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Johnny Madge Olive Oil Tour

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Address: via Pordenone 21 | Poggio Mirteto Station, 00182 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 7061 3279
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Description: A tour through the olive groves 45 minutes train journey from Rome...
A tour through the olive groves 45 minutes train journey from Rome involving tastings, a light lunch and wines. During the lunch you can try different oils with different foods. Johnny Madge’s expertise about olive oil is internationally sought-after. He has done tastings on television: most recently for British TV chef Gary Rhodes. The trip can start or end with an olive oil tasting in Johnny's oil/wine bar in the medieval village of Casperia.
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Informative and lucious olive oil tasting

I was in Rome in October and booked an olive oil tour with Johnny Madge. It was an excellent decision. Using email to confirm specifics, Johnny was very clear as to where and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 8, 2014
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Eustis, Florida
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Eustis, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I was in Rome in October and booked an olive oil tour with Johnny Madge. It was an excellent decision. Using email to confirm specifics, Johnny was very clear as to where and when we would meet. He was waiting at the train station and took charge from that moment until almost 8 hours later when he left us back... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

My friend and I did the full tour in October 2014. It was the highlight of our Rome trip and was unlike and other tour that I have been on. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Rome. Johnny explains olive oil in depth to include the process of harvesting olives, production of olive oil, how to identify bad... More 

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We did the 1-hour olive oil tasting and lesson at Johnny's restaurant, since we had not booked in time for the tour, and it was incredible. He is one of the world experts in olive oil, is active in the Slow Food movement, and judges olive oil tastings around the world. Knows his stuff and is a great teacher. Would... More 

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Teaneck, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Johnny Madge is a well-respected expert on olive oil and offers group and personal tours. The train ride to him from Rome-Tiburtina is easy and inexpensive. Johnny will meet you at the station. He is a very personable man with a terrific personality and impeccable English and Italian. Every tour is personalized based on the time of year and what... More 

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CT, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This was so much more than olive oil. We took a train from Rome to Fara Sabina about 45 minutes easy to do and very inexpensive. We were met on the platform by Johnny. He then drove us to the hilltop village of Casperia. Along the way he pointed out historical sites and we got to know each other. He... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I haven't read all the reviews here, but I can quickly see that the "Johnny Madge" experience is already well-covered and well-loved here. We sought out this tour specifically to learn more about olive oil, but anyone looking for a classic Italian lifestyle experience would treasure a few precious hours with Johnny. It never even felt like a "tour"... more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Late August 2013 our extended family of 7 arrived from Australia to Casperia to stay at La Torretta. The owners of La Torretta organised for us to wander down for a private tasting to Johnny's little gecko grotto/wine bar on our second evening. As soon as we met Johnny we felt so welcomed and inspired to learn what he passionately... More 

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North Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Johnny's tour is a must do for any visitor to Rome. We had a wonderful day visiting the Sabine Hills, learning about Olive oil, eating, drinking....Johnny is a delightful host, we felt like guests, not tourists. His 5 star rating is well earned, and well deserved. The olive oil we brought home is my favorite souvenir and the scent of... More 

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The wine, the oil, the exquisitely presented edibles, and the beautiful views of quintessentially Italian hilltop villages in the golden afternoon sunshine all blend seamlessly together. Johnny Madge’s Olive Oil Tour is an object lesson in seriously advanced relaxation. As we drifted around the bucolic Sabine hills in a pleasantly alcoholic haze, succumbing to the soporific effects of the gourmet... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

I owe a big thanks to tripadvisor reviewers for 'convincing' me to go on Johnny Madge's olive oil tour. My mom was interested in an olive oil tour so I did a search and found Johnny Madge. I wasn't sure if we had the time since it would take an entire day and we were only in Rome for three.... More 

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