Meet our heroes

“Love and understand the Italians, for the people are more marvellous than the land!”
- Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M Forster

Tastes of Italy is founded on the careful selection of the places and especially the people we work with. We believe the pleasure of excellent service born of genuine hospitality is indispensable to our proposals.

One of the secrets to the success of Tastes of Italy is our network of staff, suppliers and friends who can open some very special doors to rare and wonderful experiences in Italy.

Here are just some of our heroes, select a profile to view:

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Michela Ricciarelli
private client manager


Andrea Soldani
pharmaceutical and medical conferences manager in Tuscany

Genuino del Duca
head chef, wine maker and one of Tastes of Italy’s heroes.
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Luca di Vita
sommelier, raconteur, restaurateur and Tastes of Italy Venice consultant


Giorgio Chiesa
hotelier, Michelin-starred restaurateur and concierge

Michele Giametti 
with Billy
truffle hunting dog extraordinaire
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Massimo & Cin Cecchi
villa owners with a flare for the culinary arts

David & Catherine Gardiner
Tuscan hoteliers and restaurateurs

Dr Rossi di Medelana
producer of Lupicaia one of Tuscany’s most feted super Tuscan wines
Brenda Fawdon
Brenda Fawdon
Chef, restaurateur, cooking school teacher, food presenter and organic food pioneer
Chef Lori
Lori Leinbach
Owner and creator of Culinary Underground, a cookery school dedicated to reviving the art and craft of home cooking