November 2011 ::: Meeting Alessandro Martini for the first time at 7.30 in the morning is like having a double espresso, twice in one go. He is as animated and bright as his jacket (in the photos). Only one other guest, an American lady by the name of Nancy (I think) nearly out-talked him on the trip. Alessandro runs the top-rated to-do activity in Bologna, the food capital of the italian world. Alessandro not only runs the best tour in town, but is extremely passionate about good, healthy food and traditional ways of preparing food. He wlll fool you into thinking the lunch he arranged is but a snack on a hilltop trattoria - it's not. Practically a buffet though not all all prepared like one. 8 thumbs up (me and the girls) and a very loud burp from me!On this tour, you will learn what D.O.P means - once you do, you'll know that, as one reviewer on Tripadvisor said, '“If you travel to Bologna/Modena and you skip this you are a dope - And I don't mean DOP!”.Along with Alessandro, his lovely wife Barbara Wiessner was 100% D.O.P. - extremely helpful and gave us many great tips for the rest of the holiday. She operates on "German minutes" , according to Alessandro, which means she's uber efficient (unlike him, i take it, haha). We only wished we could have met their little daughter Emma Isabel whom Alessandro talks about alot.