Join me!
October 13 - 20, 2018

All-inclusive week-long culinary and cultural adventure in Rome:

* day trips outside of the city for wine tasting at beautiful vineyards
* cooking classes to learn first hand how to shop for and prepare delicious local meals
* and so much more!

The apartment is beautiful and period styled (images are below!) with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, full kitchen and balcony, right in the center of Rome, around the corner from the Spanish Steps.

2 bedrooms are still available

$2400 per person for 1 person in a room
$2000 per person for 2 people in a room

Let's chat! :)
(503) 732-0378
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Via Della Croce 85, Roma, Lazio 00187

Around the corner from the Spanish Steps! The marker on the Google map indicates the exact location. Pan and zoom to get your bearings. 



3 private bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, full kitchen and balcony

A beautiful Piano Nobile (Noble's Floor: ie: first floor with balcony) in a historic building from the 1500s. In the heart of dining, wine tasting, shopping, people watching of Rome. Click each image to see more!

What is included:

  • Pre-trip planning session in the time leading to the trip
  • Pre-trip authentic Roman dinner with the group of travelers in Portland
  • Journalistic photography throughout the trip
  • Private apartment for your entire trip with Divora
  • All transportation for planned activities (private car, taxi, tram, train, etc)
  • All meals as delineated in the itinerary (which you will receive about 1-2 months prior to your adventure)
    • 2 dinners + 2 lunches
    • 2 hands-on cooking classes (with lunch and/or dinner)
  • Wine tasting(s) in enoteche (wine tasting rooms) in the city
  • Wine tasting(s) in beautiful vineyards (day trips)
  • Depending on season and availabilities:
    • Olive oil workshop and tasting (day trip)
    • Wild mushroom harvesting and preparation (day trip)
  • Select wines for the table at each of our meals together
  • Plenty of time in our itinerary for you to enjoy on your own (so you can explore as you wish)

$2400 p/p single
$2000 p/p double

$1000 due with reservation
Balance due August 13, 2018

Let's chat! :)
(503) 732-0378
Or use the form above



There are thousands of archaeological sites in Rome. This is a special, small-group tour, allowed only during some weekends in the summer months. Below is the history of Emperor Nero's Domus Aurea.



"The Domus Aurea was the urban villa commissioned by emperor Nero after the great fire of Rome in 64 AD, which destroyed a considerable part of the urban center and affected his first imperial residence on the Palatine Hill. The sumptuous villa covered a huge area of about 80 hectares, extending on the slopes of the Palatine Hill, Oppian hill, part of the Caelian Hill and Esquiline Hill. This opulent residence was profusely adorned with refined materials such as marbles, gems, shells and precious artworks, like sculptures, mural paintings, mosaics and other gilded stucco decorations. The architectural complex was spaced out on green and luxuriant spaces, including vineyards, grazing lands, gardens, woods and an artificial lake. A side of the villa was opened through a long colonnade, oriented towards the South to benefit the most from the sunshine, so that the play of lights brightened up the interiors and accentuated the preciousness of the decorations."


"After emperor Nero’s death in 68 AD, the residence was ruined by a fire in 104 AD. Following emperors preferred to return the territory to the citizens of Rome, so the Colosseum was built in place of the artificial lake and the Baths of Titus and the Baths of Trajan (Thermae Titi and Thermae Traiani) were later built above the structures of the Domus Aurea (at the base of the Esquiline Hill and on the Oppian Hill, respectively), so they were partly destroyed, altered or buried and survived underground until the “discovery” during the Renaissance. Artists such as Raphael and humanists climbed down into the rooms of the complex, closely resembling gloomy caves, to admire the remains of the marvelous frescoes by candlelight and they left inscriptions on the walls as a sign of their passage. Thanks to the elegance and the lively creativity that characterized the Roman originals, those paintings became the highest source of inspiration for the mural decorations throughout the Renaissance, which were called “grottesche” (deriving from “grotte”, the Italian word for “grottoes”). The Domus Aurea survived as the meaningful, extreme and legendary example of the Roman art and architecture mastery in the history of Italian culture.

Source: MilestoneRome