Italian Food Holidays – Bellissimo!

If you are asked to name your favourite Italian food, you might be stumped for an answer – simply because there is such a huge range of iconic dishes to which the country lays boast!

This is almost certainly down to the fact that Italian cuisine continues to be defined by the widely different ingredients and cooking styles used in different regions – some of which are practically neighbours to each other and not that far apart. Even that standard favourite, the pizza, is made to a different recipe in one city compared to another.

All in all, this makes Italy an ideal destination for anyone interested in food – whether that is learning to cook it, or simply to eat it.

But more than that, the range and diversity of cooking styles might encourage you to make even more of a single visit by arranging one of our Italy multi centre holidays, so that you can sample the culinary delights of two, three or even four different regions.

The particular Italian food holiday you choose is going to be influenced by your personal tastes, of course, but there are a number of sources that might help guide you through the huge range available.


Village trattorias

For many, the main attraction of Italian food lies in the simple recipes that use the freshest of local produce, which are often found in affordable, family-run establishments known as trattorias.

This is certainly true of the Guardian newspaper, for instance, which in its edition of the 9th of June 2016, published a listing of their readers’ favourite trattorias in Italy.

Winning selections included dishes such as:

  • tortelloni burro e salvia or ramigna alla salsiccia, which are pasta dishes that were followed by a main course of meat cooked over open coals from Modena in the central north of Italy, near the appropriately named “fat city” of Bologna;
  • fresh pasta and equally fresh fish, which were the favourites submitted by visitors to the Calabrian region of the country – the “boot” of Italy, which is surrounded by the sea;
  • clams in white wine sauce, fresh pasta and jugs or flagons of simple house white wine were popular for visitors to the alpine region of Lombardy.


Cooking schools and learning to cook

Those with a more serious interest in the flavours and subtleties of Italian cuisine might want to choose not just a food holiday, but one where you can also learn to cook those iconic dishes.

In an article earlier this year, the Telegraph newspaper ran a selection of its favourite cookery schools and classes in places such as:

  • Florence – home to what the newspaper described as one “foodie haven” in particular.
  • Liguria – for the olives that are grown in the region, which arcs across the northern coast from the border with France to La Spezia.
  • Le Marche – a special mention is reserved for a cookery school based in the Le Marche region of Italy’s central eastern coastline around Ancona.
  • Sicily – a cooking school set in the heart of Sicilian vineyards, Tasca d’Almerita, also uses produce grown on its own farm and from its own kitchen garden.


Whether your interests lie in cooking, or just eating, a food holiday in Italy might open the doors to a wide range of regional cuisine. If you are interesting in finding out more about our Italy food tours and cooking classes, call a member of our expert team on (UK) 01223 637 331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500, or click here to send an online enquiry and we’ll get back to you right away.

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