Ancient Cheese-Making Class & Tasting

5 hr

On this Italian culinary adventure, you’ll learn how to make an all-natural cheese from raw organic sheep’s milk — from instructors who are producers recognised worldwide for their award-winning pecorino picinisco!  Your instructors, the Pacitti family, are one of two makers of the conciato di San Vittore, a raw milk sheep’s cheese whose origins can be traced as far back as the 4th century BCE, when the Samnite warrior-shepherds encased cheese in 15 aromatic...
On this Italian culinary adventure, you’ll learn how to make an all-natural cheese from raw organic sheep’s milk — from instructors who are producers recognised worldwide for their award-winning pecorino picinisco!  Your instructors, the Pacitti family, are one of two makers of the conciato di San Vittore, a raw milk sheep’s cheese whose origins can be traced as far back as the 4th century BCE, when the Samnite warrior-shepherds encased cheese in 15 aromatic herbs to preserve it without refrigeration. These herbs not only lent the cheese its characteristic taste but are also anti-bacterial! Today, the Pacittis preserve the conciato di San Vittore recipe by using milk from their sheep that are indigenous to the border of Abruzzo in Southern Lazio. Their sheep graze in pastures that are 1,200 to 1,400 metres above sea level, which gives the cheese a superior flavour. Your cheese-making session will take place at the Agriturismo Casa Lawrence, about 150 km south east of Rome, where you’ll enjoy a tasting board full of delights such as the conciato di San Vittore, as well as other picinisco pecorino D.O.P. treats – perhaps the case-peruto, valcomino blue, or the very rare marzolina, a cheese made with milk only produced in the month of March and preserved in olive oil.  A neighbour provides Loreto with cow’s milk to produce the tangy caciocavallo. You’ll also taste meats such as salami or prosciutto from neighbouring farms, as well as local wine such as maturano di Picinisco or the cabernet di Atina, which has a festival dedicated to its harvest every autumn.  After your tasting, the cheese-making will take place in the small laboratory or, depending on the season, the old-fashioned way over an outdoor fire. You will make primo sale, a fresh cheese that is typical of southern Italy.  Finally, take some time to explore the refurbished 20th-century villa that was once was home to D.H. Lawrence and has been restored to match the descriptions in The Lost Girl. You’ll find a tiny library with a collection, both in Italian and English, of Lawrence’s literary works. Compare the many editions of The Lost Girl as well as other masterpieces. Relax in the villa with a book and some English tea before ending your day in the countryside.  Before you leave, ask your hosts for suggestions on things to do, places to eat, and local foods to try, or if there are any festivals happening in the valleys.  Please note: Due to the exclusive nature of our agriturismo tours, bookings will need to be made at least one week in advance. 
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Important Details

Highlights
  • Take a cheese-making class with award-winning artisan producers recognised for their knowledge of old-world cheese production
  • Enjoy a tasting board of 0-kilometre cured meats, organic raw pecorino d.o.p. and wine from the val di comino vintners
  • Explore a rustic villa where d.h. lawrence was inspired to finish his novel the lost girl, and sip a cup of english tea while browsing the mini library
  • Relax amid the foothills of the abruzzi mountains, home to the mariscan bear and the largest wolf population in europe
Included
  • Local english-speaking guide
  • Tasting board of local meats
  • Wine
  • Artisan bread and cheese produced by nearby farms and vineyards
  • The small wheel of primo sale pecorino that you made and can keep.
Not Included
  • Transportation to and from the meeting/end point
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide.
Departure Point
Casa Lawrence, Contrada serre, 03040 Picinisco FR. Lazio, Italy View on Google Maps.
Additional Info
  • You are free to stay and relax for the day on the agriturismo grounds outside the hours of your tour.

    If you are not driving to the agriturismo, it is possible to come by public transportation & then be picked up by taxi. From Rome Termini Station or from Naples (Pompeii, Herculeum or Amalfi Coast) you can arrive by train at the Cassino Station on the Rome - Naples line  or leave by Coltral bus (the big blue bus) from Rome’s Metro Stop Anagnina (Red Line A) and arrive directly in the town of Sora

    Please let us know 48 hours in advance and we will send you the phone number of the taxi driver so that you can arrange your ride. Taxi drivers need at least 24-hour notice. Taxi rides from Sora or Cassino are about 30 minutes. Please budget for the taxi to and from the agriturismo. 

Voucher Requirements

Please present this voucher to your guide at the beginning of your tour. Save this email on your phone or tablet, or print a copy, as you will need to show this to join the trip.

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Cancellation Policy

You can cancel for a full refund up to 72 hours before the start of your experience. If you do not show up for the experience or fail to cancel at least 72 hours in advance, you will not receive a refund.