Most Divora-series adventures begin in Rome. A handful of them begin in select other villages and regions around Italy (i.e.: Western Sicily in 2018 and 2019). In 2019 we will travel to the beautiful island of Naxos, Greece.
Travel adventure locations outside of Rome vary each year. Check back often for new travel dates and locations. Would you like something custom to your group? I can create culinary and cultural trips from scratch, just for you!
For the sake of this Adventure Description, we'll begin in Rome.
Choose your favorite airline and preferred flight to Rome, then meet me at our apartment. Your ride from the airport to our flat is not included in DivoraRoma’s itinerary, but I am happy to arrange a private driver or taxi pick up and drop off for you, no problem at all.
My preferred airline is Delta as it has a quick and easy connection from Portland Oregon (PDX) to Rome Italy (FCO). Plenty of other airlines fly to Rome, fo course, so pick your favorite and come on down! If you will be traveling to other countries or regions before joining me in Rome, that's wonderful! Trains and busses are great ways to get around, too. I'll help you determine the best way to get to the flat based on where you are traveling from.
Part of what I offer you as a DivoraRoma travelers, is the pre-departure planning session in person or over the phone/Skype or via email, so that you are fully prepared for the trip. I provide a care package for every individual traveler or every couple traveling together, containing maps, travel information about our area, helpful phone numbers and addresses, a full itinerary showing our activities for the week, as well as a personalized travel journal for you to enjoy during our week together. I'll be your local Roman host, while you enjoy yourself as my guest. I can't wait!
Living like the locals, immersed in the culture, is one of the key elements of my DivoraRoma adventures! You'll feel like you're part of the local culture and people, in no time, as you explore it alongside myself and your traveling companions. You will have your own private bedroom and bathroom, and full access to the entire space: gourmet kitchen, sitting room, and sometimes a terrace (if available).
You will experience the culinary world Rome (and other locations) is famous for, by touring known and off-the-beaten-path eateries both, alongside myself, native Roman and your personal guide and chaperone. Be prepared to experience hands-on cooking classes taught by myself and my trusted local Roman chefs, as well as deliciously prepared dining experiences in local restaurants and enoteche (wine tasting rooms).
Rome is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and as such, is an "open air museum" and offers thousands of famous and less known archaeological and historical sites. We will take the time to visit some of these special sites, guided by knowledgeable and licensed local history experts. Have you wanted to enter the Colosseum and see its basement trenches at night by the light of the full moon? You can! How about touring the little known (and newly opened Domus Aurea (Nero's Golden Palace) only visitable with archaeologists working on site, with hard hats and special permits? You can! I'll organize it all for you, as your personal Italian-speaking concierge, and you'll leave Rome ewe-struck (and wanting more) - that's good!
If your chosen adventure is of 9 days, the second half together will be spent moving into the country. Locations vary depending on availabilities and season but are certainly always calm and quaint medieval villages in Lazio (Bracciano, Orvieto, etc) Umbria (Narni, Amelia etc), Tuscany (Siena, Asciano, Meleto, Cortona etc), Puglia (Ostuni, Alberobello etc), or Campania (Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento etc). Check in with me often, to see where we will go next!
One thing is for sure: You will experience, first hand, the locals' lifestyle in the great big capital city of Rome, and in quaint villages outside of Rome. You'll immerse yourself in the culture and will participate in the everyday activities, such as shopping for fresh ingredients in the local markets or picking olives from the olive groves to make our own olive oil. You'll get a 7 or 9-day taste of Mediterranean life as a true Italian by observing and participating in our day while we are welcomed into people's homes, restaurants, vineyards and more.