One of the best reasons for visiting Italy is surely its delicious food and drinks. While on holiday there you should definitely take part in one of many guided food tours during which a local guide will take you through the streets of the Italian cities to savour delicious Italian specialities.
While in Rome explore its delicious side during a walking tour with a local guide. Take part in this interesting activity and visit its colourful fruit and vegetable markets, bakeries, gelaterias, gourmet food shops and family - owned restaurants to taste the best Roman food.
One of the highlights of the tour will surely be a visit to one of many gourmet shops that offer typical Italian products such as prosciutto, salami, buffalo mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano and pecorino, olive oils, aged vinegars and the many other treats.
The cuisine of Rome is packed with tasty pasta and some tours will include lunch where you can taste the most popular of them such as cacio e pepe - pasta with pecorino and a pepper or pasta carbonara with pancetta. You will also have the chance to try popular local snacks - suppli or pizza bianca. Don't miss the opportunity to learn how to distinguish a real Italian gelato from a fake one while tasting one of the numerous gelato flavours.
Pizza lovers won't be disappointed with the food tours as most of them include a tasting of this popular Italian dish. Along with the tasting you will have a quick pizza history lesson from your local, knowledgeable guide.
If you are more into drop of wine you should head to Tuscany and take part in one of wine tasting tours. These tours will take you out into the countryside, where you will enjoy the breath taking landscapes of the many vineyards and olive groves, visit cellars and taste some world famous wines.
The wine tasting tours in Chianti, Montalcino and Montepulciano are among the most popular. If you choose a food tour in Florence, the capital of Tuscany, you will probably visit the San Lorenzo Central Market to taste balsamic vinegars and extra virgin olive oils.
Visit the famous Emilia-Romagna region, which is the home to the most popular Italian food products - Parmigiano-Reggiano, Parma ham and balsamic vinegar.
This is the region where pasta is among the most popular food. The most popular are homemade pasta filled with different fillings - tortellini, tortelloni and agnolotti.
The other pasta dishes are tagliatelle alla bolognese or lasagne verde which you should try at one of many local restaurants in the region.
Don't skip mortadella which also originates from this area. Mortadella is ideal with a slice of bread or as a finger food. It is also one of the ingredients of filling of tortellini pasta.
When we speak about Ligurian food, we immediately think of the famous pesto genovese - a sauce made from basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmiggiano, pecorino and extra-virgin olive oil.
Liguria is also a region of vineyard and olive groves that produce excellent olive oils and quality wines.
Thanks to the seaside location, Liguria has excellent fish dishes - fish soups like ciuppin and buriddga as well as stuffed and fried sardines.
Taking a food tour in Venice could be one of your best experiences during your holiday. Venetian food is a great combination of vegetables and sea-food all accompanied with delicious desserts and wines.
On these tours you will visit wine bars where people gather together or just pop into to have the cicchetti (typical Venetian snacks) and a glass of wine (ombra). Don't forget the fact that Venice region has one of the best wines in Italy (Amarone, Prosecco, Valpollicela, Merlot, Cabernet etc). As Venetian cuisine is based on fish you will probably taste some nice sea-food pasta dishes on such food tours.
Those who likes sweets won't be disappointed since Venetian desserts are delicious starting from a range of fried dough pastries such as frittelle, castagnole and crostoli to Italian classic - tiramisu.
The island of Sicily is one of the most interesting regions of Italy when it comes to food. The many fresh and organic ingredients available are the base of their tasty cuisine, which consists mostly of fish and vegetables.
While exploring Sicilian picturesque villages and medieval towns taste some of the best street food this amazing island has to offer. You can choose from arancini (deep-fried rice balls filled with mozzarella), cazzilli (potatoe croquettes), panelle (chickpea fritters) and sfincione (Sicilian pizza).
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