Italian Language, Cooking,
Slow Living Tour 2019
Have you ever wondered what a week in Italy with locals would be like in a region that is unknown to most, yet rich in history, culture and culinary experiences in the most raw and real way? The beauty of Molise is that it is yet to be tarnished by tourists and the locals are hospitable and excited to share their daily lives with you in that truly passionate Italian way.
On this tour you will join my husband and I in our hometown Campobasso & surrounds, and we will take you on a 6 day Italian local slow living journey, inviting you in to the lives of our friends & acquaintances who run different cultural experiences. Campobasso is located in the high basin of the Biferno river, surrounded by Sannio and Matese mountains, about 45 minutes from the Adriatic Sea by car & is the region adjacent to the now very on trend & popular Puglia region. It is also just minutes away from Ferrazzano, the town where the famous actor Robert De Niro's family is from.
We want to welcome you to 'our' Italy and share with you it's beauty and culture, by being our guests rather than coming as a tourist.
This is the perfect trip if you are studying Italian, if you're an Italian food lover or if you prefer to relax on holiday rather than have a huge agenda. In Molise you can immerse yourself in all things Italian, live like a local and simply just relax and enjoy !
Come as our guest and we'll share with you :
A walk through the old Murat Town (Centro Storico) and a visit to the Castello Monforte.
Typical lunches & dinners of food from the Molise region.
A visit to an agriturismo including a cooking class in the hills of Cercemaggiore.A vinyard tour and tasting in Ripalimosani, some cheesemaking in the mountains of Capracotta and an Olive Oil day in San Martino in Pensilis, a small town close to the Adriatic Sea.
Evenings are left free to mingle with locals, take a stroll, eat a gelato or have an aperitivo. You might even want to pratice your Italian!Our very last evening will be a farewell dinner spent at a trattoria run for many years by a local family that has no menu.
Day 1 - Saturday 6th of July
Welcome to Molise! It is recommended you arrive at the bus or train station in Campobasso where you will be met and accompanied to your bed and breakfast Residenza Sant'Andrea, situated in the Centro Storico (Old Murat Town). In the evening we will all take a short walk around the centre to become familiar with the area. Tonight we will enjoy a dinner with typical dishes from the Molise region. (dinner inc)
Day 2 -Sunday the 7th July
Today we will spend time on a farm in the mountains of Capracotta, a small town in the provence of Isernia, with Mario and his family. They will show us how to make Caciocavallo, a typical cheese from the Molise region, and we'll also make some ricotta. We will enjoy a long lunch prepared in our presence with the produce from their land . Mario is also a lover of Italian folk music and will take out his ‘zampogna’ (Italian bagpipe) and play us a tune or two. We will then follow the sheep for 'una passeggiata al pascolo' (a grazing walk) and can help with the milking if we choose. (breakfast & lunch inc)
Day 3 - Monday 8th July
Today we will visit Pino and his gorgeous family at their restored farmhouse in the hills of Cercemaggiore. This small paese (town) is just a short drive out of Campobasso. Pino will take us for a guided tour around the family’s farm from which the produce they serve in their ‘agriturismo’ comes. We will then enjoy a cooking class hosted by Pino’s mamma who cooks for the agriturismo, and then relax and enjoy a long lunch of what we have just made. (breakfast & lunch inc.)
Day 4 - Tuesday 9th July
It’s wine tour day today. In a small town called Ripalimosani, we will visit a local winery. This vineyard was born from abandoned and uncultivated land which has been given new life. Along with the rebirth of it’s vineyard, the farm also produces olive groves and other fresh produce on over 220 hectares of land. We will discover how their wine is made, visit the cantina and enjoy an aperitivo before heading off to meet Rosaria & Francesco for lunch at their equiturismo. (breakfast & lunch inc)
Day 5 - Wednesday 10th July
On our last day we will head to a town just 20 minutes from the Adriatic Sea where we will enjoy a guided visit of an olive grove farm that boasts 3 pretty lakes and a beautiful masseria, owned and run by Donna Marina, the daughter of a family of nobles, popes, saints and politicians. We will view and learn how the mill and the bottling process works, and then enjoy a degustation of the twenty different oil types produced on the farm, the eating of olives and some pate`. After our tour we will enjoy a light entrée accompanied by ‘la pampanella’ (a typical dish from San Martino in Pensilis) and a glass of red wine.
After lunch we will head back home for a rest before heading out to a gorgeous little trattoria for a farewell dinner. The trattoria has no menu, serving traditional regional plates from Molise, of what they have bought from the market that day. The only way to end our Italian summer holiday!
(breakfast, lunch & dinner)
What is included
-5 nights and 4 days accomodation at a bed & breakfast in the Centro Storico
-pick up & drop off at train or bus station on arrival & departure from Campobasso
-transport to daily activities
- 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
-Cooking class & agriturismo tour, vineyard visit & tasting, cheesemaking, olive grove visit and tastings
- Free evenings to immerse yourself in the local Italian life & language
Tour Cost - 1695 Euro per person
-Flights to Italy are not included
-Travel to arrive & depart Campobasso from airport is not included
-Maximum 10 people on this tour
-Activities are subject to change and will be replaced by equally amazing experiences if so
-Travellers will have their own full cover travel insurance and a copy shall be sent to Tania Pietracatella at The Little Italian School no later than 30 days prior to departure.
-A deposit of 900 Euro is required on booking to secure your place and is non-refundable
-Final payment is required by April 1st 2019 and is non-refundable
-Full refunds will occur if the tour is cancelled due to lack of participants or other unforseen circumstances.
-A minimum of 6 people are required for the tour to take place
For more information on The Little Italian School's Italy 2019 tour you can contact me via email