It's the picture of Italian ice-cream in a shop of Rome, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)By Wendy Kaufmann
After travel, our next greatest passion in life is enjoying good food, and so our recent trips to Italy left us with not only wonderful memories, new travel ideas, and great holiday snaps, but it also left us with a whole lot more than an inch to pinch!
A country passionate about everything from the way they speak to each other (hands and all!), the way they dress (don't forget the sunglasses!), and the way they cook, the Italians certainly know how to live life to its fullest, and their Mediterranean style of cooking tickles the taste buds in all the right places.
From teeny tiny espresso's and sweet treats for breakfast, to pizza lunches, and pasta and salad evening menus, they really know how to create a delicious meal from simple ingredients, and that's before you even get started on the gelato!
As one of Europe's leading wine producers, Italy offers a fantastic selection of crisp dry whites, robust reds, and sweet Marsala wines to complement every mealtime, and those who prefer to stay alcohol free will enjoy the massive selection of coffee varieties and delicious fresh fruit juices.
Coffee is almost an institution in Italy, and the locals take it very seriously indeed. Espresso seems to be the coffee of choice by many, who will pop in to one of the street side cafes for less than a minute to get their caffeine boost of the day.
Ice-cream or Gelato, as it is fondly referred to by the locals, is serious business in Italy, and if you manage to pick just one flavour from the numerous varieties available, you will understand why Italians young and old enjoy munching away on this sweet treat as they take their evening stroll through the cobbled streets.
Rich, creamy, and delicious, Italian ice cream is not for those on a diet, but if you are only visiting this beautiful country on holiday - you simply should not resist!
Then we come to our "pi�ce de r�sistance" - Italian pizza! Hearty, tasty, and cooked to perfection, oven baked Italian pizza is worth the journey alone, and while it may have more calories than one should consume in an entire day - who cares, we are in Italy!
A country filled with beautiful scenery, friendly people, amazing wines, and the most delicious food on the planet- Italy has it all.
So that brings me back to my original question - how exactly do the Italians remain so slim?
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