Wild Heart of Italy | Cultural Adventure for Foodie Explorers to Ciociaria

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Sunday 10 to Sunday 17 May 2020

Staying in the beautiful medieval mountaintop town of Veroli in a boutique hotel in a beautifully restored 1,000 year old former Benedictine Monastery. Our focus is on local food and wine experiences and cultural adventures during our 8 days / 7 nights Wild Heart of Italy experience. We will be exploring the Ciociaria region’s deep Etruscan-era roots through its food, wine and music and tracing the footsteps of the ancient Italic tribes and the Romans who conquered them through historical local sites.


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. It also includes visits to organic and biodynamic vineyards and farms in the region; an orientation tour of Veroli; a visit to Anagni on market day; a cheese-making class and casual lunch at Casa Lawrence in Picinisco; a Ciociarian cuisine cooking class; guided foraging for wild ingredients and herbs with medicinal properties; and a picnic in a secluded forest; a visit to beautiful caves in the region where evidence has been discovered of a Bronze Age human settlement from 3,500 years ago; and a farewell medieval banquet in a tavern underneath a castle.

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.


AUD$4,997* per person based on double occupancy (couple). Fabulous Singles welcome for an additional $750 to secure own room**

Payment Plans available on request.

Minimum of 6 guests for this tour. Maximum 12 guests.

*This is a special introductory price for our first run of this new itinerary, as a thank you to our guests for helping us with feedback. Package cost does not include flights, travel insurance, medical insurance, relevant visas, or any additional personal expenses. **Please note that all rooms feature double beds and 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 Sunday 10 May with pick-up from designated tour hotel. Guests not staying at the hotel are required to make their own way there. Tour completes at 11am on Sunday 17 May 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 can assist with recommendations for extending your food and wine travels throughout regional Italy on request.


There is an AUD$500 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.

Please feel free to contact us for more information before you reserve your place on our Cultural Adventure for Foodie Explorers to Ciociaria:

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Santuario di Sacro Speco, Monastero di San Benedetto

One of the highlights of our Wild Heart of Italy experience in May 2019, the Sanctuary of the Sacred Cave at the Monastery of Saint Benedict in Subiaco (pictured above) is a breathtaking step back into history. The 13th Century monastery enshrines the cave where Saint Benedict lived as a hermit for three years from the age of 17. He emerged in circa 500 AD to commence founding the Benedictine Order throughout Italy. We will be hosted by the effervescent Dom Maurizio, an art historian monk who provides an unbelievable and energetic ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour and insight into the meaning of the frescoes that cover the sanctuary’s walls. We contribute a donation to the monastery on behalf of our guests for this unique access and experience.

You might like to read about our Wild Heart of Italy adventure in September 2018 here >>

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Package Includes:

  • Group pick up from Rome, from designated Tour Hotel meeting point. Guests not staying at the venue will need to make their own way there
  • Accommodation for 7 nights' in a beautifully restored boutique hotel in a 1,000 year old former Monastery. Breakfast inclusive and free wifi
  • 8 day travel experience through the Ciociaria food and wine region, accompanied by Australian Tour Manager & Ciociarian-dialect speaking Host
  • Lunch and Dinner every day, except one free evening. Most meals include table wine (additional wine & beverages at own expense)
  • Orientation tour of home village
  • Local guides, historic site and museum entry fees
  • All day-trips
  • All wine-tasting fees
  • Group donation to Subiaco Monastery Foundation
  • Driver, transport and all transfers within the itinerary
  • Welcome gift on arrival
  • Group return transfer to Rome at designated time to Tour Hotel. Onward transfers to hotels or airport are guests' responsibility and at own expense
  • * Flights, travel insurance, medical insurance, relevant visas, and any additional personal expenses are not included


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