Roman Countryside Discovery

This 1797 villa is located in the heart of Ciociaria and the historic center of a small town. In 1964, the Ministry of Education proclaimed this an area of particular interest for its panoramas of extraordinary beauty. From the slopes of the ancient tower (where, according to popular tradition, the legendary queen Camilla and her father Metabus took refuge in a cave), it is a wonderful view of arches, towers and bare stone walls, giving the appearance of a medieval hamlet, built close around the fortress.

Your host is an American-born Italian who grew up in a close-knit Italian family of three generations in the Midwest, where he was lucky to have learned fluent Italian at a young age from his beloved “Nonna.” He owned a very successful interior design firm in Boca Raton, Florida, but always spent time in Italy. He was continually drawn to the village of his father’s birth and in 2005, when the adjacent property to where his father was born was put up for sale, it was a forgone conclusion that this would become his opportunity to fulfill his dream.

Roman Countryside Discovery

This 1797 villa is located in the heart of Ciociaria and the historic center of a small town. In 1964, the Ministry of Education proclaimed this an area of particular interest for its panoramas of extraordinary beauty. From the slopes of the ancient tower (where, according to popular tradition, the legendary queen Camilla and her father Metabus took refuge in a cave), it is a wonderful view of arches, towers and bare stone walls, giving the appearance of a medieval hamlet, built close around the fortress.

Your host is an American-born Italian who grew up in a close-knit Italian family of three generations in the Midwest, where he was lucky to have learned fluent Italian at a young age from his beloved “Nonna.” He owned a very successful interior design firm in Boca Raton, Florida, but always spent time in Italy. He was continually drawn to the village of his father’s birth and in 2005, when the adjacent property to where his father was born was put up for sale, it was a forgone conclusion that this would become his opportunity to fulfill his dream.


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I gave this trip 5 stars
Ann C
New York
Trip taken September 2017
This was excellent. Check out my reviews on Yelp & Trip Advisor. Far exceeded my expectations. So well organized in the most beautiful area I couldn't even have dreamt up. The kitchen is state of the art. I can't say enough about the staff & the villa & accommodations. Everything was top notch! I spoke with Adrian to set up my trip & he was fantastic. Knowledgeable, professional & so helpful! Don't change a thing! Best trip ever!

Trip Details

For your 4 hands-on cooking classes the local chefs create mouth-watering specialties such as zuppa di pane, sagne e fagioli, homemade fettuccine with various meat sauces, gnocchi with pork ribs, salsiccia patate e peperoni with casereccio bread and ciambelle di vino, to name but a few. Those who travel to this area soon learn that in Ciociaria “Si mangia e si mangia bene” (you eat and eat well). This area is also known for its marzoline (goat cheese), fresh ricotta, bufala mozzarella and prosciutto di Guarcino.
Your host immerses his guests into cooking in an Italian family environment and offers small hands-on cooking classes taught by various professionals. Your host and the local chefs have combed their family recipes to you an “assaggio completo” (authentic sampling) of Ciociara traditions.


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