The richness of Italian cuisine lies in its diversity. Italy is a small country (less than half the size of Texas) but it has twenty distinct regions that each have their own cooking styles and customs.
While studying abroad in Florence, I fell in love with Tuscan cuisine. The flavors of Tuscany are strong and straightforward and are based on peasant traditions. The meals were created to be simple and inexpensive. Today it remains largely the same- but by choice instead of necessity.
Eating is one of the greatest joys of traveling in Italy so if you plan on visiting Tuscany soon, check out my recommendations for traditional foods to try during your visit!