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Meet your guide and hop aboard your air-conditioned coach in Rome’s Piazza dei Re di Roma in the mid-afternoon, and head out of the city into the rolling hills of the Castelli Romani to begin your tour. Travel through ancient olive groves and past row upon row of centuries-old vineyards, and soak up spectacular views of the verdant Italian countryside. The fertile soils here have been used in wine production since the Roman Era and there are thousands of years of winemaking heritage to discover. Head deep into the Frascati region — where the celebrated Pallavicini winemaking family has been working the land since the 17th century — and follow your guide on a tour of the Principe Pallavicini estate. Gain insight into the various stages of wine production and learn how their techniques have evolved from antiquity to the present day. Step inside 3rd-century cellars where fine wines mature slowly in Acacia and French Oak barrels, and listen as your guide details the complex winemaking processes at play. The wines produced on this estate are regular winners of prestigious international awards such as the Decanter World Wine Award and the Vinitaly Cangrande Award, cementing their place among the region’s very finest. Continue on to the estate’s beautiful 17th-century farmhouse and enjoy a tasting session led by the professional sommelier. Sample delicate fruit flavors in reds such as casa romana and soleggio and subtle sweetness in whites like poggio verde, before finishing with a taste of the delicious dessert wine, stillato. When it’s time to depart from the estate, hop back aboard your coach for the journey back to Rome where your wine tasting tour will come to an end.
Start your Rome tour with a hotel pickup, or alternatively, meet your guide in town – near Termini Station. Hop aboard your air-conditioned coach and leave Rome, passing along the ancient Appian Way to see the Baths of Caracalla and the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis from the comfort of your coach.
Leave the city and head to the Alban Hills to visit Castelli Romani, a region of pretty hill towns famed for their ancient history and highly regarded wine. Stop in front of the lake of Castel Gandolfo for some pictures and a coffee break.
From the bus a panoramic of Rocca di Papa and Grottaferrata, both are known for their culture and typical gastronomic products, travel to the northern part of the Alban Hills to the village of Frascati – popular for its breathtaking views and production of Frascati wine, a sweet and refreshing white. Stop in a typical "Osteria" for a taste of some gastronomic delicacies and the local wine,
then enjoy some time at leisure to wander around the village.
Meet your guide back at the pre-arranged point and then return to Rome. Your tour finishes with a drop-off near Rome Termini Station, or another central location.
Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Walking Tour (3 Hours)Meet your guide near the Colosseum in central Rome. Then, stroll toward the crowd-drawing site and head directly inside, bypassing any long entrance queues, with your skip-the-line ticket.Wander around the mammoth amphitheater's first and second tiers, and be entertained by your guide’s tales of gladiators, mock sea-battles and executions. Take in the extraordinary bird’s-eye views of the arena as you walk around the circumference, and imagine what the atmosphere would have been like when filled with 50,000 Ancient Roman spectators.After exploring the Colosseum, walk the short distance to the Roman Forum. See sites like the Temple of Julius Caesar and the intriguing House of the Vestal Virgins. Then, enjoy a leisurely walk up Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome. Stroll amid the aromatic pine trees, and then look down from the summit into Nero’s Circus Maximus, where chariot races were once held.Your tour concludes on Palatine Hill, leaving you free to continue exploring independently. Alternatively, head to a local eatery for a bite to eat (own expense) during two hours of free time before setting off on your next guided tour. Frascati Wine Tasting Tour (3.5 Hours)When the time comes, meet back up at the prearranged location. Then, set off in an air-conditioned coach for the tranquil hills of the Castelli Romani, where centuries-old vineyards and olive groves await.After your scenic drive, arrive at the Principe Pallavicini estate, one of the oldest and most picturesque vineyards in the Frascati wine region. With your guide, tour the revered estate’s buildings, vineyards and olive gardens. Learn about traditional and modern winemaking methods and step inside 3rd-century cellars filled with Acacia and French Oak barrels where the award-winning wines are aged.Your visit then culminates with a wine tasting, led by Pallavicini’s professional sommelier in a gorgeous 17th-century farmhouse in the center of the property. Savor two red varietals, a white wine and the celebrated dessert wine, stillato. You’ll also sample fresh-pressed olive oil with plain and tomato bruschetta.Following your tasting session, your tour concludes back in central Rome.
Discover a fascinating world within walking distance of Rome, enjoy a unique experience in a Small Group maximum 12 people (only 6 people per minivan), a tour in the heart of the Roman countryside, the “Castelli Romani”. The tour starts from your hotel, take the Via Appia admiring the beautiful countryside and historic villages like Castel Gandolfo, Pope’s summer residence.Stop for a visit to a winery where we will have a tasting of 4 types of the finest wines of this wonderful area accompanied by some local products. Continuing our tour on the shore of Lake of volcanic origin to taste the famous “Porchetta” and other typical local products and taste the local wine “Romanella”.Continue to Nemi famous for the Strawberry Festival (the first weekend in June) and for its lake surrounded by a magical atmosphere, the banks of which is placed the famous Museum of Roman Ships.Your gastronomic tour ends with the visit of Frascati, where we will taste the typical local biscuits of “Poppea”, an ice cream and stop at the terrace for a photo with the beautiful view of Rome to our shoulders.
A very interesting fact about this area in the Lazio region, the ancient town of Tusculum - now Frascati, is that the archeological discoveries demonstrate the cultivation of grapes for wine since the 5th century B.C. It was one of the preferred wines of Ancient Rome, Renaissance Popes, poets and artists visiting in the Grand Tour 1700s and 1800s, and of the La Dolce Vita generation in the 1960s.The Frascati DOC/DOCG area is located in the heart of the Castelli Romani, Tuscolum and Albani Hills south of Rome, and north of Lake Albano.Through a private car transfer (which takes about 45 minutes each way), you will arrive at your destination in the Frascati area, where you will meet your guide for the tour. During this experience you'll walk in the vineyards where the history of the Frascati wine begins. From the vineyards, you'll then be guided inside the winery to explore the wine cellar and learn about the particular production techniques characteristic of this unique wine. A guided wine tasting will follow, during which time you will taste different varieties of wines accompanied by typical local products.
It's not every day that you can sip wine on the grounds of an ancient battlefield! This fully-private (driver-guide), half-day, food and wine excursion from your Rome hotel at 11am takes in all the views one would expect from a trip to the Frascati wine-making region. Enjoy a comprehensive wine-tasting in a premium vineyard where you'll be offered up to five wines (if you wish to taste so many!) with the producer's own olive oil (or vegetables from the garden) and a variety of local breads. Includes a filling lunch with wine or beer. A short ride and you will arrive at one of the area's most typical "fraschette" for a local lunch.
The wines you will taste in no particular order are as follows:
Abelos (Frascati DOCG superior BIO - fresh flowery scent with full body)
496 (Frascati DOC BIO) - a white wine scented with almonds, strong personality!
Amacos (Frascati DOCG Superiore Reserve) - a mature, strong, outstanding white wine
17/11 Canellino (Cannellino di Frascati DOCG Superior BIO) - "Suadentissima" sweetness
Iuno - a young red wine which offers red fruits and licorice flavors
Several of the wines you will taste have been accorded the highest awards and accolades in Italy.
Lunch typically includes:
Salumi misti (mixed meats)
Formaggi misti (mixed cheeses)
Porchetta d'Ariccia (roasted pork with rosemary) - tasty!
Verdure sott'olio (vegetables in oil)
Mozzarella di bufala (perhaps the tastiest cheese ever created?)
Ricottina di bufala (perhaps the tastiest cheese ever created?)
Pane casereccio (bread baked in heaven)
Either wine or beer will be served as you prefer.
Of course you'll have your own limousine and chauffeur (driver-guide) for the entire half-day duration. Return to your hotel or accommodation around 2pm. It's an optimal experience at every turn. When in Rome, don't miss this trip!