Italian Foodie Adventures 2014 – Part1

This July we again had the chance to do a wonderful relaxing trip to lake Garda in Northern Italy, following a few days excursion to the middle of Italy: we visited Firenze, Lucca, Pisa and even spent a fantastic day in San Marino (when we finally managed to leave the mind blowing traffic of the highway). We saw some amazing cities, buildings, art pieces, and we did not have to do any of that with an empty stomach!

Started off with a surprisingly good ‘tourist menu’ in Firenze: tomato bruschetta, meat lasagne with a fresh green salad and a glass of good red wine!

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Then off to the ‘Most Serene Republic of San Marino’ (Serenissima Repubblica di San Marino), a microstate in Italy, close to the normally crowded beach-city, Rimini.

Pizza Capricciosa, green pasta lasagne and a business lunch-fish plate:

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The lasagne was delicious in my opinion, but my Mr still thinks MY lasagne is best – just how cute is that? πŸ™‚

The next day I insisted on going to see THE leaning tower of Pisa, because: 1. we were relatively close to the city from our base in Firenze, 2. You MUST see the tower of Pisa at least once in your life, 3. it is is my book of 100 wonders (I’m totally decided to see them all, while I still can). Any questions? πŸ™‚

The leaning tower of Pisa

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And just look at THAT sandwich. Ask my Mr – he will tell You it was worth going to Pisa only to be able to have that sandwich for lunch. Baguette the size of my forearm, filled with prosciutto di Parma, grilled aubergines, green olive paste, cheese, and some other delicacies, served by one of the two smiling Italian owners:

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The next day we were longing for fried calamari rings, but it is not the easiest dish to find around the middle of Italy. A sudden spark hit my brain after a long day under the sun (and without any luck finding fried calamari…), we marched into a supermarket, bought a big bunch of fresh octopus rings, sunflower oil, flour and 2 types of breadcrumbs, went home and about an hour later we had fried calamari with fresh mixed salad, baguette and olives on the table, accompanied by a big jug of lemonade with lemons and sour cherries straight from home. Heaven!

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Beautiful city of Lucca

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Wait, there is more! Part 2 coming soon πŸ™‚

7 Responses to “Italian Foodie Adventures 2014 – Part1”
  1. I loved it! Thanks for sharing πŸ˜‰

  2. Bonnie Eng says:

    YUM and beautiful pictures!! πŸ˜‰

  3. This sounds like a wonderful trip as well as a taste sensation! Everything looks so good right now…of course it’s at least an hour until dinner time here. I’m laughing and trying to figure out what that sign means – the one which looks like a blue pedestrian tripping over a crosswalk, or maybe carrying a board. But I can’t figure out the hearts.

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