Food says so much about a culture, from the spices used to the way it may be eaten. Immersing yourself in that and trying the local food is a part of any adventure abroad. Italy is a never-ending adventure and whilst I’ve been to 10 Italian cities already, there are still places on my bucket list I want to visit.
So where’s my favourite city for food in Italy? Here’s my Top 3.
ROMERome is the first place I discovered real Italian food, all the way back in 2005. From roast veal and potatoes to simple rocket and parma ham on pizzas, everything we ate was so delicious that we ended up eating 5 meals a day just so we could sample as much as possible! It’s the perfect city for people who love to do their own cooking too as it’s famous for its food markets, something I would love to do next time I return to Rome.
Campo dei Fiori for example, which is held every Sunday morning, is the city’s oldest market, and they sell the freshest produce that money can buy. You can pick things up for a family picnic or a romantic meal, then head down to Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the local opera house known locally as the venue of 'opera under the stars'. Just don’t forget to pick up your tickets first at www.romeoperatickets.com.
NAPLESWho could visit the top food cities of Italy and not head for the birthplace of the humble pizza? We tried some seriously amazing pizzas and I kid you not when I say I can eat their stone baked pizzas all day long!
If you’re looking to explore the food scene but need some help to get started, you can have a look at local guided food tours. We didn’t go for this option when we went but a foodie tour guide is always a great idea and also a time saver if you don’t have time to research food places before you set off.
TUSCANYWhilst I've not actually been to Tuscany before, it is top of my hit list for a holiday back to Italy. I’ve read enough about delicious wines and Florentine steak to want to jump on a plane right away.
It’s also famous for idyllic cookery holidays in rustic Italian farmhouses with olive groves that go on for miles. How relaxing does that sound? Soaking up the sun whilst learning about authentic Italian cooking.
What are your favourite Italian Cities and are you heading to Italy any time soon?
This is a collaborative post, all opinions are my own