If you love Italian food, a vacation to Italy is an absolute must! The experience of tasting food from different regions, prepared from the local, in-season ingredients, is one you won’t soon forget. From the humblest roadside food stand to the highest end restaurant, everything is prepared simply to highlight the flavour and freshness of the ingredients. There are many beautiful destinations in this jewel of a country, but if you are a foodie you should definitely visit some of these areas!
This beautiful region in central Italy will take your breath away! Destination cities in this region include Florence and Siena. Tuscany is known for its wines, of course, as well as fantastic, floral olive oil. For a really cool Tuscan experience, visit the area of Chianti and stay in an agriturismo (http://www.agriturismo.it/en/) – a working farm or vineyard that also offers bed & breakfast. Some offer dinner as well; there’s a chance you’ll be dining with the whole family!
The food centre of Italy, Emilia-Romagna, sits in north central Italy. From this region, we are gifted with such Italian treasures as Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic vinegar from Modena, beautiful prosciutto, polenta, and filled pastas. No slouch in the wine department, this area is known for Trebbiano, Sangiovese and Lambruscos. If you spent your entire vacation here, you would leave satisfied with hitting all the favourites. Cities to visit are Bologna, Parma, and Modena.
Have you been craving pizza yet? A stay in Campania will satisfy even the most discerning of pizza afficianados. The capital of Naples is known for its Neapolitan-style pizza, and for good reason: thin crust, fresh ingredients, and simplicity — a beautiful dance of flavours and texture that makes this the best pizza. In the world. Period. Order one with the simplest of toppings: local anchovies, olive oil, herbs; you will be in awe. Visit our friend Antonino Esposito's pizzeria in Sorrento http://ahum.it/sorrento/ - he is world renowned and a must when visiting Naples!
In the southern part of Campania, lemon groves flourish and you can’t turn around without knocking over a bottle of limoncello — a bright and sweet hit of lemony boozy yumminess. Everybody makes their own according to their own recipe, and you could spend weeks tasting all of them. I dare you to try it.
Wine, wine, wine! This northern province, a fertile valley surrounded by alps, is also known for its goat cheese and other milk products. That means gelato, friends! Don’t miss a trip to the mountain city of Turin for the amazing chocolate.
Wherever you end up, you’ll experience an amazing array of culinary delights. Buon appetito!