeare owes to Italian theatre and explores how Italy acted as a cloak for Shakespeare’s most dangerous observations about Elizabethan London. In 2015 he co-presented the film documentary A Sicilian Dream about the Targa Florio, the famous Italian road race.
Da Mosto was born in Venice and his family has been part of the city’s history since the 5th century. Originally wine makers (‘mosto’ means grape must) they later became traders, explorers and politicians. Francesco is the younger son of Count Ranieri da Mosto and Contessa Maria Grazia Vanni d’Archirafi and still lives in Venice with his wife and four children.
As well as his television and film work, he holds motor boat and diving licences and Italian and international professional sailing and Mediterranean skipper qualifications. He also speaks fluent English and French and is an Honorary Patron of the International Committee of the British Red Cross.