The superb variety of Italian cuisine makes it the perfect destination for a self-catering holiday. There are many fantastic restaurants, pavement cafés and bars throughout the country and are lovely places to hang out from late afternoon until well into the evening.
On your self-catering holiday, you will soon realise that pizza and Italian red wine are somehow ten times better when you taste them in Italy. However, there is more to Italian cuisine than pasta and pizza, as delicious as they may be. Every region has its own specialities, from Florentine steaks to Roman saltimbocca, which is veal rolls with ham, sage and marsala or Umbrian spit-roasted wild pigeon. The further south you go, the spicier and oilier things become, until you reach Sicily, where the cuisine has a strong North African influence.
When in the Campania region, you will find some of the best pizza in the world such as the famous Margarita, which was born here. Vegetables and salads are served as a side dish or contorno. The choice will be limited to what is in season locally but it will always be crisp and fresh. Desserts are one of the Neapolitan specialities, and “Baba” cake, especially, is rich and sugary with lots of rum.
A fertile province in southern Italy, Campania enjoys incredible natural beauty to complement its important place in Italian history and culture. Campania’s attractions range from the modern city of Naples to the ancient city of Pompeii.Read more
The town Ischia Porto, in Ischia Island, is well known for its thermal springs, which are a luxury and ideal for any traveller looking to cure any ailment. Bask in the sun and lush greenery.Read more
Historically, culturally and gastronomically rich, Sorrento is an enchanting town set in majestic scenery on the edge of the Gulf of Naples. Within easy reach of the southern islands, Pompeii and Naples, it is a premier destination.Read more
Emilia-Romagna is one of the wealthiest regions in Europe and boasts such sites as the historic cities of Modena and Parma, the beautiful seaside resorts of Rimini and the thriving cultural metropolis of Bologna.Read more
The Lombardy region of northern Italy is home to some of Europe’s most fascinating cities, not least Milan. Lombardy also enjoys incredible scenery, including the gorgeous Lake Garda and its stunning alpine panoramas.Read more
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