Food Lover's Italy: The Top Italian Food Destinations

Coffee break with a Pasticciotti, a typical pastry from Puglia | Ross Baker
Coffee break with a Pasticciotti, a typical pastry from Puglia | Ross Baker

The Top Italian Food Destinations

The Regions Of Italy Worth Walking & Cycling In If You Think With Your Stomach 


Italy has blessed the world with foods we eat every day, as well as foods we wish we could eat every day! To get the best out of your food pilgrimage to Italy make sure you include one of these must-eat-at Italian destinations.
Piedmont's famous trufflesPiedmont's famous truffles, an Italian food highlight


White truffles grow wild here. They cannot be cultivated or controlled. Truffles are a rare treat indeed, a delicacy that can command very high prices at a Sotheby’s auction. If you’re lucky, you might come across an affordable sample from the only place that seems to have an abundance of them, the Piedmont region, also home to a mouth-watering array of chocolates, cheeses and superb wines. Explore Piedmont by foot or on bike.   Pompeii & Mt Vesuvius are very close to Naples, home of pizzaPompeii & Mt Vesuvius are very close to Naples, home of pizza


Naples is the birthplace of pizza. Pizza! While this everyday icon might seem more American than apple pie let’s not forget its true origins, which lie in this gateway city to Pompeii and the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. The classic Neopolitan pizza has a thicker crust and topped with mozzarella di bufala and tomatoes. It’s a fantastic cooking lesson to enjoy with before indulging in the famous local gelato. 
Click to discover Naples on the Rome and the Amalfi Coast on Foot tour.
Impressive castle overlooking the fields near ParmaImpressive castle overlooking the fields near Parma, one of Itay's best places to eat


When you gave the world Parmesan Cheese, Prosciutto Ham and pastas such as tortellini, and have neighbours nearby who blessed us with balsamic vinegar, you are possibly justified in crowning yourself as the best place in Italy for food. Situated close to the Appenine Mountains, Parma is one of the most anticipated food pilgrimage stops on the Best of the Via Francigena tour.
Lunch in Tuscany on one of our guided cycling tripsLunch in Tuscany on one of our guided Tuscany cycling trips


Pure, strong flavours from only the freshest of ingredients. The simple Tuscan cooking style has won hearts and palates worldwide. Of course the pastas and local cakes are simply divine but for many food travellers to Tuscany the dream is as simple as kicking back with olive oil over traditional bruschetta and local Chianti. Browse Tuscany trips. Cycling in Sicily, a great way to work off the delicious food on offerCycling in Sicily, a great way to work off the delicious food on offer


Thanks to the culinary influences of the Greeks, Arabs, French and Spanish, Sicily’s food culture offers some more complicated arrangements of the basics. Arancini balls, for example. Seafood staples of sardines and swordfish feature more heavily on Sicilian menus, as does a bit more spice. Sorbetta, sherbet and gelato’s originated here when the Arabs mixed the unmelted snows of Mt Etna with fruit-flavoured syrups to cool down. Browse Sicily tours.   The hills of Prosecco produce the original Prosecco wineThe hills of Prosecco produce the original Prosecco wine

Prosecco & Venice

The Italian government changed the name of the Prosecco grape to Glera to protect the local Prosecco producers north of Venice from exploitation. While others started using the same grape, everyone knew that the best Prosecco only comes from the hills surrounding  Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. And since you’ll likely get to the Prosecco region via Venice you should certainly seek out their best risotto, the Venetians gift to Italian cooking.  
Is your mouth watering? Let us know where your most desired region in Italy to go for food is in the comment section below!
Italy, naples, prosecco, venice, piedmont, tuscany, sicily, parma, food, amalfi, food lover

Comment (0)

Your comment will be visible after the administrator's approval.

b i u quote

Save Comment
Join Newsletter
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ADS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Adventure South</div>
Adventure South NZ is unrivalled in their geographic coverage, originality and overall quality of adventures holidays in New Zealand. Choose from walking, cycling, winter or multi-activity holidays, on either the North or South Island.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/AWH.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Walking Holidays</div>
Australian Walking Holidays specialises in small group guided walking adventures. Since 1982 we have been guiding small groups of travellers on Australia's finest walks across our tropical, coastal or red centre landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GCT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Canadian Trails</div>
Great Canadian Trails specialises in active holidays in Canada. With both guided and supported self-guided options available, our unique itineraries draw upon some of Canada's most inspiring parks, trails and landscapes from coast to coast.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/HUM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Huma Charity Challenge</div>
Huma enables those with adventurous spirits to challenge themselves and make a difference for a cause close to their heart. Travel, fundraise and meet life-long friends on one of Huma's meaningful and unique challenges around the world.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/SHX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Sherpa Expeditions</div>
Sherpa Expeditions is a specialist in self guided and guided walking and cycling holidays in the United Kingdom and Europe. Detailed route notes provide a definite guide to places in Europe for active walkers and cyclists.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TAS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Tasmanian Expeditions</div>
Tasmanian Expeditions is the most experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania. We own and operate the most comprehensive range of adventure holidays available across Tasmania's varied landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/UTX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>UTracks</div>
UTracks are the active European holiday specialists. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2-star or 4-star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea – UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WYA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Youth Adventures</div>
World Youth Adventures is our specialist division dedicated to organising tailor made overseas school group adventures. Specialists in Service Learning projects, choose from more destinations than any other school group provider.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/YOM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Yomads</div>
Yomads offers adventures for the 20s and 30s on six continents. Designed as a way to bring young and likeminded travellers together, Yomads caters to those interested in lightly structured and active trips that allow freedom to roam and explore.