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A Splendid Wine Tasting Tour

Italy is famous for a vast array of products, from the haute couture created in Milan’s fashion houses to the world famous wines from the Chianti region.

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And if you like to think of yourself as a wine connoisseur, or if you simply enjoy a tipple now and again, then our Wine Tasting Tour would be ideal.

 

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.Not only do you get a chance to discover some of our best wines, but you can also sample some very tasty region delicacies, while also getting to see two fascinating towns, Orvieto in Umbria and Montepulciano in Tuscany.

 

ORIVETO,  UMBRIA

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The tour first takes us to Orvieto, which has been producing wine since the Middle Ages. We will first visit the Cantina Foresi at the Piazza Duomo. Here you will be able to taste the town’s most famous wine, the ‘Orvieto Classico‘, along with other fine white wines and some delicious local foods, such as wild boar and pork salamis, porchetta colonnata and an excellent range of cheeses.

After the tasting you can take a tour of the cellar and then you will have the opportunity to buy any of the wines that you just tasted.

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Orvieto, Umbria

Orvieto, Umbria

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Orvieto is also worth visiting for its tourist sights, especially the 14th century cathedral, and you will have time to admire the building, as well as stroll around the town’s shops, many of which sell Orvieto’s other famous product, namely ceramics.

 

MONTEPULCIANO, TUSCANY

 

We now continue to the charming hill-town of Montepulciano in the beautiful Chianti region of Tuscany. This town is great for walking, as the centre is almost free of traffic.

 

Montepulciano, Tuscany

Montepulciano, Tuscany

 

Here we will taste both red and white wines, the most famous being Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Rosso di Montepulciano, and we will follow this with a visit to a vineyard and olive grove.

After tasting some of the palatable delights that Montepulciano offers, you will have time to discover the town itself, including the shops and attractions.

There is the 17th century Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Palazzo Comunale, which was designed by Michelozzo in the same tradition as the Palazzo della Signoria in Florence, and also the town’s impressive castle, which was the site of many a battle between the locals and the Republic of Siena.

 

Montepulciano, Tuscany

Montepulciano, Tuscany

 

One of our most popular tours, the Wine Tour is both relaxing and interesting, and with the added bonus of trying some authentic regional food and wine!

 

Tour Highlights

Orvieto :: Montepulciano

Pick up time: approximately 8.00am

Return time: around 6.00pm to 7.00pm

Full tour details can be found here: http://www.stefanorometours.com/tours/winetasting/

 

Thank you for stopping by and reading our blog.

with love,

the Stefano Rome Tours team

 

 

 

Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio Day Tour

A warm welcome to our Stefano Rome Tours blog.
 
 
Obviously we specialize in tours, mainly of Rome and the nearby regions, and to start off we are going to introduce you to a lesser known tour, namely the one-day Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoreggio Tour. Both these small towns lie to the north of Rome, close to Bolsena Lake.

 

 

 

VIDEO: Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio Day Tour from Rome or Civitavecchia
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Orvieto (Umbria)

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Orvieto, Umbria

Orvieto, Umbria

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After picking everyone up, we will take the 2-hour drive to Orvieto. This small city can be found on one of the most dramatic sites in Europe, as it is located on the flat summit of a large hill of volcanic tuff. It also has an elevation of 325 metres, sitting above an almost vertical cliff face.

The centre point of the city is the 14th century Duomo, or cathedral, with its spectacular façade that took more than 300 years to complete.

It was constructed under the orders of Pope Urban IV and is also home to the San Brizio Chapel, where you can see some amazing frescoes by Fra Angelico and Signorelli.

After touring the Duomo, you can choose to take the 248 steps to the bottom of St. Patrick’s Well, which was built during Pope Clement VII time, as it was thought that Orvieto’s only military weakness was its lack of self-sufficiency in water. Be aware though, at the bottom of the well there is only water!

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Orvieto, Umbria

Orvieto, Umbria

 

 

About this time it will be lunchtime, and several great restaurants can be found in the city, especially as it is a member of Cittaslow, the slow food movement in Italy, so you can expect to have a truly enjoyable lunch. After lunch there will be time to browse the centre and pop into the ceramic shops, or even do a spot of wine tasting, as this area is also well known for its local white wine production.

 

Civita di Bagnoregio (Lazio)

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Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio

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Civita di Bagnoregio is a tiny hill community that once belonged to the nearby village of Bagnoreggio. Originally founded by the Etruscans, it is now only accessible by a 500-metre uphill footbridge.

The walk is well worth it, but please bear in mind the walk, if you plan to take the tour! There is of course no traffic here, but there is a small selection of delightful shops, some ancient architecture and some amazing views of the surrounding area.

 

Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio

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Pick up time: approximately 8.00 am
Return time: approximately 5.00 pm


Full tour details can be found here:  http://www.stefanorometours.com/tours/orvieto-civitabagnoregio/

Thank you very much for reading our blog. We look forward to seeing you in Italy!

Warmest Regards,

The Stefano Rome Tours

 

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