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Umbria and Rome Italian Food Tour

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I am hosting a small group luxury tour to Italy and invite you to join me. The itinerary will see you stay in charming luxurious accommodation throughout, discover ancient buildings, gorgeous gardens, delight in amazing fresh food, and of course learn about Italian food through farmers market visits and cooking classes. Enjoy 9 nights and 10 amazing days.

I have partnered with Avanti Italy, an Australian company creating unique Italian experiences. Emily and her team have many years experience organising travel in Italy, and will ensure you receive a genuine Italian experience that will stay in your memory forever.

Tour Highlights

  • A visit to Assisi to explore the stunning Basilica di San Franceso
  • Truffle hunting on the Carmine estate with local truffle hunter Massimo and his dog Yuma
  • A visit to the hillside village of Spello including a visit to Baglioni Chapel
  • A visit to the local Umbertide farmer’s market to choose fresh produce for a cooking class with Meredith
  • A day visiting Orvieto, a wonderfully preserved hillside town famous for it’s stunning and colourful-inside-and-out cathedral
  • A visit to Palazzone winery where the grapes from the Carmine estate are processed into wine
  • A visit to Perugia, the home of chocolate in Italy!
  • A farewell dinner in Montone, ranked in the top 100 most beautiful towns in Italy
  • A day in the charming village of Frascati, just a stones throw from Rome, to learn about the town’s wine making history.

Personal Host

Meredith will be your personal host throughout the tour.

Meals

23 meals as outlined in the itinerary including breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 8 dinners. You'll enjoy a food tour of Rome followed by a cooking class, and a barbecue dinner in the vineyard.

Accommodation

7 nights in an Italian villa, comprising a restored 11th century church and 18th century farm house. 2 nights in Rome, the world’s oldest and most spell binding cities.

Umbria and Rome Italian  Food Tour

Detailed Information

“In my mind the beauty of Italy is the sum of its parts … the scenery, food, wine, history and importance of family all combine to create a country that draws you toward it like a magnet. This tour will focus on the region of Umbria, known for its rolling countryside, medieval hill towns, and local delicacies such as truffles, porcini, porchetta and pecorino. We will explore hilltop villages, sample gelato in the square, forage for truffles and sample local wines. Umbria truly is a beautiful part of the world … come along and experience it for yourself.”
Meredith Morschel

DAY 1 - Saturday 26 September

  • Welcome to Umbria! Upon arrival at our villa in Umbria, enjoy a welcome refreshment prepared by Carmine Estate Chef on arrival.
  • Free afternoon to relax at the villa with a glass of wine and enjoy the surrounds of the villa, including the heated swimming pool, gardens, vineyard, olive grove and numerous walking tracks.
  • Welcome dinner at Villa – traditional Umbrian dinner prepared by local chef using estate grown local produce and tasting estate grown Wines.

Overnight: Chiesa del Carmine Country House
Meals included: Refreshments and Dinner

DAY 2 - Sunday 27 September

  • Breakfast at the villa.
  • This morning enjoy a guided walking tour of Carmine Estate with an explanation of the history and taking in the vineyards, olive groves, woodlands and ancient buildings dotted around the valley.
  • Transfer to lunch at a local restaurant. Free afternoon to relax back at the villa.
  • Pizza night! Make and cook your own pizzas in the Carmine estate pizza oven for dinner.

 

Overnight: Chiesa del Carmine Country House
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 3 - Monday 28 September

  • Breakfast at the villa.
  • Assisi & Spello Full Day Tour – Our guided walk through Assisi – justly acclaimed “crown jewel of the medieval hill towns” – encompasses its rich historical and artistic heritage. The tour starts in the stunning 3-level Romanesque/Gothic Basilica di San Francesco built in the 13th c. to house the body of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of Italy and most beloved of all saints for the Italians.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Spello.
  • Tour of Spello including visit Baglioni Chapel in Spello, featuring Pinturricchios’s fresco. The tour will trace the Roman roots of Spello, take in medieval wonders (including a cloister not open to the public), see a couple Renaissance treasures, learn how the Baroque wins out in a couple churches and meet an extraordinary Franciscan contemplative – who has lived on his own for over thirty years.
  • Return to villa for a light dinner.

 

Overnight: Chiesa del Carmine Country House
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4 - Tuesday 29 September

  • Breakfast at the villa.
  • Truffle Hunting on Carmine Estate with local truffle hunter Massimo and his dog Yuma.
  • Light Lunch at the villa.
  • Free afternoon with the option for visiting Cashmere Factory / Playing Golf / Massages at the Villa / Yoga class.
    Enjoy a Truffle
  • Degustation Dinner at the villa.

 

Overnight: Chiesa del Carmine Country House
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 5 - Wednesday 30 September

  • Breakfast at the villa.
  • Departure at 9am to visit Umbertide market with Meredith where we will choose fresh produce for our lunch.
  • Join Meredith in the kitchen to prepare a selection of delicious dishes for our lunch, complimented by local estate wines.
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Enjoy a BBQ dinner in the vineyard with tour on tractor and trailer.

 

Overnight: Chiesa del Carmine Country House
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 6 - Thursday 1 October

  • Breakfast at the villa.
  • Orvieto and Palazzone winery.
  • Depart Carmine at 9am, morning tour of Orvieto.
  • Lunch at Palazzone including a wine tasting and wine tour of Cantina.
  • Return to the villa and enjoy a light dinner.

 

Overnight: Chiesa del Carmine Country House
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 7 - Friday 2 October

  • Breakfast at the villa.
  • Visit Perugia and enjoy a visit to a gorgeous chocolate shop where we will watch a chocolate making demonstration and enjoy some chocolate.
  • Free time to wander the town and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (at own expense)
  • Farewell Umbria dinner in restaurant in Montone, ranked in top 100 most beautiful towns in Italy.

 

Overnight: Chiesa del Carmine Country House
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 8 - Saturday 3 October

  • Farewell breakfast prepared by Carmine staff.
  • Departure from Chiesa Del Carmine at 10am.
  • Evening free.

 

Enjoy a Minibus transfer with English speaking Assistant from Chiesa del Carmine to Rome stopping en route at Minardi Winery to enjoy a wonderful experience …

As soon as you arrive at the farmhouse, you will meet the winemaker of the family, Umberto, who will take you on a tour across the old vineyards, which he still takes care of with the same old farming techniques the family has been adopting for centuries. Travel into the past of the winemaking, listening to the stories and experiences of a passionate of this historic land. You will then enjoy the views on the beautiful deck of the Farmhouse overlooking Rome and the vineyards of Frascati. Alfredo will then lead you to visit the old wine cellar of the historic winery, where he will introduce you to the secrets and the historic wine-making processes of the famous Frascati wine. The Minardi Historic Farmhouse is now a sort of “Frascati Wine Museum” surrounded by ancient vineyards and olive groves Time to taste the famous Frascati Wine! Alfredo, a certified wine taster of the family, will guide you through a generous tasting of the three wines of the family production, a wine cooperation of two families in the same valley: the famous Frascati Superiore DOCG white wine, the Vagnolo IGP red wine, as well as the Frascati DOC White Wine. All of the wines will be paired with typical breads and pizzas, “Porchetta”, aged cheese with our Wine Jelly, and traditional wine cookies. You will also have an Oil tasting of the Minardi Family’s own Extra Virgin Olive Oil. At the end of the wine and olive oil tasting you will be lead to our family tavern in the center of Frascati to enjoy a local lunch/dinner consisting of a starter (local cheeses and meats), a first course (traditional Frascati and Roman Pasta), wine (again!), water, espresso coffee.

Check into Hotel delle Nazioni for 2 nights.

The Hotel delle Nazioni is a residence appreciated for its convenient location, elegant decor and furnishings. The Hotel provides ideal accommodations in the heart of Rome, just a short walk from Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna, in a historical building featuring spacious and elegant rooms enveloped in a quiet, relaxing atmosphere, with bathrooms decorated in fine marble. Among hotels in Rome with a restaurant, the Hotel delle Nazioni offers the specialties of Mediterranean and traditional cuisine, featuring refined dishes served in an elegant and relaxed ambiance. Staying at Hotel delle Nazioni offers the advantage of an ideal position in the centre of Rome. The rooms provide the perfect conditions for rest, with double glazed windows and comfortable beds.

Guests at the Hotel delle Nazione can enjoy the peace of mind of having 24-hour front desk staff, digital safe, air-conditioning, and free wifi access. Breakfast, services and taxes included. City tax to be paid direct upon check out.

Overnight: Hotel delle Nazione
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 9 - Sunday 4 October

  • Enjoy Breakfast in Hotel.
  • Morning at Leisure to enjoy and relax in Rome on your own.
  • You’ll finish off the evening in the Italian style with a wonderful dinner at your Roman Pizzeria.

 

This afternoon we will enjoy a wonderful Rome Food tour with your private English Speaking Guide followed by Pizza Making Lesson & Dinner … Duration: 5-6 hours

Your discovery of Italy’s food starts in one of Rome’s liveliest piazzas: Campo de’Fiori. As you wander the stalls, find out how to pick your produce like a local. You’ll learn which foods are in season, which aren’t, and why that’s so important to Italians and farmers. Of course, you’ll also taste the goods! Your local guide will introduce you to the family that’s run one of our favorite stands for more than a century. They sell their own, homemade olive oil and balsamic vinegar – you’ll get to try these and more, learning that there’s no such thing as ‘Italian food’.

Food traditions in Italy differ wildly from one region to another, as does the produce: Olive oil for example, differs wildly in profile depending on where the olives are grown and how they are pressed, as you’ll learn during your tasting. This is just one of the many lessons you’ll learn along the way. Led by a local foodie you’ll stop for that delicious Sicilian dessert, cannolo, and learn about food culture in the south. You’ll discover (and taste) the differences between prosciutto crudo or coppa, parmesan or pecorino. Find out why you’re not automatically offered parmesan with every pasta (especially in Rome) and whether mozzarella di bufala really comes from buffalo milk.

After a quick olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting, it’s time to play chef. At a local Italian restaurant, you’ll enjoy delicious starters of olive ascolane and Rome’s favourite rice balls, ‘suppli’, before making your own pizza. Because it takes so long for the dough to develop, that’s already made for you so you’ll roll the dough, add your own toppings and slide it into the huge wood-burning oven, the Neapolitan way. As you’re walked through the process, find out how pizza is different not only outside of Italy, but from region to region within Italy, too. And discover, once and for all, what pizza with “peperoni” means—so you’ll never be surprised again!
 

Overnight: Hotel delle Nazione
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 10 - Monday 5 October

  • Enjoy Breakfast in Hotel.
  • Check out of your Hotel and settle all extras direct.
  • Sadly this is the end of our tour but I trust you will carry many fond memories of our time together in Italy.
  • Arrivederci e Buon viaggio!

 

Meals included: Breakfast

  • $7,995 per person/twin share (excludes airfares and taxes)
  • Early bird Discount of $500 per person if booked and deposit paid before 22 November 2019
  • Single supplement $2,500
  • Deposit (Non-refundable) AUD $3,000 per person upon booking
  • Final payment is due no later than 31 May 2020.
  • Meredith as your personal host throughout the tour
  • Fully escorted excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing visits as described in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees/tickets to listed visits
  • Local tour leader, professional guides for all excursions
  • Transfers throughout with English Speaking driver
  • 7 nights’ villa accommodation in Umbria
  • 2 nights’ 4-star hotel accommodation in Rome at Hotel delle Nazione
  • All meals as outlined in the itinerary including 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners
  • All wine and food tastings as per itinerary
  • Minibus transfer with English speaking driver from Chiesa del Carmine to Rome stopping at Minardi winery for tour and lunch
  • Private English speaking assistant for transfer to Rome
  • Please note that most meals do include some beverages, however additional beverages and snacks are not included in the tour.
  • Meals, snacks and drinks other than those specified in the itinerary
  • All items of a personal nature such as telephone, laundry
  • International airfares and applicable taxes.

Final payment is due no later than 31 May 2020. Cancellations of bookings will be subject to AUD $3,000 per person cancellation fee plus any charges imposed by the principals operating the tour. Cancellations after final payment can be up to 100% cost of the tour.

A $3,000 per person deposit will be required at the time of booking, and the balance due no later that 31 May 2020. Terms and conditions available on request.

The early bird discount of $500/person is applicable if the booking form and the deposit are received prior to 22 November 2019.

Itinerary and accommodation in Rome subject to change.

If Meredith Morschel is not able to fulfil her commitments as host due to illness or death, either of herself or of a family member, then a suitable replacement will be engaged to host the tour in her place. Cancellations will not be accepted in the unlikely event of this happening.

It is a condition of booking that you purchase travel insurance which provides cover for such things as pre-tour cancellation, personal accident and sickness, medical expenses, emergency evacuation/repatriation, loss of luggage and personal effects.

Does this tour sound like the trip of a lifetime?

For more information, send me an email and I will answer any questions you may have.
I’d love to share the magic of Italy with you. Meredith x