Wild Heart of Italy | Connoisseurs Food & Wine Cultural Experience of Ciociaria

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Friday 18 to Sunday 27 September 2020

An immersive and all-inclusive 10 day / 9 nights’ fine-dining and local food and wine cultural travel experience for cultural connoisseurs seeking to venture off the beaten track to discover a whole new authentic experience of regional Italy. Our itinerary traverses the Piglio DOCG, Atina DOC and Anagni IGT wine regions within Ciociaria, and will feature wine-tasting explorations of indigenous varieties such as Cesanese, Maturano, Passerina del Frusinate and Cabernet.

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 Gaeta on the Ulysses Riviera for lunch on a sailing boat and a dive into ancient Roman history.

We will be staying for 4 nights in a 1,000 year old beautifully restored former monastery in Veroli followed by 5 nights in a very unique ‘Albergo Diffuso’ (diffused hotel) – private apartments in a former Bishop’s Palace within the walls of a 1,00 year old castle in the picturesque mountaintop village of Picinisco.


Our September 2020 connoisseurs food & wine cultural experience in Ciociaria 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; as well as a  private and guided tour of Il Giardino di Ninfa – renowned as one of Europe’s most beautiful gardens. It also includes visits to organic and biodynamic vineyards and farms in the region, across the Piglio DOCG, Atina DOC and  Anagni IGT wine regions; a tour of the 18th Century palace of the Bourbon Kings, Reggia di Caserta and a visit to a nearby silk-weaving village; a visit to Anagni on market day; truffle hunting in a Ciociarian forest followed by a truffle lunch, wine-tasting and cigar & grappa tasting; a day trip to Agnone to visit a bell-making foundry where the bells of the Vatican are made; a long Sunday lunch in a private room at the 19th Century villa Casa Lawrence in Picinisco; an 8 course modern Ciociarian cuisine degustation dinner; a wine-tasting reception in a castle above a waterfall; four additional regional fine-dining experiences, plus local cuisine experiences.


Each morning or evening before we set off on our adventures we will be providing you with an introduction to each the site we will be visiting. This tour is suitable for people of all ages who are relatively active and healthy – there will be walking in countryside and forests and through cobbled stone villages.


EURO €4,497 per person based on double occupancy (couple**). Fabulous Singles welcome for additional EURO €1,100 to secure own room.

Minimum of 6 guests for this tour. Maximum 8 guests.

* Package cost does not include flights, travel insurance, medical insurance, relevant visas, or any additional personal expenses. **Please note that as both accommodation venues are diffused hotels, all beds have been created bespoke it is not possible to accommodate two friends sharing single beds in the same room. Trust us, you are going to want your own gorgeous room all to yourself for this experience!


Tour commences at 11am on Day 1 with pick-up from designated tour hotel in Rome. Guests not staying at the hotel are required to make their own way there. Tour completes at 11am on Day 10 with return transfer to Rome to designated tour hotel. Onward transfers to hotels or airport are responsibility of guests. We recommend you plan to arrive in Rome at least one day prior to the tour commencing and arrange onward transfers for one day after the tour.


We will have an option to extend your stay with us for a week in a gorgeous farmhouse in the food and wine region of Le Marche following our September 2020 Ciociarian experience. We can also make recommendations on request for extending your food and wine travels to the Chianti region within Tuscany, including day trips to Florence and Siena – either prior to joining or following our Wild Heart of Italy tour.


There is a EURO €350 reservation fee per person to secure your place. This fee is non-refundable but completely transferable to an alternative tour date. For more information on our bookings and payments procedure, including details on our Cancellations & Refunds policies please visit our Booking Information page.


Download our ‘There’s something you need to know about Ciociaria’ Fact Sheet before booking to gain an understanding of visiting a region not set-up for mass tourism. Having travel insurance is a condition of joining our hosted travel experiences. We like World Nomads Logo



Our small, sustainable group tours to Ciociaria are aimed at preserving the region’s charm and authenticity for visitors. We hold our tours during low seasons, so by joining us you are also supporting the well-being of the local Ciociarian communities we visit. Grazie mille on behalf of our Ciociarian friends.


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Package includes:

  • Group pick up from Rome, from designated Tour Hotel meeting point
  • Accommodation for 4 nights' in a beautifully restored boutique hotel in a 1,000 year old former Monastery. Breakfast inclusive and free wifi
  • Accommodation for 5 nights' in FIVE-STAR private apartments in a former Bishop's Palace within 1,000 year old castle walls. Breakfast inclusive and free wifi
  • 10 day travel experience through the Ciociaria food and wine region, accompanied by Australian Tour Manager & Ciociarian-dialect speaking Host
  • All meals, with fine-dining options provided as part of the package for lunch or dinner on alternative days
  • Orientation tours of both home villages
  • Local guides, historic site and museum entry fees
  • All day-trips
  • All wine-tasting fees
  • Group donation to Foundation of Subiaco Monastery
  • Group donation to Caetani Foundation for the preservation of Il Giardino di Ninfa
  • Driver, transport and all transfers within the itinerary
  • Welcome gift on arrival
  • Group return transfer to Rome at designated time to Tour Hotel.
  • * Flights, travel insurance, medical insurance, relevant visas, and any additional personal expenses are not included


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