Hail fellow chow-hounds!
I'm quite excited - I've been invited to visit Italy for a week as part of a program called European Art of Taste. I have zero control over the schedule, as this is a sponsored, food-focused trip. However, there are a few opportunities for independent exploration. I have two free afternoon/evenings each in Spoleto and Cremona, and an hour or two during the late afternoon in Parma.
I'd like recommendations for:
What foods to buy in each place (return flight is 8 hours, so any perishables need to be able to survive that)
What local specialties to try in each place and where to try them
What local liquor to bring home
What one sight of historical interest to see in Spoleto and Cremona
Also, if I want to bring home truffle oil and dried mushrooms... can anyone recommend a good brand?
Ditto for foie gras - what brand, and what form would be best for travel?