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Celebrate National Meatball Day—with a Trip to Italy!

You might be tempted to 9cf7f832-4ba3-4b49-b073-001a9b0a05ce-600_q50slurp up pasta with savory meatballs this year for National Meatball Day, but LivingSocial has a tasty alternative for our travel-loving friends. Sink your teeth into two of our best travel deals to Italy, where you’ll get the chance to try your very own authentic Italian meatballs.

First up is a cyclist’s dream—a six-day trip to Rimini, one of Italy’s most idyllic seaside villages. Discover a side to this gorgeous country rarely seen by your average tourist, like famous historic sites and beautiful beaches, during this tour from Battaglin USA. Whether you’re a novice or an expert biker, this trip is perfect for you—and even non-cyclist tours are offered by these pros.

During your trip, you’ll climb rolling hills and coast into lush valleys along several of the same routes followed by the annually-held world-class cycling event Giro d’Italia. Sample primo Italian vino at a local winery and learn how to make Italian meatballs of your very own during an authentic Italian cooking class. When you’re all tuckered out from a day of cycling and sightseeing, you’ll be able to kick back in your four-star accommodations at a seaside hotel.572b7256-5746-43c5-bcaa-3805b54b8e43-700

If a six-day cycling trip to one of Italy’s lesser-known villages isn’t your cup of espresso, customize your own trip with this deal at the Rome Cavalieri. One of Waldorf Astoria’s luxe hotels, the Cavalieri is set inside a 15-acre Mediterranean park on Rome’s highest hilltop with a panoramic view of the Eternal City. This hotel is just a 15-minute shuttle ride to one of Rome’s hottest historic sites—the Piazza Barberini next to the Spanish Steps.

With all of Rome right outside your window, it might be hard to believe that the Cavalieri has even more to offer its guests. Well, think again! The Rome Cavalieri is home to the world’s most prestigious art collection housed within a hotel, meaning you don’t even need to venture outside to find all the culture it has to offer. Its in-house restaurant, La Pergola, has three Michelin stars and is considered one of the finest in Rome. Kick back in any of the hotel’s leisure facilities, including the award-winning Cavalieri Grand Spa Club. Relax in a turkish bath or sauna, take a few laps in the indoor or outdoor pool, play a game of tennis, or even climb the rock wall.

You’ll get a lot more than meatballs if you use either of these Italian vacations to celebrate National Meatball Day—but if you want a more immediate remedy to satiate your cravings, check out our Restaurants page to find some fantastic Italian restaurants near you!