Roman Castles tour, with food and wine tasting

DRIVING GUIDED TOUR FROM ROME

Just about half an hour drive and you will find yourself surrounded by gentle hills covered in woods, vineyards, vegetable gardens, orchards and olive trees…this is the world famous ‘campagna romana’ which fascinated great artists of the past – Goethe, Lord Byron, Michael Ende – as well as the young aristocrats who visited Italy during their Grand Tour in the 18th century.

The Colli Albani, generally known as the Castelli Romani –  because of the presence of at least a noble mansion in each of them – are a group of small towns normally perched on top of hills: Frascati, Nemi, Albano, Ariccia, Castel Gandolfo, Marino, Genzano and others – they are greatly appreciated for their historic and artistic heritage as well as for the landscape – two picturesque lakes ‘decorate’ this beautiful area – and for the wonderful local food and wine.

Perhaps the most famous is Castel Gandolfo, where the summer residence of the Pope is located. it is beautifully built on top of a hill overlooking Lake Albano, the biggest of the two adjacent lakes.

Nemi is a little village wrapped around its ancient castle, famous for its strawberries and flowers grown all year round and perched on a hill dominating its tiny lake, also called ‘the mirror of Goddess Diana’.

The largest village, Frascati, which is also the most visited, is well known for its lovely old center and some privately-owned villas dating back to the 16th/17th century.

Genzano is also famous for its production of flowers which are used each year in June for the famous ‘Infiorata’, when the pavement of a whole street is decorated with ‘paintings’ made with flower petals.

Marino is famous for the ‘Sagra dell’uva’, the wine fair in September, when the fountain in the main square pumps out wine instead of water.

The whole area of the Castelli Romani is famous for the production of wine as well as fruits, vegetables and flowers. The vineyards situated on the slopes are surrounded by olive groves, which create a silvery frame to them. In the autumn the woods produce chestnuts as well as a good selection of natural mushrooms.

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Lunch time: Relax and enjoy a typical. Would you like to have it reserved? Do not hesitate to ask and we will book it for you!

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After a visit to a selection of small towns – you can’t visit everything in a day! – you will be invited to taste some of these wines together with a lovely Roman-style lunch

Malvasia, Trebbiano, Bellone, among the white wines. And Cesanese, Merlot, Sangiovese from red grapevines.

After the visit transfer back to your hotel in Rome.

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Duration: 5 hr (incl driving time from/to Rome hotel)

Meeting point: at the hotel

Payment: bank transfer or paypal in advance (+4%)

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Need more? Ask us!

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Comfortable and air conditioned Sedan / Van for the full day (5hrs)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Wine testing
  • Lunch

PRICES (per group)

1 to 3 persons
on request
4 to 6 persons
on request
7 to 8 persons
on request