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February Travel News

Hi from Rick: Italy for Food Lovers

Gnocchi smothered in glistening pesto. The crispy, garlic-scented crunch of a hunk of bruschetta. A traffic-cone-orange Aperol spritz. A wedge of melon wrapped in very thin, slightly salty prosciutto. Bistecca alla fiorentina with a full-bodied Brunello di Montalcino. Neapolitan-style pizza Margherita…with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. Almond-encrusted biscotti dunked in Vin Santo. Is your mouth watering yet?

I just love Italy. And so many of my favorite Italian memories are edible or drinkable. When I'm working in Italy, I spend each evening going from restaurant to restaurant, updating details for my guidebooks. And then comes my reward for all that hard work: I head back to my favorite place just before closing, ask for whatever the chef would like me to eat, and savor a late dinner. And I'm never disappointed… Read more

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Savor the flavors of the food and wine specialties in Italy's 20 regions — from pizza, pasta, and Parmigiano-Reggiano to espresso, wine, gelato, and more — with Rick's newest book, Italy for Food LoversBuy now

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Tips for Eating Well in Italy on a Budget

Experiencing Italian food and wine can feel like an indulgence, but it doesn't have to be expensive. While it's possible to blow through a lot of money eating in Italy, by choosing restaurants carefully… Read more


What to Eat in Italy, Region by Region

When in Rome, eat as the Romans do (try a local favorite like spaghetti alla carbonara). Here's a quick "hit list" of favorite items to seek out in some of Italy's major cities and regions... Read more

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Video of the Month: From Farm to Table in Tuscany

Join Rick and his friend Roberto Bechi in rural Tuscany for a tour of the noble Zanda family farm. We'll gaze at the sheep, feed the pigs, and learn how the farm uses traditional Italian agriculture… Watch video

Cameron’s Blog: Top 10 Italian Food Experiences

Truffle hunts, cooking classes, eating with the seasons, pizza in Naples, spleen sandwiches in Palermo: Here are just a few of Cameron's favorite Italian food experiences… Read more

Italy’s Culinary Delights on Zoom

Join Rick and Fred Plotkin, author of Italy for the Gourmet Traveler, for a celebration of Italian culinary delights as they debut their new book, Italy for Food Lovers, on the February 6 Monday Night Travel… Register

Slideshow: Village Italy in 14 Days Tour, Day by Day

La dolce vita (the sweet life) describes the intimate magic of small-town Italy. Our Village Italy tour — with a tasty focus on food, wine, and culture — helps you live it… Read more