France & Italy With Trafalgar Tours: Day 6 (Part 4)

January 16, 2012

Our final Trafalgar Tours Be My Guest lunch at Fattoria di Maiano was truly an experience that I will never forget and without a doubt my favorite of the trip.  If you have been following my European adventures, then you know that is a bold claim, as the previous Be My Guest lunches were extraordinary!  Prior to our meal, we had a quick tour of the olive oil factory on the property.

There are nearly 20,000 olive trees throughout the completely organic agricultural estate.  The Frantoio and Moraiolo olives are picked by hand during the months of November and December and then pressed in the mill.  The finished product is Laudemio, a premium extra virgin oil with a high nutritional value and a taste that leaves you wanting more.

Lunch was served at Lo Spaccio, the estate’s restaurant, which also has an attached gift shop, where you can purchase the Laudemio along with other olive oil products such as soap and lotion, as well as a delicatessen that offers typical Italian products such as cheese, meat, and wine.

Besides the fact that the restaurant contained cosy rooms filled with charming furniture and crackling fireplaces, the panoramic views from the windows would make any meal taste sensational.

I could not wait to drown my pasta and bread in the Laudemio while looking out onto the Tuscan countryside.

I do apologize deeply for not taking any pictures of one of the many outstanding courses that we enjoyed, however I was too consumed by the greatness of the moment to capture it on film.  Before leaving though, I took one last, longing look out the window and made sure to count my blessings, which were abundant.

Now it was time to travel south to the ‘Eternal City’. . .

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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75 thoughts on “France & Italy With Trafalgar Tours: Day 6 (Part 4)

  1. Manda

    I dont think I have ever anticipated posts relating to food as much as I have with all these Be My Guest posts in relation to your trip. The photos are amazing as always – this pace is beautiful!!

  2. Fidel @IHarTravel

    I don’t know how I keep missing your updates. Maybe I am only subscribed to a certain blog post not the entire page?
    Sorry I am late reading this.
    One question, do the tours with Trafalgar cover the dining experiences you have at places like this? I mean, this sounds like such an amazing experience, Andi. Here you are getting first hand looks at how the oil is pressed and then sampling it along with some great wine. I am sold, completely!

  3. Christian Eilers

    Andi, I am new to the site, but I love your writing already! I have 10 hour layover at Charles De Gaulle (Paris) airport in two weeks (I know this is somewhat irrelevant), have any suggestions? Thanks, keep up the good work!

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Oh yay, so glad you enjoyed my blog on your 1st visit!!! That fills my heart with joy. 🙂 Hmmm, honestly I would head straight into the city, have a fabulous French lunch, and then just wander around. I wouldn’t waste your precious time going to museums. The best way to experience Paris is to walk her streets and get lost — just don’t miss your flight.

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  6. Terra

    What an amazing experience! My Mom and I were just discussing how much we love love olives:-) I would enjoy every moment of that tour:-) Hugs, Terra


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