Savour an authentic cultural and gastronomic experience with the Pacitti family at their Agriturismo 150 km south east of Rome. The family are recognised worldwide for the award-winning pecorino (sheep’s cheese), conciato di San Vittore, which is listed as a Slow Food Presidia Product.
Their raw milk sheep’s cheese has origins that can be traced as far back as the 4th century BCE, when the Samnite warrior shepherds encased the cheese in 15 aromatic herbs for preservation in the absence of refrigeration. These herbs not only lend the cheese its characteristic taste but are also anti-bacterial and even act as an insect repellent!
The Conciato was condemned to extinction when one last producer, Theodoro Vada, alerted the master cheese chef and founder of the Denomination of Latium Origin (D.O.L.), Vincenzo Mancino, that he would stop producing it. Thankfully, the Canciato production methods were written down and the D.O.L. was officiated with its first protected product.
The Pacittis use milk from their transhumance sheep that are indigenous to the border of Abruzzo in Southern Lazio, and graze in pastures that are 1,200 to 1,400 metres high — this gives the cheese its superior flavour. The “conci” (casing) is made with wild oregano, sage, serpillo thyme, coriander, juniper, rosemary and wild fennel.
Not only will the Conciato di San Vittore be on your tasting board but also perhaps the case-peruto, valcomino blue, or the very rare marzolina, a cheese made with milk which is only produced in the month of March.
Small-production salami or prosciutto from neighbouring farms will be tasted, as will local wine such as maturano di Picinisco or the cabernet di Atina, which has a festival dedicated to its new harvest every autumn.
Your host will also bake potatoes over the hearth and stuff them with pecorino di Picinisco, or perhaps make you cacio e pepe, a traditional pasta dish made with… you guessed it… pecorino.
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 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 Italian countryside.
You are free to stay and relax for the day on the agriturismo grounds after your tour.
Please note: Due to the exclusive nature of our agriturismo tours, bookings will need to be made at least one week in advance.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, tasting board with the agriturismo’s own production of artisan organic cheese and 0-kilometre meats with bread and local wine, choice between cacio e pepe (traditional pasta dish) or baked potato stuffed with seasonal ingredients from the garden
Exclusions: Transportation to and from the meeting/end point, additional food and drinks, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Wear comfortable shoes for walking and standing and that you don’t mind getting dirty. The villa still has the original stone floors, so wearing high-heel shoes is not recommended. Please bring sunscreen and a hat, and dress for any weather conditions. Sheep need milking rain or shine!
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a minimum 2, maximum of 12 people. If your group is bigger, just contact us and we will offer you a private tour just for your group. We can accommodate up to 70 people for a cheese-making class and the Pacittis can add more food to your experience, depending on your preference and your budgetary needs.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: 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 and then be picked up by taxi. From Rome Termini Station you can arrive by train at the Cassino Station (Rome - Naples line) or leave by Coltral bus (the big blue bus) from Metro Stop Anagnina (Red Line A) and arrive directly in the sweet 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 minimum 24-hour notice. Taxi rides from Sora or Cassino are about 30 minutes. Please budget for the taxi to and from the agriturismo from the stations.
Closure of sites: If the experience needs to be cancelled due to natural and unforeseen circumstances that disrupt the agriturismo and the farm’s operations, there is a 100% money back guarantee.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.