13 DAY 'TI AMO' ROME, NAPLES AND THE HIDDEN DELIGHTS OF CENTRAL / SOUTHERN ITALY TOUR
13 Day'Ti Amo' Rome, Naples and the Hidden Delights of Central /Southern Italy
Be seduced by the lifestyle and culture of the people, spectacular scenery, fascinating architectural gems and ancient histories of Italy's amazing cities of Rome and Naples and the beautiful villages of the Lazio and Molise regions!
2018 Sept 5th-17th
2017/2018 PRIVATE & TAILORED TOURS BY APPOINTMENT (MIN. 4 GUESTS)
Tour costs - AUD $5900 p/p twin share AUD $650.00 Single Supplement
This tour is a smorgasbord of the hidden delights of inland and coastal Central/Southern Italy: coupled with intimate experiences of the grand Italian cities of Rome and Naples! It is a true feast for the senses in every way. Among the tour’s delights are intimate gatherings with local food and wine producers, delicious meals in gorgeous locations and guided visits to a host of fascinating places. This tour has all the ingredients to satisfy the most intrepid and culturally curious travellers!
Rome, Naples, Lazio's stunning Valle di Comino with its lush green countryside, the Island of Ponza or Sperlonga, The ancient region of Molise, optional visit to Abruzzo National Park, Truffle Hunt and Tasting, Guided visit to Montecassino and a host of other hidden delights!
Rome’s famous landmarks and sommelier guided wine and cheese dinner
You will be met by your tour leader at Rome’ s Fiumicino Airport and with a private, comfortable, air-conditioned 9-seat minivan will transfer to Palazzo Navona hotel (or Albergo Santa Chiara), right in the heart of the Eternal City. In the afternoon, you have the option of taking a private guided stroll in the city centre and visit as well as learn about some of Rome’ s most famous landmarks: Piazza Navona with its Bernini’ s fountain, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. The stroll can be tailored to your interests in case you have already visited those sites and would prefer to see others. Dinner will take place at VinoRoma in the company of an amazing sommelier who will guide you through discovering Italian wines and how to pair them to food and in particular cheese.
Day Two – Rome - Archaeology and history day
Explore the incredible history of Rome with a private guided tour and a fascinating multimedia visit to Ceasar’s Forum.
On this day we have a private guided tour where you can choose which site to visit: the wonderful Vatican museum with among others its Raffaello’ s rooms and Sistine Chapel for art aficionados, the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine hill for history buffs, the city of Ostia Antica for archeology enthusiasts, Testaccio district for a mix and match of all of the above in a less touristy area. After a lunch break which you can enjoy at one of our many suggested venues, you can explore parts of the city by yourself or take an optional private guided tour in the Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere, districts which are in the centre or very close to it but which in spite of massive tourism have maintained their peculiar and proud features. After dinner, we will experience history with a multimedia visit to Ceasar’s Forum.
Day Three – Rome’s Culinary Delights
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Guided culinary walking tour in the historical centre
Starting a bit later in the morning to give you time for a bit of shopping and strolling, we will take a lovely and indeed tasty private guided food walking tour in the city centre. Italian pride is at its best when taste buds are involved, so we will talk and savour the best Rome has to offer, from pizza of different sorts to sweet delicacies, from award winning cheeses and cured meats to the more challenging offal – if you want. It is simply impossible to list all the options for tastings during this tour, so our private guide will choose over coffee at the beginning of the tour where to take you depending on your interests and dietary needs. In the afternoon, you can say your personal goodbye to Rome or take an optional museum tour (Musei Capitolini, Galleria Borghese or Centrale Montemartini) to discover more about the city’ s history and legacy.
Day Four – Rome to Picinisco and theCity of the Popes
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Guided visit around the town of Anagni known as the City of Popes, Veroli, Picinisco and Atina’s Museum of Academie vitti.
We will leave Rome and head towards Anagni, also known as “City of the Popes”, which is one of the most stunning and well-maintained medieval towns in Italy, also home to an amazing cathedral with a beautifully decorated crypt. After the private guided visit of Anagni, we will visit Veroli, another lovely town in the heart of Ciociaria where we will have lunch at one of our favourite restaurants, Trattoria Sora Locì, a homely venue with authentic cuisine and traditional dishes which will make you want to stay there much longer than one meal! After lunch we will head towards the beautiful Albergo Diffuso Sotto Le Stelle, your accommodation in Picinisco, on the hills of Valle di Comino. In the late afternoon, we will visit the Museum Académie Vitti in Atina, a hidden jewel that has on display the life of the models and artists of the owners of the famous drawing school the ‘ Academie Vitti’ . We will stay in Atina for dinner and you will have a choice of restaurants for your dinner, from more sophisticated to more traditional ones, depending on your food interests.
Day Five – Picinisco - its bounty of natural beauty and local products
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Buffet lunch of local products by the lake in Posta Fibreno, a guided visit to the Natural Park of Posta Fibreno and a wine tasting at La Ferriera.
In the morning you will be able to relax on the hotel terrace or visit I Ciacca, an organic farm producing honey, wine, jams and oil and which is now developing a project for a high-end gastronomy academy in the Slow Food framework. A rich buffet lunch will await us in Posta Fibreno at a venue on the lake-side where the owner will prepare several delicacies with ingredients from his own and nearby vegetable gardens, from the local butcher’ s and mill. We will then take a lovely guided stroll around the lake of Posta Fibreno, a self-contained wonder for both fauna and flora species and host of a little floating island which is the setting of many a legend. In the late afternoon, in the beautiful setting of a Bourbon iron-making plant, we will enjoy an informative and blissful wine tasting at La Ferriera, an award winning winery where both well-known and indigenous vine varieties are cultivated to make fantastic wines perfect for every occasion. Dinner will be in Picinisco, where you can choose whether to head for pizza made with organic and local ingredients or for a meal at the restaurant run by an amazing farmer who breeds cattle on the National Park mountains for extremely high quality meat and cheese.
Day Six– Truffle hunting and hands on cooking lesson
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Guided truffle hunting demonstration and pasta making lesson at Agriturismo Cerere.
On this day you can have a relaxing morning or take a private walk with experienced environmental guides in the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise. The walk can be tailored so both length and inclination can be adapted to your needs. After lunch, we will head to Sulpizio Tartufi in Campoli Appennino, a family run company where they hunt and process truffles. Here, you will learn about the hunting techniques and the different seasons and kinds of this precious food before tasting some delicacies made or flavoured with truffle. Afterwards, we will move to Agriturismo Cerere, where with a hands-on cooking lesson our lovely Caterina will teach us how to make fantastic pasta from scratch. For dinner, we will have what we made as well as many other delicacies which once again will make you want to stay longer!
Day Seven– Choice of Ponza or Sperlonga on the Tyrrhenian Coast
Either choose a day trip to the beautiful island of Ponza or visit the beach of Sperlonga.
On this day we have a day trip to the Tyrrhenian coast and you can choose whether you would prefer to visit Sperlonga, with its lovely historical centre, the amazing archeological museum and the fantastic beach, or head to the lovely little island of Ponza to relax in small bays and enjoy the Mediterranean sea around you.
Day Eight – Picinisco to Venafro
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Guided visit to Montecassino and Polish Cemetery, guided visit to Venafro and the Winterline Museum
Today we will move from Picinisco to Venafro, in the Molise region. On the way there, we will stop at Montecassino for a private guided visit to the famous abbey which was the setting of some of the worst battles during the Second World War. We will also visit the Polish cemetery and learn about, the touching story of the Syrian Brown bear that accompanied and helped Polish soldiers on their journey to the battlefields. We will have lunch at a lovely restaurant in Cassino where local and ethical products from nearby farms and producers – some of which coming from lands confiscated to the Neapolitan mafia and given to cooperatives of young people - are turned into fantastic dishes. In Venafro, we will stay at Dimora Del Prete, a beautiful palace full of history and anecdotes. We will then take a private guided tour through the little alleys of Venafro and to the Winterline Museum, a collection of remains and memorabilia from the Second World War and the people that fought it.
Day Nine – Venafro rest and pamper day
On this day, you can choose whether you would rather rest at the Dimora Del Prete and in Venafro or take an optional afternoon trip visiting the shrine in Castelpetroso, relaxing at the nearby SPA and enjoying a craft beer tasting at a local brewery.
Day Ten – Venafro historical sites and hands on cooking lesson
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Optional Guided visit of Agnone and the Marinelli Bell Foundry OR historical Sepino and Altilia, hands on cooking lesson.
In the morning, there is the option of visiting the ancient Samnite and then Roman sites of Sepino and Altilia or the Marinelli Bell Factory in Agnone, a centuries-old family-run company and official foundry of the Vatican. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a hands-on cooking lesson where you will learn about local products and how to turn them into fantastic dishes which we will have for dinner together with other specialties of the area, like the dreamy mozzarella di bufala.
Day Eleven – Venafro to Naples
Optional Visit of Castel Sant’Elmo OR Pompeii and Vietri Sul Mare
We will move to Naples on this day and settle at Chiaia Hotel de Charme (or Starhotels Terminus) you have the option of visiting Castel Sant’ Elmo, right on the top of the city, which next to its rich history offers the best 360° view on the Gulf. In the afternoon, there is the option of visiting the excavations in Pompeii, one
the most marvelous places in the world, and Vietri Sul Mare, a little town on the Amalfi coast, not as touristy as Amalfi and richer in terms of locally hand-made ceramic crafts.
Day Twelve – Naples from the theatres to the food
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Guided visit to the San Carlo Opera Theatre, private gastronomy walking tour and exploring Naples.
After breakfast, we will enjoy a guided visit to the stunning San Carlo Opera Theatre, one the most important theatres in the world and certainly the oldest Opera Theatre in Europe. Having amazed the sight, we will move on to astound taste and smell with a private food walking tour discovering Naples gastronomy, one of the most renowned in the world. In the afternoon, there is the option of visiting Naples Underground excavations, rich with old and modern history, and some of the newly renovated Naples metro stations, a “compulsory walk among art and beauty”, as it has been described. Farewell dinner will be at 50 Kalo or Sorbillo.
Day Thirteen – Farewell Naples
Farewell day - departure for Naples train station AND/OR Rome airport