Through their various cooking vacations, Culture Discovery Vacations endeavor to immerse you into the local lifestyle, leaving you with a new second home.
You will quickly pick up on the fact that we are all connected outside of "business". Rocky is a great person to start with to convey this! Like Michael, Rocky grew up in Los Angeles... in fact, just a few blocks from Michael. They never knew one another, but they had a very close mutual friend most of their lives. That friend visited Michael and Paola in Soriano in early 2011, and brought Rocky with. He joined in on one of Culture Discovery Vacations' week-long cooking vacations in Soriano, and felt an instant connection.
Yes, Spartaco really is his name, so when you meet him, remember to utter these words: My name is Spartacus! A Soriano native and long time family friend, Spartaco has been Culture Discovery Vacations' primary guide for their excursions since 2007, and now he hosts many of their vacations outside of Soriano. Ladies, be prepared. You will be charmed and fall in love. His accent will grab you, those little mistakes in English will make you smile... and whatever you do, make sure he does his Tony Soprano impersonation!
Sophie is one of those rare Italians that you meet and simply cannot believe speaks English as a second language. Her perfect British accent, however, is a dead giveaway for the fact that she was raised by an English father, albeit in Italy. She lives just over the hill from Soriano in Viterbo, and travels regularly with Culture Discovery Vacations' groups to all of their locations... and their guests invariably love her!
from United States, November 2018
"A Peak Immersion"
A full immersion into central Italian culture. Intimate, family-like, spontaneous, and, everyday, several peak experiences. Amazing food, abundant wine, new friends, extraordinary tour. And the olive harvest so much more than expected. Wondrous surprises abound. Loved it!