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7 Day Authentic Culinary and Wine Tour in Central Italy by the Adriatic Sea Molise

Hotel SantoIanni, Via Tremiti, 2, San Martino in Pensilis, Campobasso 86046, Italy

Cooking and Wine Holidays Italy

Come and join Molise Cuisine Traditional Cooking Classes and Wine Tours for this perfect program for lovers of wine and gourmets in Molise. Molise is one of Italy's oldest winemaking areas. Overshadowed by more famous winemaking areas it nonetheless offers an increasing number of award-winning wines. The program involves cooking classes that will be accompanied by wine tours. You will learn about the peculiarities of red and white wines and cultural tours. Then there is also free time for shopping, sightseeing, and gelato.

Highlights

  • 5 cooking classes
  • Guided tour to the Roman Amphitheater
  • Cheese making and olive oil tasting experience
  • Explore the historical town of Acquaviva Collecroce
  • A visit to the town of Termoli by the Adriatic Sea
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Free airport pick-up
  • Daily meals

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5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
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Accommodation

With its hilltop location in San Martino in Pensilis, Santoianni is a 15-minute drive from the beach. It offers air-conditioned rooms and a restaurant serving Molise specialities. Your room at Santoianni is bright and colourful. All come with a TV, minibar and a private bathroom with hairdryer and bathrobe. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, which also provides free parking. The restaurant is open at breakfast and dinner. With a rural setting in the Molise region, the hotel is set at an altitude of 280 meters.

For those travelling alone or as a couple that wishes privacy, there is a beautiful apartment fully furnished including air-conditioning and wi-fi. First come first served basis.

Program

Day 1

Free airport pick up from Rome. Drive to Molise towards San Martino in Pensilis at the Hotel Santoianni where you will be staying. After you are settled in your rooms, meeting for a briefing of the tour period. Welcome dinner will be at 7:00 p.m.

Day 2

You will visit the town of San Martino in Pensilis with a guide and the convent of Mary and Jesus. The morning continues with visiting Azienda Agricola Di Giandomenico where you will see how pecorino, caciocavallo, and ricotta cheese are made, a family run business (with cheese tasting). Then you are off to Di Martino Azienda Agricola Biologica where production of vegetables preserved in oil, honey, and jam are made. Then there will lunch, followed by truffel hunting.

You will have a cooking class at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. After dinner, you are off for gelato.

Day 3

A drive to Campobasso. Campobasso is a province of Molise and is the region’s capital. The city itself is replete with monuments, including Castello Monforte, built around 1450 atop the ruins of a Norman construction, on a hill that dominates the city. The Cathedral was first built in 1504 but reconstructed in the neoclassical style in 1805 following its destruction in an earthquake.

Among the many churches are the Romanesque Church of San Bartolomeo, the Church of Sant’Antonio Abate, built in 1572 and displaying a late-Renaissance façade and Baroque interior, embellished with paintings and frescoes by 17th-century artists, the Church of San Leonardo, dating from the 13th century, and the Church of San Giorgio, a 12th-century Gothic construction.

The town also houses the delightful Museo del Presepe, a museum displaying a fine collection of antique recreations of the Nativity scene, some dating from the 18th Century. Not to miss the Sannitic Museum. Lunch at Monticelli Trattoria, a suggestive little place with homemade Campobassane specialties. You will have a cooking class at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Day 4

Visit the town of Acquaviva Collecroce. Acquaviva Collecroce is a municipality located in the woods, the village is delightful with its fountains and many historical footprints are leaked a mysterious charm to discover. The atmosphere is that of medieval chivalry and the presence of the Templar Knights of Malta, making it the town's beauty, like the Latin palindrome sentences written on the stone.

What makes it even more mysterious one can her a Croatian or Molisane dialect, a testimony of the Slavic settlement since 1400. Besides the lush nature, you will walk in the old town to observe the historic architecture, such as the Parish Church, built in perfect baroque style. Then head to the vineyards of Cantina Cianfagna for wine tasting. There will be a cooking class at 5:30 p.m.

Day 5

In the early morning, you will take a short drive to a small family-run olive mill Parco dei Buoi in the village of Larino. Here, the owner Francesco Travaglini will give us a private tour of their olive groves, followed by a tasting of his olive oil. As you are tasting, you will have wonderful finger foods to go with it. Also to mention that Francesco Travaglini’s oil was used for the last Gala President Obama had for his guests. A real show of quality for Molise.

You will then drive back to your cooking class and lunch. After lunch and a short break, you drive to Sepino, Altilia. Sepino was captured by the Romans in 293 BC. The city wall was erected by Tiberius before he became emperor. Within the city walls are remains of a theatre and other buildings including temples of Jupiter and Apollo. The presence of tombs from the 4th century, suggests that the city had been abandoned by that time. Then you will have supper in Sepino, Altilia.

Day 6

Morning drive to Larino, it is a town of approximately 8,100 inhabitants. The city of Larino has been continuously inhabited for millennia. Originally settled by the Samnite and Frentani tribes of Southern Italy, the city came under the control of the Oscan civilization. In 217 BC, the Romans defeated Hannibal here, and it was later incorporated into the Roman Empire.

You will visit with a guide the Roman Amphitheater, the elliptical amphitheater was built in the 1st century AD by a prominent citizen of Larino who had made his fortune in far away from Rome. The arena could comfortably seat 12,000 spectators. Palazzo Zappone was probably originally built as a Norman castle. The palace is now repainted as it was decades ago.

The structure has three distinct facades. One distinctly shows the physical structure of the original castle. The second has a renaissance feel and housed the rulers of the town. The third is a large brick neoclassical structure which was adjoined to the castle in the 19th century, Civic Museum, Cathedral of Larino, minor basilica in 1928 by Pius I, which is considered by some to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Italy.

It was built in the 10th and 11th centuries and inaugurated in 1319. It was restored and renovated many times, with the addition of a Gothic arch in 1451, a belltower in 1523 and interior renovations in the 18th century. It was likely built, in part, by architects and engineers brought in from X1 the Angevine rulers of Naples. And of course Borgo Vecchio, the old city. Then there is free time for shopping, sightseeing, and gelato. There will be a cooking class at 5:30 p.m. along with a presentation of a recipe book.

Day 7

Drive back to the airport.

Included excursions

  • Visit the town of San Martino in Pensilis with a guide and the convent of Mary and Jesus
  • Explore Campobasso
  • Explore the town of Acquaviva Collecroce
  • Have a guided tour to Roman Amphitheater, Palazzo Zappone, Civic Museum, Cathedral of Larino, and Borgo Vecchio

Location

San Martino in Pensilis is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Campobasso in the Italian region Molise, located about 45 kilometres (28 mi) northeast of Campobasso. Located along the Adriatic coast, between the Abruzzo and Apulia regions, Molise stands right in the middle of the Italian peninsula. Molise's territory has been producing grapes since time immemorial. Plinio the Ancient even mentioned Cliternia (now called Nuova Cliternia) near Campomarino as one of the best areas for viniculture in his writings of Naturalis Historia.

Food

All meals and drinks are included.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

On your free time, you have the option of spa treatments upon request and fee not included in the tour.

What's included

  • 5 cooking classes
  • Wine tasting session as per itinerary
  • Cheese making experience and tasting
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All transports during your stay
  • Olive oil tasting
  • All meals

What's not included

  • Tips and personal shopping

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO). The organizer will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up and the drop-off are included in the price.

Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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