Wine is a mainstay of French culture. It’s served both at lunch and at dinner – paired according to the meal – and is discussed with great pride and affection. For travelers, trying new wines offers a taste of the local terroir as well as an appreciation of the deeply rooted traditions of everyday french life.
For Italians, colazione or breakfast isn’t exactly the most important meal of the day. Instead, it’s small, simple, and almost always sweet, and is just enough to get you going as you move toward lunch — Italy’s main meal of the day. At home, many Italians start their morning with a few cookies (yes, cookies!) accompanied by coffee and milk, while breakfast in a coffee shop typically consists of abrioche pastry (Italy’s croissant) washed down with a steaming hot cappuccino. Add a spremuta or freshly squeezed juice and you’ve got what Italians refer to as a colazione completa.