Culinary Tour of the Italian Countryside - Castro dei Volsci

Italian Culinary Tour with Accommodations, Cooking Classes, All Meals, and Wine from Epitourean

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Culinary Tour of the Italian Countryside

The central Italian region of Ciociaria (pronounced cho-cha-REE-a) is known for simple rustic dishes, fresh cheeses, and extra virgin olive oil prepared using traditional methods. You can taste all the authentic flavors of the area on this 7-day culinary tour from Epitourean.

The tour includes:

  • Round-trip ground transfers from Rome Fiumicino Airport
  • All meals and wine
  • 4 hands-on cooking classes
  • Daily culinary tours and excursions
  • 6 nights in a deluxe room at Casa Gregorio
  • Note: airfare is not included.<p>

We’ve listed some trip highlights below. Click here for a full itinerary.

Stay in a Historic Hotel

Parts of Casa Gregorio date back to the 18th century, when it was a home for nobles. A full restoration in 2010 added modern comforts to rooms, but you can still see historic features such as coffered wooden ceilings and the original tile flooring. Downstairs, there’s a 16th-century olive oil mill.

Hands-On Cooking Classes

You’ll meet with local chefs for cooking classes that cover each course of a traditional Italian dinner, from antipasti to dessert. Using fresh ingredients, participants prepare classic dishes such as fettuccine with truffles, stuffed zucchini, and pizza.

Culinary Tours

Ciociaria is known for its fresh provolone, ricotta, and buffalo mozzarella; you can taste all three on a tour of a local dairy farm. The trip also includes tours of an olive oil mill, a vineyard and wine cellar, and a prosciuttificio, where you can sample hand-cut prosciutto and pork sausage.

Local Cuisine and Wine

Each day, the group sits down to meals showcasing regional specialties such as seafood from the Tyrrhenian Sea and cured meats. One lunch highlights the aromatic flavors of extra virgin olive oil. Lunches and dinners usually include wine pairings.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal?
Airfare is not included in this offer.

2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal?
Yes. Epitourean can arrange for lodging in Rome either before or after the main tour, plus any day excursions requested.

3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available?
Groupon customers should call 800-390-3292 or email to inquire about desired dates.

4. What happens if I buy the Groupon and my travel dates are not available?
If the dates requested by the customer are not available, they can request flexible dates so that they can use their voucher for a future date (where we honor the discounted price and pre-paid status), or they can request a refund through Groupon, as long as it is within the Groupon refund period.

5. Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room?
Each guest (adult or child) will need to purchase a Groupon. Due to the nature of the cooking class focus of these tours, we do not recommend children under the age of 10.

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What You Get

  • Starting at $1,898, 7-day/6-night Italian culinary tour
  • 14 options available, including travel in November or December 2013 or January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, or December 2014
  • Click here to see all options and departure dates.

Note: All options priced per person and valid for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required), or pay an additional $700 fee to travel solo. Read about package structures here.

Policies and Fees

For all options, book by: 10/31/13

  • Blackout dates: No blackout dates
  • Cancellation policy & fees: 30-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Taxes: 10% tax not included

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

The Fine Print

  • Book by 10/31/13 or promo value expires
  • 1/person, +3 as gifts
  • 1/person/visit
  • Valid only for option bought
  • Reservation required, subject to availability; trip may be cancelled w/refund if not enough Groupons are bought for that date
  • Alternate travel dates may be available for additional fee
  • 30-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18+ to check in, 10+ to travel
  • Credit card required at booking
  • 10% tax not included
  • $700 fee to travel solo
  • Airfare not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Deluxe Room

  • Bedding varies by room
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Hotel Policies

  • Parking: not available
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: contact tour operator to inquire about handicap-accessible rooms.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: round-trip ground transportation is included from Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO)

Traveler's Tips

  • A passport is required for all travel outside the U.S.
  • 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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