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La Dolce Vita Culinary Adventure - Solo

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Visit Medieval Villages, Discover Old World
Cultures and Immerse Yourself in Regional Cooking!

Live la dolce vita (the sweet life) with this one-of-a-kind culinary experience set in the heart of an exquisite medieval Italian village. From the moment you arrive in Castro dei Volsci, your hosts will immerse you in culture and cuisine you're sure to remember for a lifetime. In addition to delicious tours and tastings throughout the Ciociaria (pronounced Cho-cha-REE-a) region, you'll have the opportunity to further your gourmet skills with four intensive cooking classes. During each hands-on cooking class, you will master a full four-course meal before sitting down to enjoy it with the best local wines. Your culinary experience doesn't end there, however, as you'll venture out for meals in the local area to further immerse you into this unparalleled cuisine. Add in some free time for shopping and exploration and you'll certainly be living la dolce vita!

La Dolce Vita Culinary Adventure - Solo

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VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
6 Nights’ Lodging
Round-trip Rome Airport Transfers
All Meals and Wine Each Day
Four Hands-on Cooking Classes
Welcome Dinner – Guided Village Tour
Mozzarella Making Tour
Farmer’s Market Visit
Arpino Olive Oil Tour
Traditional Italian Farmhouse Dinner
Cheese & Sausage Sampling
Seaside Town Visit and Dinner
Prosciuttificio Visit - Alatri Walking Tour
Authentic Cucina Italiana Dinner
Limoncello Artisan Experience
Shopping in Frosinone
Winery Visit & Tasting
Lunch at Old Cantina Visocchi
Multi-Course Farewell Dinner
AVAILABLE DATES
March through November (This tour starts on Monday and ends on Sunday)
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Round Trip Transfers | Guided Village Tour | “Benvenuti” Welcome Dinner Your much-anticipated culinary experience begins with transfers from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Villa Marcello. Benvenuti and check-in at the Villa is followed by an aperitivo and light lunch. You will then set off for a guided walk acquainting you with the medieval historic village of Castro dei Volsci. After taking some time to relax, unwind, and unpack, we will then depart for the town of Pofi and the Ristorante Borgo Antico, where you will all gather for the first night's Welcome Dinner. A special luxury menu designed by host Fabio, accompanied by a selection of the best local wines, is a delightful start to your "La Dolce Vita" journey!
Day 2
Gourmet Breakfast Buffet Each morning brings the opportunity for you to dive into an area rich in culinary tradition. Your decadent breakfast buffet is extremely eclectic, featuring fresh fruit, tomatoes, mozzarella, and exquisite pastries. A vast array of the area’s highly acclaimed cheeses and cold meats is a treat for both the eyes and the palette.
Mozzarella Factory | Farmers Market | Cooking Class | Lunch | Olive Mill Tour | Italian Farmhouse Dinner Today begins with a traditional Italian breakfast at the newly renovated Breakfast Bar in the palazzo. After breakfast, we’re off to the family-run mozzarella factory, "Ponte di Legno," where you will watch the process of making Buffalo Mozzarella. On the way back we will visit the local town’s farmers market. Upon return, our first cooking lesson begins in Casa’s Culinary Kitchen, where you will prepare your first complete "Dolce Vita" menu. Your first meal prepared together with the chef consists of a perfect antipasto, a sumptuous primo piatto, a delicious secondo with the proper contorni, and a fabulous dessert. You will enjoy your creations with a special selection of wines in one of Casa's charming dining rooms. After a perfect espresso or cappuccino to top off your lunch, and some time to relax, you will all depart on the Olive Oil Tour in the town of Arpino, birthplace of Cicero and land of the Olives. You will visit a traditional Olive Oil Mill and listen to the process of how the wonderful olive oils are made. Then you'll proceed to a local estate to taste the fresh Olive Oils. Tonight you will be hosted by la Famiglia Di Falco, a local family who will prepare a traditional Italian family dinner for you in their farmhouse.
Day 3
Gourmet Breakfast Buffet Each morning brings the opportunity for you to dive into an area rich in culinary tradition. Your decadent breakfast buffet is extremely eclectic, featuring fresh fruit, tomatoes, mozzarella, and exquisite pastries. A vast array of the area’s highly acclaimed cheeses and cold meats is a treat for both the eyes and the palette.
Cheese and Sausage Sampling | Second Cooking Class | Lunch | Seaside Town Visit with Dinner La Dolce Vita continues with a traditional Italian breakfast served at the breakfast bar. Then it’s time to visit Patrizio’s Family Farm and participate in the making of fresh sausages, along with some sampling. At the local cheese Caseificio, "La Pastorella," you will find authentic Italian goat cheese. Upon your return, the second cooking class begins, prepared together with Chef and enjoyed with a special selection of wines in one of the charming dining rooms. In the afternoon you will journey to the Tyrrhenian seaside town of Sperlonga. A wonderful view of the sea and a relaxing stroll by the quaint shops will be enjoyed along with a delicious Gelato. Tonight, dine by the beach at the local Trattoria Centosedici, located in the seaside town of Terracina.
Day 4
Gourmet Breakfast Buffet Each morning brings the opportunity for you to dive into an area rich in culinary tradition. Your decadent breakfast buffet is extremely eclectic, featuring fresh fruit, tomatoes, mozzarella, and exquisite pastries. A vast array of the area’s highly acclaimed cheeses and cold meats is a treat for both the eyes and the palette.
Prosciuttificio | Hands-On Cooking Class | Lunch | Alatri | Cucina Italiana Dinner After breakfast, you will have some free time to enjoy a walk on the grounds, or just relax. In the late morning you will continue your culinary explorations in kitchen, where you will prepare a 4-course meal and experience the dining ambiance of this 16th century Frantoio. The old olive mill setting is the perfect location to enjoy your culinary delights accompanied by local wine. After lunch you will journey to the town of "Guarcino" (the Parma of Ciociaria) and visit its Prosciuttificio - not only to sample prosciutto, but also to taste delicious authentic Amaretti cookies. After a walking tour of the historical town of Alatri, you will enjoy a special dinner at a local ristorante to introduce you to an authentic "cucina italiana" and the wines that complement.
Day 5
Gourmet Breakfast Buffet Each morning brings the opportunity for you to dive into an area rich in culinary tradition. Your decadent breakfast buffet is extremely eclectic, featuring fresh fruit, tomatoes, mozzarella, and exquisite pastries. A vast array of the area’s highly acclaimed cheeses and cold meats is a treat for both the eyes and the palette.
Pizza Class | Lunch | Limoncello Artisan Experience | Shopping | Multi-Course Dinner After breakfast, you will discover how to make the perfect pizza dough! While the dough is rising, you will visit the artisan factory, Bonitempi, and discover that making Limoncello and other typical Italian liqueurs is much easier than you may have thought! Upon returning to the kitchen, have fun creating and topping your pizza, cooking it in the Palazzo's own pizza oven, then enjoying the fruits of your labors for lunch. Afterwards, there will be free time to enjoy being in Italy, relaxing, walking, reading, or napping. Later in the day, you will set out to shop in Frosinone. Today ends with a multi-course dinner at "Ristorante il Frantoio", in the historic town of Boville Ernica.
Day 6
Gourmet Breakfast Buffet Each morning brings the opportunity for you to dive into an area rich in culinary tradition. Your decadent breakfast buffet is extremely eclectic, featuring fresh fruit, tomatoes, mozzarella, and exquisite pastries. A vast array of the area’s highly acclaimed cheeses and cold meats is a treat for both the eyes and the palette.
Winery Visit with Tastings | Old Cantina Visocchi Lunch | Farewell Dinner After breakfast, you will continue your La Dolce Vita experience by visiting one of the best wineries in Ciociaria, Villa La Ferriera in Atina. During your visit to the cantina, you will be introduced to the making and testing of wine. Sommelier Patrizia Patini is your host, and you will taste and sample yet another fantastic wine of the region. Today, lunch is at the Old Cantina Visoccchi, which has been restored and refurbished with antique winery relics, and is now a stylish restaurant, Le Cannardizie. Return to the Villa for some free time to relax. Your final night’s Farewell Dinner is held at a local restaurant, Il Ditirambo. A special menu has been created by its chef that mixes up local traditions and new suggestions, to conclude your La Dolce Vita culinary experience, and to extend to you a warm “Arrivederci!”
Day 7
Gourmet Breakfast Buffet Each morning brings the opportunity for you to dive into an area rich in culinary tradition. Your decadent breakfast buffet is extremely eclectic, featuring fresh fruit, tomatoes, mozzarella, and exquisite pastries. A vast array of the area’s highly acclaimed cheeses and cold meats is a treat for both the eyes and the palette.
Check-Out and Departure Time flies when you’re having so much fun, but alas…it is time to check out and depart this delicious, “Edible Destination.” Your tour includes luxury transfers back to the Rome Fiumicino International Airport (FCO). Arrivederci!
Villa Marcello
Though fit for a king, the Villa Marcello was long ago the summer residence of Pope Innocenzo III. One can easily see why he chose it--breathtaking views abound from the Villa's terrace, offering guests a chance to look upon the main square of the village, as well as the picturesque countryside of Castro Dei Volsci. The completely renovated, four bedroom Villa Marcello is located adjacent to the main building and has been reappointed with elegant touches throughout. The Villa includes a common living room area with fireplace and its own kitchen with spectacular views. Each guest suite has its own private bath with shower, flat screen TV, air-conditioning and WiFi, creating a luxurious enclave perched high atop this medieval village.
Castro dei Volsci, Italy
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Our full cancellation policy is stated in the Terms and Conditions when making your reservation. Cancellations with a full refund are allowed up to 31 days or more prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or up to 61 days or more prior to departure for international tours. No refund is allowed 30 days or less prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or 60 days or less prior to departure for international tours.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
The trip was amazing and Host Gregory was very generous, and thoughtful about every morsel of food, travel to local producers of olive oil, prosciutto, limoncello, lunch spots, cooking classes, morning cappuccino, unique lunch spots, rooms and casa decorations. It was amazing and I would strongly recommend going there. Please don't hesitate recommend this for anyone who is interested in going to a hill town with beautiful views, treated with extreme comfort, amazing staff and more...
Marc - April 2016
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