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Planning 5 day trip to Italy and seeking advice / suggestions

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Planning 5 day trip to Italy and seeking advice / suggestions

brickscoli | Apr 22, 2010 01:16 PM

Planning 5 day trip to Italy and seeking advice or suggestions. Am planning to go in either September, October, November or December.

What I would like to do: Visit a working farm/farms that raise heritage breed cattle such as hogs where I can see how they are raised and learn about what they are fed and how it effects the flavor of the food. I'd like to eat some amazing prosciutto and other cured and smoked meats and lardo. Maybe visit where they age prosciutto or make Parmesan. I'd like to prepare dinner with experienced chefs (or grandmothers) such as pastas and perhaps cook with food that I can harvest that day. I'd like to search for truffles or perhaps hunt game with a farmer. I don't mind performing work at the farm for some kind of discount or free food. I'd like to visit towns, cafes and bars.

Essentially I'd like to learn about the italian countryside, food and wine but from the locals, not travel guides or tourist traps. I'd like to check out some vinyards. and some fine restaurants. I'd like to talk with some insane local culinary minds. Essentially I'd like to do this intelligently and avoiding paying extra money for no reason. So I'm starting here. Don't know where to start. Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Will not have a car. Fine for a basic clean place to sleep/stay but someplace that has character. Cannot break the bank on this. Speak a bit of culinary italian.

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