Episode 2: Unlocking the Secrets of Sardinia

Political paintings can be found on walls all over Orgosolo

I want to learn what it is to be a true Sardinian... their traditions, their passions, and of course their food

– Gino D'Acampo

Leaving the coast behind, Gino travels inland to the mountainous heart of the island.

Gino visits Orgosolo, deep in the Barbagia region, a town with an abundance of art adorning every wall.

These murals started by way of political protest and now the tradition continues. The town has become infamous for art.

Top tips for central Sardinia

Soak up the spectacular views of central Sardinia

  1. Sardinia is dominated by its mountainous interior. Visit Orgosolo for picture perfect murals that adorn practically every wall in the town. The ice-cream is pretty good there too.

  2. Sardinia has more people who live to over 100 years than any other area, and it's credited to their diet. Visit an Agriturismo restaurant run by shepherds to get the full local experience (your hotel should be able to recommend one local to you). You will eat some utterly fantastic mountain food at mouthwatering prices.

  3. Try the Cannonau - or local Sardinian wine. It's delicious.

  4. They say a small glass of Cannonau drunk at every meal can help ward off heart disease. Note the word 'can'.

  5. Accompany your glass of Cannonau with some pan carasau with olive oil, as you sit back and relax in the sun overlooking stunning vistas.

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Gino tastes a fiery Sardinian tipple

Gino's journey across the stunning island of Sardinia continues, as he leaves the coast behind and heads deep into the mountains to unlock Sardinia's secrets.

Sardinia is home to more 100 year olds than any other area, and it's in the mountain region where Gino finds out why.

Gino visits the town of Orgosolo, made famous by the abundance of murals on the walls, which depict its proud history.

Then it's onwards to a working farm where he meets a shepherd who explains how the simple food from the land sustains the Sardi people.

A visit to a distillery and a taste of Sardinian moonshine gives Gino more than he bargained for.

Finally, Gino whips up a hearty rustic pasta dish, using traditional but simple ingredients, and serves it to his new found friends.

Watch Gino's Italian Escape, 8pm Friday 20 November.

Episode 1: Sardinia - Gino's Home From Home

Gino hosts an Italian Festa

My journey begins in Sardinia - my home from home.

– Gino D'Acampo

Gino begins his latest Italian escape in a place very close to his heart, Olbia on Sardinia's North East coast, where Gino has lived for the past 3 years. As a chef Gino is passionate about fresh produce, so at his beautiful home he grows his own vegetables and tends to his very own vineyard too.

What better than to invite a few close friends over for an Italian Festa to celebrate Sardinia's national dish? As Gino prepares Porcheddu, the mouth-watering roasted suckling pig.

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Gino makes the king of traditional Sardinian dishes

Having made Sardinia his home for the past 3 years, Gino's keen to explore this beautiful island, through its food, people and unique landscape.

In this first episode Gino learns about the national iconic dish, roasted suckling pig, and hosts a traditional Italian Festa for his closest island friends.

Then he sets off across the north of the island, and visits Alghero, a medieval walled town on the northwest coast. Influenced by the Spanish, he experiences its architecture and of course, the food.

He ends his visit by catching a boat to a cave network 20 minutes across the bay for a truly spectacular end to his first few days exploring the island.

Watch Gino's Italian Escape, 8pm Friday 6 November.

Gino's Italian Escape is back!

Gino continues his Italian food odyssey

It's going to be an adventure full of memorable moments.

– Gino D'Acampo

Gino D'Acampo's back on home soil for series 3 of Gino's Italian Escape.

Join Gino on his trip to the beautiful islands of Sicily and Sardinia on a journey of discovery of authentic and delicious Italian food.

Delving into the gastronomic history of these islands he will uncover the signature dishes, and secret recipes that encapsulate two of Italy's biggest islands and their people.

Don't miss Gino's Italian Escape, Friday 6 November, 8pm on ITV