For most surfers, a strike mission to surf Italy isn’t at the top of the bucket list. Especially for us Australians, Indo is closer, way cheaper, and you’re guaranteed better waves. But whether you’re a food and wine lover, or are after a more cultural experience, a stop-off in Italy on that dream around-the-world trip is worth considering.

Here, Leo Fioravanti plays tour guide as he heads home to the motherland after bowing out of the recent WSL comp in Portugal. Once there he indulges in some wonderful looking home-cooking, is gifted bags full of Mozzarella, and even manages some junky but super-fun looking surf.