I was visiting one of our business partners in Ancona last week. My contact there, Alessandro, is also a cigar lover. He gifted me some Italian made cigars. Gonna light them up during one of the weekday herfs.
I'd be interested to know how they were. Seems most Italian tobaccos are from a Kentucky strain that was brought over to Italy before the 1800s, Given the soils and climates, it could have turned into something interesting.
These are machine made though so I guess it will be a harder comparison with hand made cigars, still they might be surprising.