Whether you're sampling street food, savouring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world. Carb-addicts will enjoy the bounty of pasta and pizza on offer, foodies will love the parmesan and olives, and those with a sweet tooth won't be able to resist the desserts and sweets.From fine dining to street carts, aperitivo and family-run kitchens, Italy's got cuisine covered.
Native to southern Italy, Limoncello can be found everywhere in Italy but especially on the Amalfi Coast.Major coastal tourist spots like the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre all but close (except to locals) during winter and are truly best seen in the warmer months.With the Renaissance, Vespa, slow-food movement, opera, Valentino, espresso, the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel, the culture of Italy is as rich as its food.Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there!Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.Respect for the family unit is paramount, with many families choosing to live close to each other for life.Community is also an important element of Italian life and this can be seen with neighbours enjoying a passeggiata (an after dinner stroll and chat).There's no self-service here so ask for what item you want - Italian fruit sellers don't appreciate fruit being handled before purchase.The quintessential Italian experience, sip an espresso while standing up at a cafe bar, just like the locals do. Italy produces some of the world's best wine so savour a glass (or two! Fans of white wine will love a crisp Pinot Grigio, a summer wine best served with seafood or chicken.Italians certainly live their lives with passion and this is evident in their zealous approach to driving, passionate patronage of football (soccer) matches and exuberant social life.It's common to see Italians debate politics, fashion, sport and current affairs with ferocious verve, which can sometimes be quite confronting for people from meeker cultural backgrounds.