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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:13 hours (approx.)

Taste of Italy Food Tour to Chianti and Umbria from Rome

Indulge in the food and wine of Tuscany and Umbria on this delicious day-long guided tour from Rome. With your expert local guide by your side, travel to Tuscany's famed Chianti wine region to sample some of the world-famous vino and then linger for a while in the medieval town of Cortona. Dig in to a hearty lunch in a rural farmhouse restaurant and sample some more wine in a traditional cellar in bewitching Montepulciano before heading back to Rome. 

Highlights

  • Full-day food and wine-tasting tour to Tuscany’s Chianti region and Umbria from Rome
  • Swap Rome for the gentle countryside and hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria
  • Visit the charming walled town of Cortona in Tuscany, made famous by Frances Mayes’ book ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’
  • Enjoy a delicious 4-course lunch of regional dishes at an authentic farmhouse restaurant
  • Soak up Chianti’s rolling green hills on a drive to Montepulciano
  • Sample some fruity Montepulciano wines at a rustic wine cellar
  • Learn about Tuscan and Umbrian cuisine and Chianti wines from your expert guide

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What You Can Expect

Taste of Italy Food Tour to Chianti and Umbria from Rome

Sample some Montepulciano wines on this food and wine tasting tour to Umbria and Chianti

Get picked up at your hotel in Rome or meet your guide in the center of the city to begin this tasty tour of Tuscany and Umbria. During the drive in the comfortable air-conditioned coach, learn about the food and wine of the regions you'll be visiting and drink in the views of the rolling hills of northern Lazio and, eventually, Tuscany and Umbria. 

Hop off the coach in Cortona, the setting for the best-selling travel memoir, Under the Tuscan Sun by Francis Mayes, and stroll the cobblestone lanes, lingering in squares, taking in the medieval ambience of the place. Take some free time here to enjoy the town. 

Along the banks of Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, tuck into an authentic farmhouse lunch, indulging in a lavish 4-course meal of regional delights, washed down with some locally made wine (at own expense). See itinerary for a sample menu. 

Then board the bus again to drive through the rolling hills of Chianti stopping in the medieval hill town, Montepulciano. In one of the town's oldest wine cellars, sample some of Montepulciano's ruby-red wines and learn about the chief characteristics of what you are imbibing. 

After the wine sampling, head back to Rome where the tour concluded with a drop-off at your hotel. 

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Itinerary

Sample Menu

Appetizers (choice of one):
  • Mixed bruschetta with truffles, olive oil and spicy olive pate
  • Assorted cheeses and salamis with wine
Pasta course (choice of one):
  • Pasta with meat-based ragù (tomato) sauce
  • Pici Aglioni (spaghetti-like pasta) with garlic
  • Pasta Alla Norcina (pasta with sausages and mushrooms)
  • Pasta with vegetable ragù (tomato) sauce
Main course (choice of one):
  • Turkey roulade
  • Chicken cacciatori (braised chicken with tomatoes, onions, herbs and peppers)
  • Mixed grill
  • Scallops with lemon and wine
Side dishes (choice of one):
  • Baked potatoes
  • Mixed salad
  • Sautéed or grilled vegetables
Desserts (choice of one):
  • House dessert
  • Fresh fruit

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Customer Reviews

Deborah K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Awesome Tuscan countryside. Cortona was beautiful and a great place for shopping or just roaming the streets. Wine tour and tasting was wonderful!

Adrienne P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Alina was an excellent guide. The wine tour was amazing and I highly recommend it. She was very knowledgable about the locations we visited. Adamo is a great winemaker and we enjoyed buying a few bottles to take home to remind us of the wonderful time we had in Italy

Terry M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Unfortunately, this tour was cancelled as there were not enough people registered. (End of season). Understandable but disappointing, especially since our experience with Viator Tours (three other tours taken) was so positive - I'm sure this tour would have been every bit as enjoyable!

carlos USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Loved this tour. Great guide. Cortona and Montepulciano were spectacular. Would do it again.

Fred S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Barb and I were so pleased we took this trip it was the high light of our trip. Our guide was patient knowlageable on the areas and very pleasent

Martha USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Great tour.

JenAndBazz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Absoloutely awesome day out, sampling some of Italy's delicious food and wine!

Linda

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This tour was absolutely perfect. Visiting Cortona and Montepulciano was wonderful and the tour guide was one of the best I have ever encountered. She was very informative and kept our small group engaged for the entire day. Enjoyed the tour of the Contucci Winery and meeting our host, Adamo, who is quite the character! Lunch at the farm was a delightful experience. Will definitely take another tour to Tuscany on the next trip to Rome!

Katherine G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

Traveling to two mountain villages in Tuscany gave me a flavor of old Italy. Our guide was excellent and gave personal attention to any concerns of her visitors. Restaurant hoteliers were not friendly and came across as we were a bother. Also, dessert, sodas were extra costs. Not acceptable.

LORIE T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Excellent trip Stephen was wonderful. Really glad we picked this trip it was a very relaxing day out of Rome and let us experience the flavor of Tuscany.

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