Food, Music & Culture with John Carafoli & John Murelle
October 20-27, 2018
Trip Status: OPEN


Tour Cost: $3950 double occupancy​

View from Castello Tabiano, Parma, Italy

Come with us on a seven-day food, music and cultural tour to the castle complex of Tabiano, outside of Parma and near Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy. We might even feel as if we have stepped back in time while staying in the small village, although all modern conveniences are present, Tabiano could make you believe that you time-machined back to the 11th century!


Parma is in the region of Reggio Emilia, the food capital of Italy— it’s where the best food of Italy originates—think parmigiana cheese, Parma ham, Lambrusco and balsamic, the famous product of nearby Modena; it’s also the birthplace of conductor Toscanini, and the home of the Teatro Reggio, a beautiful opera house.

Castello Tabiano complex, Parma, Italy



  • Parma

  • Homegrown music

  • Emilia Romagna cuisine

  • Cities of Modena, Bologna

  • Castles


  • Two or three concerts

  • Two cooking classes

  • Lambrusco & Balsamic Tastings

Visit & Enjoy

  • Cathedrals & museums

  • A thermal bath

  • Some quiet time

  • Making tortellini



2 houses at the Castello Tabiano complex
  • Ca ‘de Angeli

  • Manganina



Ca 'de Angeli House at the Castello Tabiano



John Carafoli

John Carafoli is a food writer, consultant, and an international food stylist. His latest publications are the book Great Italian American Food in New England: History, Traditions & Memories and Great Cape Cod Food Finds.

John Murelle

John Murelle earned vocal performance degrees from the University of Michigan, the Boston Conservatory of Music and Boston University’s Opera Institute. He has a wide range of knowledge and performing experience in opera, oratorio, musical theater and popular music. John is a highly sought after voice instructor on Cape Cod.

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.


Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.



$3950, double occupancy
  • Single supplement is $100.

  • Includes incredible accommodations for 7 nights,  all meals, some of which you will help create, performances, ground transportation in Italy, tours, excursions, entrance fees to museums, and teacher and administrative fees.

  • Not included are personal purchases and pampering.

  • NOTE: A deposit of $500 is required upon registration to secure a place in this workshop.

  • Airfare is not included to enable travelers to use their “travel points,” upgrade flight arrangements, or to extend their trip.

  • Travel insurance is strongly encouraged. Please see the Travel Insurance Form.

Manganina House at the Castello Tabiano

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A detailed itinerary and policy page will be provided upon registration.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.

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