Italy is a country of diversities that add to the country's specific charm and appeal. While Sicily is the island that have absorbed for centuries the cultures of its conquerors, including the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Normans, the French, the Spanish, Florence is the queen of Renaissance. As Chianti is famous for its hills, rich vegetation, medieval villages, vineyards and cypresses, so Rome is renowned for grand medieval castles. The same profound differences are found in Italian cuisines. The Roman cuisine, for instance, uses a lot of pecorino (sheep's cheese) and organ meats, while the Tuscan cooking features white beans and bread without salt; the pizzas of Rome are thin like crackers, while Neapolitan and Sicilian pizza is thicker. Italy gastronomic tours vary with regions and cuisines, while there are no two options alike.
Italy gastronomic tours can be planned to one destination and visitors experience the most of local food, restaurants, cafes, markets, bars, and, certainly, history and art. For instance, gastronomic tours in Rome bring you close to the Rome history with visits to city's historic treasures, comprising Piazza Venezia, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Villa Torlonia, the residence of Giovanni Torlonia, where you can admire the Museum "Casina delle Civette" with its wonderful liberty windows (unique in the world). The tours expand with gastronomic shopping at generous markets and stores, tasting local delicacies in exquisite restaurants or even cooking lessons.
If you prefer to feel the utmost of regional diversity, Italy gastronomic tours that combine visits to several cities that is a perfect choice. For instance, you may travel through Florence, Chianti, Siena and Rome. Florence gives its visitor a chance to discover famous worldwide art heritage, including the Duomo, the Giotto's tower, the Baptistery, the Signoria Square, the Church of Santa Croce and the old bridge over the river Arno. In Chianti, you will enjoy its scenic hills, medieval villages, and famous vineyards. Gastronomic tours in Rome as a part of combined itinerary can include a stop at the famous bar "St. Eutsachio" to taste the unique, famous all over the world "Great Café Espresso", and the fine dining, based on famous Roman pizza at one of best pizzerias. A visit to Rome often expands with the exploration of famous Roman castles, embracing excursions to the Villa Adriana, where the emperor Adriano lived and to the Villa of Albano and Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer residence.
Italy gastronomic tours, based on food factory visits, bring you up close to Italian genuine products and manufacturing traditions. In Parma, you may be taken to productions sites of the most famous local products, such as Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar from Modena.
Further to the above, Italy is a phenomenal concentration of history, art and beauty and due to the sheer number of sights to see and food to experience; organized Italy gastronomic tours are more efficient for first-time travelers.