Eat Your Way Through Italy

We all love to travel; some of us love to eat our way around Europe following our taste buds.

Italy is perhaps one of the most delicious countries in Europe. We could debate taste forever – instead, we are inviting you on a mouthwatering journey of discovering delicious food spots around Italy.

This is how we love to fill out our travel diary.

1. Italian Farm stay and eat

Corte d’Aibo is a farmhouse with a winery about 20 km from Bologna in the heart of the Regional Park of the Abbey, in Monteveglio, less than 2 hours’ drive from Florence.

The views here are spectacular, as is the food and wine. The vineyard produces six reds and six whites, all made with grapes from its own yards. Try a bottle of the ridiculously underrated (and cheap) pignoletto with your lunch and then sample the others on a tour of the cellar.

The food… Oh, the food here! Treat your taste buds to a pumpkin Tortelloni with Pecorino di Fossa cheese and balsamic vinegar Tagliatelle with Bolognese Ragù. And of course a trio of desserts – the Corte d’Aibo’s signature dish.

It’s a bonus if you travel to Bologna in May, as their main festival is the Festival of San Luca. The farmhouse offers accommodation in 12 double rooms so you can rest up before heading over to the festival for a celebration, coming back later for another session of food indulgence. Also in May is a Medieval celebration with horse races and a parade, which takes place on the last Sunday of the month.

2. From Turf to the Surf

Fortino Napoleonico is a romantic restaurant, located 10 kilometres from Ancona (on the Adriatic coast), with a splendid terrace by the sea. The view here! Oh the view! It is enchanting! And the fish-based cuisine is delicious. Seafood lovers will be over the moon.

If you feel like you cannot continue your trip without a good rest (or simply cannot stop staring out to the horizon over the sea), you can also stay here – the bayside hotel is a converted 19th-century fort.

3. Abruzzo Truffle Hunt

As we continue eating our way down the coast of Italy, we arrive in Abruzzo, an Italian region, east of Rome, with an Adriatic coastline and the Apennine Mountains.

Wineries and truffle hunting are two major foodie activities here. If you’ve never tried a truffle before it will be a culinary experience you won’t forget. Believed to be a natural aphrodisiac by the Romans, its musky smell and delicate earthy taste is unique and it’s unsurprising they remain known as the kitchen’s black pearls.

There are many truffle hunting operators in Abruzzo. If you’d like to find the best one for your trip, give us a call – we’ll be happy to help.

4. Southern Italy’s Rising Star

Aw! Puglia! This is the gorgeous southern region which forms the heel of Italy’s “boot.” It is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline.

During a holiday to Puglia, the food is an attraction that you cannot afford to miss. Puglia is one of Italy’s most important agricultural regions and among the top producers of oil and wine.

Here you’ll find the hand-picked paradise Masseria Il Frantoio: 4,000 olive trees, many planted by the ancient Romans, pear and carob trees, a 17th-century citrus orchard, a sunny organic vegetable plot and a cooler, scented Moorish-style garden. The main farmhouse of this 500-year-old estate – all around a flowery courtyard – has now been turned into a restaurant and 19-room hotel.

If you are traveling for food, you cannot miss this gem. Puglia is the place to stretch your tired legs and stick around for a little more of exploration. After teasing your taste buds, it’s time to explore the area – it is gorgeous here!

5. The Awaiting Table, Lecce

Travelling for food can often take you to many unexpected places. This is the beauty of travel. It makes it even more magical when you can cook your own Italian dish, rubbing shoulder with likeminded food enthusiasts and renounced cooks and chefs.

Set in the beautiful baroque city of Lecce, in the south of Italy, the Awaiting Table offers day or week long courses in town or at a castle. Silvestro’s team will have you feeling like a local in no time, but what we especially love is the different courses on offer like the cycling, cooking and wine class. You’ll go on leisurely bike rides through the olive groves and stop for lunch and wine in the countryside.

Lecce, resting on the the heel of Italy’s “boot”, belongs to the renowned Puglia region. The area is a true land of good food and there are many festivals that are dedicated to inspired food specialties, including the feast of Uliata in July in Caprarica of Lecce, the Festival of Tripe and Horse meat in August at Strudà and many more delicious festivals.

If you’d like to find out more about the events around the area you are travelling to, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’d be happy to assists.

6. Cooking in Tuscany

Tuscany is the heart of many traditional Italian cuisines, not only because of the food but also because of the area itself.

Nowhere in Italy is the gastronomic variety that results more marked than in Tuscany. Most Tuscan food is based on peasant traditions – so-called cucina povera – and dates from a time when poverty was the culinary mother of invention. Other Italians call Tuscans mangiafagioli – bean-eaters – an unfair term, but one that hints at the region’s simpler staples.

However modern Tuscan food is straightforward: mouth-watering hams, mountain cheeses, fresh fish, robust pulses, piquant salamis and, of course, superb olive oil. YUM!

If your idea of an Italian cooking adventure includes staying in luxurious accommodation with to-die-for views of the rolling Tuscan hills and valleys, then Tuscookany delivers. You can cook, wine, dine and relax at one of their three villas for a three day or week long course. If you’re pressed for time, don’t worry, there’s also a one day cooking class. Phew!

7. Cook Your Own Ancient Cheese in Campania

Campania is a region in southwestern Italy known for its ancient ruins and dramatic coastline.

After decades in Belgium, the Lombardi family returned to their native Italy where they have teamed their passion for their rural ancestry with their exposure to northern European sustainability. Their organic Agriturismo Le Campestre is a working farm with rooms and a restaurant. Deep in Campania’s Alto Casertano region, Le Campestre showcases the beauty and nature of this pristine area just north of Naples and the Amalfi Coast.

Here, meals are served on a terrace overlooking the adjacent valley and mountainous slopes. Sit back and consume the view and the food. Or roll up your sleeves and get cooking – the property offers cooking classes and guests can learn to make Conciato Romano, an ancient cheese that has been revived at the Lombardi family farm.

Campania is an exciting place to be not only because of the amazing food but also a bunch of curious events such as the International Hot Air Balloon Pageant in October, Carnival Parade and Cheese Festival in February and many more. 

If you’d like more information regarding Food Tours, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on 1800 242 353.