We went with Maria Pasotti of Good Food Good Mood, a guide who wrote her thesis on extra virgin olive oil and studied “slow food at the university. She took us to a local mill to taste the new oil, and the we took a 10 minute ferry to Montisola,the largest lake island in Italy, population only a couple thousand- very different kind of place. We enjoyed meeting a local fisherman who catches and dries shad which are similar to sardines. This fish has a “slow food presidium”, and we got to try it at lunch. Then we met two sisters who have a family farm, and I finally got to see some goats! Not to mention 7 cats 2 dogs, pigs, cows, etc. we tasted their products and it was so nice to experience this place where they work so hard, even the parents were harvesting the olives on a slope! It was a great experience. Not the jet-setter Lake Como kind of lake but I loved it!