Dear Maralyn, grazie. We are in contact with many local incoming operators and have a deep knowledge of the territory. We would be happy to assist you with the planning and organisation of press trips in Italy and, of course, joining the International Food, Wine & Travel Association.
We always have requests from journalists and many are in your situation. However, if you can put together a group of 10 or more journalists or other travelers, we can arrange to have you included as the tour leader. We would also make sure you had some time with the guides (all registered and licensed) to get additional information you may need for an article and ay back up information from the tourism office. The opportunity can be niche specific or general. The itineraries can be customized to your taste.
Thanks for your comment! I just joined IFWTWA and am excited to become a member. There are so many great resources on the site. I actually heard of tripatini on the IFWTWA site and signed up.