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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  13 hours (approx.)
Discover the foods, wines and hill towns of Tuscany’s Chianti wine region and Umbria on this engaging full-day tour from Rome! Accompanied by an expert local guide, travel through Tuscany’s rolling countryside and visit the lovely medieval town of Cortona, with time to explore its cobbled lanes and absorb its old-world atmosphere. Enjoy a tasty regional lunch at a rural farmhouse restaurant, and wind through the vineyards of Chianti to the hill town of Montepulciano. Here, sample some delicious local wines at a traditional cellar 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

Start your experience with a pickup from your Rome hotel or meet your guide in the city center and board your air-conditioned coach. Listen to interesting facts about the Italians’ famous love of food and enjoy the views as you head north into lush, southern Tuscany.

Arrive in Cortona and enjoy a walk through the heart of this walled hill town, which is little changed since medieval times. Admire the ocher-colored houses that line the cobbled lanes and piazzas and listen as your guide recounts its history and recent surge in popularity for featuring in 'Under the Tuscan Sun', American writer Frances Mayes’ tales of life in Tuscany in the 1990s.

Perhaps enjoy some free time to look around the picture-postcard streets independently and maybe visit the 19th-century Cathedral of St Margaret (Basilica di Santa Margherita), perched on the hilltop.

Continue along the banks of Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, and stop for lunch at an authentic farmhouse restaurant. Enjoy a tempting 4-course of regional dishes, washed down with drinks (own expense). Please see the Itinerary for a sample menu.

With your appetite sated, drive through the rolling Chianti countryside to the charming hilltop town of Montepulciano, known for its ruby-red Vino di Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano wines, produced here since early medieval times. Visit one of the town’s oldest rock-cut wine cellars and hear how the region’s wines are produced as you run your palate by some of the varieties.

After your wine sampling, return to Rome, where your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel or a choice of points in the center.

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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

Customer Reviews

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

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

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