Join us on this Tasty Italian Travel to discover together the delicious side of Italy. Explore with us every hidden corner of this beautiful country - from the lively capital city of Rome, the green hills of Umbria, the cliff-top towns of the Amalfi coast or the fascinating island of Sicily.
We suggest you start exploring Italy by taking food tours guided by locals, spending your cooking holidays in the countryside, buying the best olive oils, wines or prosciutto directly from the farms. This way you will experience the authentic Italy that you are searching for.
We also have a collection of the best Italian savoury and sweet recipes which will help you to enjoy the tastes of Italy once you are back home.
For those in love with Italian cuisine finding an authentic recipe is a true pleasure. We are huge fans of Italian food and are always looking out for some amazing recipes. Each Italian region is a source of amazing dishes prepared by following recipes that have been passed from generation to generation.
You will be surprised how easy it is to prepare fresh Italian pasta at home. Just combine a few ingredients and you will have a bunch of home-made bucatini or fettuccine in front of you. Find some fresh vegetables, quality olive oil and some spices and your Ligurian pesto, carbonara or simple aglio e olio sauce will be ready.
The best things about Italian desserts are the amazing ingredients used in them - quality dark chocolate, almonds, pistachios, dried fruits, ricotta cheese etc. Over the years, Italians have perfected the art of making beautiful simple desserts. Visit our site to find traditional recipe for tiramisu, a rich chocolate cake known as torta caprese or fried dough balls - castagnole. Don't miss the recipes for cream puffs known as bigne di San Giuseppe, baci di dama cookies or rustic necci pancakes made with chestnut flour.
We can also recommend our favourite Italian cookbooks which are a true inspiration for those who like to prepare real Italian savoury and sweet delicacies.
Italian food products are of the best quality and we never skip the opportunity to buy some of these delicacies while in Italy. Each Italian region produces its own culinary treasures.
Italy is famous for great meat products such as prosciutto, salami, pancetta, guanciale and many others. The best prosciuttos are San Danielle prosciutto and prosciutto di Parma. Italian cheese goes much further than just mozzarella or Parmigiano Regianno - they are about as diverse as the country's cuisine itself.
While in Italy be sure to stock up on one of the finest olive oils in the world. We advise buying it directly from local producers which can be found mainly in the villages across Umbria and Tuscany as well as other regions in the south of Italy.
When it comes to true Italian pasta, producers use the best quality flour and semolina to make the products for those who seek quality and excellence. To accompany pasta you will need a tasty sauce which can be brought from deli shops across Italy. Our favourite Italian sauce is pesto Genovese made of fresh basil and pesto pistacchio made of the best pistachios in the world - Bronte pistachios from Sicily.
You should definitely explore Italy's sweet side. A wide range of sweets such as biscotti, panettone, torrone can be found in shops throughout the world. Italians are excellent at producing fabulous chocolates from the best quality cocoa and hazelnuts from the Piedmont region. Don't miss Sicilian sweets which are among the best in Italy.
One of the reasons for visiting Italy is surely its delicious food. Starting from a wide variety of pasta dishes, Neapolitan and Roman style pizzas, vegetable dishes prepared from seasonal produce, great fish and meat specialities as well as simple desserts.
Taking a food tour is an ideal opportunity to discover authentic food places and taste the best food Italian cuisine has to offer. We will suggest the best quality food tours in each Italian destination so be prepared to taste the most creamy pasta carbonara in Rome, cicchetti snacks in Venice or cannoli on the island of Sicily.
Another great activity involving the food that can be found throughout Italy is taking a cooking class. When taking part you will have great fun while learning how to make pasta from scratch, knead pizza dough or even make real Italian gelato. The best part comes at the end when you can enjoy the food around the table in the company of your new friends.
Those who would like to immerse themselves completely in the Italian way of life should take cooking holidays which are usually held in the countryside. Your friendly hosts will teach you new culinary skills while you enjoy your stay in comfortable holiday villas. In the meantime you can enjoy wine and olive oil tastings and go sightseeing to nearby historical cities.
We will suggest the most convenient way of getting to Italy and once you are there about getting around too. Here you will find info about regional airports, the main train stations, the best ferry connections as well as the most reliable airport transfers.
Finding accommodation in Italy may be slightly overwhelming so we are glad that we can help you to choose the best accommodation option. Find useful tips on affordable hotels in the historic centre of Rome, a romantic self-catering apartment in Florence or a luxury holiday villa set between the hills of charming Tuscany.
We are always pleased to discover new local restaurants serving authentic dishes from different Italian regions. We also know the best places to pop to for a creamy Italian gelato or the best tiramisu in the town. We also recommend the best gastro shops stocked with quality Italian food products.
Besides the capital city of Rome and Vatican City, there are numerous other destinations in Italy that are well worth visiting. Each region has its own specific charm and attracts visitors in different ways. Beautiful Tuscany known for its rolling hills and vineyards is the place for food and wine tasting, Umbria offers great sightseeing of small hill-top towns, romantic Venice is the place for those interested in history and culture while Sicily with its long coastline full of gorgeous beaches is the spot for an ideal summer holiday.