It’s a recipe for a lot of banter: three larger-than-life TV personalities and one camper van. Fred from First Dates and chefs Gino D’Acampo and Gordon Ramsay embark on a road trip around Italy, France and Scotland in their new show, which starts on ITV at 9pm tonight.
Tonight they’re on Gino’s home turf. In between the bantz, swearing, and terrible driving, viewers get a peek of southern Italy’s most popular destinations. Here’s how to follow in their footsteps (you may want to leave the camper van at home after watching episode one).
Their first stop is Gino’s home town, Napoli. It’s also the home of pizza, so you can guess what they get up to. Naples’ atmospheric narrow lanes are no place for a camper van, so they ditch it and hop on mopeds to find the city’s oldest pizzeria.
Incredible pizza isn’t the only reason to visit this southern Italian city: most people come here because it’s near Pompeii, a Roman city frozen in time buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried it in AD 79. It’s Europe’s most extraordinary archaeological site.
What Fred doesn’t reveal in the programme is that Naples is also only an hour’s drive from the First Dates Hotel.
Next they head south to Sorrento in search of a lemon farm and limoncello, a sweet digestif. Ever since the poet Byron discovered it in the early 19th century, British travellers have been falling in love with this well heeled resort.
It’s the gateway to the dramatic Amalfi Coast, where rugged cliffs cascade into sparkling sea. Among the grand hotels and boutiques you can find no-frills restaurants serving gnocchi alla sorrentina.