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Take a tour of Italy with culinary history in mind

In addition to storied history and beautiful architecture, Italy tours offer travelers the chance to enjoy some of the best food in the world. Even the most upscale Italian restaurant in the U.S. can't compete with the real thing, and there are a few cities spread throughout the country that are particularly well-suited for culinary enthusiasts. 

Bologna has been an important metropolitan area for thousands of years, so it's not surprising that it has also developed a reputation for its food. A walk through its central market will bring you to some of the freshest products around, whether you're looking to pick up some eggiano cheese, mortadella di bologna or traditional balsamic vinegar. Of course, you can't move on from Bologna without sampling some of its famous Bolognese sauce, which has become a staple of Italian cuisine.

Florence is often recognized for the critical role it played during the Renaissance, but its culinary offerings are just as important. Its location in the Tuscany region of Italy has made the city home to some of the best olive oil in the world, and aside from getting the chance to see how it's made is made, visiting Florence also gives you the opportunity to sample some of its fare. You can get a taste of traditional Tuscan cuisine seemingly around every corner, whether you want to Il Teatro del Sale, {missing something} which offers buffet-style dining, or Il Vinaino, which is a more traditional setting. 

Tuscany is undoubtedly a foodie hotspot, but there is more outside the region, especially in Parma. Located to the east, Parma has provided many of Italy's most famous foods including the Parma ham - more traditionally known as prosciutto.

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