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Lazio

Just south of Tuscany, the central region of Lazio shares borders with six neighbors as well as the Tyrrhenian (Mediterranean) Sea. Called Latium in English, it is Italy’s second largest economy (after Lombardy) and second most populous region (after Campania), both of which make sense since it is home to the country’s bustling capital of Rome. 

 

About the Lazio Region

 

Lazio offers a variety of landscapes from the Maremma Laziale (the continuation of the Tuscan Maremma) in the north, to the flatlands of Agro Pontino in the south, and the alluvial plains around Rome. The western Tyrrhenian coast faces the Pontine Islands, an archipelago named for the largest island, Ponza, while the east features the volcanic lakes of Bracciano, Bolsena and Vico. The preapennine hills of Colli Albani and the Aurunci Mountains offer other distinctive landscapes.

 

Savoring History and Cuisine of Lazio

 

Special departure with University of Massachusetts Boston Professor of Italian Studies Vetri Nathan and Chef-Instructor Angelo Guida

Dates & Pricing

Minimum of 6 participants, maximum of 15, with a maximum guide-to-guest ratio of 1 to 8

 

DATES (7 days)
For dates, info and availability please contact us.

 

TOUR PRICE

Per person in double occupancy: from $3,490

 

Single Supplement: $490

 

In addition, we pledge to donate more than 1% of your trip price to food literacy and environmental non profit organizations

Tour Highlights

  • Discover three UNESCO Sites: the city of Rome, Villa d’Este in Tivoli and the Etruscan tombs of Cerveteri
  • Visits and tastings to wine, olive oil, cheese and gelato makers
  • Delve daily into history, traditions and culture in this unique area in south of Italy with Professor of Italian Studies Vetri Nathan
  • Relax in unique, cozy agriturismi or 3- or 4-star hotels distinctively representing the local cultures and traditions
  • Experience an intangible UNESCO Cultural Heritage, the Mediterranean Diet with Chef-Instructor Angelo Guida on two hands-on cooking classes
  • Explore the Lazio region and discover the island of Ponza and historical towns such as Rome, Cerveteri, Frascati, San Felice al Circeo, Sperlonga, Gaeta and Monte Cassino
  • Learn more about local recipes and savor the cuisine of south of Italy, meeting and cooking with Angelo Guida’s family for an unforgettable lunch together!
  • Travel with professional Tour Leader Cristiano Bonino and compare the cultural regional differences that make Italy so unique and worth-exploring

What's Included

  • 6 nights of accommodation in 3- or 4-star hotels and agriturismi
  • 6 breakfasts and 3 lunches (1 with Angelo Guida’s family and 1 on board during a boat ride)
  • 5 dinners with either a 3- or 4-course menu
  • Entry fees to Villa d’Este, Cerveteri Etruscan Tombs, the Cleaved Mountain and the Monastery of Monte Cassino
  • Ferry rides to/from Island of Ponza
  • Daily exposure to history and culture of Italy with University of Massachusetts Boston Professor of Italian Studies Vetri Nathan
  • 1 visit and tasting to an olive oil maker and 1 gelato demo and tasting
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes with Chef-Instructor Angelo Guida (1 with his family!)
  • 1 visit and tasting to a local winery and 1 to a mozzarella cheesemaker
  • Comfortable transportation by 9-seat van for all travel as cited in the itinerary
  • Bilingual, professional Tour Leaders
  • One group transfer to Formia train station from last hotel on your last day
  • Local taxes and gratuities for luggage porters and restaurant servers during tour

What's Not Included

  • 3 lunches and 1 dinner on your own
  • Alcoholic beverages at group dinners (including wine and spirits)
  • Round-trip airfare and expenses to/from the tour
  • Trip cancellation, baggage loss or travel delay insurance (this optional coverage is highly recommended and is not provided by Food.Stories.Travel.)
  • Gratuities for your Tour Leader
  • Personal expenses, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, laundry, emails, snacks, gifts

Itinerary

 

Rome has been the seat of power and culture for millennia, so we rightly begin our explorations of the history of Italy’s food and culture here. In a special nighttime walking tour your guides will bring alive the life of Ancient Romans as we walk around to find both famous and relatively unknown marvels in the Eternal City. Rather than a typical touristic visit, on this walk you will witness how the centuries of architectural layers that make up Rome still resonate in its cuisine, culture and lifestyle.

 

Of course, we will also stop by local street food vendors and gelato shops to accompany our time-travel with some “stomach-worship”! Some of the main sites we will visit include the Roman Forum, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon.

 

On the next day we will fast forward half a millenium and uncover the mysteries of courtly life in Villa D’Este, a perfectly preserved Renaissance palace in the foothills of the Appennine mountains. Commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito D’Este (the son of the infamous Lucrezia Borgia), this elaborate palace and mysterious garden filled with remarkable fountains was completed around 1572. With a detailed tour, your guides will bring alive the life of the nobles during that spectacular age that witnessed an explosion of thinking and creativity.

 

For lunch we will stop by the hill town of Frascati, known for its charming lowbrow and delicious trattorie called “fraschette”, have some downtime in the afternoon and enjoy a wine-tasting at a winery in this area prized for its vino dei Castelli. We finish up this day with some free time in the evening to explore Rome on your own.

 

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