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Roman Castles panoramic tour with food and wine tastings

Availability: Fridays and Sundays
Duration: 3 hours
Language: English, French, Spanish, German
Mobile voucher accepted
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Do this because
  • Visit the hills of the Castelli Romani area
  • Taste typical Roman gastronomy with local wines
  • Relax on your roundtrip transportation from Rome
  • Tour designed for food, wine and nature lovers
What to expect

Enjoy a panoramic tour of the coutryside surrounding Rome and discover the area known as the Roman Castles. Spend half a day an hour’s drive beyond Italy’s hectic capital city and visit the Castelli Romani, a group of communes in the Roman province located at a very short distance from the Eternal City, right at the base of the Alban Hills.

Ariccia is one of these quaint villages. It offers wonderful sightseeing and cultural opportunities; its Bernini-designed Palazzo Chigi is a little gem not to be missed; the church of Santa Maria Assunta is another contribution of the designer of St. Peter's Square in Rome; the monumental Ariccia bridge is also a must-see, not only because of its architectural history, but also for its notorious sad past of site frequently chosen to commit suicide.

However, what Ariccia and the other towns of the area are really famous for is the chance to eat the best roast pork (porchetta) ever. Fraschette are casual osteria-type dining places whose name is derived from the old habit of nailing a vine twig on the cellar’s entrance with the purpose to advertise a new vintage. Until not long ago, these establishments were so informal that people could carry their own food at the table and just pay for wine and beverages. Even today this won't bother a fraschetta owner.

The region is also home to some of the oldest wine-producing vineyards in the world. Etruscans and Greek settlers produced wine in the country long before the Romans started developing their own vineyards in the 2nd-century BC. Now - 2,000 years later - Italy is one of the world's foremost producers, accounting for approximately one-fifth of the world’s wine production.

A wine taking its name from a Castelli Romani village is the Frascati white wine, whose grapes have been cultivated in this zone since the 5th century B.C. Slices of fresh roasted pork, pecorino cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, and artichoke hearts with plenty of extra oil will be yours to taste accompanied by the right wines.

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What's included
  • Pick-up from centrally located hotels
  • Local guide and food connoisseur
  • Food and wine tastings
What's not included
  • Tips
  • Optional gratuities
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  • Infant (0-2): free
  • Child (3-7): reduced
Where

Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, 95, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

Meeting point:

With pick-up the meeting point and time are arranged in advance, by calling the number you can find on your voucher. With no pick-up, the meeting point is the Gray Line Rome/I Love Rome Office at Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, 95, in front of the Grand Hotel – Metro A Line – Repubblica Stop.

What to remember
  • Hotel pick-ups start at 1:30 pm from centrally-located hotels and with a 24hrs reception service
  • The tour ends at 05.30 pm approx.
  • The guide's explanations are bilingual: English&Spanish and German&French.
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When

Fridays and Sundays at 2.30 pm

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Provider
Gray Line - I Love Rome
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Cancellation policy
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