”My destination is no longer a place, but a new way of seeing” [Marcel Proust]

We specialise in hosted and packaged tours in the food and wine regions of Orange in regional New South Wales, Australia, and Ciociaria in Central Italy (just 1 hour south from Rome) that we call home - both of which are food and wine lovers’ dream destinations. Our carefully curated and hosted packaged food and wine tours are aimed at being authentic and local immersive experiences, where you’ll get to see where artisanal products and produce are being made - and meet the proud locals making them.

We are currently in planning mode for our next hosted food and wine tour packages to the cool-climate wine growing region of Orange,NSW and all itineraries feature our Pochi ma Buoni (Small but Great) regional Italian pop-up dining experiences, which showcase local produce and cool-climate wine in charming countryside locations. Stay tuned for more details on our next seasonal tours in April 2018 [Autumn Vintage & Harvest] and August 2018 [Winter Fires] and February 2019 [Summer Sparkling].

We are also taking small, intimate groups to Paolo’s home region of Ciociaria [cho-sha-ria] next in September 2018 & May 2019. Ciociaria has been a renowned Italian food and wine region since Etruscan and Roman times, however it’s largely (and marvellously) undiscovered by international tourists. We have designed an insiders 8 day / 7 night hosted tour for you to truly encounter the *real* Italy and experience living like a local. Take a look at our Wild Heart of Italy tour page for more details.

And that’s not all! If you’d like to immerse yourself in the Italian countryside DH Lawrence style, join us for the inaugural Write in the Wild Heart of Italy writing retreats in 2018/2019, featuring group classes and intimate 1:1 sessions with Hollywood screenwriter, Katiedid Langrock, interspersed with fabulous food and wine adventures!

Kelly & Paolo Picarazzi, Co-Founders, Silver Compass Tours.


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“This is the first time I feel like I’ve experienced the *real* Italy and I’ve been living in Northern Italy for four months!

This was my first time to the wild heart of central Italy and the Ciociaria food and wine region, and I feel like it’s the first time I’ve eaten authentic Italian food.

I’ve never eaten better the entire time I’ve been in Italy. I’m definitely coming back to Ciociaria with Silver Compass Tours, absolutely!”

Chloe, Australia | Wild Heart of Italy local food and wine tour package
“We visited Orange for the first time, and Kelly from Silver Compass Tours organised it all from start to finish.

It was an amazing long weekend and we didn’t have to worry about a thing. The accommodation, travelling around wineries and seeing the beauty of the area was all taken care of for us! Thank you….hope to see you again.”

Nicolette, Sydney | food and wine tour package for the OrangeNSW cool-climate wine region
“My trip to the Ciociaria food and wine region in the wild heart of Italy with Silver Compass Tours was the best thing I did in all of Italy!

I can’t thank our local tour guides, Michele and Gaia, enough for taking the time to share their Ciociarian food, culture and countryside with us. We were completely blown away by everyone’s hospitality and generosity, and swept away by the beauty of Ciociaria.”

Carolyn, USA | Wild Heart of Italy local food and wine experience
“I’ve never experienced anything before like the medieval banquet in the Italian mountaintop village of Fumone

Thank you to Paolo from Silver Compass Tours for sharing his home region of Ciociaria and introducing me to the fantastic food, wine, culture and history.”

Cyril, Australia | Wild Heart of Italy food and wine tour package
“We were lucky enough to experience a bespoke 3-day wine and food tour package with Kelly from Silver Compass Tours in Orange NSW, and we cannot rate the experience highly enough.

Having the wine makers on speed dial to come up and have a casual chat with us at cellar doors was such a treat that cannot be replicated in bigger, more commercial regions.

The food and wine offer in Orange is some of the best we’ve experienced (up there with a similar trip we did in Bordeaux)- we went home to Dubai with full bellies (and wine stocked suitcases).The beautiful scenery and lovely accommodation made our three days perfect. Thank you Silver Compass Tours – we will be back!”

Kate & David, Dubai UAE | food and wine tour package of the OrangeNSW cool-climate wine region