Food and Wine Tours in Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy's capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel frescoes. A heady mix of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy's hot-blooded capital is one of the world's most romantic and inspiring cities.
Few cities can rival Rome's astonishing artistic heritage. Throughout history, the city has starred in the great upheavals of Western art, drawing the top artists of the day and inspiring them to push the boundaries of creative achievement. The result is a city awash with priceless treasures. At the same time, a trip to Rome is as much about lapping up the local lifestyle as it is gorging on art and culture. Idling around picturesque streets, relaxing for hours at street side cafes, people-watching on pretty piazzas - these are all an integral part of the Roman experience. Restaurants and hum with activity as eating out is one of Rome's great pleasures and the combination of romantic alfresco settings and superlative food is a guarantee of good times. With so much to see, do, and taste, Rome is a great place to experience, and there are several options for exciting food and wine activities and tours in or near the area to help you make the most of your time here.
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Get picked up at your hotel in Rome or meet your guide in the center of the city to begin this tasty tour of Tuscany and Umbria. During the drive in the comfortable air-conditioned coach, learn about the food and wine of the regions you'll be visiting and drink in the views of the rolling hills of northern Lazio and, eventually, Tuscany and Umbria. Hop off the coach in Cortona, the setting for the best-selling travel memoir, Under the Tuscan Sun by Francis Mayes, and stroll the cobblestone lanes, lingering in squares, taking in the medieval ambience of the place. Take some free time here to enjoy the town. Along the banks of Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, tuck into an authentic farmhouse lunch, indulging in a lavish 4-course meal of regional delights, washed down with some locally made wine at your own expense. Then board the bus again to drive through the rolling hills of Chianti stopping in the medieval hill town, Montepulciano. In one of the town's oldest wine cellars, sample some of Montepulciano's ruby-red wines and learn about the chief characteristics of what you are partaking. After the wine sampling, head back to Rome where the tour concluded with a drop-off at your hotel.
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You will make your first pit stop on this private food tour at a beautiful historic cafe with a reputation for roasting the best quality beans from around the world since 1946. Choose between an espresso or a cappuccino with a traditional Tartufo semifreddo (chocolate ice-cream truffle) to accompany it. High on caffeine, sugar, and the Roman spirit, make your way to one of the most famous markets in Rome, the Campo dei Fiori. Here you will admire the colorful displays of fruit and vegetables and meet a local cheese producer who makes the greatest Pecorino cheese ever. Next up, it is essential that you try some mortadella (a light pink, smooth textured Italian sausage). And what better way to try it than on a pizza, an Italian superstar dish that is loved the world over. Now it's time for a drink, so you'll have some wine. White or red, the Lazio region offers great variety. You can decide which of the specially selected bottles you would prefer to taste. Stop by Suppli to taste some of Rome's best fried dishes. Then, your next port of call is the Jewish neighborhood, where you will have a chance to salute some of their most loved small bites, such as fried artichokes and stock fish. Your final stop will be at a local kosher bakery, run entirely by women. Their most popular bakes are their traditional Jewish biscuits, known as kranz. By the end of your private tour, you'll know how to live and eat like a proper Roman.
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No matter what your level of skill in the kitchen, this Rome cooking class is an entertaining and educational experience that allows you to gain insight into a very important piece of Italian culture: food. Begin with a visit to Rome's Central Market, where you'll follow your guide past stalls where farmers, bakers and butchers sell their fresh goods. Select produce for your class, and learn how to spot the best ingredients. Then make your way to the private kitchen where your cooking class takes place. With personal guidance from your expert instructor, learn how to prepare and cook three different varieties of homemade pasta plus a main course. When the cooking is over, sit down with your group to enjoy your creations, accompanied by a selection of regional wines.
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There is only one stop on this very special wine and food tasting experience: the enoteca. This restaurant is unique in that is run by graduates from the Institute of Hospitality in Trastevere. They work alongside a special co-operative called Men at Work to support the rehabilitation of prisoners from nearby Rebibbia prison. The program invites prisoners to help maintain the one-hectare kitchen garden within the prison walls, which supplies the enoteca with fresh seasonal produce throughout the year. Prisoners also work in the kitchen within the prison to make artisan food products, many of which you will get to sample on your Rome tour. The wines you will try have been specially curated for your tour and are amongst the best available in the province of Rome with a focus on organic, indigenous grape varieties. The cesanese grape variety is a particular highlight as it really can only be found in the hills surrounding Rome and is thought to be one of the oldest vines still in cultivation. A medley of small bites and delicious local cheeses will perfectly complement the wines that will be served to you. After the tasting, there will be an opportunity for you to purchase a fine array of foodie gems made by the Rebibbia prison kitchen; think pepperoni jam, frascati pepper-bread, and wine bagels. Any money raised goes directly back into the program.
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Your wine- and cheese-tasting experience takes place at Enoteca Cavour, a wine bar located near some of Rome's top historic landmarks. Meet your guide, who introduces you to the wide variety of Italian meats, cheeses and wines. Start with a white wine served with ricotta cheese, and then enjoy a red wine paired with porchetta (spicy pork stuffed with herbs) and Roman coppiette (beef jerky). Finish up with another white wine accompanied by pecorino Romano, a hard, salty cheese. As you eat and drink, listen to your guide's explanation of the differences between these wine varietals and types of cheese and meats. You'll leave with a new appreciation of regional Italian cuisine.
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