Deep within Italy lies a mosaic of stories, landscapes, and flavors that often remain unexplored. Contessa Consulting bridges this gap, weaving deep cultural experiences with exclusive enogastronomic tours. The term "Enogastronomic Tourism", derived from the Italian "Enogastronomia", melds food, wine, and culture.
Contessa Consulting partners with various tourism agencies in Italy to craft tailor-made tours aligning with visitors' desires. Whether it's winery visits, cooking classes, or volcano treks, they meticulously design experiences in collaboration with their Italian associates.
Visiting Mount Etna requires particular preparation due to its variable climate. It's advised to dress in layers to handle temperature shifts, from the warm Sicilian sun to cooler nights. Given Etna's unpredictable weather and rugged terrain, packing rain gear and sturdy footwear is recommended.
I was introduced to Italian food and wine culture through my immigrant Sicilian grandparents. My professional career in restaurants arose out of a curiosity and love of the culinary experiences that I remembered having with my family.
After college, I moved to Rome, Italy to immerse myself in Italian culture before starting my career in the wine business, selling fine Italian wines throughout California. I have been living between Italy and the United States for more than 15 years, working in wine trade in both New York and California, as well as food and wine tourism in Rome, Italy and on Mount Etna in Sicily.
I am a Certified Sommelier level 2 with the Court of Masters, as well as an Italian Wine Specialist with the North American Sommelier Association and North and Central Italy certified with Ian d’Agata’s 3iC Italian wine curriculum. I divide my time between Italy, New York and California, working as an ambassador for select Italian wine brands, and curating culinary experiences in Italy and the USA
Cristian, originally from Messina, Sicily, is deeply rooted in the culture and
language of his birthplace. After honing his skills in hospitality, craft cocktails, and mixology in Monte Carlo, Monaco for almost 2 years, he gained an innate understanding of marketing industry, with a sharp business acumen and a constant commitment to learning, he is proficient in four languages - French, Italian, Sicilian, and English, he is an invaluable asset to our company.
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