Our first “encounter” with Rome will be from the breath-taking views we will enjoy from Janiculum Hill where we will all meet in the afternoon of Tuesday October 1s before proceeding in convoy to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, our base for the next 6 days. Following the instructions highlighted in The Italian Job Road Book each day we will explore a different area of Lazio. We’ll visit selective local producers, walk through their vineyards and perhaps join them in harvesting their ripe grapes. We’ll also learn a little about the wine ageing techniques from ancient times in the company of local artisans.
On Wednesday we will explore the area known as the “Roman Castles”. So called as it was where nobleman visited from Rome. It is here that the vine has been cultivated and enjoyed since before even Roman times. A free afternoon will be followed by a pre-dinner guided tour of Rome by coach where we’ll see all the key highlights and much more.
Next day we will drive to “Ciociaria” (no easy way to pronounce this) a delightful and totally authentic non-tourist area known particularly for its good food based on recipes that have been passed down through generations.
On the return journey to Rome we may stop for a lap or two on the Anagni racing circuit.
Friday October 4th Is a day at leisure dedicated to explore some of the many attractions of Rome.
On Saturday we will drive roughly 50 miles North to Rieti, the modern capital of the Sabina region and to a vineyard in Castelfranco at the foot of Mount Terminillo. Here we will visit a local vineyard boasting an ancient cellar where the first grapes were pressed and fermented as early as the 14th Century. Our last adventure on Sunday October 6th, is in the Etruscan area of Tuscia which includes Lake Bolsena and Lake Bracciano, the dying city of Civita and the artists community in Calcata known colloquially as the grooviest village in Italy. After a tour of the area we will visit a local wine and artisan oil producer before returning to Rome for a farewell gala dinner at the hotel.
Our homeward journey begins on Monday October 7th after breakfast either following the Service Van route OR your own individual arrangements.
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