'For Italians, the most important thing is food!'

Gino D'Acampo gazes out over the beautiful town of Amalfi

Credit: Matt Russell

For Italians, the most important thing in life is food. Let me show you how mouth-watering ingredients have shaped my home country

– Gino D'Acampo

Gino's Italian Escape is a brand new six-part series for ITV combining lifestyle, travel and cookery as Gino D'Acampo travels across his beloved homeland.

Gino’s Italian Escape sees the chef revealing the best-kept secrets of Southern Italy - where he grew up - a region renowned for its vibrant people, food and culture, all of which gave Gino the rich traditions that continue to inspire him today.

Gino travels across the regions, from the beautiful Amalfi Coast to bustling Rome and the relatively unexplored Puglia and Basilicata regions, meeting local characters and sourcing the best ingredients so he can celebrate a perfect season with family and friends.

Love Gino's recipes? Then you're in luck! Gino's Italian Escape the recipe book is packed full of delicious recipes, including those from the show, and is available to buy from September 14 2013, £20