With this proposal you could live an interesting experience in Tuscia, visiting some of our excellent wineries and breweries, and also exploring some of the most enchanting places in the territory.
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL – VITERBO
Arrival at Viterbo, accommodation in guest house /hotel.
In the afternoon we will go to discover the beautiful Viterbo, that is defined by centuries the city of the Popes, hosting since the mid-thirteenth century the papal seat. During our walk we will enjoy the most representative monuments (the Pope’s Palace with the Conclave hall), churches (the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the temple dedicated to the patron Santa Rosa), slender towers, fountains made of a local stone called peperino, historical buildings (the Palace of Priori with its beautiful late Renaissance frescoes), and last but not least the San Pellegrino quarter, which still keeps intact its Medieval charm.
Next in a characteristic store we could taste and buy typical products representing Tuscia culinary excellence.
Free dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2 – MONTEFIASCONE – DAIRY FARM – GROTTE DI CASTRO – WINERY
In the morning we will visit Montefiascone, a typical small village worldwide known for its excellent wine, set along the famous via Francigena (followed by the pilgrims during the middle ages) towards Rome. Mons Faliscorum, where the ancient Etruscans settled, is located in a strategic position on the edge of the Southern crater of the Vulsini volcano. Going around the town we could admire the impregnable fortress of the Popes, one of the relevant fortified places in this area where many popes, bishops, emperors and famous artists stayed on their way to Northern Italy and Europe, the Cathedral of Santa Margherita (16th century) which boasts one of the largest domes in Italy, rebuilt by the architect Carlo Fontana in 1670,amd the wonderful medieval church of Saint Flaviano.
Transfer to a Dairy Farm where we will look at the process of preparing their cheeses, unique products and excellence of the territory.
The dairy is family-run, infact Gianni and Tonino, sons of a pastor from Sardinia, continue the production following the oldest tradition. At the Agriristoro we can enjoy our lunch: their cuisine is a “journey” between ancient recipes of Sardinian tradition and the typical dishes of Tuscia Maremmana.
At the end of the lunch we will head to the lake Bolsena, for a walk in the village of Grotte di Castro, whose origins date back to the Etruscan period, as testified by the numerous necropolis spread in its territory. We will visit the interesting Archaeological Museum which houses more than 160 Etruscan finds, inside the town hall, built in the 16th century.
Then we will visit another local winery where we will taste their wines.
The vineyards, located at about 500 mt. of altitude, with a southern exposure, overlook lake Bolsena whose beneficial climatic influence allows a wonderful expression of the aleatico grapes that here are proudly cultivated from far away.
The entire vinification process takes place in steel barrels in the cellar of the XVII century, entirely excavated, whose three gorges measure more than 70 mt, and enriched by a main room with a triple ceiling.
Return to Viterbo, free dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 – TARQUINIA – FARM (wine and olive oil production) and cooking lesson –
TUSCANIA – CRAFT BREWERY
We will explore the imposing Monterozzi Hill, where the necropolis (cemetery) of Tarquinia was originally settled: it is one of the most impressive archaeological complexes of the Mediterranean area due to the presence of hundreds of painted tombs, and it was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. Next we will visit the National Archaeological Museum, housed in the Palazzo Vitelleschi, dating back to the fifteenth century: it is an authentic architectural masterpiece of the Renaissance age, among the most important in Italy for the richness and variety of its collection.
Next we will head to a farm that has been working for over 40 years in the agricultural sector producing extra virgin olive oil and vegetables; since 15 years the owners use method of cultivation and breeding according to rules dictated by organic farming, admitting only the use of natural substances and excluding chemical compounds such as fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides. A model of continuous development in respect of nature, quality and flavors of tradition.
On arrival, the owner will wait you for a special lesson of italian cooking: you will prepare “fettuccine” pasta!! Lunch will include appetizers with own production cold cuts of “Cinta Senese”, fettuccine topped with meat sauce, dessert, water, wine and coffee.
During the afternoon we will discover Tuscania. Pre-dating the Roman Empire, the area has been the cradle of the Etruscan civilization. This typical village stands at the top of a rocky hill overlooking the Maremma region and dates back to the 9th-century BC. A terrible earthquake destroyed parts of the village in 1971, but Tuscania’s Renaissance buildings have been beautifully restored to reflect the town’s history. You will enjoy a walk through the narrow cobblestone streets of this charming village and take in the views of the surrounding valleys, where stands 2 of the most beautiful medieval churches of Italy, consacrated to S. Pietro and S. Maria Maggiore.
Next we will go to a craft brewery for a tasting of their beers with a selection of local cheeses and cold cuts (salame, prosciutto, etc).
Founder Andrea Fralleoni, first studied as a self-taught and produced his first beers as homebrewer, then after met Steve Dawson of the White Dog Brewery, where he worked on numerous internships, in 2010 transformed the idea of opening a brewery in a real project.
The passion for the “Real Ales” lead him to produce beers mainly of English and American tradition. The brewery has been growing fast in the past two years thanks to the quality and originality of its beers and currently distributes his products throughout Italy and Europe.
Return to Viterbo, free dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 – BOMARZO – WINERY
After breakfast transfer to Bomarzo. During this excursion you will discover one of the most beautiful and mysterious park of Italy: the Holy Wood of Bomarzo, renamed as the Park Of Monsters. It was commissioned by Pier Francesco Orsini, a romantic and eccentric prince of the Italian Renaissance (15th century). A beautiful natural scenery joins the grotesque fantasy of the imposing sculptures made of volcanic stone. The design is attributed to Pirro Ligorio, and the sculptures to Simone Moschino. The small octagonal temple, which was built in memory of the Vicino’s wife, Giulia Farnese, stands out above all the other sculptures.
Next we will move to a winery, located in a splendid estate extending over 130 hectares in a territory rich in natural resources, bordered by the hills of Civitella d’Agliano and the Umbrian plain of the Tiber. The vineyard vocation of these area was known since 1292, when on Orvieto’s land register, this was defined as one of the preferred areas for producing wine. The owner awaits us for a visit to the historic cellars where we will have a tasting with a buffet.
Return to Viterbo, free dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 – CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO – WINERY and Wine Museum CASTIGLIONE IN TEVERINA
After breakfast transfer to Civita di Bagnoregio, unique town founded by the Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago, noted for its striking position atop a plateau of friable volcanic tuff overlooking the Tiber river valley. Civita’s location was turning into an island and the pace of the erosion quickened as the layer of clay below the stone was reached in the area where today’s bridge is situated. For this reasons Civita was known in Italian as “il paese che muore” (“the town that is dying”).
Next we will head to a farm whose young owners, a trio of young entrepreneurs with the ambition of building a state-of-the-art winery focused on organic and sustainable agriculture.
Ten years after its foundation, thanks to the high standards and sustainability of its production, the winery has already gained a permanent spot within the Italian wine sector, and it is constantly praised for its innovative choices combined with a profound respect for tradition and environment. The first stop of our tour starts from the MUVIS, the Wine Museum in Castiglione in Teverina, which is a unique building once home of the former Vaselli winery: 4000 square metres on four levels where the history of winemaking is intertwined with an exciting socio-anthropological itinerary. Especially interesting is the subterranean floor, which still holds the gigantic old wooden barrels. We then move to the Winery for a walk through the vineyards and the olive tree grove where you can meet our jenny Jane, discover our production of farm compost and admire the bio-lake. We finally visit the winery, for a look into the secrets of winemaking and sustainable agriculture, and a tasting of all our wines together with a buffet of the best organic products of Tuscia.
Return to Viterbo, free dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 6 – ORVIETO – FARM (wine and olive oil production)
After breakfast transfer to Orvieto, whose origins go back to the Etruscan civilization: the first Etruscan settlements (9th Century B.C) were founded inside the tufaceous caves in the bedrock upon which today rises the city. Annexed in the 3rd Century B.C. to the territories of Rome, it remained under the Roman domination until the decline of the Western Roman Empire. Afterwhich it became a free municipality, and during the struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines, was a valiant opponent of Barbarossa, remaining faithful to the Pope. Riding on the support of the Papal State, it was allowed to prosper through the entire Medieval Period, reaching the top of its development in the 13th Century. It was during this period that took place the fervent work of erecting palaces and holy buildings among which the very famous Cathedral stands out, dating back to 1263, undoubtedly the most important architectural landmark of the city, with its splendid Gothic facing and the richness of the ornaments and internal chapels.
Leaving Orvieto, we will proceed to a farm, in the heart of a region where viticulture has an ancient tradition, that offers a production of wines and extra virgin olive oil. The farm with its land, is located on one of the beautiful hills in the teverina zone of Lazio, at a height ranging from 300 to 450 meters above sea level and with a total area of 40 hectares, between vineyards, olive groves and arable land. Belonging to a tradional italian family, with a personal experience of olive oil, and especially the exceptional quality and origin of the olives, allow the production of an extra virgin olive finely delicate with a great fruity. So for wines, products in the new winery equipped with the most modern technology, and next refined in the historical cellar, charming and unique location.
The farm tour provides:
-tour of the winery with explanation of the various processes and stroll in the vineyards, surrounding the farm.
– visit of the traditional cold press oil mill and related information about the method of production of extra virgin olive oil.
– visit of the historical cellar, entirely excavated in the tuff where are stored ancient barrels.
– presentation and tasting of wines produced by the farm (with a light lunch) made with typical product of Tuscia: bruschetta, crostini with pate, omelettes with vegetables, salami (capocollo, boar sausage and truffle sausage, bacon), cheeses with grape jam, Tuscia beans with bacon and sage, salad, local sheep’s milk ricotta with acacia honey (served as dessert).
After lunch, return to Viterbo, free time.
Free dinner and overnight.
DAY 7 – DEPARTURE
Breakfast and departure.
End of our services
This tour are for individuals or small groups.
Prices on request.
- SERVICES INCLUDED:
Accommodation in guest house /hotel
Private transfer from/to Port/Rail Station/Airport (ON REQUEST)
Private transport with driver (only to reach the places to visit and return to Viterbo)
Guided visits with a private tour guide
Lunches/tasting (where indicated in the itinerary)
Tickets entrance for Viterbo (Pope’s palace), Tarquinia (necropolis and archaeological museum), Bomarzo (park of monsters), Civita di Bagnoregio, Wine Museum, Orvieto cathedral
Cooking lesson (Tuscania)
- SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:
Tips, city taxes, extras, and everything not indicated in “SERVICES INCLUDED”.
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