2. Unmistakably Parma

The northern city of Parma is not only an interesting tourist destination, but has the honour of two famous eponymous food products, indelibly associated with Italian cuisine – Parma ham and Parmesan cheese. Find a charming little trattoria with tables and chairs on a cobbled pavement in one of the elegant city squares and savour the salty wafer thin ham with other anti-pasti as precursor to a dish of perfectly made ravioli filled with four cheeses, covered in a burnt butter and sage sauce, with the perfect finishing touch of some shaved Parmigiana Reggiano. Order a crisp Italian white, chilled to perfection and you have a truly authentic taste of Italy.