Interested in seeing itineraries from past trips? Here's one for Sicily and Piedmont, 2015. Yes, my bags are packed again. This time, we'll be bookending the best of Italy in October as we explore western Sicily, and then venture north to Turin and Barolo country and truffles! What could be better?
Imagine asking the fine gentleman below "Can you please demonstrate your 200 year-old, ultra-secret ricotta-making technique for my group and me?"
First, it was Ferragosto, the time of year in Italy when any sane person, Italian or otherwise, avoids the cities and escapes to their vacation home for a month or more. Restaurants are "chiuso per ferie," closed for holiday, as are small businesses. The sidewalks are rolled up. The streets, deserted.
I could go on and on about how spectacular the Taste Workshops are at Slow Foods' Salone del Gusto food show. But perhaps sharing just a few of the inspired offering from the 2012 Program will whet your palate.