After just four days on a family vacation in 2013, as well as planning a client’s trip at my old job, I absolutely love Italy and all it has to offer: food, culture, and overall happiness. Here are some of my favorites from my time in Italy!

Casa Emma (Tuscany)

The view alone should be enough to sell you on Casa Emma, a gorgeous winery tucked away in the hills of Tuscany. The wine was exquisite and paired wonderfully with their 100% authentic homemade Italian lunch. Their freshly made pasta with a bolognese sauce is arguably one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. If you’re going to Tuscany, stop at Casa Emma. You won’t regret it.


San Lorenzo Market (Florence)

San Lorenzo Market is an open market that sells pretty much anything you can think of. Best part? Most of it is actually good quality! Find whatever you’re looking for in this crazy hub. I found a ring at a nearby shop that I wear to this day!


Cannoli (Sicily)

You can’t go to the birthplace of the Cannoli and not get one! The cruise I was on stopped in the Sicilian town of Taormina and one of the first things on our list was heading to a bakery to get a cannoli. While I can’t remember the name of the place where I got mine, I’m sure that there are many out there that are just as good. And boy, are they good! Hard pastry shell filled with a sweet pastry cream (sometimes with extras like chocolate chips and pistachios). A perfect dessert! There are many great Italian foods, and this is one of them!


La Cucina Riccono (Taormina)

Throughout the winding streets of Taormina lies La Cucina Riccobono, home to one of the most authentic Italian meals I’ve ever had! Their a la carte options allow you to pick and choose exactly what you’d like to eat, and each bite is more delicious than the last! We stumbled randomly across this restaurant while looking for a different one, and I’m so glad we did.

See anything you like? Or maybe something you would like to add? Let me know in the comments or submit it on my contact page!

-Girl Traveling the World 🙂

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