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Have you heard of BonAppetour?? It is a great platform that helps meet travellers and locals. Locals from a particular town/city become host to travellers for lunch/dinner and offer them an “authentic” experience. All one needs to do is find whether the city they are travelling to that has BonAppetour hosts, and then just register and book.

During my last trip to Italy I booked a dinner with Andrea and his wife Giovanna, locals from Florence, Italy. I had no idea what to expect in terms of food quality, ambiance or experience. It definitely felt strange to just knock on a some stranger’s door and start eating with them. But it was also very new and different. I was certain that I wanted to dine in an Italian house to experience their culture and habits more. So I booked without thinking much.

I arrived at Andrea and Giovanna’s house to warm smiles and a large bowl of homely pumpkin risotto. Giovanna was very kind and even asked me if I wanted the recipe.

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They served me wine with the meal, both sweet and fizzed along with fresh salad. We chatted quite a bit and Andrea told me that the tomatoes in the salad were brought from the farms in the Tuscan countryside.

Andrea knew English quite well and was very informative as well as curious about the Indian culture. Giovanna was quiet and spoke more in Italian. She was very talented and loved cooking. I learnt that she was a trained singer so she put her favorite music on the computer just to have me listen to it and even invited me to a concert the next day where she was singing. Unfortunately I was leaving Florence the next morning so could not make it.

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Both of them made sure I ate well. After the salad came the grilled fish which made me pretty full. I skipped the usual coffee after the meal and instead agreed on dessert. Chocolate mousse and strawberries dipped in wine! Who would say no to that?! 🙂

Andrea and Giovanna were great company. They were kind to drop me back to my hotel around 1030 p.m. I hope whenever I visit Florence again, I meet them again.

Thank you for making Florence even more special for me.

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Meanwhile, to all of you, Taste The World with BonAppetour!

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