A visit to Wild Foods Italy is a chance to unwind and experience a genuine Italian farming village that has been in the same family for 700 years. For generations, the family that owns the village of Pettino in Umbria has been hunting for truffles, growing olives and raising sheep. Now, they share those experiences with travellers who revel in the slow pace, idyllic landscape and amazing food of the region. Mac Ryde, who was born and bred in New Zealand, tells the romantic tale of how he came to join the family and make this ancient village his home. There are stories of delicious food, a quirky extended family and a way of life that’s changed little since the late Middle Ages. We hope this little snippet of Mac talking about how he met his wife Francesa piques your interest.