Taste Of Italy Food Tour To Chianti And Umbria From Rome - Perugia

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Lowest Price Guaranteed
  • Duration: 13 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:15 AM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
  • Departure Details :
    Via Giovanni Amendola, 32, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Discover the foods, wines and hill towns of Tuscanys Chianti wine region and Umbria on this engaging full-day tour from Rome! Accompanied by an expert local guide, travel through Tuscanys 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

Know More about this tour

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 towns oldest rock-cut wine cellars and hear how the regions 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.

Itinerary:

Sample Menu
Appetizers (choice of one):
• Mixed bruschetta with truffles, olive oil and spicy olive pate
• Assorted cheeses and salamis with winePasta 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) sauceMain course (choice of one):
• Turkey roulade
• Chicken cacciatori (braised chicken with tomatoes, onions, herbs and peppers)
• Mixed grill
• Scallops with lemon and wineSide dishes (choice of one):
• Baked potatoes
• Mixed salad
• Sautéed or grilled vegetablesDesserts (choice of one):
• House dessert
• Fresh fruit

Inclusions

4-course lunch

Local guide

Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people)

Hotel pick-up (only for certain hotels located in central Rome - to be reconfirmed by the supplier after booking)

Exclusions

Gratuities

Drinks with lunch (available to purchase)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please note: This is a Multilingual Tour

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 (we require a min. of 6 pax). 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

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  • 23-Oct-2019

    We were lucky because this tour usually takes up to 50 people. There were only six of us which mean we vitually had a private driver and guide. Both were excellent. Beautiful views, delicisiou lunch, good wine.

  • 30-Sep-2019

    The drive and visit to Cortona and Montepulciano were great, Guide was very informative and pointed out many interesting places along the way. Cortona a lovely hilltop town, enjoyed very much. as was Montepulciano. However, the wine tasting was a joke. Very disappointed. You only taste if you buy....
    The lunch that was offered was plentiful but not very good. Not a true taste of the typical Italian foods.

  • 05-Sep-2019

    The Tour guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the area we toured. We had plenty of free time when we wanted it. This tour was just what we were looking for. A lot of up hill climbing, but so much fun! No pressure.We'd do it again!

  • 09-Nov-2017

    Very enjoyable tour, good guide, with a small minibus, a fairly small group. Great wines, very interesting stops, even a pit stop, not too long of a tour, very beautiful scenery. Adamo at the Contucci winery was the highlight of the whole day. Highly recommended. STAY AWAY FROM THE LARGE BUS TOURS! YOU WILL BE TREATED LIKE A NUMBER!

  • 17-Sep-2017

    I arrived at the meeting place at 7:15am per my tour email - everyone else got there around 8:15am. No biggie. I have gotten used to being places on time and waiting for others to show up. We had a small group, which I was happy about because that meant we'd have a more personal experience. An 85 year old couple from Argentina and a mid 40's couple from Australia were also on the tour. I already figured I'd be the 5th wheel so no shock there. I brought my headphones and was excited about some Me time. We loaded into our comfortable air-conditioned coach, and headed for the rolling hills of Tuscany. The coach was nice. A spacious Mercedes, so yes, it was comfortable. I am not sure about the air-conditioning..it was pretty sweaty in there. Very quiet, no music so I was happy I brought my headphones. We took a not so direct way to the Autostrada freeway, which I am sure was meant to be charming. Imagine hopping up and down in your seat for 45 minutes, hitting your head on the roof of the car and falling into your neighbors' lap every other minute or so. We arrived to Cortona, where the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed. The day before I was texting with my friend, who also shares my love of the movie. He was pumped, very excited for me. I thought, How did I get so lucky? Life has been good to me! I get to see such beautiful places and learn about them. Beautiful was right. Learn about them...not so much. My expert guide took off and left us to have free time for an hour and half. The town is the size of a shopping mall so after I walked the 10 minutes it took to see the entire town I decided to get a gelato and sit under a tree over-looking the Valley for the rest of my free time. Thank God the views were breathtaking because the people were rude and the shops were over priced. I'm down to spend money but not if you aren't even going to say Hello to me when I enter your shop or take a moment from your cigarette you are smoking indoors to ask me if I need help with anything. It totally crushed my dreams. There were dogs and cats INSIDE the restaurant and no it wasn't an authentic farmhouse. It was just a dirty restaurant. Well at least I was in good company, right? Wrong. Noone said a word to each other. The couples didn't even talk between themselves. At one point during the lunch, I started laughing and both couples looked at me puzzled and I said, This is the saddest lunch I've ever been to. Honestly, I have had a better meal at Applebee's. Next up Montepulciano! The moment I've been waiting for. Wine tasting!!! The first thing the woman said to our guide was, I can only give you 2 wines. No Ciao! No buona sera! Niente. So we took our two wines which was less than a shot each and in a plastic cup and moved on to, free time. During free time I treated myself to a glass of wine and enjoyed it in the piazza. My tour guide showed up and asked me if instead of having a glass of wine did I want to go and see a church. I just looked at him. Now you wanna show up? No grazie. I earned this glass of wine. The only thing this horrible trip has going for it is the beautiful scenery. I wish the advertisement said, for 125 dollars I will give you a ride to a few towns but you are on your own and don't expect much. And now for the icing on the cake. Our comfortable air-conditioned coach, broke down. Just shut off. In the middle of the freaking road. If I didn't have the pictures to prove it, I wouldn't even believe me. Even though we were sitting ducks in the middle of the road, the driver didn't feel the need to put on the hazard lights. So I grabbed the lady's cane next to me and pushed it on. He then opened the door, turned it off and told me it was too dangerous to have it on. Uh..no. I think he was confused as to how hazard lights work and why one would use them. We sat in the middle of the two lane road for about an hour when the guide came in and said that we were going to go to the nearest town and we were going to take the train back to Rome. Hurray! A game plan. Finally! Do you know what this man did? He started stopping the cars on the road was asking them if they would give us a ride to the next town over. Holding up a sign that said, Chiusi - which is the name of the town we were headed to. I don't think so! Once I realized what he was doing I got out of the car and said, Sir, I don't feel comfortable getting into a car with a stranger. You are going to have to come up with another way. So we waited for almost an hour for another bus to come to take us to the train station. The Australian couple ditched us and jumped into a VW wagon with curtains. I felt a responsibility to take care of the older couple since they only spoke Spanish and no one else was looking out for them or Me!

  • 13-Sep-2017

    Best tour ever!! Charming little towns, historical landmarks, and gorgeous scenery. People in Cortona were very friendly. Great food and shopping. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable on drive up and during tour. This tour allowed for few hours to explore on your own between stops. Part of the tour we were taken to small family restaurant for 4 course meal and small wine tasting, pasta, salad, chicken, and dessert, good food and service. Recommend wearing comfortable shoes, there is some walking up incline at both towns in order to reach main area. Going up can be difficult for some. Our Tour guide assisted older couple with cab that would take them up to center of town, due to steep incline, only about 2-3 city blocks. This tour also picked us up at hotel and drop us off, which was great!

  • 12-Aug-2017

    Exceptional. Tour had only two of us, but went ahead anyway. Locale was terrific, we bought food as we went through the countryside, and cooked it in a private apartment in one of the old hill towns. Unlimited wine. Chef was knowledgeable and helpful, and great company.

  • 07-Jan-2016

    Great trip. Had a lovely day, great food, great tour guide. I have taken a few trips of the one day kind and have ended upverydisappointed, but this trip was really good. Highly recommend

  • 05-Oct-2015

    Not terrible, but went on a tour of Tuscany prior that was much better. The lunch was not very good. When we got to the towns we were not linked up with a licensed tour guide for that area. Because of this we were simply left on our own to shop.

  • 26-Sep-2015

    The hill villages were great, the food at the farm was average and it would have been more enjoyable to have someone with more knowledge of wine on the trip, At wasn't really a wine tasting it was a run through the grotto and small portion in a plastic medicine cup.. As Well I was tole I could leave my personal belongings on the bus later in the day and my small digital camera went missing.. I got no call back from the tour leader. I am 90 sure I left the camera on the bus. Disappointed not to get a call back after the driver and the leader were going to check on the farm restaurant on on the bus again. I'm thinking it was lifted but then what am I going to do? don't leave anything on the bus.

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