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Taste of Italy Food Tour to Chianti and Umbria from Rome

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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 13 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2390GRET18
Discover the foods, wines and hill towns of Tuscany’s Chianti wine region and Umbria on this engaging full-day tour from Rome! Accompanied by an expert local guide, travel through Tuscany’s rolling countryside and visit the lovely medieval town of Cortona, with time to explore its cobbled lanes and absorb its old-world atmosphere. Enjoy a tasty regional lunch at a rural farmhouse restaurant, and wind through the vineyards of Chianti to the hill town of Montepulciano. Here, sample some delicious local wines at a traditional cellar before heading back to Rome.

Highlights

  • Hotel pickup included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Free drinks included
  • Lunch included
Start your experience with a pickup from your Rome hotel or meet your guide in the city center and board your air-conditioned coach. Listen to interesting facts about the Italians’ famous love of food and enjoy the views as you head north into lush, southern Tuscany.

Arrive in Cortona and enjoy a walk through the heart of this walled hill town, which is little changed since medieval times. Admire the ocher-colored houses that line the cobbled lanes and piazzas and listen as your guide recounts its history and recent surge in popularity for featuring in 'Under the Tuscan Sun', American writer Frances Mayes’ tales of life in Tuscany in the 1990s.

Perhaps enjoy some free time to look around the picture-postcard streets independently and maybe visit the 19th-century Cathedral of St Margaret (Basilica di Santa Margherita), perched on the hilltop.

Continue along the banks of Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, and stop for lunch at an authentic farmhouse restaurant. Enjoy a tempting 4-course of regional dishes, washed down with drinks (own expense). Please see the Itinerary for a sample menu.

With your appetite sated, drive through the rolling Chianti countryside to the charming hilltop town of Montepulciano, known for its ruby-red Vino di Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano wines, produced here since early medieval times. Visit one of the town’s oldest rock-cut wine cellars and hear how the region’s wines are produced as you run your palate by some of the varieties.

After your wine sampling, return to Rome, where your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel or a choice of points in the center.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from a central Rome meeting point, a short walk from Termini Railway Station. Hotel pickup is also available from selected central Rome hotels.
Departure Time:
7:30am

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

Return Details:
Returns to original departure point. It is possible to be dropped off at Via Veneto, Barber Arberini Square, Venezia Square, Repubblica Square. Please ask the guide on the day of travel.

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Taste of Italy Food Tour to Chianti and Umbria from Rome

In the afternoon, drive the hills of the Chianti Region and reach the hilltop town of Montepulciano
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Inclusions:
  • 4-course lunch
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people)
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks with lunch (available to purchase)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour is suitable for wheelchair users provided passenger is traveling with a companion who can assist them on and off the bus. Wheelchairs will be stored in the luggage area of the bus.
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
Itinerary:
Sample Menu

Appetizers (choice of one):
  • Mixed bruschetta with truffles, olive oil and spicy olive pate
  • Assorted cheeses and salamis with wine
Pasta course (choice of one):
  • Pasta with meat-based ragù (tomato) sauce
  • Pici Aglioni (spaghetti-like pasta) with garlic
  • Pasta Alla Norcina (pasta with sausages and mushrooms)
  • Pasta with vegetable ragù (tomato) sauce
Main course (choice of one):
  • Turkey roulade
  • Chicken cacciatori (braised chicken with tomatoes, onions, herbs and peppers)
  • Mixed grill
  • Scallops with lemon and wine
Side dishes (choice of one):
  • Baked potatoes
  • Mixed salad
  • Sautéed or grilled vegetables
Desserts (choice of one):
  • House dessert
  • Fresh fruit
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Terry M, October 2014

Unfortunately, this tour was cancelled as there were not enough people registered. (End of season). Understandable but disappointing, especially since our experience with Viator Tours (three other tours taken) was so positive - I'm sure this tour would have been every bit as enjoyable!

Reviewed by: carlos, USA, October 2014

Loved this tour. Great guide. Cortona and Montepulciano were spectacular. Would do it again.

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