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Episode 7 preview: Calabria

Gino samples a new wonder salami in Calabria

Gino reveals the rugged and wild region that is Calabria. Its landscape is as breathtaking as the powerhouse ingredients it produces and this week it’s about fire and spice, with eye watering chillies, a new wonder salami, and then an Italian ingredient that is as English as they come.

Join Gino as he explores this vast region by train, taking in the coast and the mountains, and creates two dishes in honour of this wild region.

Episode 5 preview: Salerno and Paestum

Gino D'Acampo prepares a vegetable fusilli pasta dish

Tonight, Gino is in Italy’s food basket, Salerno and the home of one of its food heroes… water buffalo Mozzarella.

Gino has to get his hands dirty before he can claim this world-class cheese by massaging the majestic beasts.

He also takes a trip to the ancient ruins in Paestum and learns how to make handmade fusilli pasta the traditional way, up in the beautiful mountains that overlook the sea.

Episode 4 preview: Elba

Gino whips up two dishes with connections to the island of Elba

Gino visits the ancient island of Elba. Famous for Napoleon, but also in Italy, for its honey and its iron production. Gino meets an octogenarian who is known as the ‘bee whisperer’ who creates award winning honey, he visits the now disused mines to experience Italy’s past and no trip to Elba is complete without a visit to Napoleon’s house.

Gino’s experiences are the inspiration for a melt in your mouth honey chicken dish and an easy-peasy risotto cooked on a beach made of iron!

Episode 3 preview: Tuscany and Lazio

Gino shares more delicious recipes

Forget vineyards and cypress trees, Gino reveals the hidden Tuscany with its beaches and traditional cowboys. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Gino saddles up and joins the cowboys to learn their centuries old traditions, before hosting a beach BBQ blowout.

Gino’s next stop is in the region of Lazio via an ancient Roman highway before stopping off at the home of every Italian’s favourite olive, Gaeta. Here he learns how to make this little town’s signature street food before cooking up a feast on the shores of the picturesque town.

Episode 1 preview: The Amalfi coast

Gino creates two typical dishes from the Amalfi coast

Tonight Gino kicks off his epic journey in the middle of the boot, on the stunning Amalfi coast.

Join Gino as he visits picture postcard Positano, sails along the Amalfi coast and uncovers food traditions that are being kept alive by the locals.

Gino then creates mouthwatering yet stunningly simple dishes so you too can get a taste of the beautiful Amalfi coast.

Gino makes regional speciality ndunderi

Gino's Italian Escape is back!

Gino D’Acampo will share more tasty recipes

Gino D’Acampo is back in his homeland of Italy, showcasing 10 handpicked gems along the Mediterranean coastline, some of which he has strong personal connections to. For some it is for their beauty, but all for the incredible food stories and ingredients that come from these places.

In this eight part series, Gino covers over 630 miles of the coastline, taking in the regions of Tuscany, Lazio, Calabria and Campania, home of Naples, the Amalfi coast and the island of Capri. Not forgetting the islands of Elba and the Aeolians!

Travelling by boat, car, train and his trusty moped, Gino shows us the most breathtaking sites, visits ancient cities and meets local artisans that still use traditional methods to produce world class ingredients.

Episode 7: Preview

Hunting for truffles

In the final episode of the series, Gino heads to the northern region of Piedmont - bordering both France and Switzerland.

True to the meaning of its name (foot of the mountain), Piedmont is known as the land of mountains. It's surrounded on three sides by the Alps, with the highest peaks and largest glaciers in Italy.

The region is one of the largest producers of hazelnut in the world so naturally Gino spends time at a local farm learning how to make their famous hazelnut cream.

After indulging his sweet tooth, he has to get his hands dirty, literally, by hunting for one of the world's most expensive food - truffles. Using the delicacy, Gino cooks a Tagliata al tartufo (steak with truffle cream) up in the remote hillside forest.

With Italy being Europe’s largest producer of rice, Gino also tries his hand at rice harvesting and cooks in the plains of the Po Valley a rice dish that celebrates this region – a delicious duck risotto.

Episode 6: Preview

In the next episode, Gino heads to one of the finest wine regions in the world - Tuscany.

Tuscany’s diverse natural landscape encompasses the rugged Apennine Mountains, the island of Elba’s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea and Chianti’s olive groves and vineyards.

Gino kicks off his travels at the vineyard where Chianti was invented! It’s grape picking and pressing season so Gino has a go at making his own Chianti Classico – which he serves with a sumptuous Tuscan wild boar ragu pasta dish.

He then joins the vintage bike riders of the L'Eroica, riding on the symbolic white gravel roads through the Tuscan countryside. He helps fuel the cyclists with a tasty dish of Ribollita – Tuscan bean soup.