One of the good things was a visit to Genoa (or, as the Italians call it, Genova) in Liguria. It is not only has pretty palaces and churches and museums and coastline and things but ALSO fantastic vegetarian food. Obviously, Italy has always been a great place to travel as a vegetarian but, in my view, it can get a bit samey. Liguria has some quite different vegetarian food, though.
|Behold pretty coastline|
|And pretty church|
Firstly, there is pesto. Who doesn't like pesto? The Ligurians do it with funny stubby gnocchi like pasta called trofie which is extremely tasty.
|Trofie al pesto - photo from here|
|Farinata - photo from http://savoringeverybite.com/|
|Focaccia con formaggio|
And ALSO you get all the more standard Italian vegetarian goodness like pizza. And wine. And gelato.
In terms of the food, I think that was the best trip I've ever been on.