3. Sweet Sicily

If the saltiness of Parma ham and cheese doesn’t tickle your taste buds, and you crave something sweeter, there really is only one food destination to put at the top of your list if you truly want to eat like a local in Italy. Head to Sicily and wrap your lips around a sweet, creamy, cannoli. Forget the store bought stuff back home because in the streets of Syracuse or on the beachfront at Taormina, there is true delight in an irresistible cone shaped pastry, filled with a ricotta cheese sweetened by sugar and vanilla and the signature ingredient of a Sicilian cannoli, Succade - the chopped candied peel of local citrus fruit. And, if that’s not enough, you can have it drizzled with a luscious chocolate ganache.

Whether it is licking a creamy gelato in Venice’s St. Mark’s Square, tucking into saltimbocca in a fancy restaurant by Rome’s Trevi Fountain, or savouring a hearty rabbit stew with polenta in Milan, Italian food in Italy, stirs the passions of the soul and marks the start of an interminable love affair with land of Vespas, Gucci and tomato sauce.