Rome will make your mouth water with the ineffable flavors of cuisine emboldened with history and tested with time. Sip the bittersweet flavor of an espresso in view of detailed baroque fountains. Sample the crumbly herbaceous Pecorino cheese directly from the makers' shelf. Wander along vast vineyards blanketing the hillsides leading to medieval walls. Your custom tailored tour immerses you in the culinary delights of Italy, letting you bask in the flavors of fresh pasta and a culture known for...
Siena – Introduction to Medieval Tuscany
The Tuscan hills roll along the landscape punctuated with cypress trees. The historic walls of Siena have protected the city for centuries, surrounding the towers and marble façade of the cathedral. Your private transfer meets you at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport and escorts you north into the famous Tuscan countryside. The height of the city’s power began in the 12th century. By the 14th century, the lavish artwork and architecture rivaled the beauty of Florence. Red clay bricks crafted from the earth outside the city shaped the rosy hues of the palazzo in the main square of Piazza del Campo.
The Torre del Mangia rises to a height of nearly 335 feet above the brick square. Two brothers erected the tower in the mid 14th century, which provides an elaborate panorama of Siena’s red-tiled rooftops with the emerald hills of Tuscany in the background. The black and white stripes along the Cathedral’s Gothic marble façade add a unique flair to the piazza, standing out from the surrounding red buildings. The large rose window provides beaming light to fill the nave. The interior contains mosaic panels along the floor with 56 different depictions of Biblical history.
After exploring the splendor of the historic city center, your guide meets you at the hotel and escorts you to a charming vineyard in the countryside for your welcoming taste of Siena. Your tasting menu fills the table with traditional succulent dishes of Tuscany, from roast boar to pici noodles. You have a sensational view of the landscape outside the window as the dining room fills with the mouthwatering aromas of dinner. Each dish is balanced with a perfectly paired wine produced on the vineyard. When you taste the roast boar and sip your wine, the flavors marry, combining the savory taste of the meat with the mineral rich quality of the wine.
Siena – Indelible Hills of Tuscany
Siena – True Tuscan Wheels
Torgiano – Finding the Right Truffle
Torgiano – Wine Discovery in Umbria
Rome – On the Road to Rome
Rome – The Lazio Country
Rome – The Diverse Flavors of Rome
Rome – A Flavorful Farewell
- Sample the celebrated wines Montepulciano on a wine tasting tour of Tuscany
- Indulge in a fabulous excursion to hunt truffles before tasting the bold flavor shaved over a traditional pasta dish of Umbria
- Visit a Tuscan dairy to learn the methods of creating regional Pecorino cheese before sampling the artisan flavor
- Enjoy an olive oil tasting in a small village to discover the differences in Virgin versus Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Relish the delicate balance of aromas and tastes during a sampling of the wines produced in the celebrated town of Montefalco
- Delight in a flavorful lunch in a traditional village of Lazio with a view of the hills overlooking Rome
- Witness the opulent artworks and staggering history of Rome embodied in the architecture and displayed in the museum galleries
- Relish the creamy texture and large variety of flavors during a gelato tour of Rome
The best of Italy can be found inside the homes of Italians, when the table fills with regional dishes and the wine flows freely. Your 9-day culinary tour leads you through the true culture of Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio, revealing the celebrated flavors shaped by tradition, passed down through generations, and treasured by visitors and locals alike. Your gastronomical excursion begins with your arrival at Fiumicino Airport in Rome. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and leads you north to Tuscany at the town of Siena.
Your guide leads you on a tour of the medieval city before embarking on an introductory wine tour of a local vineyard. The next day, you venture into the Tuscan countryside to visit the towns of San Gimignano, Greve in Chianti, and Radda in Chianti. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of the historic towns before sampling the wines of the districts, each producing stunning varietals based upon the soil and microclimates. Travel to the towns of Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano to discover the unique blend of medieval and baroque architecture rising above the hillside.
Visit the vibrant market of Pienza before touring a local dairy for an in-depth lesson on the methods of making the delicious Pecorino cheese. Then, you venture south to the region of Umbria at the town of Torgiano. The serene medieval streets lead you along the historic walls overlooking the lush plains and hills. Follow your guide on a truffle hunt before relishing the bold flavors of a regional lunch. Enjoy an olive oil tasting to learn the difference between the creamy varieties of oils.
Next, you uncover the treasures of Umbria with a tour of Montefalco and Bevagna. The former produces the sensational wines in vineyards overtaking the hills beneath the medieval towers. The latter town highlights the blend of Roman antiquity with medieval life. You sample the flavors of Umbrian gnocchi in the captivating town of Orvieto en route to Rome. Once in the Eternal City, you have the day at your leisure to stroll along the ancient lanes revealing the intricate balance of sweet and savory gelato. The following day takes you into the towns outside of Rome collectively known as the Castelli Romani.
Relish the flavor of a succulent lunch cooked over an open fire. Meander through elaborate gardens and palaces containing divine terraces in Frascati, Genzano, and Ariccia. Then, your guide escorts you through the city in search of the artistic tastes of history, from the ancient architecture to the Vatican Museums. In the evening, you indulge in the traditional cuisine of Lazio in a celebrated restaurant known for its regional specialties. Your private transfer meets you in the hotel lobby on your final day and leads you to the Fiumicino Airport for your flight home.
$3,217 per person (excluding international flights)
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