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10 Days Italy Culinary Vacations and Wine Tour

10 Days Italy Culinary Vacations and Wine Tour

  • Rome - Pescara - Pesaro

Cultural Tour Italy & Italian Wine Tasting

This tour provides an excellent opportunity to experience the life in two of Italy’s best kept secret tourist destinations: Abruzzo and Le Marche regions. These two neighboring regions are both nestled between the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea. The tour leads you to fascinating hill towns vibrant with daily life surrounded by beautiful countryside. You will leisurely wander through cobbled streets and magnificent town piazze. The relaxed itinerary will allow time to enjoy the daily life along the Adriatic.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Rome
  • Visit Gradara - a medieval town dominated by its magnificent castle
  • Have a tasting of regional specialties piadina and local Verdicchio wine
  • Taste delicious formaggio di fossa, cheese walled up in rock caves, matured for months
  • Enjoy a tasting of the famous local wine of the area Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
  • Have lunch in a traditional mountain refugio in Calascio
  • Visit Urbania, famous for its Majolica ceramics
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 9 days with instruction
  • Italian, English
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You will spend one night in a centrally-located hotel in Rome, three nights in a hotel in Pescara, and five nights at a hotel in the historical center of the Pesaro city. The hotels selected by Vita Italian Tours have 3 or 4 stars.

The tour starts in Rome, a comprehensive guided visit in the capital will give you insights to the grandeur and history of this remarkable city. Then, it is three nights in the city of Pescara, a major city in Abruzzo. From this base, there will be guided day trips to historical hill towns such as Atri, San Stefano in Sessanio, and Calascio, as well as a famous local winery. The tour then continues onto the picturesque seaside city of Pesaro in Le Marche region. Guided trips are organized to hilltop castle towns such as Urbino, Gradara, and San Leo. You will have the possibility to experience the excellent hospitality of these beautiful regions both characterized with an abundance of traditional local food and wine. You will enjoy leisurely lunches and special dinners in traditional restaurants and trattorie. There are also opportunities to shop at local boutiques and at the duty free Republic of San Marino.

Day 1: June 16, 2016 - Rome

Your tour leaders will meet you at the hotel in the center of Rome at 16:00. Introductions and a small talk on the tour will precede an afternoon walk through some of the famous iconic areas of Rome. The guided walking tour will include Piazza della Repubblica, The Fountain of Trevi, The Spanish Steps, Piazza Barbarini, and Via Veneto. The walk will end with an early dinner in a traditional restaurant.

Meal plan: dinner.

Day 2: June 17, 2016 - Rome, Atri, Pescara

After breakfast, you leave Rome for the coastal town of Pescara in the Abruzzo region. You will travel in air conditioned comfort through some of the most beautiful countryside landscapes across the central Apennines mountain range. You will make a stop at the charming medieval town of Atri for a quick lunch and refreshments. Atri was once a Roman settlement and is now one of the most important historical and artistic centers of the region. You will see Roman monuments, medieval basilicas, and liquorice boutiques for which the town is famous throughout Europe. You will then proceed to Pescara for check-in at your hotel. Pescara will be your home for the next three nights. Before dinner, there will be a passeggiata around the historical part of the city.

Meal plan: breakfast and dinner.

Day 3: June 18, 2016 - Pescara, Santo Stefano in Sessanio, Calascio

Today, you will travel to one of the most celebrated areas of the Abruzzo region, Grand Sasso National Park, the highest area of the central Apennines. There will be a stop at the tiny medieval village of Santo Stefano in Sessanio, famous for once being part of the powerful Medici family dynasty for over 200 years. Its characteristic original charm of small cobbled stone streets and houses, make it a fascinating trip back in time. You will then travel on to the neighboring town of Calascio to admire the imposing 13th century fortress with spectacular panoramic views of the Apennines and Campo Imperatore. Lunch is in Calascio in a traditional mountain refugio and dinner is in Pescara at a traditional restaurant.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4: June 19, 2016 - Pescara

Today is a day dedicated to the beautiful food and wine of the Abruzzo region. You will travel to a nearby winery to have a tasting of the famous local wine of the area Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. You will then travel on to an agriturismo or farmhouse specializing in local produce where you will have a traditional Abruzzese banquet. You should return to Pescara by late afternoon, when you will have free time to explore the boulevards and laneways of the historical center of the city or perhaps walk along lungomare. The evening is free.

Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.

Day 5: June 20, 2016 - Pescara, Loreto, Pesaro

This morning, you will say goodbye to Pescara and the region of Abruzzo as you travel north up the Adriatic Coast to the picturesque seaside town of Pesaro, where you will stay for the next five nights. On the way to Pesaro, there will be a stop at Loreto, a beautiful hill town, second only to Assisi and Rome as a place of religious pilgrimage. The town is a showcase of some of Italy’s greatest artists and architects. After lunch in a traditional restaurant in Loreto, you will travel onto Pesaro, where there will be time to check into the hotel in the historical center of the city. Dinner will be at the hotel, followed by an optional passeggiata around the historical part of the city.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6: June 21, 2016 - Pesaro, Gradara

The city of Pesaro is a charming town nestled against a backdrop of rolling hills dotted with ancient hamlets and castles. Today will be devoted to exploring Pesaro and all its treasures. You will visit the ancient center with its Ducal Palace, Piazza del Popolo, the house of Gioachino Rossini, Villino Ruggeri, and the Civic Museums. Your walking tour of Pesaro will conclude with a special lunch organized at one of the oldest trattorie in the city serving traditional marchigiana cuisine. In the early evening, you will visit Gradara, a medieval town dominated by its magnificent castle which overlooks the Adriatic Sea. You will tour the castle and the impressive walled town. Gradara was made famous by the legendary love affair between Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini as immortalized in the fifth canto of Dante’s Inferno. Dinner at Gradara is a tasting of regional specialties piadina and local Verdicchio wine.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 7: June 22, 2016 - Pesaro, San Marino, San Leo

Today, after breakfast at the hotel, you will travel just over the Le Marche border for a day visit to the tiny Republic of San Marino. San Marino claims to be the oldest state and constitutional republic in the world and is worth a visit for its history, pageantry, and its magnificent hilltop setting, which offers excellent views of the surrounding countryside. It is a day for shopping as San Marino is jammed with duty free shops. Apart from souvenirs, you will be able to pick up perfumes, watches, and leather bags at very reasonable prices. In the afternoon, you will visit San Leo with its ancient castle perched above sheer cliffs. You will have a rest in the beautiful town square where you will have lunch and taste the delicious formaggio di fossa: a cheese walled up in rock caves to mature for months. The evening is free.

Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.

Day 8: June 23, 2016 - Pesaro, Urbino, Urbania

Today, you start exploring the land once ruled by the medieval lords of Montefeltro. You will visit Urbino, which after Florence, was one of the most important centers of the Italian Renaissance and also the birth place of Raphael. There will be a tour of the magnificent Ducal Palace, which houses the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche with its precious paintings by Piero della Francesca, Tiziano, Paolo Uccello, and Raphael. In the afternoon, you will travel to the neighboring historical city of Urbania, where you will be guests of Donatella and Giorgio for lunch at their award winning osteria. Lunch will be a selection of regional specialties the osteria has become famous for, together with local wines. Urbania is also renowned for its Majolica ceramics and after lunch, you will visit several local artisans’ workshops. The evening is free.

Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.

Day 9: June 24, 2016 - Pesaro, Fiorenzuola, Novilara

Today is dedicated to exploring the surrounding hills of Pesaro which are dotted with medieval hamlets and Renaissance towns. You will drive through the San Bartolo National Park, perched high above the Adriatic, stopping at Fiorenzuola for coffee. You then go to Novilara another medieval hill town with its magnificent views of the countryside. Lunch is organized in a traditional trattoria, famous for its local produce and its pasta e fagioli on the menu. After a pleasant afternoon stroll of the township, you will travel back to Pesaro. The afternoon is free. You will have an aperitivo, followed by a farewell dinner in a local pizzeria overlooking the sea.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 10: June 25, 2016 - Pesaro

The tour officially ends after breakfast at the hotel.

Meal plan: breakfast.

  • Day visit to the tiny Republic of San Marino
  • Drive through the San Bartolo National Park perched high above the Adriatic stopping at Fiorenzuola
  • Explore Abruzzo region and taste its wines
  • Explore Grand Sasso National Park
  • Explore Pesaro on a guided walking tour
  • Explore the surrounding hills of Pesaro
  • Go to Novilara, another medieval hill town with its magnificent views of the countryside
  • Guided walking tour of Rome
  • Have lunch in Calascio
  • Stop at Loreto, a beautiful hill town, for lunch
  • Stop at the charming medieval town of Atri for a quick lunch
  • Stop at the tiny medieval village of Santo Stefano in Sessanio
  • Travel north up the Adriatic Coast to Pesaro
  • Travel through some of the most beautiful countryside across the central Apennines mountain range
  • Visit Gradara, a medieval town overlooking the Adriatic Sea
  • Visit several local artisans’ workshops in Urbino
  • Visit Urbino

This tour will take place in Le Marche and Abruzzo regions of Italy. These two neighboring regions are both nestled between the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea. The tour leads you to fascinating hill towns vibrant with daily life surrounded by beautiful countryside.

You will have the possibility to experience the excellent hospitality of these beautiful regions both characterized with an abundance of traditional local food and wine. You will enjoy leisurely lunches and special dinners in traditional restaurants and trattorie.

The program appears to be full, however, it is mixed with long restful lunches and leisure time for your enjoyment and comfort. If you need to, you can always take time off from the organized program.

  • 6 dinners
  • 7 lunches
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Admission to all galleries, museums and historical sites included in the itinerary
  • All land transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • Personally guided tours
  • Regional wines and mineral water served with meals
  • Accommodation taxes
  • Admission fees to other attractions other than the ones mentioned on the itinerary
  • Airfare
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal transport costs
  • Travel insurance