Follow us to the Wild Heart of Italy: Ciociaria & Molise

“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)

Take a step out of time and become immersed in a taste of the *real* Italy. The ‘hidden’ food and wine regions of Ciociaria & Molise in Central Italy are just waiting to be rediscovered by epicurean explorers and have been naturally organic & biodynamic regions for thousands of years.

Follow us to the Wild Heart of Italy ♥️ for curious travellers, epicurean explorers and seekers of the extraordinary.


As an Australia-based boutique tour operator, our next cultural adventures for cultural foodie explorers to Ciociaria and Molise are outlined below. Each of our tour itineraries is created bespoke and no tour is ever the same. We stay in unique heritage accommodation in a series of different mountaintop villages, take a look at the options below to discover which one resonates with you most. It would be our absolute pleasure to share a very special food and wine cultural adventure in the wild heart of Italy with you. Kelly & Paolo Picarazzi

“…just perfect for the adventurous, the curious, those who are tired of crowds and tourist restaurants, and for those who dislike moving from hotel to hotel to make the most of their vacation. It’s a great fit for those who want to learn more and appreciate more, and who want to extract the very essence of life from every day, and who are flexible enough to confidently do so.”  Janette, Australia. Guest on both September and December 2018 tours – read more…

Cultural Adventure for Foodie Aficionados: September 2023. 

Our home for this adventure is a beautifully restored 18th Century noble’s palace in an ancient mountaintop village, first mentioned in Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’. An 8 day / 7 nights’  focus on local food and wine experiences and cultural adventures. Our September cultural adventure for foodie aficionados features a private guided art-history tour of the frescoes at the monastery where St Benedict first founded the order in circa 500 AD and a day trip to ancient Samnite civilisation archeological ruins in the stunningly remote neighbouring region of Molise.

Connoisseurs Food & Wine Experience: October 2023. 

An immersive fine-dining and regional specialties food and wine travel experience for cultural connoisseurs seeking to venture off the beaten track to discover a whole new authentic experience of regional Italy. Staying in private self-catering luxury apartments within a lovingly-restored former Bishop’s Palace within the walls of a medieval castle.

We have hand-picked our favourite food, wine and cultural experiences of Ciociaria and Molise – including sommelier wine tastings, Michelin-star restaurants and private dining experiences in castles, palaces and villas.

Christmas in Ciociaria: December 2023. BOOKED FOR PRIVATE GROUP.

An incredibly unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience, a traditional Italian Christmas in a 1,000 year old mountaintop village. You will be staying in private luxury self-catering apartments within the walls of a medieval castle. Itinerary highlights include a Christmas Eve long table dinner with local prosecco and wines; Christmas Day mass at a 1,000 year old Abbey and a fine-dining Christmas Day lunch with an 8-course degustation with paired wines; and truffle-hunting in a Ciociarian forest and vineyard on St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day).


We host small, sustainable group tours to Ciociaria and Molise of between 6 and maximum 12 guests. Some of our tours are maximum 8 guests. These regions are unopened to mass tourism and we aim to keep it that way, to preserve their charm and authenticity for visitors. We hold our tours during low seasons, so by joining us you are supporting the well-being of the local Ciociarian and Molisean communities we visit. Grazie mille on behalf of all of our friends there.


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Follow us to the Wild Heart of Italy – a food and wine cultural encounter with the ‘hidden’ regions of Ciociaria and Molise in Central Italy. Just a few hours south from Rome, in between Rome and Naples, it’s a whole world away...

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