The feel-good factor is dependent as much as anything else on the right climate. As epicures know, for something to become pleasurable to consume, the climate in which it is grown and produced has to be right. At Manifatture Sigaro Toscano in Cava de’ Tirreni in southern Italy, the right climate for people as well as product is provided by mtu Onsite Energy.
The composer Giacomo Puccini loved one, as did Italian unification hero Giuseppe Garibaldi and film stars Marcello Mastroianni and Bud Spencer. The Italian cigar or Toscano is one of the clichés of Italian style and lifestyle. When it comes to way of life, culinary pleasures and design, the Italian way has a reputation as something different and special. And Italian-made cigars are no exception to that rule; unlike many others they are not round, but elliptical or conical, and come in many different flavors. But the most important thing is that they are made of Kentucky tobacco – the sort usually made into pipe tobacco, except in Italy, or more precisely, Cava de’ Tirreni, a little town close to the world-famous Amalfi Coast.
When you visit the factory at the end of a narrow street alongside the busy Salerno-Naples autostrada, the heavy, tangy, but sweet aroma hits your nostrils as soon as you reach the car park and gets stronger with every step. Only a small sign announcing 'Manifatture Sigaro Toscano' gives any clue as to the aroma's source – this is where the classic Italian cigars are made. Even the smallest Italian tobacconist will have a selection of them. And there are connoisseurs all over the world who prize these special and strongly aromatic cigars very highly.