I wasn't sure if it was necessary to write a review, since this experience is pretty thoroughly reviewed in a very accurate way. But I feel compelled to add a few things that made this the true highlight of our three week Italian holiday.
Everyone is correct that Alessandro is a passionate, fun, knowledgable host. He is a genuine guy too-I never felt like he was putting on an act or show.
The parmigiano reggiano maker was truly amazing-every step you get to see and experience. The folks at the cheese making facility were gracious and wonderful despite our intrusion on their work day. The tasting was huge-tons of cheese, pastry, pizza, sandwiches,and lambrusco at 9:00am!
The balsamico producer/acetia was so interesting-I will feel like I can buy the best product now wherever I encounter balsamic vinegar. Again the tastings were very generous-fresh ricotta with one age of balsamic, crema gelato with another age, as well as straight balsamic tastings.
The proscuitto producer was interesting, but in my opinion slightly less so than the other stops. Still the same high level of information and tastings.
The most amazing way to end such a fun morning was the visit to an agriturismo/organic vineyard. The dining space was charming and wonderful, and the food was truly some of the very best we had in Italy. Three courses of pasta, salad, bread, secondi, etc. Wine with every course, grappa and green walnut liqueur, dessert-a first rate experience. Alessandro also gave us great information about dining in Bologna for future meals.
And my husband and I both agreed that for all the tour provides, the price is really a very good deal. If you are on the fence about booking, do it. You truly will not regret it, and it will most likely also become a highlight of your trip.
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