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Episode 6 of 8

Duration: 59 minutes

It's the sixth leg of the Hairy Bikers' adventure and they have made it as far as southern Europe, Italy to be precise. Starting in Venice, the Bikers have to abandon their bikes in favour of a more elegant form of transport, the gondola, but that doesn't stop them cooking. By the side of a canal, they bake a classic focaccia with rosemary.

But it's not long before they are back on the road, making a dash for Turin to help celebrate Italy's 150th birthday. In between, they cook a stromboli (American-style rolled-up pizza) and visit a hazelnut farm to learn the secrets of a certain hazelnut and chocolate spread.

But it's off the beaten track that they enjoy the 'real Italy'; a pasta pie on the back streets of Ferrara, catching up with Si's sister who lives in Tuscany, visiting old friends at their weekend retreat for a Tuscan feast and the chance to relive The Italian Job on the rooftop track of the old Fiat factory. World-class food, stunning scenery and fantastic people!

  • Dave and Si's recipes from Italy

    Dave and Si's recipes from Italy

    Visit BBC Food to see the recipes from Dave and Si's visit to Italy.

    Hairy Bikers' recipes at BBC Food
  • Route map

    Route map

    Emiglia Romagna, Ferrara
    Cinque Terre

  • Gondola trip in Venice

    Gondola trip in Venice

    Si and Dave experience a romantic and historic means of transportation without the aid of horsepower.

  • Cameraman in my ear

    Cameraman in my ear

    It is a well-known fact that cameramen like to go for the close up, ear hole shot. Si proves here that as well as for road safety, a motorbike helmet has other important uses in self-protection.

  • Discover languages with The Open University

    Discover languages with The Open University

    Find out how the Bikers broke through the language barrier and explore the OU's baking map of Europe languages.

    Visit Bakeation from OpenLearn on The Open University


Si King
Dave Myers
Series Producer
Oliver Clark
Executive Producer
Gill Tierney
Dick Sharman


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