Our third dream trip to Italy.

Bologna/Emilia Romagna

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PLANNING (subject to change)

Bologna dining and pasta making -  Modena Lambrusco Wines, Ferrari Museum, Balsamic Producer Parma D.O.P. Parmigiano Reggiano tasting, fine dining- Reggio Emilia

Images in beautiful Bologna from October 2018

Below, some images from our trip to Tuscany in 2017.

 
 Who knows fine dining better than the people who publish  the world's 50 best restaurants  list every year? they've assisted us in choosing and booking some of delicious experiences you'll have on this trip.

Who knows fine dining better than the people who publish the world's 50 best restaurants list every year? they've assisted us in choosing and booking some of delicious experiences you'll have on this trip.

 
 

Astrid Ensign:  Our co-host - you must read this.

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 Astrid's passion

Astrid's passion

While the PFA format for our trips usually involves a chef or producer, in Italy our experienced tour planner and on-the-ground guide is Astrid Ensign of Taste of Italy. Astrid grew up in – of all places, rural Montana – in a town that had a one-room school house. Four of the other eight students in her school were her siblings. As a fifth grader, Astrid got her hands on a National Geographic Magazine, fell in love with an article about Italy, and announced to her parents that her dream was to go to Italy. “Sure, Astrid. If you can earn the money, then let’s talk about it…” By the age of 15, she’d saved enough money to gain the attention of her parents as being serious, and the arrangements were made. So, not yet speaking any Italian, this small-town girl was Italy-bound on a plane for the first time in her life, for an almost year-long exchange program in Italy.

 astrid's first picture in italy, in venice on her third day there with her host mom.

astrid's first picture in italy, in venice on her third day there with her host mom.

That was 25 years ago, and since then, she continued her studies in Italy, living and flourishing in Florence and elsewhere, Astrid was taken with the food and wine of Italy. So she set about getting to know chefs, wine and food producers.

Astrid bases herself in Portland, and has been treating Portlanders to her findings for years, either through her work with travel companies or her own. Now, Portland Food Adventures has teamed up with Astrid’s Taste of Italy brand to curate everything we do in Italy. This will be our second trip with Astrid, and we can’t harp enough about how delightful her guidance and presence is. You are welcome to ask our previous guests. You’ll see her pictured in some of the images below, as Astrid and PFA’s Chris Angelus (who is your co- host) took a few days before their Tuscan trip in 2017 to experience first-hand much of what Astrid had in store for this 2018 Sicilian adventure, as well as some new discoveries. We are pleased to offer your chance to experience the best of Eastern Sicily.

NOTE:  When in the USA, Astrid pronounces her name Aus-tree En-sine.  (You'll hear the "d" in Astrid when in Italy and she's conversing in Italian.)

 your hosts chris and astrid at the city's historic core at the cathedral of syracuse.

your hosts chris and astrid at the city's historic core at the cathedral of syracuse.

Some Instagram images from our last trip to Tuscany can be found here

Pricing/Terms

Pricing and itinerariy will be ready in mid November 2018.