From the top cities for taste testers to the best dishes to sample, here are the Italian food experiences you can't miss out on.
Bologna straddles Italian food lines between the butter-led north and the tomato-based cuisine of the south.
Sniff around Piedmont, Tuscany and Umbria for the world's most coveted fungi.
Rave about Massimo Bottura's ingenious flavour combinations at one of the world's hottest restaurants.
So fresh you can eat it raw in Venice, home to the seafood-heaving Rialto Market.
Buxom eggplants, juicy raisins and velvety marzipan – cross-cultural Sicily puts the fusion in Italian cuisine.
Eat Italy's most famous export at its birthplace in Naples.
Parma’s cheese is the most famous; just leave room for Lombardy's Taleggio, Campania's buffalo mozzarella and Puglia's creamy burrata.
Carnivores drool over Florence's iconic bistecca alla fiorentina, hailing from Tuscany's prized Val di Chiana.
Unique regional cuisine blending Italian, German and Slavic influences.
Friuli Venezia Giulia
In Italy's deep south, Puglia's hearty and robust cucina povera (poor man's cuisine) harnesses strictly local produce for unique regional dishes.
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