Meet the team behind the tour!
Our tour is about the people you meet and the friendships you'll make.
The best thing about Frascati is not its amazing wine, spectacular views or delicious food… It’s the people!
She’s a California native, sommelier, and the founder of Old Frascati Food & Wine ETS, a cultural association based in Frascati, Italy where we work with local vintners, artisans, chefs, historians and sommeliers to show you the best that Frascati has to offer! We have several food and wine tours that we have created with our collaborators to give the perfect experience for visitors. We are all very passionate about our town’s heritage and love to share it with the world!
Paola is the President of our Wine Cooperate ‘Antiche Terre Tuscolane’ and the 7th generation Ceccarelli to work on her family’s vineyard. As the oldest of three daughters, Paola has decided to follow in her father’s footsteps by becoming the family winemaker. Paola and her sisters are excited to share their family’s winemaking history with you as you tour their 16th century wine cellar in beautiful Frascati wine country.
Eugenio and his family are at the center of daily life in Frascati. Everyone in town buys their fresh bread from his bakery ‘Antico Forno Cerali’ and has done so for generations. Eugenio is a world traveller and ambitious entrepreneur with dreams of opening a wood fired pizza place in South Africa. Hopefully for us, his mother Rosanna is right when she says that he’s too old for such foolish notions and that he needs to stay here in Frascati;)
Max is a renaissance man. He is an artist, poet, sommelier, and our amazing tour guide! He knows endless stories about the legends, history and village gossip in Frascati and is truly loved by his town. He spends half the year in Frascati and the other half traveling the world, painting, volunteering and making friends.
Claudio is our wonderful pizzaiolo! He was born in 1945 and has a passion for sports; he is a
skilled paratrooper, wrestler, boxer, and rugby player. He has contributed to missions in Africa,
Iraq, and Ibano. He loves to share his passion for Frascati with the tourists, but he dreams of
visiting Africa again. Claudio runs “Il Borgo degli Artisti”, a wonderful local eatery where
everyone who enters is treated like family.
Not only is Paola smart, funny and beautiful, she is also a very talented chef! She grew up in one of the most historic families of restaurateurs of the Castelli Romani. She spent several years living abroad teaching courses on Italian cooking. You will find Paola a wealth of knowledge and information on Frascati food & wine pairings, along with insights into which herbs and flowers are edible in the vineyard.
Nonna Rosanna is the 94 year-old mother of Eugenio the baker and quite a spit-fire! She still works every day and makes all sweets for the bakery with her most amazing staff. When she is not making the cookies, she is working at the register and socializing with customers. Her passion for her family’s 4th generation bakery and amazing work ethic is inspiring!
Marco works at the bakery we visit during our ‘Classic Half-Day Wine Tour’ and where we make our pizza during our ‘Pizza Making and Wine Tasting Tour’. His enthusiasm is contagious and he has even prepared a little speech in English for our guests telling them the story of our ‘Miss Frascati’ cookie. Bravo Marco!
Nino Ceccarelli is Paola’s father and takes great care of his vineyard every day by pruning, tying and harvesting each vine by hand. He and his brother Mario are the main vintners at the Ceccarelli farmhouse and help keep our artisanal wine-making tradition alive in Frascati!