Johnny has a 9 seater mini-bus and can take people on a tour of olive groves, olive presses (particularly when they are working you can taste the freshly-made oil) and olive oil producers.
Only one Englishman has worked on the tasting panel of Slow Food's Extravergini olive oil guide: Johnny Madge. His expertise is thus unique.
Tours can start at any time that suits our clients. Many people now take the 9.00 train from Tiburtina which arrives in Fara Sabina station at 9.41 and we take it from there. During the week the train service is very frequent thus allowing for great flexibility: every 15 minutes. Some people prefer to take a later train at 11.45 arriving out in Sabina (at Poggio Mirteto station) at 12.31. But we are happy for you to arrive at whatever time suits you during the morning.
Depending on arrival time we then proceed to Casperia where our restaurant Osteria Vigna is. As we drive along (about 30 minutes), in a leisurely fashion stopping to take photographs of the beautiful scenery, I normally start talking about olive oil-making techniques, different qualities of oils and olives as well as what makes an olive oil the Best in The World as some of the oils we will be tasting will turn out to be.
Casperia is a very medieval special village which is perched on the top of a hill. It is completely without traffic as it is impossible to drive into because the streets are nearly all made up of steps. This makes for a very special 'slow' atmosphere but is, unfortunately, very difficult for the disabled.
On arrival at Vigna we taste three oils. Those who want to can try tasting the oil by 'drinking' it out of little cups as can be seen in the video I recorded with British tv chef Gary Rhodes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DX4Gfh7u-8). Those who don't want to do this can try the oil on bread/toast.
We then have lunch at Vigna where the idea is that most of the meal shows how these wonderful olive oils can transform the simplest foods into something surprisingly delicious. Wines (or fantastic locally brewed craft beers) are served during the tastings and the meal and is included in the total price.
If you are interested in staying in Casperia we highly recommend La Torretta
If you want to have a great yoga holiday in Casperia try: www.sunflowerretreats.com
If, however, you are staying in Rome we recommend Gli Scipioni
I can heartily recommend my friend Ginevra if you want a special tour in Rome: www.secretrome.it
If you want yoga lessons with a great person: www.gabriellelong.com