Midway between Rome and Naples lies an area called Ciociaria “Cho-cha-REE-a”, a land of green fertile valleys and high forested mountains that served as a backdrop for Sofia Loren’s film, “Two Women” for which she won her first Academy Award. The area is best known for its simple, savory and healthy dishes such as Zuppa di Pane, Sagne e Fagioli, handmade Fettuccine with various sauces, and Gnocchi with pork riblets, only to name a few. This is the area for wonderful goat and ricotta cheeses as well as fresh buffalo mozzarella. Add procsciutto di Guarcino and you have a feast! Those who travel to this region soon learn that in Ciociaria, “Si mangia e si mangia bene.” (You eat and eat well.)
Farmer’s Market | Second Cooking Class | Cheese Tour | Terracina
After breakfast at the local bar in Castro dei Volsci, you set off for a visit to a local cheese caseificio to sample fresh ricotta, buffalo mozzarella, and provolone. A visit to the local town’s farmers’ market is next, to gather what is needed for tonight's antipasto extravaganza, while getting a feel for how the locals live. The morning continues with a visit to the Abbey of Fossanova on your journey to the Tyrrhenian seaside town of Terracina. Thrill to a view of the sea, stroll by a few shops, then stop for lunch at a seafood co-operativa. Upon return to the Casa, relax for a short time, then jump into your second hands-on cooking class, as you all prepare together a variety of Antipasti. The day's activities culminate in dinner with wine, bruschette, crostini, frittate, grilled peppers and eggplant, frittelle di zucchine, and stuffed zucchini accompanied by the sampling of various formaggi e olive, surrounded by new friends in the Palazzo’s dining room.
What Our Customers Say
What a wonderful experience we had at Casa Gregorio. It was magical from the moment we stepped through the door. Everything was thoughtfully done. The chefs were fun, the tours to the surrounding areas were informative and the food and wine was to die for.
Ramona –April, 2016
Our trip was absolutely fantastic! Thank you for all your work with Edible Destinations. We had cooking tours during the day to wonderful little towns like Arpino, Pofi and Terracina which were so entertaining and guided by Petrizio and others who were so knowledgeable and fun. I think we were the only tourists there or at least it seemed so. In the evening there were cooking classes taught by Dayana and Valero. The people we were with were such fun and so diverse. And how we laughed!!!! The food was outstanding to say the least. Much of the food - pastries, antipasto, pasta and pizza we made ourselves but then Gregory's staff added even more delicious dishes. And the wine flowed!! My suitcase gained 11 pounds but I only gained three pounds which I have already lost. The Casa Gregorio is just a beautifully and classically decorated home. The kitchen we worked in was better than any I have seen on the Food Network. Our villa was stellar and the terrace views to die for!!!!! Highly recommended tour!!!
Nancy – November, 2015
Regarding Casa Gregorio – From the start of being picked up at the airport it exceeded my wildest expectations. The rooms were beautiful and well prepared for a comfortable stay. The view from the bedroom window was exquisitely beautiful overlooking the mountains. A tour of the facility and the teaching kitchens was incredible. I can't say enough about Chef Dayana! She patiently & entertainingly taught us how to cook so many things. A huge part of this magnificent culinary experience were the employees at Casa Gregorio. Without question, they are a team who work together and really enjoy their jobs! The week was full of tours and culinary lessons that I will never forget. I have traveled extensively and can say without a doubt, Casa Gregorio is one the best vacations I've ever had. I can see in the future that it will be heralded as one of the top 10 destinations in the World.
Mandy - October, 2015
Just wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic time on this trip to the Italian countryside. Everything was wonderful and even my husband, who went "kicking & screaming", admitted he had a great time! We've told all our friends about it, and I've passed your name on to several people who are looking into trips for next year. Thank you again for recommending it, it was the perfect size class for us in the most perfect place!!
Lisa and Wayne - July, 2015
I have never been on such a fabulous vacation as this one to Casa Gregorio. It was everything that I could have asked for and more, from the pickup at the airport, to the accommodations, the food and the staff who are absolutely outstanding. All the day trips and the wonderful people we met, I would go back tomorrow if I could. It is such a beautiful place and the accommodations are just beautiful, all within a stunning 16th century village. Thank you for booking this for me, I have given your name out to a few people.
Roblyn - July, 2015
All I'm going to say is... WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Casa Gregorio was STUPENDOUS!!! I can't thank you enough for working with me on such a fabulous vacation.
Lorraine and Mike - June, 2015
I just wanted to say what a wonderful experience we had at Casa Gregorio March 29 to April 4, 2015. Absolutely the 5 star location as advertised and Gregory and his entire staff were first class. The cooking classes and the tours of the local countryside were great. The staff at Epitourean were so helpful and patient with me since I'm not a world traveler. Would recommend to anyone who wants a relaxing but educational vacation. I'm making fresh pasta and loving my purchase at the farmers market. Thanks for a super time.
Carole - April, 2015
I wanted to let you know that our trip to Casa Gregorio was terrific! We had a super time cooking and seeing the countryside. Every detail was perfect and we appreciate your booking this for us. I would recommend this for anyone and everyone. The meals were so, so good and our cooking results were amazing.
James and Cissie – November, 2013
I just want to let you know what an incredible time my husband and I had at Casa Gregorio!! Words aren't even enough to express the tremendous experience we had up in Castro Dei Volsci!! Gregorio and his staff were amazing! The Casa was beyond incredible and all the food, touring, care and vistas were 5 star!!! Thank you for all your help! We just had the best time ever and hope to go back and see more of Italy!
Cara & Ken - October, 2013
Stirling and I just returned from Casa Gregorio and wanted you to know what an amazing trip we had. Gregory is so charming and such a great tour guide. The cooking lessons were wonderful as they were taught by Gregory and the local women of the town. It is especially nice to learn the techniques of the local cooks. I cannot say enough about the beautiful accommodations and the modern conveniences that Gregory has so lovingly built. This is a wonderful place to visit on your way back from the Italian coast on your way to Rome. We were snowed in for a few extra days and Gregory managed all the snow problems with grace and humor. This is a great cooking vacation and I encourage all to try to manage a visit to this beautiful villa on the hill. Thank you for your excellent service. I will book any future vacations with you!
Liz and Stirling Craig - March, 2012
I had such a fabulous cooking vacation, was one of the best I have been on. Gregory is the host with the most. He is so accommodating and gracious. The villa is so elegantly decorated but yet so comfortable to stay. You feel like you are in a 5 star hotel but without all pretentiousness. The cooking classes were so well organized. The meals were all so fabulous. The company great and everyone got along. This part of Italy was true Roman countryside and picturesque. I enjoyed meeting the farmers, winery, etc. and tasting everything…it was all so amazing. I venture to say that Gregory has a real hidden secret in Castro dei Volsci, but not for long. Thanks David for suggesting Casa Gregorio. This trip far exceeded any expectations.
Tina Mayle - May, 2012
Casa Gregorio is a glorious place. Magical, and beautiful. And by the way, I am a single woman traveling alone – and I was very comfortable. Greg is a marvelous host. His staff, especially Annalisa and Anna, are wonderful people. I felt like when I left, I left with at least 3 new friends. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I also saw a part of Italy that I would not have seen. You can view the snowcapped mountains from Casa Gregorio. Greg took us to an olive oil coop where 38 farmers bring their harvest in the fall. The man and his Mother that oversee the operation were amazing – we tasted olive oil, Mommas made us some lovely bites of goodness, and the son shared some of his wine that he si trying to perfect (my palate said it is perfect). This is just one of many experiences offered at Casa Gregorio – a true 5-Star property!
Susie Sullivan Fiske - May, 2012
We’re just back from Casa Gregorio in the Roman Countryside. If all of your cooking adventures are up to this standard, we’ll be booking more trips with you in the future. It was OUTSTANDING!
Larry Fechter - October, 2012