It is definitely true, you don’t need to go on a food tour in Italy to be exposed to some incredible Italian products because they are right in front of you every time you sit down in a trattoria, stumble across a morning market or find yourself examining the shelves in even the smallest alimentary grocery shop while you wait politely for the conclusion of a morning social exchange between customer and seller. Italy and food go together, it’s a given that you will find fabulous food available everywhere, but remember, it does pay to make sure you get away from the crowded tourist areas where people gather in the main piazza, usually too tired and hungry to go another step, and therefore falling into a seat on a pavement and chomping on disappointingly dry pizza. Any Italy Food Tour is going to bring you into close contact with amazing products, perhaps Parmigiano Reggiano, or Traditional Balsamic of Modena, or Prosciutto from Parma – all three among world class products produced around the charming city of Parma, but whether you are on a food tour or not you can still sample all those delicacies wherever you travel in Italy.
Your Personal Food Tour in Italy
A glorious time to travel in Italy, the grapes are under harvest, the summer heat is over and Italians have returned home from their seaside holidays. The season subtly changes and olives are ripening, chestnuts, too, and after the first falls of rain, well worn mushrooming baskets are retrieved from the cantina and mushroom hunters venture into the forests at dawn, the earth is still warm, and the rains bring porcini mushrooms up, and the truffles grow underground.
In Autumn 2017 I’m travelling into chestnut territory during one of the major chestnut harvests. Its a fun festival, there will be plenty of long wooden ladders propped against huge branches hanging low with ripe chestnuts, and beneath the trees, scatterings of the first to fall, and the braziers already smoking. Lunch of chestnut pasta is aromatic and delicious, and so is turkey with chestnuts and honey!