One of the best things to do in Italy is to discover its diversity through food festivals and other events held throughout the year.
These festivals are not just a chance to taste fantastic regional specialities but also to enjoy unique local atmosphere. During the festivals you can take part in food tastings, have a fun in workshops or learn some secrets from real Italian chefs at cooking demonstrations.
In July each year, Lemon Festival (Sagra del Limone) is held near Sorrento. Here you can sample lemon delights you can only imagine. In Sicily, one of the most interesting local events is Pistachio Festival (Sagra del Pistacchio) which is ideal opportunity to sample savoury and sweet delicacies made of Bronte pistachio.
Truffles are a top Italian culinary item and are celebrated with truffle festivals in central and northern Italy. The White Truffle Festival in Alba is one of the largest in Italy. Don't miss opportunity to taste many traditional dishes with truffles while visiting these festivals.
Those who like scent of roasted chestnuts should visit one of many festivals in Italy dedicated to this delicacy. One of the largest festivals is Sagra della Castagna in Soriano nel Cimino, one hour drive from Rome. Don't skip opportunity to taste delicious chestnut pancakes known as necci you can find on the stalls during these festivals.
Chocolate lovers should head to Perugia in October to attend Euro Chocolate Festival. The streets of the city are filled with stands offering a wide range of chocolate products not only from Italy but from abroad.
While in Italy be sure to visit newly opened Eataly World in Bologna. This food park offers all that Italy has to offer related to food. You will find here numerous restaurants, snack bars offering the best Italian treats. You can also learn how to make home-made pasta and see how food is produced from the first hand.
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