Wild Heart of Italy tours for 2018/19 launched
We have now opened reservations for our Wild Heart of Italy 2018/19 tours: our bespoke food + wine + cultural experiences of the undiscovered region of Ciociaria [cho-sha-ria] in Central Italy. Just one hour from Rome, it’s a whole world away…
With our first tour of the season in May 2018 already being reserved by a private group from the USA (yes, you can book an entire tour!), we have now sent personal invites to our WILD HEART VIP members to join us for our September 2018 and May 2019 tours. We have designed an exclusive itinerary for our WILD HEART members, and you won’t find details on our website.
If you would like to join our WILD HEART members list to receive priority access to our tour bookings, please CONTACT US with your details. We’ll be more than happy to share with you more information on our tour itinerary, package costs and booking details, as well as our special member offer for reservations received by 15 December 2017.
TOUR DATES OPEN FOR BOOKINGS 2018/2019:
Sunday 9 to Sunday 16 September 2018
Sunday 12 to Sunday 19 May 2019
Take a step out of time and become immersed in the *real* Italy.
In its essence, the Wild Heart of Italy is Etruscan. Underneath the mountaintop medieval village churches are Roman temples, and underneath those are the remains of the original Etruscan temples.
Overflowing with artisanal cheese makers, pastry chefs, olives, olive oil, salumi and wine producers and with wild truffle and porcini in the mountain forests, the Ciociaria region is a food and wine lover’s dream destination.
The most attractive thing about the Ciociaria region? There is hardly another international visitor in sight.
Follow us to meet the Ciociarian locals resurrecting the region’s ancient cultural traditions through food, wine and song, and with a renewed focus on biodynamic and organic cultivation of produce.
Hosted by Silver Compass Tours co-founders, Paolo & Kelly Picarazzi, this is an exclusive 8-day small group tour (maximum 8-12 guests) to Paolo’s home region. Ciociaria was the favourite food and wine destination of Roman emperors such as Marcus Aurelius and Trajan, and the birthplace of Cicero and Gaius Marius – with vines being cultivated here since Etruscan times.
The ALL-INCLUSIVE Wild Heart of Italy hosted tour packages include:
Pick up and transfer from Rome; boutique 5-star accommodation for 7 nights in a one-of-a-kind ‘diffused hotel’; 8 day hosted regional food + wine discovery, with Paolo as your Ciociarian host; tour transport and local driver; all entry fees to museums and places of interest; return transfer to Rome.
PLUS LOTS MORE!
Your package includes visits to biodynamic and organic farms and vineyards, unique local dining experiences such as a medieval banquet in a tavern underneath a castle, a traditional Ciociarian cuisine cooking class, foraging at local markets for food and fashion, and visits to a 1,000 year old cliffside monastery, exploring medieval mountaintop villages and Etruscan sites, and a day trip to the seaside to see a ruined Roman temple.
“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)
“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.”
“I’d been living and working in northern Italy for four months – this was my first time to southern Italy and it was also the first time I felt that I had *really* experienced authentic Italian food. I haven’t eaten better the entire time I’ve been in Italy. I’ll be back, absolutely!”
CONTACT US to request to become a WILD HEART VIP member.