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Casa Gregorio Bed and Breakfast and Cooking School

"Rifugio di Charme" in a Medieval Borgo South of Rome

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Casa Gregorio Bed and Breakfast and Cooking School

Casa Gregorio Living Room

© 2011 by James Martin

Casa Gregorio Bed and Breakfast or rifugio di charme sits in a picturesque location on the edge of the medieval hill town of Castro dei Volsci between Rome and Naples. Gregory, the Italian American owner who is an interior designer, has done an amazing job of transforming an abandoned 18th century noble residence into a comfortable and luxurious bed and breakfast.

Why Stay at Casa Gregorio

Casa Gregorio offers a unique opportunity to experience life in a small town and explore an off-the-beaten-track area with the help of the English-speaking owner. You won't have to worry about not understanding the language or not knowing what to do. Gregory is enthusiastic about the town and area and really helps to make your vacation memorable.

Gregory has put careful attention to furnishing the rooms and bathrooms, blending traditional features and style with modern comforts expected by guests. The five bedrooms are each unique but all bathrooms, designed to high American standards, have jacuzzi tub with tempmatic showers. Some of the bedrooms are small but there are several nicely furnished common areas for guest use including a large living room, small sitting room with internet access and TV with English channels, and terrace with lounge chairs and a table. From the terrace and some of the rooms, you'll have amazing views of the valley below.

On Saturday nights, Gregory turns the downstairs taverna into a pizzeria open to both locals and guests. Pizza is made in the wood oven upstairs and served in the taverna by staff dressed in traditional costume of the area. Meals also include the option of appetizers and dessert. This was a really fun and tasty addition to our stay.

Future plans include Friday night dinners serving traditional food of the area, a swimming pool with deck, and the possible addition of three more rooms.

Cooking School at Casa Gregorio

Gregory and Staff in the Kitchen © James Martin

Casa Gregorio has a well-appointed professional kitchen where guests can take cooking classes. Currently Casa Gregorio offers a 6-day program that includes a market and food artisan visits, other excursions, meals, and hands-on cooking classes taught by Chef Ivan DiLeo from Rome. Dates are flexible and the schedule can be modified for the needs of the guests.

Guests arriving for the cooking school have the option of being picked up at Rome's Fiumicino Airport or at a train station near Castro dei Volsci. See schedule and details on International Kitchen - Discover Lazio.

Exploring Southern Lazio from Casa Gregorio

Gregory's father is from the town of Castro dei Volsci, in fact his childhood home is right next to Casa Gregorio, and Gregory often visited the town before deciding to fulfill his dream of opening a bed and breakfast here. The town's medieval is an interesting place to explore and there's a small bar in the main square where locals gather for a coffee or apertivo. There's also a place to eat in town and one just out of town.

Just below the town is a church with 13th century frescoes. In the modern town, down the hill, there is a small but very interesting archeological museum and an excavation of a Roman villa. Also down the hill there's a very good agriturismo, il Ruspante, where you can eat a typical meal made with homegrown products (they also have rooms).

Within an hour from Castro dei Volsci you can go to the Grotto di Paestena, abbeys and small towns, or the beach where there are good seafood restaurants. A little farther you will find the seaside towns of Gaeta and Sperlonga and the Abbey of Montecassino. You can even take a day trip to Rome or Naples on the train.

Casa Gregorio Reservations and Details

casa gregorio photos, southern lazio photosView from Casa Gregorio © 2011 by Martha Bakerjian, licensed to About.com

Web Site: Casa Gregorio
Casa Gregorio Contact Information: US phone 954-636-2628, Italy phone +39 0775 662104 or email casagregorio67@libero.it
Casa Gregorio Location: Via Civita 67, Castro dei Volsci, a medieval hill town in the southern Lazio region 116 kilometers south of Rome.
Arriving at Casa Gregory: While it's best to have a car for exploring the area, guests can be picked up at the Castro-Pofi train station. Those taking the six-day cooking class will not need a car as excursions are included. Free parking is available in a parking lot just below the house. Castro dei Volsci can be reached from the A1 Rome-Naples Autostrada, exiting at Ceprano or Frosinone.

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