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Mediterranean food at its source

Mediterranean meals have recently become a strong trend because of their nutritional value, healthy properties and all around delicious taste. This diet has evolved for centuries, based in the local production of Mediterranean areas such as the south of Spain and France, and countries like Greece and Italy. 

A wide range of products can be found in Mediterranean meals, from the classic olives and lots of vegetables to countless types of fish, great cheese, a bit of meat here and there, the world famous pasta, and tasty condiments of all sorts, just to cite a few. Mediterranean food is certainly a delight to your tastebuds, as well as the rest of your senses. Even further, the Mediterranean lifestyle valorates meals as the center of their social and family life, so when you eat a Mediterranean lunch the right way, you will sit at a long table with plenty of delicious food, surounded by loud laughter and smiling faces, in a very warm atmosphere. In the Mediterranean coast, meals are a celebration of love and life, and you should definitively go there and live it by yourself. The experience will never be matched in a British restaurant where they serve Italian food, no matter how authentic and skilled the chef is. It's just not the same thing.

So pack up, hop on a plane and head straight to Italy, the cradle of the best Mediterranean food and the most famous recipes, as well as the best experiences with friends and family, delicious food, stunning landscapes and unforgettable moments.

The best food tour

The Mediterranean menu is so varied and colourful that you can be certain you will find dish after dish of delicious food you can enjoy. Even people with special eating requirements that find themselves very limited in the United Kingdom or other similar cultures, can actually have plenty of full meals with delicious ingredients with no problem. Vegetarians, vegans, and people with coeliac disease or lactose intolerance among many others, can still enjoy many of the Mediterranean recipes freely. As a matter of fact, Mediterranean food is so healthy that you can eat a lot while you are there and not worry at all about gaining weight or having any digestive discomfort, and there is even the chance that after your food tours and tasting sessions you might discover you have actually lost a few pounds! Mediterranean food has also been reported to be very nutritious and thus help with many health conditions, improve your overall state, and even make some emotional disorders and psychiatric diseases better by balancing our body chemistry. In other words, Mediterranean food makes you healthier and happier. That's how good it is! 

Food tours are all over the place in Italy. Food tours in Bologna, for example, are among the most famous of all, with different spots across the region where you can taste the best of Italian traditional cuisine and enjoy the many flavours, scents and textures this country has to offer. So find out about the best places to go and the most delicious meals to taste, schedule your trip and give it a go! Or let a food tourism company offer you carefully designed packages with the best of Italian food at their origins, with plenty of local restaurants and great kitchens where you can enjoy real Italian meals.

What you cannot miss

Mediterranean recipes have plenty of great ingredients you can enjoy in many recipes, but here are our picks for the items you just cannot miss. They have made themselves a name across the world and for good reason, so here is a short list that you can use as a starting point to start designing your Italian food experience.

Parmesan cheese is one of the most famous cheeses of the world, and there is no better place to taste it than in Italy where it was born. Its unique texture and intense flavour will complement perfectly many meals, and you can also enjoy it alone between meals.

Parma ham is a must for all ham lovers, basically the queen of all hams with its delicious tones of flavour and very distinct look. You can integrate parma ham to many recipes to kick up the taste and the intensity.

Balsamic vinegar is one of the main condiments of Italian salads and other dishes, and it always steps up the flavour of any recipe. And nobody makes, and uses, balsamic vinegar like the Italian people. So when you go to Italy make sure to try this vinegar with your meals.

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