Our third dream trip to Italy.
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.
Astrid Ensign: Our co-host - you must read this.
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.
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.)
Some Instagram images from our last trip to Tuscany can be found here
Pricing and itinerariy will be ready in mid November 2018.