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A taste of la dolce vita culinary is a new culinary program offered by Casa Gregorio for the guests of our newly redesigned Villa Marcello. Each cooking class you will make a complete four- course menu with your chef to further the gourmet culinary experience of being in the Roman countryside. You will have the opportunity to savor the best of local Italian food and wine tradition the area has to offer.
Your culinary vacation begins with transfers from the Rome Fiumicino airport to Casa Gregorio's Villa Marcello, where a welcome aperitivo is followed by a "benvenuto" lunch.
Following lunch you will enjoy a short guided tour of the medieval town of Castro dei Volsci.
Unwind and unpack, in the early evening, you will set off to the lovely town of Pofi and the ristorante Borgo Antico where you will gather for your first-night welcome dinner: a special luxury menu designed by our host Fabio accompanied by a selection of the best local wines sets you off on your journey of "la dolce vita".
Breakfast is at the newly renovated bar of Casa Gregorio.
After breakfast you will set off to the family-run mozzarella factory "Ponte di Legno". Here you will watch the making of Buffallo mozzarella.
On the way back you will have time to visit the local towns farmers market.
Upon return, your first cooking lesson begins at the Casa Gregorios culinary kitchen, where you will prepare your first complete "dolce vita" menu.
With your chef you'll create a perfect antipasto, a sumptuous primo piatto, a delicious secondo with the proper contorni and a fabulous dessert.
You will enjoy the food prepared with our chef at one of the Casa Gregorio dining facilities with some of the best local wines selected to enhance and highlight the quality of the food.
After you will enjoy a perfect espresso, or cappuccino to close our lunch and you will have some time to relax.
Departure to your 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 are explained the process of how to make extra virgin olive oil. Proceed to a local estate and taste the fresh olive oil.
Tonight you will be hosted by a local family: la famiglia di Falco will prepare a traditional Italian family dinner in their farmhouse.
La dolce vita continues with a traditional Italian breakfast at Casa Gregorio bar.
After breakfast its time to visit Patrizios family farm to watch and assist the making of fresh sausages and authentic italian goat-cheese at the local cheese Caseificio "la pastorella" having a sample of dried sausage.
Upon return it's time to start your second menu prepared together with your chef and enjoyed with a special selection of wines in one of the charming Casa Gregorio's dining rooms.
In the afternoon its time for your journey to the Tyrrhenian seaside town of Sperlonga. A view of the sea and a stroll by a few shops with a delicious gelato.
Today you will dine by the beach at the local trattoria Centosedici, located in the seaside town of Terracina.
Today after breakfast at Casa Gregorio you have a free morning to enjoy a walk in the hills around or just relax.
In the late morning you will continue our dolce vita experience at Casa Gregorio's kitchen where with our chef you will prepare yet another 4-course meal and enjoy the dining ambiance of our 16th century Frantoio, savoring your culinary delights accompanied by yet another selection of local wines.
After lunch its time to set off for Guarcino, the Parma of Ciociaria, where youll visit prosciuttificio Erzinio (a prosciutto factory) and also have a sample of authentic Amaretti cookies.
After a walking tour of the historical town of Alatri, your host Gregory has organized for you a special dinner at a local "ristorante" to introduce you to an authentic "cucina italiana" and the wines that complement.
Breakfast today is served at Casa Gregorio.
Soon after breakfast you will discover how to make a perfect pizza dough.
While our dough is rising it's time for you to discover that the making of limoncello and other typical liqueurs is much easier than you thought at the artisan factory Bonitempi.
Upon return at Casa Gregorio you will enjoy making and topping your pizza, cooking it in our pizza oven and savoring it at lunch.
After lunch you have a couple of hours to relax or have a walk on the hills around.
Now is time for some shopping in Frosinone.
You will complete our program with a multi-course dinner at ristorante Il Frantoio, in the historical town of Boville Ernica.
Breakfast at Casa Gregorio.
The experience continues to one of the best wineries of Ciociaria, Villa la Ferriera in Atina, where you visit the cantina and our host will introduce you to the making and testing of wine.
Your lunch today is at the old cantina Visocchi now totally restored with antique winery relics into a sophisticated restaurant called le Cannardizie.
Your host Patrizia Patini, a sommelier, will give you a taste and sampling of yet another fantastic wine of the region, followed by lunch.
Go back to Castro dei Volsci with some time to relax.
Your final-night farewell dinner is in our towns local restaurant Il Ditirambo, where a special menu, created by its chef, to mix up local traditions and new suggestions- a way we think is the best to conclude your "la dolce vita" dining experience and to extend to you our arrivederci.
Breakfast and departure.
Casa Gregorio hope you enjoyed your culinary vacation in the Roman countryside.
Gregory Tesolin Aulensi
My name is Gregory Aulensi and I was born and raised in Michigan. In my mid twenties I moved to sunny South Florida where I established and carried on my interior design business for several years. Upon a family trip to the Roman Countryside of Italy called "Ciociaria" I took a leap of fate and now find myself now living the "Under the Tuscan Sun" dream in Lazio, Italy.
This retreat will take place in Ciociaria, a traditional region of Central Italy without a defined border and historical identity. In the middle ages, this region was referred to as Campagna. The local dialect, now known as Ciociaro, was earlier referred to as Campanino. In more recent times, the term Campagna Romana, or Roman Campagna, a favorite subject of countless painters from all over Europe, has referred to the adjoining region to the north of Ciociaria, but part of the province of Rome. The name Ciociaria comes from the primitive footwear of its inhabitants called "ciocie". These "sandals" were put on by the Latins, that will be identified with the appellative of Ciociari in the following centuries, hence "Ciociaria"; now that kind of shoes are not used in everyday life, but remain as a traditional symbol. They are worn by folk groups members of the province of Frosinone or on the historical feasts.
The ciocia is an ancient kind of shoe, with a simple and primitive form, that doesn't wrap completely the foot, because the upper part is open. The foot is anchored to the ciocia by an interlacement of leather laces, inserted in special side holes; so the foot sticks to this special "sandal", making it sure and comfortable. Ciociaria has a full calendar of food fairs, entertainment events and music festivals, as well as a variety of traditional feasts. Religious, country and rural traditions are still strong and alive. The celebrations of the patron saints with the processions, the performance of bands, singers and groups, the illuminations and fireworks, the fairs and popular games, the palios and tournaments among the towns quarters witness the desire of the Ciociarian people to preserve the authenticity of their peasant culture with their typical costumes, music, rites, and gastronomy.
During your cooking classes Marco and Pasqualina will share with you all the secrets to cook authentic Italian recipes using all the key ingredients of Italian cooking. You will learn how to make a perfect sauce, homemade pasta, gnocchi, and many others Italian delicacies. Anna, the pizza maker specialist, will teach you how to make a great real Italian pizza in the Palazzo Gregorio gourmet kitchen facility with an authentic wood burning pizza oven.
The Casa Gregorio fully equipped kitchen with an amazing view on the hill-top around will be the unique set of informal and friendly Italian cooking classes, where you will learn how to make a perfect Italian menu sipping on a glass of great regional wine, listening to background music and experiencing many laughs. After cooking classes you will enjoy the fruits of your efforts. Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner is included in this package, many of them accompanied by the best selection if regional wines.
Leonardo Da Vinci Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) is the closet airport at 1.5 hours away.