About Green Italy Tours
Gio Fasano is the founder and managing director of "Green Italy Tours" and author of giositaly.com a blog about healthy food, organic wines, travel and his creative life.
When he’s not travelling, eating or cooking, Gio runs his other companies, the "Puglia Chef Academy" and Italian Countryside, featured on House Hunters International and USA Today.
Before leaping into the world of food and travel, Gio worked for several architectural firms and construction companies in Europe and the Middle East. He also worked on week ends at Oddbins in London where he learned about wines from the “new world”...
Gio’s education is varied. He started with engineering at the George Washington University in DC and moved to architecture with a degree from the Catholic University of America. After college he spent a year working on organic farms in Tuscany, where he harvested wine grapes, and planted an olive orchard. In the past ten years he has shared his honest adventures in the kitchen with many guests from all over the world; he has founded the “Puglia Chef Academy” and the “Olive Wood Cafe” in Ostuni as well as a restaurant within his family resort in Taranto (Mon Reve).
When not working on cooking and eating food, he blows off steam (and calories) sailing off the coast of Puglia, where he lives. Gio is an avid supporter of the arts, incurable doodler, owner of too many cookbooks and classic cars and human to Bob The Dog, a bouncy jack russell who serves as the PCA Chief Executive Officer.
We have received a lot of help along the way. Many great chefs have worked on our ambitious projects, as well as our friends and collegues Dora, Mary, Gianfranco, Angela, Francesca and Gerardo.
We believe that good food and wine broaden our horizon and give us new perspectives :)
We believe that cuisine is a highlight of travel, and we have carefully designed our culinary tours to include exclusive experiences that best capture the unique food, wine and culinary traditions of each destination. In addition to our culinary tours, we will gladly customize a program to suit your level of culinary interest and proficiency in any of our destinations around the world. Experience the best of authentic local cuisine through:
a variety of dining experiences and venues, including chef's tables, temple restaurants, private dining clubs, private homes (with local families), street vendors and Michelin-starred restaurants.
A variety of cooking classes, from private to group, demonstration to hands-on, one-hour to all-day to learn how to select and prepare local ingredients and to learn how cuisine reflects the Italian local culture, climate and geography (with local partners like the Puglia Chef Academy).
Behind-the-scenes tours of bakeries, wineries, farms, orchards and artisanal food workshops.
Visits to the best specialty markets, gourmet shops, farmers and other food sources. Wine tasting at acclaimed vineyards and assistance with buying and shipping wine home.