Roman Countryside Culinary Tour - Ciociaria, Italy

Seven-Day, Six-Night Roman Culinary Tour from Epitourean with Hotel Stay, Cooking Classes, Meals, Airport Transfers and Tours

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Culinary Trip Through the Roman Countryside

About 70 miles (115 km) outside Rome in the region known as Ciociaria, there’s a local saying: "si mangia e si mangia bene," which roughly translates to "you eat and eat well." It's a fitting motto for this area of Italy, known for its healthful Mediterranean diet of fresh cheeses, olive oil, meats, vegetables, pastas, and wine. With this seven-day, six-night culinary adventure curated by CookingVacations.com, you'll learn to prepare a classic Italian feast and visit the charming towns that produce its imitable ingredients. Click here to see the full itinerary.

Day 1: You'll be greeted at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) by CookingVacations.com staff members, who’ll provide a transfer to Casa Gregorio, your hotel for the trip. Located in the medieval-era town of Castro dei Volsci, Casa Gregorio is a quiet, welcoming hotel housed within a late-18th-century building that overlooks nearby mountains.

After a welcome lunch, you'll embark on a guided walking tour of Castro dei Volsci, which is near the Sacco River. You’ll have the afternoon to relax before the group travels to the nearby town of Pofi for a welcome dinner.

Day 2: After breakfast, the caravan heads to Arpino to visit a traditional olive-oil mill and watch the production of extra-virgin olive oil. After sampling fresh olive oil during a light lunch, you’ll stop off at Meringo's for authentic gelato, followed by the first hands-on cooking class with pastry chef Giustino.

Day 3: Begin with a visit to a local cheese shop to try fresh ricotta, buffalo-mozzarella, and provolone cheeses, then drop by the town farmers' market to gather ingredients for the evening's dinner. On the way to the seaside town of Terracina, the group will explore Fossanova Abbey, a 12th-century Cistercian-style monastery where Saint Thomas Aquinas is believed to have died. The second cooking class takes place later that afternoon, as you prepare a variety of antipasti, including bruschetta, crostini, and stuffed zucchini.

Day 4: In the morning, you'll watch how fresh sausage is made before traveling north to the town of Guarcino. In town, enjoy a picnic lunch of hand-cut Italian meats, such as prosciutto or porchetta. Back in Castro dei Volsci, you'll take your third cooking class and learn to make primi piatti, pasta dishes such as gnocchi and fettuccine.

Day 5: In San Donato Val di Val Comino, a nearby region known for its cabernet varietals, the tour visits the Cantina Tullio vineyard to learn about the winemaking process. Next up is the town of Atina, where you'll have lunch at the historical Le Cannardizie restaurant. Back at the home base, the fourth cooking class covers the preparation of secondi piatti, which translates to second plate. Typical entrees incorporate meat and fish.

Day 6: After breakfast, learn the art of food sculpture and how to creatively decorate a table or plate with fresh vegetables. After lunch, you’ll have the option to tour Casamari Abbey, built in the somber Cistercian style, or shop for last-minute souvenirs. The vacation culminates with a dinner at the nearby restaurant Il Ruspante, which prepares its meals solely from locally grown ingredients.

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What You Get

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  • $1,898 for a seven-day, six-night Roman culinary adventure, valid for travel from March to October. Travel with a Friend package priced per person (two Groupons required), or pay a solo supplement fee to travel solo (up to a $3,398 value).

Book by: 12/21/12
Travel window: 3/1/13–11/30/13

Solo supplement fee: $700

Included:

  • Six-night stay at the historic Casa Gregorio
  • Round-trip transfers from Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) (airfare not included)
  • Three meals a day with wine
  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Sightseeing tours of nearby villages

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

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The Fine Print

  • Book by 12/21/12
  • Valid for travel 3/1/13-11/30/13
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $75 fee
  • 21-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in and 12 or older to stay
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Airfare not included
  • $700 single supplement fee required for solo travelers
  • 10% tax not included.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

Deluxe Room

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 1 p.m.
  • Check out: 10 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: CookingVacations.com staff members meet travelers (free of charge) at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO). Pickup is at 11 a.m. and drop-off is at 12 p.m.

Traveler's Tips

  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.

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