Sample Itinerary for Wine and Food Tour
So where are we going on this particular tour? Here is another SAMPLE itinerary: No two are ever alike!
You will be picked up the first morning of your holiday (either Rome airport or Orvieto train station, if you’ve been in the country pre-tour) and we will head off to our lodging, stopping on the way for some lunch, and a short orientation of our week together. Our home for the week will be in a beautiful villa in Porano,near Orvieto in Umbria. Once we arrive there we will get settled into our rooms at the villa. We can rest in the salon, our rooms or just wander the estate. After wine and appetizers late day, we will have our private chef make a sumptuous meal for us, complete with dessert and wine. You will then be quite ready for a good long sleep that first night!
Our first full day begins (for those interested) in some gentle yoga, then a hearty, healthy breakfast. This is “slow travel” and we will be leisurely about getting out each day. By late morning we are ready to head to two local hill towns, Orvieto and Civita d’ Bangoregio. In Orvieto we’ll want to visit the amazing Cathedral, said to be one of Italy’s most stunning sites and the Etruscan Museum that house locally found artifacts dating back more than 3500 years. For those of you who don’t mind caves and such, there is also the underground tour which will give a good historical overview of the region. Lunch will be in Orvieto at our favorite wine bistro, where the freshly prepared tastes will be paired with fantastic Italian wines. Then it’s off to visit the picturesque village of Civita d’ Bagnoregio, noted not only for its antiquity but for its phenomenal views of the area. We will get our exercise for the day with a walk up the footbridge to this amazing little enclave. Returning to our residence late in the afternoon, we will have a rest before dinner, which will be at another of our favorite restaurants nearby.
After yoga and breakfast we are off again, late morning, for another adventure. This time our destination is Bomarzo where there is a wonderful estate full of medieval stone statuary, perfect for wandering and photos or sketching, if you prefer. We will then drive to Lake Bolsena where there are many marvels to see, not to mention lunch on by the lake. Bolsena has it all; the largest and cleanest volcanic lake in Italy, a castle turned museum, a tiny pristine village, a young saint with her own church. We don’t want to miss the Etruscan and Roman ruins where you can see where the first neighborhood was built in this area, complete with wash basins and fresco’s. We will most likely be the only visitors as the site was recently opened and tourists have not discovered it, yet. Oh did I mention a little shopping? Since this is such a full day and we will arrive home around dinner-time and might opt to have dinner brought in.
We’ve had time to get into our rhythm by now and the energy is flowing freely. And we are going off to spend the day wine tasting with Mark and Giselle of Gusto Wine Tours. They will give us a guided tour of several Umbrian wineries, with tastings of local cheeses, salumi, and olive oils. Lunch is part of the day with Gusto as well as lots of wine instruction. You will have an opportunity to see the family run farms and wineries that are the mainstay of Italian culture. This is what Italy is all about and it will be a memorable day, guaranteed!
Today is market day in town, so we will see just how the Italians stock their kitchens and homes. This may be our cooking lesson day, too so we can find some ingredients to add to our meal. Let’s go home and cook! If you need to walk of your lunch the walk into the small village of Porano is just a bit over a mile in the beautiful countryside. A free afternoon for the group is in order after this mouth watering experience and we will meet up for a light supper, later.
Today, after a lovely breakfast (Maria-Asunta comes each morning to see to our breakfast). we will travel south about 45 minutes to Otricoli, a small town on the Tiber River whose port was, 2000 years ago, a major exporter of olive oil. Now with only 500 residents it is a sleepy town, surrounded by small farms. It also has acres and acres of Roman ruins rarely visited by anyone. It’s possible we will be its only visitors today! We can roam the ruins then go find a spot for our picnic lunch. After lunch our explorations take us another 30 minute drive to Villa Lante in the town of Bagnaia, a pope’s summer residence with exquisite gardens that was created almost 600 years ago. On our way home we may choose to stop in Nepi to see the almost hidden waterfall where much of the delicious water of the region is bottled.
After a final breakfast, our group will be shuttled to the Orvieto train station so you can get on with the next leg of your journey or to the airport if you are leaving the country. We hope this excursion was everything you dreamed and that you will think about joining us again for another adventure in Italy. It is also our wish that you enjoyed sharing these hidden little places with us as much as we have enjoyed sharing them with you.