Italian City Guides

Italian City Guides

Italy is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful and exciting countries in the world with its rich architectural heritage, it´s bucolic vineyards, sunflower and olive groves, and it´s extraordinary coastline punctuated by ancient Moorish fortresses and dreamy, pastel colored Mediterranean villages spilling out over the sea. We have profiled some of our favorite villages, towns and cities in Italy ranging from wine country hamlets like Alba and San Miniato, foodie towns like Modena, enchanting coastal spots like Capri and Portofino, and famous art cities like Siena and Venice.


Alba Guide

Alba
Alba is a small town in Piedmont and major hub for gourmet travelers. Home to Barolo and Barbaresco wines and the famed white truffle, Alba is a highlight on the foodie map of Italy...

Assisi Guide

Assisi
Assisi is a magical, historic and spiritual village in the gorgeous region of Umbria, with important religious monuments like the Basilica of St Francis, as well as a hub for foodie and wine lovers...


Barolo Guide

Barolo
Barolo is referred to as the King of Wines and the Wine of Kings. Made with the Nebbiolo grape, Barolo is considered to be one of the finest types of wine in the world...

Bologna Guide

Bologna
Bologna is a gourmet´s paradise! Most certainly Italy´s funnest and most pleasurable town, Bologna is an absolute treat for foodies and culture vultures alike. Located in Emilia Romagna, a region famous for Balsamic Vinegar, Culatello and Parma hams, Parmigiano Reggiano and Mortadella, Bologna offers the visitor a multitude of culinary temptations...


Capri Guide

Capri
Capri is one of Italy´s most glamorous locations. Located off the Bay of Naples in a gorgeous setting, this island is a delight for gourmet travelers looking for luxury. You´ll find superb wines from Campania such as Taurasi and Falanghina, zippy Limoncellos, and superb fresh seafood...

Cinque Terre Guide

Cinque Terre
The Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare) coastline is one of the most beautiful in Italy and this is a haven for foodies, offering tantalizing tastes of Pesto, Foccacia and fresh seafood...


Ferrara Guide

Ferrara
Definitely one of the least known and most beautiful cities in Italy, Ferrara has a pedigreed past. During the Renaissance, the powerful Este family held court here, and today you can see the artistic and architectural heritage from this period....

Florence

Florence
Florence is one of the most picture perfect towns in the world, and interesting for wine lovers to know, has been making wine commercially since 200BC! Birthplace of Dante and Michelangelo and cradle of the Renaissance...


Lucca Guide

Lucca
Lucca is one of the loveliest towns in Italy, graced by a perfectly preserved medieval wall around the town. Located in Tuscany, Lucca is unspoiled and slightly off the trodden tourist path. Famed for its olive oils and lingerie, Lucca is a captivating town to visit...

Milan

Milan
Italy´s fashion and industrial capital is also a major hot spot for foodies with top restaurants (Cracco Peck, Dal Bolognese, Sadler and Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia are great eateries) and the wine country of Franciacorta nearby. Highlights of Milan include shopping (a must!), ne dining (a must!) and culture (the spectacular Duomo, the Brera Art Museum, etc)...


Modena Guide

Modena
Foodies from all over the globe head to Modena to visit its historic "acetaias" (balsamic vinegar wineries) and gourmet shops. The historic center is also home to fantastic monuments and restaurants. Modena is also the home of Ferrari...

Montalcino

Montalcino
One of the loveliest little wine villages in Italy, Montalcino is a fabulous place to visit during your tour of Tuscany’s vineyards, as it is home to the famed Brunello di Montalcino wine...


Orvieto Guide

Orvieto
One of the most magical cities in Umbria, Orvieto is easily visited from both Rome and nearby Tuscany. The duomo is one of the most extravagant in Italy, and combined with a tour of "underground Orvieto" (a network of labyrinthine tunnel) is a fascinating way to spend the afternoon...

Palermo

Palermo
The enthralling Sicilian city of Palermo attacks all of the the senses, with outrageous Baroque architecture, aromatic street food and beeping vespas. It's certainly an obligatory stop for food and wine lovers for its traditional ristoranti, colorful markets and proximity to the wine country...


Parma Guide

Parma
The birthplace of Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello and Parmigiano Reggiano, Parma is firmly on the map of traveling gourmets. Culinary treasures aside, Parma also has a fantastic music tradition (this is the land of Verdi and Toscanini) and a high concentration of fairy tale castles in the province...

Perugia

Perugia
Perugia is a "must see" Umbrian town, famous for its historic center and exuberant chocolate festival. For music lovers, it also hosts a fantastic jazz festival. Perugia is home to thousands of international students and the atmosphere is similar to Bologna, lively and energized...


Portofino Guide

Portofino
Portofino is located in the region of Liguria (the Italian Riviera) on the Mediterranean coast and in the Gulf of Genoa. The northern part of the region extends into the Alps and the winelands of Piedmont...

Rome

Rome
According to the legend of Romulus and Remus (the twin sons of the War Good Mars and the Latin Princess Rhea Silvia), the twins were abandoned on the banks of the River Tiber and then raised by a She-wolf...


San Gimignano Guide

San Gimignano
This medieval gem in Tuscany is also famous for its delicious dry, white wine- Vernaccia di San Gimignano. One of the quintessential Tuscan hill towns, you´ll love to spend an afternoon here, visiting art galleries and gourmet shops, and admiring the superb architecture...

San Miniato

San Miniato
The medieval Tuscan hill town of San Miniato is on the map for foodies worldwide as it is a hub for white truffle production and hosts a fabulous annual truffle fair...


Siena Guide

Siena
Siena is one of Italy’s most captivating cities, with its concentration of medieval and gothic architecture and charming small town appeal. Located in Tuscany, about an hour south of Florence, Siena offers a treasure trove...

Treviso

Treviso
Sometimes called a "Little Venice", Treviso is a pretty small town full of canals and graceful architecture. It´s a nice stop on your food and wine tour of the north east of Italy, as you have the wine regions of Prosecco and Valpolicella nearby...


Trieste Guide

Trieste
Gateway to the Friuli wine region, Trieste is a surprising Italian city with a distinctly Middle European feel. Home to some superb traditional restaurants, historic cafes and unique architecture, Trieste is a great base for your food and wine tour of Friuli...

Turin Guide

Turin
Turin is one of Northern Italy´s best kept secrets and a "must" for food and wine lovers. This elegant and commercial city is the gateway to Piemonte, home of Barolo and Barbaresco, and is also the birthplace of the Martini aperitif. Chocolate masters have called Turin ("Torino") their home for centuries, and the tourist office even offers a "Turin Choco Pass". Other important places of interest include the Egyptian Museum and the Cathedral which houses the notorious "Shroud of Turin"...


Venice Guide

Venice
The mere mention of Venice conjures an air of irresistible romance. With its iconic canals, delectable food and wine, and fascinating mix of architecture, art and history, the “La Serenissima” is truly one of Italy’s most magical destinations...

Verona Guide

Verona
One of Italy´s most elegant towns, Verona is famous for wine lovers (Vin Italy is hosted here), history buffs (the 1st century Roman amphitheater is the 3rd biggest in the world) and opera lovers (25,000 spectators can fit in the marvelous "Arena" to watch Verdi´s Aida or Puccini´s Boheme during the annual summer opera season)...