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Episode four: Bologna - Verona

Meatballs and bread is a traditional Italian snack

This week Gino’s starting his journey in Italy’s food capital - Bologna! Before jumping on the train he picks up a snack for his journey, a Bolognese classic, and a childhood favourite for Gino - panino with mortadella.

His train journey takes him north towards Mantova, Italy's rice growing region where he helps out in the rice paddies before cooking at one of the oldest rice festivals in Italy. Here the rice masters prepare over 30 thousand portions of rice, and Gino’s making his own dessert version, chocolate rice pudding!

Episode three: Cinque Terre

The scenery along the Cinque Terre coastline is out of this world

This week Gino’s visiting the jewel of the Italian Riviera - the Cinque Terre.

Only accessible by boat or by train, these five breathtaking towns cling to the cliff edges and offer a truly magical rail journey along the Mediteranean sea.

His first stop brings him to the smallest town, Corniglia, to meet an opera singing florist on market day before hopping back on the train to Manarola.