Discover amazing Italian Food, wines of Italy, with wine and food tours through the regions of Italy
Ten reasons to Travel to Italy apart from wonderful Wines, Limoncello, cheese, Olive Oil, bread, gorgeous villages, and locavore second to none.
1 Sicily; the largest island in the Mediterranean. It is one of the autonomous regions of Italy. No doubt the Godfather put Sicily on the map and apart from the wonderful food and wine of Sicily, to unravel the Mafia stories with the locals is alone worth a visit to Sicily.
2 Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily). It is an autonomous region of Italy with a population of 1.6 million. The capital city of Sardinia is Cagliari. The food, local produce, and wines of Sardinia are exceptional, and this island of Italy is a must. The seaside landscapes, especially on the Costa Smeralda, are among the most beautiful in the world.
3 Calabria is located at the 'toe' of the boot on the Italian peninsula. It is bounded to the north by Basilicata, to the south-west by Sicily, to the west by the Tyrrhenian Sea, and to the east by the Ionian Sea. New territory for most travellers to Italy, so be a pioneer
4 Basilicata, situated in the 'Mezzogiorno', an area in the south of Italy renowned for its stress-free lifestyle, guaranteed sunshine, deliciously fresh food and excellent wine. Still relatively "undiscovered" get in and travel Basilicata before the world discovers this Italian region
5 Puglia. Discover unique artisan produce in Bari and surroundings: Bitonto with its traditional pastry-making in the cathedral cloisters, its cellar-vaulted olive-wood ovens turning out focaccia and taralli daily; dine on cool and crisp raw fish, savour heavenly gelato. Visit the amazing Itria Valley. Immerse yourself in the Slow food (and wine) movement in Italy. Guaranteed, some of the best dining experiences you will find in Italy in little known Osteria.
6 Tuscany We have all read the books, seen the movies but there are still some hidden gems in the Provinces of Tuscany. It is the fifth largest region of Italy and is divided into ten provinces: Arezzo, Firenze, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena.
If you mention Italy to anyone the first image that comes into their mind will be that of the Tuscan countryside with the house on a hill. Tuscany is one of Italy's best wine-producing areas, with Chianti and Montepulciano among its famous products.
7Cinque Terre not as well-known but spectacular, secluded and a must for the adventurous traveller. Lots of hidden gens in the region of Liguria.
8 Truffles. You must experience a day with a truffle family. This is very much part of the Italian Lifestyle. Decadent, delicious, and different.
9 The Italian Lifestyle.The Italian Lifestyle It's all about the Italian Lifestyle. You have to live the life of an Italian to understand why it’s different, why it’s wonderful, why they have an inner peace with the way they live.
10 Pasta Pasta Pasta Every region lays claim to its own style or type of Pasta. Every local will have a story on why their Pasta is different to that of the next door region.
Part 1 in the series, Reasons to travel to Italy. Find more at www.wineandfoodtraveller.com