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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.

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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.

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Everyone knows Liguria for pesto, but Gino is unearthing its hidden gem - olive oil production - the backbone to all Italian cookery.

He’ll be picking and pressing the olives at a grove high above the coastline. Using the oil, he cooks up a tasty dish of chicken, anchovies, chillies… and olive oil.

Gino will then head to Gelateria Vernazza, famous for making delicious ice cream from scratch without any food colourings.

He tastes his way around one of the street food markets where the locals fill up for lunch, before finishing in the unspoilt Varigotti / Saracens Bay, where he cooks linguine with parsley pesto.

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In the next episode, Gino heads to Umbria. Known as the green heart of Italy, Umbria’s fertile plains provide vegetables, grains, truffles and meat.

Here he’ll visit Spoleto - a pretty town boasting gorgeous family run restaurants, charming cobbled streets and roman ruins.

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In episode 3, Gino heads to the picturesque area of Lombardia.

Home to Italy’s Lake District, Lombardia is known for it’s breathtaking mountains, charming towns and the A-listers favourite, Lake Como. Here the likes of George Clooney and Madonna have snapped up holiday homes, which can cost up to a cool €38m.

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Gino in Valfloriana

In the second episode, Gino heads to the beautiful mountainous region of Trentino-Alto Adige - situated in the very north of Italy and bordering both Austria and Switzerland.

To help uncover the unique culinary heritage, Gino first heads to Valfloriana, where dairy farmer Graziano will teach him how to make the traditional caciotta altimo cheese, which is flavoured with thyme.

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Gino uncovers the secret to the local meat speciality of Arrosticini

Gino begins his latest Italian escape in Abruzzo - a little known region of Italy, bordered by Lazio, Marche, Umbria and the Adriatic Sea. It’s so far off the beaten track; it only opened an airport at the turn of this century!

Gino will experience fishing and farming first hand - two things that define this beautiful region.

Gino's Italian Escape is back!

Gino continues his Italian food odyssey

Gino is back for his 4th series in the Italian sunshine and this time he’s heading off the beaten track to reveal the secret gems that only the locals know about. He’ll be meeting the people who are keeping age-old traditions alive, showcasing the beautiful scenery and experiencing the culture of his homeland.

His journey of discovery will take you from the central state of Abruzzo, North to Trentino Alto-Adige and Lombardia, back down through Umbria and Tuscany and then up to Liguria and ending in Piemonte.

And off course he’ll be sharing his tips and recipes inspired by his travels, to help you re-create mouth-watering authentic Italian dishes at home.

Gino’s Italian Escape: Hidden Italy is back on Monday 10 October, at 8pm.