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Italian Countryside Village Visit with Typical Food and Wine Tasting

Rome, Italy

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  • Lunch included
  • Free drinks included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

Overview

Spend half a day an hour’s drive beyond Italy’s hectic capital city and visit the Castelli Romani, a group of communes in the Roman province located at a very short distance from the Eternal City, right at the base of the Alban Hills.

Ariccia is one of these quaint villages. It offers many wonderful sightseeing and cultural opportunities. Among them are the Bernini-designed Palazzo Chigi, the church of Santa Maria Assunta (created by the designer of St. Peter's Square in Rome), and the monumental Ariccia bridge. This bridge is especially well known not only because of its architectural history, but also for its notorious sad past as a site frequently chosen by unfortunate souls to commit suicide.

However, what Ariccia and the other towns of the area are really famous for is the chance to eat the best roast pork (porchetta) ever. Fraschette are casual osteria-type dining places whose name is derived from the old habit of nailing a vine twig on the cellar’s entrance with the purpose to advertise a new vintage. Frasca (and the diminutive fraschetta) means slender twig. Until not long ago, these establishments were so informal that people could carry their own food at the table and just pay for wine and beverages. Even today this won't bother a fraschetta owner.

The region is also to some of the oldest wine-producing vineyards in the world. Etruscans and Greek settlers produced wine in the country long before the Romans started developing their own vineyards in the 2nd-century BC. Now - 2,000 years later - Italy is one of the world's foremost producers, accounting for approximately one-fifth of the world’s wine production. One such wine takes its name from a Castelli Romani village and is known as the Frascati white wine, whose grapes have been cultivated in this zone since the 5th century B.C.

Slices of fresh roasted pork, pecorino cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, and artichoke hearts with plenty of extra oil will be yours to taste accompanied by this favored beverage. This tour is designed for food, wine and nature lovers, but also for those willing to do as the Romans do.

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Includes:
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Local guide and food connoisseur
  • Food and wine tastings
Excludes:
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, other than specified
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide - English/Spanish and German/French

Meeting Point

Pickup from centrally located Rome hotels
Departure Time:
02:30 pm
Departure Comments:

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.

Return Details:
Drop-off in central Rome at approximately 05:30 pm
Drop-off is in Rome's city center at the following I Love Rome stops of your choice: Via Ludovisi, Piazza Barberini, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, Largo Santa Susanna, Via Cavour
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