Gino's Italian Express: Bergamo to Iseo

Gino's Italian Express: Bergamo to Iseo

Series 7



Anyone yearning for a simpler life, or maybe a very relaxing holiday, will love Gino D’Acampo’s final destination: Monte Isola, a car-free island in the middle of one of northern Italy’s famous lakes. With a population of 1,800 (and only four surnames between them), there’s no crime but there’s plenty of freshly caught fish to eat.

Gino starts his visit by preparing grilled sardines for the passengers on the train that travels around Lake Iseo — “It’s a bit like a bargain Orient Express,” he says — although he finds cooking on the rattly old Treno del Sapore is a challenge. He ends his journey by making poached pears for the major of Monte Isola. Simple food for a simple life, maybe.


For the final leg of his journey, Gino D'Acampo takes a railway adventure to picturesque Lake Iseo, a hidden gem often overshadowed by its big sisters Garda and Como. He starts out angling for sardines, then takes his catch and prepares a dish of grilled fish for the passengers of Treno dei Sapore - a tourist train that takes guests along the lakeside and into the Franciacorta region. While they enjoy the views they also get a seven-course meal - with today's starter cooked by Gino.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Gino D'Acampo
Executive Producer Ceri Aston
Executive Producer Sally Evans
Series Director Ruth Binsley
Series Producer Emily Burndred
Series Producer Ruth Binsley
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