ROME CITY OF FOUNTAINS AND CULINARY DELIGHTS
7 Days | 6 Nights
Available Year-Round Based on Your Travel Dates
The cuisine of Rome has evolved through the centuries and periods of social, cultural and political changes. This experience is sure to create lasting memories of a lifetime. You will have free time to shop and see additional cultures sites in Rome. This program is fully customizable and group pricing is available. Airport Transportation from/to Rome Airport.
Day 1 – You will me met at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) by a driver who will take you to the lovely boutique Duke Hotel located in the Borghese area. The drive from Fiumicino is gorgeous, and even more so since you do not have to worry about navigating the drive on your own. When you check into the hotel you will have time to relax and explore the gardens, or just take in the beautiful landscape. Daily Breakfast Buffet (included in your package)
Enjoy a full American style buffet breakfast each morning in the hotel’s I Duchi Restaurant, featuring fresh fruits, juices, tomatoes, mozzarella and an assortment of cold meats. If you want a more traditional hot breakfast, and home-made pastries they are in ample supply.
The Duke Hotel
The Duke is an elegant 4-star hotel situated in Rome’s Parioli district, which is largely a residential suburb popular with embassies and borders the historic center of Rome. The hotel is situated within a 1930’s building, at the heart of which is the Polo Lounge and Bar decorated in splendid art deco style adjoining the I Duchi Italian Restaurant. Your superior deluxe room is tastefully decorated with shades of beige, orange and rich green. Rooms are air-conditioned with free WIFI internet. A complimentary shuttle runs throughout the day to Piazzale Flaminio, which is just a 15 minute walk (slightly under 1 mile) to the Spanish Steps through Rome’s fashion quarter. All monuments, tours, shopping and attractions are within easy reach, and usually within 5 to 10 minutes from the hotel by shuttle.
Chef’s Welcome Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings
You will dine at Gli Ulivi Gourmet Restaurant which is in close proximity to the hotel. This elegant restaurant located in the charming Parioli district of Rome offers Mediterranean cuisine with a selection of raw ingredients, all organic and natural, coming from the family-run farm. The produce is picked each morning, and then delivered a few hours later, and this freshness makes all the difference in every dish. Sit back and savor the lovely four-course tasting menu paired with three wines that will set the mood for this Roman culinary experience. Every menu item is fresh and of the best quality for the season, and is the perfect way to start your relaxing gastronomic week of indulgence.
Day 2 – Frascati DOCG Olive Groves and Wine Vineyards | Traditional Roman Cuisine Cooking Class
View the green expanse that runs on a gentle hill overlooking the Frascati DOCG vineyards, with olive groves on the hills of the Castelli Romani, the ancient lake Regillus, a landscape of agricultural calling just a few miles away from the capital: This is Merumalia Wine Resort. At the center of the Wine Resort is the farmhouse, surrounded by a vast garden with ornamental flowers and plants, pine and fruit trees. On summer days, you can admire the sun gently slipping behind The “Cupolone”, as the Romans call the St. Peter’s dome, into the Tyrrhenian sea. The Fusco family opens their doors to reveal the secrets of their wines and organic olive oil production to all who wish to taste and appreciate the fruits of the beautiful Castelli Romani territory, while the chef guides you in a hands-on Roman traditional cooking class using the oils of the farm while you enjoy the wine.
Guided Olive Oil Tasting and Winery Visit and Tasting
You will be visiting olive groves and the vineyard. The vinyards are treated with special attention and produce controlled and selected grapes used in their wine production. The indigenous grape varieties of the region such as the Frascati DOC Malvasia del Lazio and Greek and Bombino Blanco characterizes the production. Learn the right way to taste olive oil to really appreciate it. The extra virgin olive oil of the Castelli Romani has a particularly fresh scent. The olive trees are constantly monitored and the col pressing of the olives takes place immediately after harvest in the second half of October, which is a very special time to visit.
Day 3 – Piazza D’Allessandria Market Tour | Hands-On Italian Traditional Cooking Class
You will begin your experience with the chef, with a walk to Piazza D’Alessandria local market to purchase in season ingredients to be used in the preparation of the dishes. Be sure and have your camera ready for this lively and photogenic hub of activity. Before returning to the cooking school make a welcomed stop at a coffee shop to taste the real Italian espresso. The cooking school is located in a beautiful early nineteenth century villa overlooking the Villa Albani gardens, where you will prepare the fresh ingredients into a traditional meal with the expert guidance of the chef. You will have your own work station and cooking tools to prepare a 3-course Italian gourmet meal. After your hard work, sit down and enjoy the dishes you prepared paired with an appropriate wine. The remainder of the day will be at leisure to enable you to see the special sights in Rome.
4 – Piazza Navona Food and Cultural Tour | Antico Forno Roscioli
After breakfast, your day begins with a tour of the most charming local fruit and vegetable market in Rome. Visit the special gourmet corners of the city for those who are food addicted and discover four beautiful cultural sights of Rome: Campo De’Fiori, Jewish Ghetto, Piazza Navona, Fori Imperiali and Piazza Venezeia. On Via Dei Chiavari Street the scent in the air will tell you immediately why you should be here and nowhere else: It is the “Antico Forno Roscioli”. It is an almost healing historic bakery where you will have lunch feasting on an Italian pizza, gently crisp but soft at the at the same time, cooked to perfection, with exceptional local products such as Roman wine donuts, cheeses and pie flavors for all tastes. Local wines will accompany your lunch. The remainder of the days is at leisure.
Day 5 – Free Day in Rome | Optional Tour to Florence (additional charge)
Today take full advantage of the sights, sounds, traditions and tastes of Rome. Should you rather take the tour to Florence your day will include round-trip high speed train tickets, and an artistic tour of the city with an English speaking guide. The tour ends with lunch in a typical Florentine home in the city center where you may relax while trying some typical Tuscan dishes prepared by the host, a wine and food connoisseur. The remainder of the day is for walking the streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, shopping and visiting the cultural sights before your high speed train back to Rome.
Day 6 – Piazza Del Popolo | Mediterranean Cooking Class on the Tiber River
Come on board the double decker boat to experience the Tiber River. Here begins a journey in taste and flavors in the best culinary traditions of Mediterranean cuisine, as you have a special 3-course cooking class as you admire the great beauty of Rome just from the river front.
Piazza Porta Maggiore | Dinner Tour on Board a 1947 Railway Car
Get ready for a night of entertainment that simultaneously offers a jazz concert, a delicious candlelight dinner and a tour of the center of Rome by night. This takes place on board a historical cable car restored and converted into a traveling restaurant and concert hall. Start your train journey with a glass of dry Spumante from Lazio, and watch as the cable car arrives with windows glowing from the candlelight and the band playing. As you are warmly welcomed you will be served appetizers as the evening journey begins through S. Lorenzo, viale Regina Margherita, Valle Giulia S. Crose in Gerusalemme, S. Giovanni to the Foro Romano. The train reaches a stop at the track of Paco del Celio, just in front of the Collosseum where diner is served consisting of ingredients from the Lazio region. The band plays on and a memorable final evening evolves.
Day 7 – Check-Out and Departure
Now begins your departure back to the airport by private car. You will arrive in time to make your international check-in requirement and flight departure time.
Round Trip Airport Transfers
6 Nights Accommodations
Daily Breakfast Buffet
Welcome Chef’s Tasting Menu
Frascati DOCG Vineyards Tour
Roman Cuisine Cooking Class
Olive Oil and Winery Tour and Tasting
Piazza D’Allessandria Market Tour
Antico Forno Roscioli Visit
Free Day in Rome
Optional Tour to Florence
Piazza Del Popolo Visit
Mediterranean Cooking Class
Piazza Porta Maggiore
Dinner Tour on Board a Vintage Railway Car
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