Discover a land, through its food

Food adventure tours to explore Provence, its people, and its culture

Take the time to explore

From the Alps mountains to the Mediterranean sea, a diverse territory

Take the time to share

The slow way to conviviality is food and sharing

Take the time to grow

Learn about production, nutrition, history and culture

Philosophy

There is no more comprehensive, pleasant and culturally immersive way to discover a territory, than through its food.  Each of the tours I offer is a unique learning experience, tailored made according to what is most important...

The food

As inspired by the Slow Food philosophy, any food, from the simplest apple to the most refined wine, is originated by a number of factors combined together. It is a brilliant encounter of natural resources, geographical conditions, chemistry processes, manual gestures, traditional savoir-faire and historical happenings that make that wine and that apple the way it is today, the moment you enjoy.

The people

Meet the people! Meet the producers, the farmers, meet the artisans and meet the neighbours! We live surrounded by a network of great people working hard for what they believe in. Let me introduce you to them and create an opportunity for cultural exchange. They will share their knowledge and experience and traditions. I will just be the bridge between you and them!

The Territory

When talking about food, we must learn about the territory, its soil, its geography. Ranging from the Alps mountains to the Mediterranean sea, Provence offers an incredible variety of natural conditions and therefore of agricultural products. Alpage cow cheese made with the fresh pastures of the mountains. The resistant "petit épeautre", mankind's oldest cereal, perfectly adapted to the droughts of the inner land. Traditional fishing on the coast. We will discover during our trip all kinds of production techniques.

Values

Through my tours I wish to share experiences, created around the theme of food, that will make of  your journey a learning and exchanging opportunity

PRODUCERS NETWORK

I work with a set network of producers that I know, I know how they work, what they offer. Day by day the network expands, as I discover new and inspiring people

HI! I AM A GASTRONOME GUIDE

Being a diplomate of the University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG), I will help you to understand the production processes and link them to the human and cultural factors for a journey that goes beyond pure leisures

MULTICULTURAL EXPERIENCE

Having lived and travelled around the world I got to understand that one of the most beautiful things in cultural differences is to find similarities! My objective during this trip is to help you understanding the local culture through the lenses of your own

PERSONALIZED TOURS

All tours can be highly personalized depending on your interests and expectations. Contact me and share your ideas, and wishes. A good chat will help us understand if we can create together the offer you expect!

ALL YEAR AROUND

Most people visit Provence in July and August. That is a great season, off course but: what about the rest of the year? Good to know Provence offers amazing landscapes and delicious products all year around. Each season has its own specificities and what, is best: less crowd around!

FLEXIBLE BUDGET

Such elements as accomodations and restaurants can be flexible and adapted to your needs. The quality of the overall experience and of the visits won't change a bit! Contact me to ask for a personalized proposal

Ingredients

Our tours are modulable and seasonal. Just as a recipe, "ingredients" are added according to your preferences. Here below are just a few suggestions of activities to assemble for a "recipe tour" or a "theme tour". Contact us for more suggestions!

fishing boats Provence
Theme Tour
Fishermen
fishing boats Provence
Lavender PRovence
Recipe Tour
Lavender
Lavender PRovence
Banon Provence
Recipe Tour
Banon
Banon Provence
Wine grapes in Provence
Recipe Tour
Wine
Wine grapes in Provence
Olive Oil Provence
Recipe Tour
Olive Oil
Olive Oil Provence
Recipe Tour
Petit Epeautre
Recipe Tour
Truffle
Marché Provence
Recipe Tour
Markets
Marché Provence
Camargue Horses
Theme Tour
Camargue
Camargue Horses

TOURS

I offer one day or several day tours. Get in touch to learn about more options and receive a personalized proposal

The “recipe” tour

  • One Day
  • Gastronome Guide
  • All visits and tastings
  • Transport not included
  • Restaurant upgrade available
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The “theme” tour

  • one day
  • Gastronome Guide
  • All visits and tastings
  • Transport not included
  • Restaurant upgrade available
Details

Provence Discovery

  • Price on request
  • Several days
  • Specialized Gastronome Guide
  • All visits and tastings
  • All meals
  • Transport on request
Details

Services

Tailored made tours for privates and groups, institutions and enterprises

Privates

Travelling with friends or family? One or more days?

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Schools and institutions

For schools and institutions: learning tours about one of today’s most talked about issues

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Enterprises

Incentive tours, specifically created according to your needs

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Testimonials

Maddalena inspires curiosity in a group of travellers while simultaneously putting them at ease. She is as personable with a group as she is introducing farmers, producers, and owners. From start to finish, you are in good hands with Maddalena

Kelsey Farrell
Kelsey Farrell
from United States

Nuestro viaje en Barcelona fue una travesía maravillosa. Gracias por compartir con nosotros tantos lugares, comidas y experiencias inolvidables. Definitivamente vivir una ciudad a través de su gastronomía fue mucho más íntimo, divertido y delicioso. Gracias mil!

Nathaly Arroba
Nathaly Arroba
from Ecuador

Maddalena kept the perfect balance between organized structure and light-hearted flexibility. Her knowledge of food systems and traditions coupled with her organizational ability and ability to communicate with diverse characters combines to form the ideal tour guide.

James Earle
James Earle
from United States

Presentation and inspirations!

"We, at a stroke, perceive three cups lying on a table; Funes would see all the shoots and clusters and fruit comprised by a vine." "Funes the Memorious", by Jorge Luis Borges

I was born in Florence, Italy, the cradle of the Renaissance, but also the city of "ribollita" and "panzanella" and countless other dishes considered to belong to the poor. I am the daughter of a father coffee purveyor and a mother passionate of wild foraging, food has always been an important part of my life. Growing older, it became the focus of my studies, a profession and a reason to explore the world. After receiving a Master from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, founded by Slow Food, I joined the staff, researching and leading study groups all over the world - from Spain to Chile to the Philippines - to better understand the role gastronomy has in defining culture. Following the path of life, I arrived in Provence, France where I joined my partner, working on the family farm reviving "petit épeautre", a local ancient cereal variety. The Pays de Forcalquier, a remote area of Provence, located between the Luberon Park, the Plateau de Valensole, and the Verdon Lakes and Canyons, struck me for its wild beauty and strong connection to traditional values. Blessed by a great variety of food productions and countless small-scale farms, it is the perfect place to share with others my ideal of food travel: an engaging journey through the senses, the people, and the territory to gain a real understanding of local culture and good food practices.

Since I stumbled into an old library of Barcelona and found the book "Good, clean and fair" by Carlo Petrini, Slow Food has become one of my greatest inspirations. The idea that we can change the world through one of the most pleasant and essential elements of life, food, is absolute. Food as gastronomy is an extremely comprehensive matter, engaging production practices, economic and social issues, cultural and historical heritage, human savoir-faire, just to mention a few. On top of this, food is a natural catalyst of human encounters and the warmest icebreaker. During the years I travelled through the network of the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo, Italy, and Slow Food, I met some of the most humble and honourable people, producers, farmers, chefs, simple passionates, all trying to change the world by doing first of all good to their own land. They have been moving encounters. Today, I wish to share inspiring experiences, to provoke a renewed consciousness towards the matter of food and a desire for engagement.

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CONTACT US

Tell me more about your interests and expectations. Depending on the season I will send you a few options for a personalized food tour