“Marvels of Molise” Culinary History, Wine and Culture Tour
8 Days/7 Nights: April – May, 2020
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Activity Level Food & drink
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Italian Sensory Experience is pleased to present a “wine, history, and gastronomy- lover’s dream journey” to Molise, recently named “Italy’s best travel secret” by CNN. This 8-day and 7-night experience includes staying in the D’Uva Winery and agriturismo in Larino, where guided tastings and pairings of the region’s world-class wines will be led by owner/winemaker Angelo D’Uva himself. The vineyard is situated perfectly in between the mountains and the sea, with comfortable and modern guest rooms and breathtaking scenery. Here we’ll enjoy classic Molisano-style hospitality as well as authentic, gourmet food and world-class wines produced onsite.
This tour also features two hands-on cooking classes with Chef Amy and workshops highlighting regional specialties with local chefs such as pasta alla chitarra, brodetto di pesce and entire menus based on local cheeses, truffles, local extra-virgin olive oil and more. Guided tastings of the region’s most famous olive oils, cheeses, truffles and the wines from the famous Terresacre winery are also included.
Lodging for the final two evenings of our tour will be at the beautiful Borgo Tufi located on the mountain top in Castel del Giudice. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in to an idyllic time as you stroll through the newly transformed and restored “diffused hotel” consisting of historic houses located throughout the village. Borgo Tufi’s restaurant, Ocrà, is one of the most celebrated new restaurants in the region and offers fine home-made products coming from the best local suppliers, a menu that boasts simple but refined dishes and excellent local products such as apples, honey, truffles, cheese, extra-virgin olive oil, meat, charcuterie.
Culture buffs will enjoy visiting the Adriatic’s ancient fishing vessel known as a trabocco. as well as visiting the region’s world-famous bell factory, bag-pipe makers and knife-making factory. Live folkloric music performances enhance the History lovers will revel at Molise’s most important Samnite, Roman, and Medieval archeological sites. We will return to Rome on the final day of the tour where a walking food tour and evening the Eternal City is available for an additional fee
Join us in this unparalleled opportunity to enjoy, learn, and appreciate Italian cuisine and culture from the heart of Italy!
Tariff: $3,495 per person (double or single occupancy*) inclusive of:
- Culinary Leadership Services of Chef Amy Riolo
- Tour and Cultural Leadership Services of Antonio Iuliano, Italian Sensory Experience
- Transfers from/to Rome International Airport
- Lodging, including taxes, Molise
- Daily Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
- Private ground transportation on itinerary throughout, including driver tip
- Guided tour of Termoli and Larino
- 2 private hands on cooking classes with Chef Amy and resulting meals
- 1 private cooking demonstration with a local chef and resulting meal
- A Sensory Notes Workshop
- An olive oil workshop/tasting
- A guided red wine tasting and pairing
- A guided white wine tasting and pairing
- A guided sparkling wine tasting and pairing
- A guided cheese and truffle tasting
- Two winery visits – D’Uva and TerreSacre
- Visits to Molise’s most important archeological sites including: Altilia (Roman), Pietrabbondante (Samnite), St. Vincent (Medieval)
- Visits to Artisan Boutiques including: Marinella Bell Foundry, Frosolone’s knife and scissor factory, and Scapoli’s bagpipe artisans
- Above mentioned tours and tastings at various workshops and establishments.
**Itineraries may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.
The additional supplement trip to Rome ($500) includes:
- Culinary Leadership Services of Chef Amy Riolo
- Tour and Cultural Leadership Services of Antonio Iuliano, Italian Sensory Experience
- Additional expert talks (schedule permitting)
- An exclusive guided “culinary walk” through Rome’s Centro Storico
- Ground transportation
- Entry to the Villa Borghese Museum
- One night accommodations in a 4-star hotel
- Dinner on Day 8, and Breakfast and lunch o Day 9.
Rome - Transfer to Molise
Named “Italy’s best travel secret” by CNN, the Italian region of Molise is nestled between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. We will arrive in Rome and transfer via private car (a three-hour ride) to the enchanting family owned and operated D’Uva Winery (the premiere winery in the region) and stay at their agriturismo. Located in Larino, Molise, the vineyards are situated perfectly in between the mountains and the sea, with comfortable and modern guest rooms and breathtaking scenery.
Here we’ll enjoy classic Molisano-style hospitality as well as authentic, gourmet food and world-class wines produced onsite. We will check in and enjoy a typical Italian aperitivo and welcome dinner.
One of Molise’s greatest charms is its close proximity to both the culture and nature that it offers. We’ll start the day with a tour of the agriturismo grounds including the wine-cellar, the vineyard, and the olive orchards. We’ll also enjoy a brunch of hand-made artisan bread, locally produced cheeses homemade, marmalades, fresh local yogurt, house-cured meats, homemade local cakes and pastries – just to name a few of the items available. Next, we’ll take a quick, 15-minute ride to the Adriatic coastline to visit the beautiful city of Termoli.
A local resort town known for its beaches and the Castello Svevo – a 13th century fortress constructed under the reign of Federico II during his campaign to fortify the entire region of South-East Italy which extended all the way to Sicily.
Once in Termoli, we’ll also enjoy a guided tour of the Centro Storico, the historical center of the city. In the afternoon, we’ll head to the marina to experience a trabocco – a traditional wooden fishing vessel – originally designed by fisherman to take advantage of the rough seas which are now becoming popular tourist attractions. We’ll experience a presentation of the history and use of the trabocco and a leisurely seafood-based lunch in a famous local restaurant.
Once known only as a fishing port, Termoli is now a resort for Italian families. After lunch, there will be free time for shopping in Termoli’s modern downtown or relaxing on the beach. Later in the day we’ll head back to the agriturismo for a Sensory Notes Class with Chef Amy and a guided tasting of the sparkling wines made on the premises by the winemakers themselves and our Tour Leader and Sommelier, Antonio. The evening will conclude with a traditional dinner prepared by the agriturismo’s chef.
Today starts with a traditional breakfast at the D’Uva agriturismo and then we’ll head to Altilia to visit the famous ancient Roman sites, which have become a regional treasure in Molise. After a typical lunch in a local trattoria we will travel 30-minutes to Frosolone to visit the ancient village – famous for its artisan knife and scissor makers.
Later in the day we will return to the agriturismo for a guided tasting of the white wines made on the premises by the winemakers themselves and our Tour Leader and Sommelier, Antonio.
Next, we will enjoy an extra-virgin olive oil discussion with a local producer, a guided tasting, and a hands-on cooking classes based on traditional, olive-oil based recipes with Chef Amy. Our dinner will consist of the dishes made in the cooking class.
San Martino in Pensilis/Montenero Di Bisaccia
Our day begins with a traditional breakfast at the D’Uva agriturismo and then we’ll head to the historical Masseria Colonna olive orchards where Molise’s most well-known extra-virgin olive oil to experience the production process and enjoy a guided tasting.
Next, we’ll take a 45-minute ride to visit the “Terresacre” vineyards and a guided wine-tasting with the winemakers themselves. We’ll then feast on a leisurely lunch at the Quadrifoglio restaurant. After lunch, we’ll head back to the agriturismo for to experience the red wines that the cantina has to offer, as well as learn how owner/winemaker Angelo D’Uva has successfully brought many almost forgotten varietals back onto the market.
The evening will conclude with our second hands- on cooking class consisting of a mouthwatering Molisano meal based on local produce, fresh pasta, and regional specialties.
Our day begins with a traditional breakfast at the D’Uva agriturismo and then
we’ll visit the ancient city of Larino – known for its Frentano eco-museum which includes “a journey through the history and soul of Frentane people ”. On the guided tour, we’ll admire the beauty of the monuments that the city preserves, while excerpts from the Pro Cluentio of Cicero, texts of Molise’s authors (F. Iovine), and dialectal poems (Raffaele Capriglione, Giovanni Cerri etc.) will be recited. Our guide will also share anecdotes, stories and rhymes belonging to the popular culture of Molise.
Visitors will move from the Roman archaeological sites where extraordinary polychrome mosaics (Amphitheater, thermal baths) are kept to the medieval center where they will travel through the fascinating alleys, immerse themselves in the historical memory of the city and in the atmosphere and in rites of other times. We will have the possibility to visit the imposing Palazzo Ducale, the Civic Museum, which houses Roman polychrome mosaics, as well as the Diocesan Museum of Termoli-Larino, and the Church of San Francesco. We will also have the chance to admire the extraordinary beauty of the magnificent Romanesque-Gothic style of San Pardo, Basilica – among the most beautiful monuments of Southern Italy.
Today’s itinerary also includes a cooking demonstration with a local cook, lunch, and ends with dinner back at the agriturismo.
After breakfast at the agriturismo, we’ll head back to Agnone. In this historic town, we’ll first visit the Fonderia Marinelli – the world-famous bell foundry that has been in operation for over 1,000 years. The Marinelli Foundry is the oldest in Italy, and one of the oldest in the world. Its’ beautiful bells have graced the Vatican and glorious churches world-wide. Here we’ll learn how the bells are made and visit the museum.
Next, we’ll visit the Di Nucci Creamery with a guided tasting of the region’s award-winning milk and cheeses such as Agnone’s Caciocavallo cheese and learn not only how they are made, but their history, and the role that these important culinary products play in the local economy. Next, we’ll experience a multi-course lunch based on the local varieties of formaggi.
After lunch, we’ll take a 25-minute journey up the mountain to Pietrabbondante to visit the Samnite (Pre-Roman) Sanctuary and its impressive ruins – including an amphitheater with ergonomic seats!
In the early evening, we will transfer to Borgo Tufi, a beautiful mountain-topped “diffused hotel” in Castel del Giudice where we will spend the remaining two evenings of the trip. The area has been transformed and restored into an “albergo diffuso” – a hotel consisting of houses located throughout the village which has been restored in its historic setting. Here contemporary design blends with period details in the reception, meeting room and public spaces. Recycled local stone and reintegrated period features during the restoration with the intention of preserving the history of the structures while offering all the comforts of a modern hotel.
The village is surrounded by 40 acres of beautiful orchards. The organic apples are part of the local economy and part of the gourmet restaurant’s menu selections as are truffles, local honey, and regional specialties prepared in an elevated way. The orchards are part of the historic relationship between the villagers and their surroundings – food and nature in harmony. Castel del Guidice and its location have been officially recognized as one of Italy’s outstanding, sustainable historic villages.
San Pietro Avellana/San Vincenzo al Volturno
We’ll start the day with a traditional breakfast at Borgo Tufi and then head to the enchanting San Pietro Avellana. Just a 20-minute drive, here we’ll visit a truffle workshop and experience truffle hunting ourselves. We’ll also enjoy a truffle-based luncheon.
Later in the day we’ll visit the St. Vincent of Volturno Abbey – a historic Benedictine monastery located in the territories of the Communes of Castel San Vincenzo and Rocchetta a Volturno, in the Province of Isernia, near the source of the Volturno River. The current monastery, housing a group of 8 Benedictine nuns, is located to the east of the river, while the archaeological monastery dating back to the early Middle Ages was located.
Afterwards we’ll travel 30-minutes back to our lodging at Borgo Tufi and there will be free time to enjoy the spa on premises, take a stroll in the village, or enjoy the other amenities. The evening will conclude with a dinner at the Ocrà restaurant on the grounds. Ocrà offers fine home-made products coming from the best local suppliers, a menù that boasts dishes with flavors together original and familiar, comfortable and intense, which takes inspiration from the seasons and the surrounding nature. The creativity of Chef Alessandra Di Paolo, student at the Accademia Niko Romito (Abruzzo’s Michelin-star chef), relies on a long culinary tradition, made of simple but refined dishes and excellent local products like truffles, cheese, extra-virgin olive oil, meat, charcuterie. Ocrà is named for ochre- the color of tuff, the stone which Borgo Tufi is made of.
We’ll have breakfast at Borgo Tufi and head back to Scapoli. Here we’ll visit the ancient bagpipe (zampogne) – making boutique. We’ll learn the history of the ancient instrument and say arrivederci to Molise while being serenaded the songs that were first played in honor of Dionysus – the ancient Greek god of wine, winemaking, and fertility (the Roman Bacchus). After lunch and live music, we will embark on a 2 hour and 20-minute trip back to Rome where the tour ends.
*Supplemental Rome Tour $500 Day 8-9 (with overnight in Rome)
For those choosing to spend additional time with Chef Amy and Antonio in Rome – We’ll start the afternoon with a quick walking tour of Rome’s ancient centro storico. Chef Amy will lead us through all of her favorite spots in the city. Beginning with a stroll through the famous Campo dei Fiori food and flower markets, we’ll then go to the Villa Borghese – Rome’s famous park – to stroll with the locals, eat a quick open-air bite, and enjoy the beautiful Bernini statues in the property’s museum. Next, we’ll head down the chic Via Veneto for a trip down the Spanish Steps and down Via Condotti – one of Rome’s most exclusive streets. From there we’ll go to a traditional Roman trattoria for lunch. After lunch, we’ll take in the sites at the Trevi Fountain and one of Chef Amy’s favorite bread bakeries and food shops. Finally, we’ll make our way back to the Piazza Navona to Chef Amy’s favorite coffee roaster and shop – Caffe Tazza d’Oro. After a quick “pick-me up” there will be time for touring the nearby Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva church. We’ll head back to our hotel for a siesta before dinner and then enjoy a trip across the Tiber to Trastevere to enjoy an evening passeggiata with the locals.
A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person is due by February 25, 2020
Balance of payment, $3,495 = $2,495, per person is due by March 25, 2020
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