ENOGASTRONOMY TOUR 2020

Calabria is not a land for tourists but a land for travelers. The last authentic Italy survives in the small villages, far from the great masses of tourism where people live slow rhythms, marked by the slowness of the seasons, by the rhythms of nature, from the countryside to the mountains to the sea. This tour will immerse you completely in the uses, in the costumes but above all in the food of a land that has handed down ancient knowledge for centuries. Organic foods, ancient wines, Greek, Roman, Arabic, French and Spanish influences have made this land unique and inimitable. Ten days of tours that will give you the chance to live in a castle, sail the seas of the coast of the gods, meet people who live and host travelers in Calabria tell stories of rare beauty, prepare bread... This tour is not a trip to Italy, it is a journey into the change of your life!

Period

MARCH - OCTOBER

Duration

10 DAYS

Price

€ 3.500,00
Details

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Fully guided tour by Danilo Verta, Josephine Gregoire, and Chef Christophe Gregoire in a Calabria lifestyle full immersion
  • Privately chartered bus transfer from Rome, Tiburtina Train Station to Altomonte, Calabria
  • Return private chartered bus/train transfer from Tropea, Calabria to Rome Tiburtina Train Station
  • 5 nights accommodation in a castle! Il Castello di Serragiumenta, Altomonte
  • 4 nights newly renovated accommodation Villa Adua in Tropea “the pearl of Calabria” on the Coast of the Gods
  • Full buffet breakfast daily • Lunches, dinners, with wine and beverages in authentic restaurants favored by locals
  • Private air conditioned chartered coach daily
  • All cooking classes and demonstrations, wine degustations
  • All entrance fees
  • All guided tours, visits, entertainment and unique life changing experiences ....and so much more!

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • International and domestica airfares
  • Personal train tickets, bus tickets not included in the program
  • Taxis 
  • Personal expenses: laundry, telephone calls, optional activities, extra food/meals or beverage not included in the itinerary
  • International and domestic airfares
  • Room Service
  • Travel Insurance
  • Insurance of personal loss
  • Illness or damage incurrent during your trip
  • Gratuities


Day 1

Arrival and Welcome Dinner

Arrive at Rome and be greeted by Danilo for private group transfer to our accommodation. Our home for the next 5 days will be the beautiful Castello di Serragiumenta, in the charming country side of Altomonte. After a welcome reception and drinks, you will have time to relax, unpack and discover the castle before feasting on an authentic welcome dinner expertly prepared by the staff.

Day 2

FARMS, OIL, MEDIEVAL VILLAGE OF ALTOMONTE MARVELS

After breackfast we will discover the food productions of Serragiumenta Farms: grapes, wine, extra virgin olive oil, hectares of farm surrounded by mountains and breathtaking view. during our golf car tour we will taste the most significant products of the farm After the tour, we will meet in Altomonte town Laura Barbieri for a cooking show and dinner. the Barbieri family has been among the most important gastronomic realities of Calabria for three generations, serving its guests the best traditional foods, such as the "Cruschi", a unique and ancient food that became famous thanks to the efforts of Laura's family. The Calabresi to digest their lunches often rich in many dishes love to drink the bitter liqueur, so we too, after lunch we will visit an ancient liqueur factory to prepare ourselves for a pleasant walk in the historic center of Altomonte Return home to Il Castello Light dinner followed by Round One – Bocce Competition

Day 3

THE CALABRESE LIQUORICE AND ARBERESHE COMMUNITY

After breackfast we will travel to the east coast of Calabria to a town called Rossanno, home to the world famous Amerelli licorice factory, the oldest factory in Calabria. A guided tour and learn how licorice is made and along with a visit of the museum. Transfer to Civita, a very famous place in Italy, here still leaves one of the oldest communities Arbereshe Calabresi, the Arbereshe, also known as Albanians of Italy or Italo-Albanians, are an Albanian ethnolinguistic (ethnic and linguistic) group in Southern Italy, mostly concentrated in scattered villages in the regions of Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise and Sicily. Civita is magic and very fascinating, with its houses which facades remember human faces and its majestic chimneys. Our tour will be a real time travel, where we will discover the ritual, the language, the culture that Albanians have imported to Calabria since 1400. Long lunch at L’Oste d’Arberia Mamma Cristina, Chef Gregorio and Marianna will take you on a sensual dance between modern and traditional dishes, enchanting storytelling and Albanian traditions. Exceptional wines will be served to match the unique dishes. Special Evening at Il Castello Vecchio Magazzino Doganale - an adventurous story, between myth and truth, leads to the creation of modern and innovative bitters by Ivan Trombino. The main botanicals used in recipes are citrus fruits, the symbols of Calabria; bergamot, cedar, sweet and bitter oranges, IGP lemons of Rocca Imperiale and grapefruit. Also selected hand-picked botanicals such as: oregano, rosemary, lavender and juniper. Choose your drink from their wide range; Roger Extra Strong, Jefferson Amaro Importante, Gil The Authentic Rural Gin and more. Round Two - Bocce Competition

Day 4

Chef Pasquale’s old recipes and Ferrocinto Wines

Chef Pasquale Presta with the help of his enthusiastic team takes charge of the kitchen at the La Voliera Restaurant. Enjoy a day of relaxation, learning to cook and drinking Calabrese wine. Chef Pasquale and Chef Christophe teach us the art of combining seasonal organic produce to make traditional Calabrese dishes. Followed by a long table lunch with wine. t’s time to become acquainted with the unique wine terroir of the Pollino mountains in Calabria. The vineyards of Tenuta Ferrocinto are geographically right in the middle of the Italian boot. The approximately equal distance from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west and the Ionian Sea in the east create an ideal microclimate for growing grapes. The area is famous for its hot days and cool nights. The first vines were planted already in 1855 and in 2003 a renovation was completed, which now ensures the most modern oenological practices. In average the vineyards lie at an altitude of 450m above the sea level. The clay and limestone soils are particularly rich in potassium and a constant sunlight ensures an ideal organoleptic characteristic of the grapes. “No newcomer, Ferrocinto was founded in 1658, but the estate’s potential has only been revealed since 2000 with the replanting of its vineyards, located in the Pollino Mountains at 600m above sea level, with a strong focus on indigenous varieties – notably Magliocco Dolce. Research in its experimental vineyard has unearthed a further 20 local varieties that are completely unknown and potentially interesting. Winemaker Stefano Coppola makes blends of Magliocco Dolce and the more rustic Magliocco Canino, while cask samples of pure Magliocco Dolce show huge class.” “Hidden Italy, six Calabria wine producers to know” Decanter, Author Walter Speller, April 2018. Return to Il Castello – Round Three Bocce Competition

Day 5

Truffle hunting Pollino Black gold

Truffle hunt in the Pollino Mountains. In the hilly forest of Pollino you can find variety of truffles such as as Scorzone, Uncinato, Mesenterico and Nero Pregiato; while in valleys, which are cooler and wet, is easier to find the White Truffle ("bianco pregiato"). Professional truffle hunter with the help of his lagotto dogs will uncover the truffle treasures found in abundance in the natural forest. “Tasting the Pollino mountains” Lunch at La Locanda del Parco Agriturismo nestled in the Pollino mountain ranges. You will enjoy a convivial lunch featuring produce from the moutains; wild boar, legumes, wild greens, mushrooms, truffles, fresh cheese, chacuterie, olives, pizza topped with fresh tomato sauce. Home-made wine served abundantly in traditional terracotta jugs. Return to il Castello - Final - bocce competition with light dinner

Day 6

Tropea, the pearl of Calabria

Today we will leave Altomonte for our next destination, Tropea, the pearl of Calabria. Along the way we will stop in Pizzo, where we will have the chance to visit the small, romantic church of Piedigrotta, and to know the fascinating story of this tiny, precious little jewel of religious architecture. And in Pizzo Calabro of course we cannot miss to visit the Castello di Murat, but, most than everything, we cannot miss to taste the famous “tartufo” di Pizzo, We will be in Tropea in the afternoon, check in and some free time at the hotel, Settle down, breath in the sea breeze and admire the view. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant

Day 7

The Cummari from Zungri

Today an immersive spiritual experience is waiting for us. After our gourmet breakfast we will leave to Zungri. Zungri is today a tiny village but its story will amaze you! The village was apparently established between the 6th and 7th centuries when the Basilian monks fled from the east to escape persecution and found refuge in the area of Monte Poro. The village has about one hundred caves which were used as homes or silos for storing grain. There a group of elderly local women will warmly welcome us and with them we will discover all the secrets of the old tradition of making bread in Calabria. It will be a fascinating jump in the past and of course we will take part on it. Then, while waiting for the dough to rise, we will visit the caves and the grottos. Lunch will be in “country Calabrese style”, words cannot describe the unique delicacies we are going to taste. Free evening in Tropea – take a stroll in the centro storico, join the locals for a passeggiata along Corso Vittorio Emmanuele; there are many artisanal shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes open until late.

Day 8

Calabrian Silk making

Free morning in Tropea; here are some suggested activities – walk to the sandy beach, go for a swim, walk to Santa Maria dell'Isola, shopping, visit the Cathedral and museum. Afternoon – Calabrian Silk making - travel towards the east coast to San Floro. Nido di Seta is a group of young people; Miriam, Giovanna and Domenico of Calabria who decided to take a very specific challenge, to come back and stay in Calabria. “we do not want to live in places where you no longer see the sky!” M. Pugliese From the twelfth century the Italian peninsula was the largest producer of silk Europe. In particular in the Calabrian region the production of gold wire was flourishing. The city of Catanzaro was considered the capital of silk, and around it had formed a production circuit which drew a Calabrian “Silk Way”, a corridor that connected the Tyrrhenian coast to the Ionian. The fame of silk weavers’ masters of Catanzaro caused quite a stir which spread to France, where the latter were called to Lyons to teach the technique of weaving. According to some sources, in the State Archives of Catanzaro, the peasant families of San Floro, a small village just outside the capital of Calabria, at the end of the 800 they raised million silkworms, the indigenous race, producing about 1,400 kg of cocoons. Mulinum – traditional Calabrese grains – stone milled flour – pizza making Ambitious entrepreneur and visionary Stefano Caccavari bringing back traditional ways of handling grains. They produce their own grains (spelt and durum wheat) use their traditional stone mill to produce amazing integral flour. The flour is then used to produce pizzas and breads using carefully sourced local resources. “In Calabria, my family would grow grains and take them to the local stone mill, then visit the lady in the village who looked after the 'mother yeast' or levain. The wheat was not white, it’s not supposed to be. Together we will learn how to make pizza dough – using our Mulinum flour, the traditional way. It is sustainable and better for your health.”

Day 9

The Venice of the South of Italy and the fascinating story of the Bronzi di Riace

Today we will leave our small paradise in Tropea, our next destination will be the stunning Venice of the South of Italy, Scilla. You will fall in love with the breath-taking panoramic views, the characteristic downtown and the peculiar shape of this small fishermen village. There we will visit the Ruffo Castle, a fortress built by the Dukes of Calabria, that stunningly overlooks the beach, from where we will enjoy a spectacular view of the Eolian Islands and of the Sicilian Coast. On a seaward-facing terrace is Scilla Lighthouse, an important aid to ships entering the Strait of Messina from the north. And of course we will also visit Chianalea, a fisherman’s village, lying on the coast of Calabria between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the slopes of Aspromonte. We will walk through the charming little alleyways, where you can easily meet the fishermen outside their homes making fishing nets, repairing their boats or preparing to leave for fishing. The waves of the Tyrrhenian Sea almost penetrate the houses, which continually face the force of the water; at night the silence amplifies the impressive sound of the sea, which provides the musical background to the village’s life. Then lunch with view (and what a view!), ready to experience the flavours and wines of this area of Italy? In the afternoon we will leave to Reggio Calabria where we will discover the story of the cultivation of bergamotto Calabrese, as well as all the uses that local people do of this refined, elegant essence. We will then visit the famous Museum of Reggio Calabria. The Museum of Reggio Calabria hosts the stunning “Bronzi di Riace”, enormous bronze statues which date back to V Century BC, founded close to the Ionian Coast of Calabria in still mysterious circumstances. The story of the Bronzi, which were for sure made in Greece is still a mystere.

Day 10

Arrivederci

After breakfast depart by bus to LAMEZIA TERMINI CENTRALE TRAIN STATION for departure by train to Rome Termini.

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ENOGASTRONOMY TOUR 2020