“Italy today is far more Etruscan in its pulse than Roman: and will always be so. The Etruscan element is like the grass of the field and the sprouting of corn, in Italy: it will always be so.”
DH Lawrence, ‘Etruscan Places – travels through forgotten Italy’ (1932)
Take a step out of time and become immersed in a taste of the *real* Italy. The ‘hidden’ Ciociaria food and wine region in Central Italy is just waiting to be rediscovered by epicurean explorers. Follow Us to the Wild Heart of Italy ♥️
Our next cultural adventures for foodie explorers & aficionados to Ciociaria are in May & September 2019 for 8 days / 7 nights. We are also taking enquiries for a very special 10-day cultural connoisseurs food and wine experience in September 2020. Each of our tour itineraries are created bespoke and no tour is ever the same. We will be staying in unique heritage accommodation in a series of different mountaintop villages throughout 2019 and 2020, take a look at the options below to discover which one resonates with you most. It would be our absolute pleasure to share a very special Ciociarian food and wine cultural adventure with you. Kelly & Paolo
Staying in a lovingly-restored 1,000 year old former monastery in a medieval mountaintop town. An 8 day / 7 nights’ focus on local food and wine experiences and cultural adventures. Our May cultural adventure for foodie explorers features a guided art history tour of the 13th Century Benedictine Monastery of Subiaco, followed by a traditional Ciociarian lunch in the monk’s refectory. FIND OUT MORE >>
Our home for this adventure is a beautifully restored 18th Century noble’s palace in a Roman Empire-era mountaintop town. An 8 day / 7 nights’ focus on local food and wine experiences and cultural adventures. Our September cultural adventure for foodie aficionados features a private and guided tour of Il Giardino di Ninfa – renowned as one Europe’s most beautiful gardens. FIND OUT MORE >>
A unique 10 day / 9 nights’ itinerary centered around learning traditional Ciociarian cooking techniques with copper utensils and woodfired ovens, cooking with seasonal and organic produce in a region famed for its truffles, wild asparagus, wild fennel, wild boar and recipes tracing back to Medieval, Roman and Etruscan times. Includes foraging expeditions, wine pairing and classes at a new School of Gastronomy in the region. FIND OUT MORE >>
An immersive 10 day / 9 nights’ fine-dining and local food and wine travel experience for cultural connoisseurs seeking to venture off the beaten track to discover a whole new authentic experience of regional Italy. We have hand-picked our favourite food, wine and cultural experiences of Ciociaria and nearby regions – including private guided tours of both the Monastero Sacro Speco of Subiaco and Il Giardino di Ninfa, truffle hunting in a Ciociarian forest, as well as a seaside visit to the Ulysses Riviera for lunch on a sailing boat. FIND OUT MORE >>
We host small, sustainable group tours to Ciociaria of between 6 and maximum 12 guests. Some of our tours are maximum 8 guests. This is a region unopened to mass tourism and we aim to keep it that way, to preserve the region’s charm and authenticity for visitors. We hold our tours during low seasons, so by joining us you are supporting the well-being of the local Ciociarian communities we visit.
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SILVER COMPASS TOURS PRESENTS: WILD HEART OF ITALY
Follow us to the Wild Heart of Italy – a food and wine cultural encounter with the ‘hidden’ region of Ciociaria, within the Lazio region of Central Italy. Just one hour south from Rome, it’s a whole world away...
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