For the second time my husband and I visited Casa Gregorio and it was even better on the second round. We loved the new La Dolce Vida villas, cooking classes, and tours! It was outstanding and sooooo fun. This time we traveled with 10 of our closest foodie friends and it was laughter, clinking glasses, and mouthwatering food for seven days straight! Beautiful roomy room (we stayed in the Fennel Room) with balcony and our own bathroom. La Dolce Vita is the perfect vacation for families and/or friends to go in big groups!!! Accommodations are world class and THE BEST Italian food we ever had! Gregory has done it again. Can’t wait for our third trip coming soon!!!
We really didn’t know what to expect. We were greeted immediately. Provided a room with a great view. We were made to feel like family. The staff was unbelievably accommodating. The cooking classes were fabulous as were the daily trips to wineries,olive oil factory and related locations. The only negative I can find is that it was over too soon
Casa Gregorio and the La Dolce Vita experience in Castro Dei Volsci was one of the most amazing experiences and vacations of my life. The cooking classes, the field trips, the staff, the accommodations, and the fellow travelers/vacationers all combined to create The Sweet Life for the entire stay. My husband I have many wonderful memories to treasure from our time there. We hope to make back some day!
Every day would start with breakfast, followed by a field trip into the Italian countryside. Afterwards, there was a cooking class at Casa Gregorio where we made a full Italian meal. In the evening, there was a second trip and we would always round out the day with a meal at a carefully-selected restaurant. Every day was perfect.
The week I spent as a guest of Casa Gregorio was one of my best vacations ever. Not being much of a cook, I was a bit hesitant but the lessons were simple and the food fabulous. The entire package allowed me to learn a bit about Italy and the regions around Castro dei Volsci. Situated on a hill, you are living in the village of Castro dei Vosci and you have daily interactions with the residents. I enjoyed the travel to the quaint towns and villages and learning about their way of life. The staff was great and Peter and Patrizio were great drivers and tour guides. The owner, Gregory, made us feel as this was out home for the week and we were welcomed by all as family. I was happy he also shared his pups, Dexter and Cooper, with us to make it really feel like we were part of the family! I highly recommend this tour!!
Omg what a beautiful place and beautiful people who make you feel at home. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip and my other friends loved it too.
I don’t normally cook but now I’m really psyched to start some of the desserts. The trips were wonderful ,the staff always with a smile and welcoming you at all times. I give it top ratings and my little group of nine were fun to be around
Keep up the good work
From the time we were picked up and all through the week we had the most amazing time! The town is beautiful, the staff is awesome and the Casa is to die for- not to mention the food which is spectacular! Gregory and Peter are great hosts!
The trip to the Olive Mill was very special- listening to Vincent tell his family history was touching. The passion for his trade is amazing. I bought several tins of oil to take home.
Over all I feel this was a very well planned week.
If your looking for a place in Italy to go and see the non- touristy places
This is it.
If I could give Casa Gregorio 10 stars I would! Gregory and his team were fabulous and exceeded ALL of our expectations. My daughter and I wanted a cooking experience with a little sight seeing. We ended up with the trip of a lifetime with the memories to keep.
The cooking piece exceeded our hopes, but the daily excursions were more than I would have ever imagined! It is quite clear that Gregory has an intimate knowledge of the region. Because of that knowledge, Gregory was able to take us places and introduce us to so many interesting people. Talk about getting to know the real Italy, and not the touristy side. Every detail was meticulously addressed.
The palazzo has such a wonderful old world feel with the olive mill, stone walls and spectacular views. But don’t worry, the old world meets today’s world with the accommodations. Gregory’s designer background are displayed with warmth and marry the generations flawlessly.
His team are knoweldgeable, courteous, energetic and so much fun! They add to the daily excursions with history of the area, tidbits of local information and a true love of their home. In the kitchen, they make things not only taste delicious but fill you with the confidence that you’ll be able to cook when you’re back home. It’s easy to see that everyone loves their job. And how refreshing is that…
If you are evening considering a trip off the beaten path, take this trip. If you want to learn to cook the Italian way, take this trip. I guess I’m saying, TAKE THIS TRIP!
When I booked my trip to Italy, the experience I was looking for was authentic, and getting expose to the real Italian life style, while trying as much Italian food as possible. Every expectation, dream, and desire I had was surpassed at Casa Gregorio. The staff at Casa Gregorio truly make the experience memorable. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating. The cooking instructors are truly passionate about the food they make, and make cooking fun! The accommodations at Casa Gregorio are incredible, with every detail having been purposeful creating an atmosphere feel homey, and chic all at the same time. The daily tours and dining out experiences are incredible and expose the tourists to the real Italy. This holiday feeds your appetite and soul. I feel as if I left a part of my heart in Castro.
Every aspect of the stay exceeded expectations. Every review I read before we booked and since are glowing. I can only add my 5 stars to everyone else’s. It was delightful. Gregory’s attention to detail was extraordinary and the visits to a winery, olive grove, seaside village, old churches, local restaurants etc were excellent. The old village was beautiful and a step back in time. You felt like you were a hundred miles and a hundred years away even though only an hour from Rome! Petrizio was so proud of his village and it showed. The cooking was fun, especially pizza day, and we learned from Diana how the people in her region cooked and what they ate….no pretensions. I recommend the experience without hesitation!
I cannot tell you enough about Casa Gregorio & our experience there. We have gone back twice (three times including our original trip), and will go back again. It is almost like it has become a second home to us. Gregory and staff are family to us. I have never been treated so well, or had the cultural experiences anywhere that compare to this Culinary Holiday. From the first time we set foot in Castro dei Volsci, and walked up to Casa Gregorio, we felt at home. The facility is more modern that our home, and in an ancient village, full of culture and history. The cooking classes each year have been fabulous. We have learned so much, and had so much fun… and we have made a fair amount of the recipes for our families, either as a family meal or for Christmas, all with great success. We have loved every second of the day trips as well. We have gotten to experience, literally, a part of Italy that most would never see. The small, day trips, to family owned businesses, have also become fun, as the families recognize us and greet us…
I would highly recommend this holiday to anyone remotely interested in food, culture & Italy. You become part of the countryside, in almost a fairy tale, with not a care in the world. Words cannot describe it, and I don’t want to tell to much & ruin it for you, but it you ask (via TripAdvisor), I will gladly tell you in more detail. Gregory and staff, are 11’s on a 10 scale… Thank you Gregory for creating this with so much detail, I feel like a local Italian, every time we meet in Italy!
If you read previous reviews of Casa Gregorio they are glorious and glowing. There is little I can add to their praise because it is all true… but I will try.
First our room – there was some renovation going on at the Casa Gregorio but it did not deter from the overall beauty of our room. It was clean, roomy, the bathroom stunning and we had a little terrace that overlooked the valley. It was steps from a little town square where we watched the local children play games, the older generation sit and drink their coffee while others bustled around doing their daily errands.
Daily excursions – what fun these were!! Each day was different. For example, the first day we went to Arpino to the Olive Mill. Vincenzo gave us a tour of the Olive Mill and then back to the sales room to taste his Olive Oil. The setting was beautiful and his mother put out a wonderful lunch of local foods including cannellini bean soup, stuffed breads,roasted peppers, bruschetta, prosciutto and their local wine. We followed that with a tour of Arpino and on the way home some wonderful gelato. Everyday was different – I could go on and on about our days. They were entertaining, filled with laughs and we learned so much. By the end of the week on these daily excursions we had bought oil, wine, cheeses, sausages, pasta, cookies, walnuts, tea towels, kitchen tongs – hence my 11 pound increase in my luggage.!!!!!
Cooking classes were always hands-on in every aspect of the learning process. Every detail was attended to with helpers for the chef so we never had to worry about washing, cleaning up or putting anything away. We just focused on the cooking lessons. Each day about an hour into our lesson, Peter or Patrizio would bring out the wines (my favorite part) – you can’t cook Italian food without a glass of wine by your side. My favorite days were the pastry class, pasta class, antipasto class, the secondi class and the pizza class ( oh wait – that’s every single cooking class!!!) Since I have been home, I have made, Tiramisu, biscotti, simple red sauce and Salsicce con peperoni (sausage, red pepper, potato roasted in Olive Oil). Our Chefs Dayana and Valero were just outstanding.
Gregory was the perfect host — with a wonderful, caring and helpful staff. And I need to give a shout out to my fellow travel mates. I went with my sister Karen and we met 5 other wonderful people from the US. Each morning we would meet at the Casa Gregorio for expresso/lattes and pastries, frittatas, fresh fruit, and the blood orange juice (so delicious). They were all such fun – Thank you Robyn, Nicole, Sonia, Mitch and Adrianne.
And Thank you, Gregory, I have sung your praises to everyone since my return home.