In addition to the art that makes your soul swoon, souk-like markets peppered across streets, sunny Tuscan castles and the romance of it all, Italy is Europe's most sought after destination for the country's glorious food scene.
You could be walking down cobblestone streets, watching rows of colourful boats go by, or be regaled with stories of family and history by a garrulous Italian stranger, but somehow you'll always be a little distracted by the aroma of freshly baked bread or a tangy bolognese sauce from a nearby kiosk.
This list of handpicked of food tours, will suss out everything from Michelin-starred musts, hole-in-the-wall restaurants where they make their pasta and sauce from scratch, to the best spots to go hunting for truffles as you eat and drink your way through the country.
1. Cookbook author gives you gives you a glimpse into native Roman cuisine.
Katie Parla has been conducting culinary tours in Rome for nearly a decade now. Her intimate tour of Roman Cuisine will take you through the piazzas of Prati, a district in northern Vatican, that is relatively devoid of tourists and hence perfect for a truly local experience.