The seven regions that make Italy's food magnificent

In Italy, food is never just a meal. It is a way of life, a philosophy, a social event, an important reminder of home. Ripe, sun-kissed vegetables impart vibrant colours, while traditional methods create time-honoured flavours and textures that cannot be improved upon. From the firm, buttery pastas of Puglia in the south to the sweet mountain cheeses of the north, Italy's regions are a showcase of its specialities.

When planning your foodie tour of Italy, consider the specialties of each region – and savour every mouthful.

Chianti Valley: for wine

The heart of Old Tuscany, Chianti Valley has been hailed for its exceptional wines since the 13th century. Not much beats the experience of drinking a wine immersed in the landscape that created it, and no visit here would be complete without a tour of a wine estate and tasting session.

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