CURATORS OF FOOD & WINE CULTURAL EXPERIENCES
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<< My destination is no longer a place, but a new way of seeing >> Marcel Proust
We specialise in packaged and hosted travel experiences in the food and wine regions of Orange in regional New South Wales, Australia, and Ciociaria in regional Central Italy that we call home - both of which are food and wine lovers’ dream destinations. Our carefully curated food and wine tours are aimed at being genuinely immersive experiences, where you’ll get to explore local produce and the provenance of each region, taste the artisanal products being made - and meet the proud locals making them.
Our portfolio includes: the slow food, slow travel odyssey - the Provenance Express - a 3-day package by train from Sydney to Orange with an itinerary focused on organic & biodynamic food and wine experiences during our local Autumn harvest and vintage in March/April; as well as pop-up events and tours at our Ciociarian locanda Antica Australis in the historic village of Carcoar in regional New South Wales. We also offer our unique Explore Regional Australia tour packages, including the Antica Australis day tour focusing on immersion in local Wiradjuri cultural heritage through visits to sacred sites and bush tucker tastings, plus a visit to the historic goldrush-era village of Carcoar, as well as 1-Night and 2-Night bespoke packages throughout the year.
Follow us to the Wild Heart of Italy for our unique food and wine cultural experiences of the ‘hidden’ regions of Ciociaria and Molise in Central Italy. Just one hour south from Rome, the Ciociaria region was a renowned foodie destination in ancient Roman times and a favoured summer retreat for several Roman Emperors. Both Ciociaria and Molise share a deeply forged bond stretching over the Apennines through the ancient Samnite civilisation in the Etruscan era, who were conquered by the Romans circa 300 BC. With deep Etruscan civilisation-era roots, Ciociaria and Molise are currently undergoing an amazing revival of their ethnic cultural traditions through food, wine and song. We have created bespoke and tailored experiences for our small, sustainable group tours to these regions to serve up a real taste of authentic regional Italy.
Silver Compass Tours was awarded Bronze for ‘Excellence in Food Tourism’ in the 2019 Regional Tourism Awards. We are a Quality Tourism Accredited Business through the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program and a proud member of the World Food Travel Association. Founder of Silver Compass Tours, Kelly Picarazzi, was included in the global ‘100 Inspiring Women Travel Founders’ list issued by Travel Massive in April 2020.
AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO EXPERIENCE LIVING LIKE A LOCAL. SMALL GROUP SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL. HOSTED BY PASSIONATE LOCALS.