I love my first-born best. Taboo, I know. But my first was so special, so magical, so transformative that I just can't help it.
In 2013, I started a travel business, one that focuses on unique, intimate and unforgettable food and wine adventures in Italy. It's been a life-long dream to share the magic of off the beaten path destinations. Now, I do it several times a year with trips expertly curated and personally led by me and my husband, Jonathan. When we travel, we set a very high bar. Others noticed and asked how they could do it, too.
Ultimately, we knew that if we could satisfy ourselves, we could more than satisfy others.
For us, one experience (one very special experience) helped to launch an entirely new part of our life. This life centers on introducing the art of slow living, through personally guided travel to Italy and Spain featuring wine, food, immersion in local cultural activities, with the added bonus of creating new friendships along the way. Our travelers tend to be very busy people, but people willing to slow down long enough to enjoy a unique experience.
Jonathan and I first visited Slow Food's Salone del Gusto in beautiful Turin in October, 2012. Soon after, we began to bring travelers to remote and often less traveled parts of Italy. In 2014, we brought out first group to Salone, and neighboring Piedmont, where the Barolos and truffles couldn't be ignored.
Now, it's 2016, it's my dream's third birthday, and Salone time again. MorsoSoggiorno will be front and center, partaking of education, Michelin-Star dinners, sought-after wine tastings and much more in cultured yet often overlooked Turin (which Condé Nast Traveler calls "the Paris of Italy").
This trip, which takes place from September 21 through October 1, packs fun, food and wine into ten extraordinary days and nights. On our first three days, we'll explore incredible Turin and Salone del Gusto, Slow Food's semi-annual gathering of over 1,000 artisan food, wine, cheese, and other heritage producers from every region of Italy.
From there, we'll spend three days exploring the beautiful rolling hills of the regions of Barolo and Le Langhe. We'll hunt truffles, sip red wine, have a private dinner and cellar tour in Barolo and luxuriate in a 12-bedroom feudal castle and spa. Finally, we'll journey north to experience an Italian autumn in Lake Como, criss-crossing the lake from our villa in our own private motorboat to visit the picturesque towns that dot the shores.
We eat, we laugh, we walk, we drink, we have conversation (remember conversation?) and we hang with sheep, horses and truffle-hunting dogs. But perhaps most importantly, we are reminded over and over that in a world that moves too fast, slow travel can take you to some very special places indeed