Episode six: Pisa - Florence

This week Gino’s train journey takes him on a star-studded line up of Tuscan cities, starting off in Pisa the city famed for its leaning tower, it is also the home of the iconic Vespa scooter.

What better way to explore the city than on two wheels, before hopping on the train towards the medieval city of Lucca, the birthplace of opera composer Puccini.

Gino meets master craftsmen Fabio and learns about the art of violin making before rustling up a vegetarian dish of asparagus two ways.

Gino’s final stop on this journey is Tuscany’s capital city, beautiful Florence! Millions of tourists flock here every year and Gino’s in for a treat as he gets a personal tour with local Cecilia.

Not only does she know Florence like the back of her hand, she’s also part of a network of homecooks keeping cooking traditions and family recipes alive by opening up her kitchen to guests from all over the world.

Gino prepares chicken cooked in beer with pancetta, ready for their guests.