"Slow Down & Smell The Pasta"

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Food & Wine Adventure

Get Ready For A Gourmet’s Delight

This geographic area is famous among Italians for having some the best food, wine, olive oil, and gelato in Italy. A recent Trip Advisor study concluded that this region has the best food in all of Italy. Forbes Magazine recently crowned a local town "one of the top six wine touring cities in all of Europe."

 

Sample and enjoy delicious fresh food, much of it organic and locally grown. Enjoy a combination of authentic lunches and gourmet dinners at restaurants, trattorias, local wineries, and farmhouse hotels. Indulge in a scrumptious meal at a charming Conde Nast-rated family restaurant.

Savor delightful wines from exceptional wineries. We’ll treat you to a rare red wine from a grape variety that is seldom found elsewhere the world. Shop for fresh Italian produce, take a private cooking lesson with an authentic chef or Italian “nonna”, and enjoy your private meal in a 17th century storybook palazzo.

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And best of all, at Italy!Adventures you can create your own exclusive private group.

 

 We will reserve your tour solely for you and your family, friends or trusted associates. This ensures that your tour is truly a private experience for up to eight people.

 

Our promise: No other travelers will be added to your tour, even if there are only two people in your group.

 

There will be ample private time to do things on your own so you can enjoy your relaxing Italian getaway. 

Typical Itinerary

Saturday – Depart For Italy
Sunday – Day 1 – Arrive In Italy & Travel To Enchanting Spello

Arrive in Rome at Fiumicino airport. You will be met by an Italian/English-speaking chauffeur who will whisk you away by private car to the spectacular heart of Italy.

Experience your first Italian lunch at a leisurely restaurant that features local specialties such as prosciutto ham, tartufo mushrooms, seasonal wild asparagus, and more.

 

The setting includes a stunning vista of the Italian countryside.

Enjoy the remainder of your afternoon on your own while relaxing at your authentic Italian hotel, lounging by the pool, or exploring the quaint small town of Spello.

 

We will start our evening early with an informal get together where you will receive a brief orientation while sampling wine and heavy appetizers in a genuine 17th century Italian palazzo.

Private driver from Rome Airport, lunch with Italian wine, and a light dinner with drinks and heavy appetizers included.

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Monday – Day 2 – Bevagna & Montefalco

After a quiet breakfast at your hotel, you’ll travel nearby to the lovely walled Roman town of Bevagna.

 

We’ll continue on to the famous wine town of Montefalco where we’ll enjoy a scrumptious lunch at a Conde Nast-rated restaurant.

 

Known for delectable fresh pastas, the restaurant’s offerings change according to the season.

 

Our afternoon will be highlighted by two separate wine tastings in the Italian countryside at two different family-owned wineries.

 

We’ll then return to Spello to freshen-up and walk five minutes to a casual dinner at a delightful local restaurant featuring a stunning 14th century interior.

 

All meals with Italian wine and wine tastings included.

Tuesday – Day 3 – Etruscan Perugia

After breakfast we’ll visit one of the best-known chocolatiers in all of Europe.

 

We will then drive to the ancient Etruscan university town of Perugia where you will have lunch at a restaurant with a marvelous view and a reputation for preparing fine traditional Umbrian cuisine.

 

After lunch, you’ll have time to meander around Perugia, do some shopping if you like, or perhaps visit an impressive art museum or even an archeological museum.

We will then make a fascinating visit to an Italian frantoio. This is where superlative Italian olive oil is made.

 

You’ll sample some ultrafine oils and watch a short video that explains how Italians make olive oil.

 

We’ll then return to Spello to enjoy our evening meal at an authentic, small family-owned Italian restaurant.

 

All meals with Italian wine included.

Wednesday – Day 4 – Italian Cooking Class & Assisi 

After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll go food shopping just like the locals at the weekly Spello market day.

 

We’ll gather back at a Spello palazzo with our newly-purchased produce and ingredients and learn how to prepare them in a special cooking class led by a charming Italian chef.

 

Next, we’ll savor our hand-prepared feast on the palazzo’s private terrace that offers a splendid view of Umbria.

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After our late lunch, you will visit and shop in world-famous Assisi for the balance of the afternoon.

 

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Assisi  is a remarkably old town. It was founded over 2,500 years ago by the ancient Umbrians before becoming a Roman town.

 

You’ll have dinner on your own -- at our expense  -- at one of several enjoyable local restaurants.

 

All meals with Italian wine included.

Thursday – Day 5 – Roman Aqueduct  Walk & Picnic

The day starts after breakfast with a leisurely walk along a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct.

 

You’ll have a well-stocked picnic lunch with wine along the aqueduct with a view of olive groves and vineyards in the Italian countryside.

Return for a tour of Spello, enjoy your swimming pool or relish some private time in the afternoon. Later on, we'll stop by for wine tasting with a well-regarded sommelier at his Spello wine bar.

Afterward, we’ll have dinner at a popular and colorful pizzeria known for its vast selection of tasty wood-fired pizzas.
 
All meals with Italian wine, wine tasting and artisan beers included.

Friday – Day 6 – Medieval Gubbio & Private Dinner In A Storybook Palazzo

Today we’ll go to the memorable medieval town of Gubbio, a unique place that is a favorite destination among Italians. 

You can ramble around town, capture some great selfies, visit museums, take a cable car up to Mount Ingino high above Gubbio for a sweeping vista of the Apennine Mountains, and have lunch on your own, at our expense. 

Return to Spello mid-afternoon for private time and packing. We’ll have a farewell celebration and an early private dinner specially prepared by an Italian chef.

All meals with Italian wine included.

Saturday – Day 7 – Depart For Rome Airport

You will be picked up at your hotel and travel back to Rome Fiumicino airport for your flight back home.

 

Private driver to Rome Airport and light breakfast included.

 

Please Note: This schedule may change subject to weather and availability.

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What’s Included:
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  • Your tour for 7 days / 6 nights

  • Transportation to and from Rome airport

  • 6 nights lodging 

  • Transportation for each day of the tour as needed

  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners with Italian wine, including a private dinner prepared by an Italian chef

  • Cocktail party featuring heavy appetizers at a private, storybook palazzo

  • All wine tastings at vineyards, cozy wine bars, or palaces 

  • Numerous opportunities to shop

  • Optional time for walks, hikes and bike rides

  • Additional private time to do things together or on your own

What's Not Included:

  • Flights to and from Italy.

  • Travel Insurance.

  • Passport Fees.

Accommodations:

  • Most hotels in Central Italy are small, boutique hotels that are family-owned. Many are located in historic properties, some of which are centuries old. You will stay at a 4-star hotel that is charming and authentic, featuring modern amenities including: wi-fi, air conditioning and a private in-suite bathroom. Many travelers have remarked that our hotels are more quaint and memorable than chain hotels in North America.