Like a child's toy model brutally manhandled, the architectural masterpiece that is Venice has increasingly has been the plaything of millions.
Chicken offal and boiled ox stomach are tasty delights not to be dismissed till they are tried, says this chef.
If you're looking for an alternative to Italy's tourist-swamped cities, then head straight to Bologna.
Beyond the hellish hubbub around the tower, Pisa is an absolute joy to nosy around and hang out in.
Pass a head-spinning array of classical villas, including one that belongs to George and Amal Clooney.
This Michelin-starred chef grew up eating risotto two to three times a week so he knows his stuff. The best one? His mum's, of course.
All of Italy is a top destination for lovers of gourmet holidays, but some of its smaller cities and towns provide particularly restaurant-dense, mouth-watering food scenes and rich cuisines.
It's like some enchanted land that, as with the castle and countryside that surrounded Sleeping Beauty, is slowly waking up after slumbering for a thousand years.
On every person's bucket list, Italy is a star-studded destination. From the Dolomites in the north, to its volcano dominated south, historic Rome in the centre, the coastal splendour of the Cinque Terra or Tuscany's arts capital of Florence - it could take a lot of time to tick all the sights off in one trip, especially since eating could take a large chunk of time out of your visit.