Eight Enjoyable Things to Eat and Drink in Italy
1. Prosecco With a View of a Palace
I experienced an awesome visit to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. After taking in the beauty of the art, I stopped at the gallery cafe to enjoy a glass of afternoon prosecco on a beautiful hot day. Fizzy, easy-drinking prosecco comes from the northeast region of Italy, but it offers a great vibe no matter where you drink it.
That said, sipping it with a view of the Renaissance-style Palazzo Vecchio town hall in Florence was magical.
2. Espresso and Cannoli in Rome
It was a hectic first full day of our tour with an early morning visit to the Vatican and St Peter's. Afterwards, we wandered a few minutes walk away for this much-needed coffee break and the first one on the Italy trip. The adorable mini cannoli and the strong but smooth espresso at Feffo caffe hit the spot and helped energize us to continue sightseeing at a quick pace in the eternal city.
3. Gorgeous Gelato in Florence
Gelato was an almost daily delightful treat for us during our 10-day tour. The fresh and flavourful indulgence was delicious at the Trevi Fountain, the Tuscan town of San Gimignano, the surprise stop at a Northern lake town, and in Florence, where I found it was presented most dramatically—piled high and demanding attention.
4. Aperol Spritz in Different Italian Cities
The colorful Aperol Spritz became popularized in Italy in the 1950s and is now a trendy drink over in North America as well. It is a refreshing mix of Aperol, prosecco and a splash or two of soda water. This was the drink of choice for several of the ladies on our family tour.
During lunch and dinner in almost every city, it became a comforting standby drink to order and sip slowly, as we took in the atmosphere with joy and conversation. A great choice for a summer drink anywhere. Salute!
5. Simply Delicious Square Pizza in Pisa
While the Leaning Tower of Pisa is an incredible view, the crowds take away the charm just a bit (I still loved seeing it, though). On our short break there, we stopped for a snack at Pizzeria Al Solito Posto.
While the square pizza duo may look a little plain, they were delicious in quality with fresh tomato sauce, olive oil and herbs. Reminded me of my childhood trip to Italy where we had these similar-tasting pizza slices from the village nearby. A great choice!
6. Mortadella Tigelle in Bologna
I enjoyed our quick stop in Bologna. We were in a spacious town square with a beautiful church, the dramatic Fountain of Neptune, and the pedestrianized Bologna Foodie Street just a few minutes' walk away.
Having mortadella in Bologna was a must. Zerocinquantino (051) is a small-plates, casual restaurant that featured some great menu items. I settled on the Tigelle (this is a thin-patterned bread popular in the Emilia-Romagna region) with light and delicious thin-sliced mortadella with slightly melted sharp pecorino cheese. Served in portions in a cute basket, this lunch was simple yet so good!
7. Calamari in a Cone in the Venice Lido
After seeing the incredible beauty of Venice by day, we retreated by boat to the more relaxed beach town of Lido in the Venetian Lagoon for our two-night stay. Sidewalk cafes and restaurants abounded within close walking distance to our modest hotel. We enjoyed some delicious food during our time on this pretty island, including this fresh calamari served in a cute cone as an appetizer.
8. Fancy Fruit Cup in Verona
Verona has a wonderful character to it highlighted by a Roman ampitheatre, restaurants and cafes to linger at with a view of the charming piazza, the Romeo and Juliet balcony, and yes—fruit cups. The Verona market is well known for selling tall and colorful combinations of refreshing fruit that kept me healthy and hydrated while exploring the sights!
Buon Appetito e Salute!
That's a wrap on a brief and tasty tour of eight things to enjoy eating and drinking in different cities in Italy. I treasured these simple moments during this whirlwind exploration of a beautiful country, and I'm grateful that these Italian treats can also be enjoyed in a modified way wherever we may be.
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