Wild Heart of Italy | food + wine + cultural experience
Take a step out of time and immerse yourself in the *real* Italy.
SILVER COMPASS TOURS PRESENTS:
A food + wine + cultural encounter through the magical region of Ciociaria in Central Italy.
WILD HEART OF ITALY ⋆ FOOD AND WINE TOUR
Imagine if you could wander off the beaten track in regional Italy, and encounter authentic and traditional local food and wine experiences – far away from the tourist hordes. Just one hour south from Rome, there’s a magical secret : the untapped food and wine region of Ciociaria (sho-sha-ria).
A region within the Lazio region of Central Italy, Ciociaria was famed as a foodie destination in Roman times with venison and wild boar roaming wild in its forests. It still boasts an abundance of incredible fresh produce and local artisans, encompasses the Piglio DOCG wine region, and is one of Italy’s most renowned truffle regions. Vines have been cultivated here since the Etruscan civilisation flourished, and the Romans were fond of the local Cesanese varietal (which is now experiencing a renaissance).
FOOD + WINE + CULTURE
One of the last undiscovered regions of Italy, Ciociaria is a well-guarded secret food and wine destination. Many Romans today still make the trek on weekends to experience its traditional cuisine and rediscover their connection to the countryside. However, there’s not an international tourist in sight. BLISS!
You will truly be able to immerse yourself in an authentic, local food and wine and cultural experience – hosted by Paolo of Silver Compass Tours, whose family has lived in the region for centuries. Our accompanied tour will take you on a guided journey throughout the region to vineyards, farm gates and medieval villages to sample the many amazing regional specialties.
This includes foodie tours of local markets, a Ciociarian cuisine cooking class, a medieval banquet at an ancient tavern underneath a castle, a cheese-making class and a truffle expedition. It also includes day trips to a monastery built into a cliff on top of the ruins of Emperor Nero’s summer palace, a visit to the remains of Emperor Trajan’s hunting villa, a wander through the streets and temples of an abandoned Roman town, and a trip to the ancient Roman seaside resort of Terracina and its temple ruins.
EAT, DRINK & EXPLORE – LA DOLCE VITA
Throughout all of this, we will be merrily eating and drinking to our hearts content. This is a region known for its generosity. All meals are included in the tour package, with table wine provided for all lunches and dinners. There’s also plenty of time to rest and relax, and our itinerary has been designed to give you time to unwind and fully immerse yourself in the regional Italian experience.
Get ready to live the Italian sweet life – which means coffee and pastries for breakfast, prosecco for morning tea, mandatory siestas (everything closes between 1pm to 4pm, may as well do as the Romans do…), and evening adventures. Oh, and throw away your Italian phrasebook. Everyone speaks a charming dialect in this region, luckily for us Paolo is fluent.
Spontaneity and a sense of fun and adventure is also essential. We plan to take you to local village food and wine festivals, which occur practically every week in the springtime. However Italy being its marvellous self, we never know the exact dates and they change every year. So live a little and embrace a few random detours when you join us on our itinerary, if we hear about a local food festival in a nearby village, we’ll take you!
Our next tours will be in September 2018 and May 2019, and places are limited to a maximum of 8 guests. This is an all-inclusive and bespoke 8 day / 7 night hosted tour package, featuring authentic food and wine and cultural experiences. Hosted by local guides fluent in English and Italian (and Ciociarian dialect!).
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