There’s something we can all agree on when it comes to the ancient Romans – they knew how to have a good time. We’re not saying that goes hand in hand with drinking wine, but it certainly helps. But what would those ancient Emperors have thought of modern Roman wine?
Thinking of ancient Rome, your thoughts may well turn to great goblets brimming with burgundy nectar. However, Lazio – with its volcanic soil – is actually more of a white wine region, famed for lean, crisp, light Frascati and Castelli Romani that can be enjoyed young. In the red corner, we find the legendary Cesanese del Piglio – dating back to medieval Rome.
In this story of Rome, we find the perfect balance of sightseeing and wine visits. While there are many ‘cultural tours’ to Rome, who else would offer the chance to enjoy lunch in a leading winery after a visit to the Colosseum? Or tour Medieval cellars at a still-working vineyard?
Based in Rome and Southern Umbria, we have ample opportunity to sample the dolce vita. In Rome, and in the hilltop towns of Central Italy, we enjoy the picturesque streets, the plethora of art and architecture from all eras and of course wonderful Italian food. Sip a glass in a sun-filled piazza, or enjoy a plate of anti-pasti with newly-made friends on one of our free evenings.
The ancient Romans believed that wine was a daily necessity, that should be available to everyone, regardless of their station in society. Who are we to argue with that? Let’s keep the tradition alive on tour.
- Discover the Villa Borghese, Rome’s green crown and a breath of fresh air in the Eternal City
- Enjoy an expert-led guided tour of Rome’s best ancient sites and Renaissance art, with special access to the Colosseum itself
- Indulge in an optional visit to the opera
- Go hands-on with a cookery class in Orvieto, and enjoy your culinary creation alongside some excellent Umbrian wines
Straw-gold Frascati whites are some of the most famous wines in Italy, and perfect for those who love fruity notes balanced with nutty flavours. In Umbria, we have the dry, robust whites of Orvieto, and the native Sagrantino whose dark plum-coloured vintages are perhaps reminiscent of ancient Roman wines.