Italy is famous for its food but many people don’t realize what a wide variety is available. One of the most important things about traveling through this country will be to make sure to eat local and regional dishes because that is where you’ll find is the best of the BEST. Make sure you know what the Romans do best so you know exactly what to try!
Eat as the Romans Eat – Traditional Roman dishes and where to try them.
Stendhal syndrome, Stendhal’s syndrome or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic condition involving rapid heartbeat, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations, allegedly occurring when individuals become exposed to objects or phenomena of great beauty.
TIP: Some might suggest Cinque Terre but if you can help it, don’t do in a day trip. You’ll want to spend longer.
My Favorite Restaurant:
- Trattoria 4 Leoni – Try the pear pasta. Trust me. Lunch you can usually walk in but dinner you’ll most likely need a reservation
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Tuscany’s main attractions and host to the Palio, a famed medieval horse race that happens twice a year and a huge bucket list item of mine. You’ll find beautiful cathedrals and churches, a large art collection and delve deeper into the Tuscan culture outside of Florence.
Milan & Lombardy
Panzerotti Luini – Don’t let the line dissuade you. It moves fast and it’s there for a reason. Make sure to try a few different ones, grab em and go find a sunny spot on the steps of Duomo to enjoy your lunch.
Cinque Terre & Liguria
If you can help it I would not day trip Cinque Terre and spend a little more time there.
There are amazing day trips to hike, climb and cycle as well as beaches in the summertime.
Genoa & Surrounding
Camogli Fish Festival – Complete with a massive pan that actually fries fish weighing 28 tons, 4 m (13.12 ft) diameter and a 6 m (19.69 ft) long handle. Fish, bonfires on the beach and fireworks make it a must-do.
Bologna, Parma & Emilia Romagna
Piadina Romagnola – What it is and where to find it
Piadina, Fish and Much More: Where to Eat in Riccione (One town over)