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A Taste of Rome City of Fountains and Culinary Delights

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$4,998 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
7 days | 6 nights

Cooking and Dining in the
"Eternal City” of Gastronomy & Culture

Called the Eternal City even among the ancient Romans themselves because the Roman people thought that no matter what happened in the world, no matter how many empires might rise and fall, Rome would go on forever. Rome is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world, due to the immensity of its archaeological and artistic treasures, as well as for the charm of its unique traditions, the beauty of its panoramic views, and the Food, oh the Food. Rome's cuisine has evolved through the centuries and periods of social, cultural, and political changes. During your extended getaway in this ancient city, you will experience a feast for the palate, as well as the eyes…creating memories sure to last a lifetime! Your culinary vacation includes round-trip airport transportation from the Rome airport (FCO), Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, superior deluxe hotel accommodations with full buffet breakfast daily, welcome gourmet dinner with wine parings, vineyards and winery tour with tastings, guided olive tour and tastings, a market foodie tour, three cooking classes followed by a meal with wine, plus an additional lunch and dinner. There is a full day at leisure in Rome, where you can visit your favorite sights or opt for an additional day tour to Florence. You will have free time for shopping, and seeing the additional cultural sites in Rome. This program is fully customizable according to your requirements and group pricing is available.

A Taste of Rome City of Fountains and Culinary Delights

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VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
6 Nights Accommodation
Round Trip Airport Transfers
Daily Breakfast Buffet
Welcome Chef’s Tasting Menu
Frascati DOCG Vineyards Tour
Roman Cuisine Cooking Class
Olive Oil & Winery Tour and Tasting
Piazza D’Allessandria Market Tour
Italian Traditional Cooking Class
Piazza Navona Food & Cultural Tour
Antico Forno Roscioli Visit
Free Day in Rome
Optional Tour to Florence
Piazza Del Popolo Visit
Mediterranean Cooking Class
Piazza Porta Maggiore
Dinner Tour on Board Railway Car
While our tours are designed as soft adventure experiences, walking, climbing stairs, and in rare cases mild hiking may be required. If you have mobility issues, you should speak with one of our culinary travel specialists to determine if this tour is appropriate for your situation.
AVAILABLE DATES
Year-Round Based on Your Travel Dates
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Airport Transportation from/to Rome Airport Upon your arrival at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO), you will be met by a driver that will escort you to the lovely boutique Duke Hotel. The drive from Fiumicino is absolutely beautiful, and even more so when you don’t have to worry about navigating on your own. You will check into the hotel and have time to relax and explore the gardens or just take in the beautiful vistas. At the conclusion of your getaway, you will be escorted in comfort and luxury as you head back to the airport, making your transportation needs completely worry-free while at the end of your exciting visit to the City of Fountains.
Welcome Chef’s Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings Welcome to the Eternal City with dinner at Gli Ulivi Gourmet Restaurant that is only 450 meters from the hotel. Located in the charming Parioli district in Rome, this elegant restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine with a keen eye on the selection of raw ingredients, all organic and natural, coming from the family-run farm. Produce picked each morning and delivered a few hours later, their freshness makes all the difference in every dish. Enjoy the lovely four course tasting menu paired with three wines that set the mood for this Roman culinary experience. Every menu item is fresh and of the best quality for the season, the perfect way to start your relaxing gastronomic week of indulgence.
Day 2
Daily Breakfast Buffet A full European style buffet breakfast is included in your package, served in the hotel's Restaurant. Each morning brings the opportunity for you to dive into a city rich in culinary tradition. Your breakfast buffet features fresh fruits, juices, tomatoes, mozzarella and an assortment of cold meats. Of course, traditional hot breakfast dishes and exquisite home-made pastries are available in ample supply.
Frascati DOCG Vineyards | Traditional Roman Cuisine Cooking Class Imagine a green expanse that runs on a gentle hill overlooking the Frascati DOCG vineyards, olive groves on the hills of the Castelli Romani, the ancient lake Regillus, a landscape of agricultural calling just a few kilometers away from the capital: This is Merumalia Wine Resort. At the center of the Wine Resort is the farmhouse, surrounded by a vast garden with ornamental flowers and plants, pine and fruit trees. On summer days, one can admire the sun gently slipping behind The "Cupolone”, as the Romans call the St. Peter’s dome, into the Tyrrhenian sea. The Fusco family opens their door to reveal the secrets of their wines and organic olive oil production to all who wish to taste and appreciate the fruits of the beautiful and famous Castelli Romani territory while the chef guides you in a hands-on Roman Traditional cooking class using the oils of the farm while enjoying the wine.
Guided Olive Oil Tasting and Winery Visit and Tasting Tour and visit the olive groves and vineyard. The estate is dedicated to the cultivation of olives and native grapes. Everything is taken care of according to the principles of organic farming, natural and gentle methods holding precious the fertility of the soil rich in minerals and maintaining the natural cycles of development. The vineyards are treated with special attention and produce a controlled and selected grapes used in the wine production. The indigenous grape varieties of the region such as the Frascati DOC Malvasia del Lazio and Greek and Bombino Bianco characterizes the production. Learn the right way to taste olive oil to really appreciate the liquid gold. The extra virgin olive oil of the Castelli Romani has a particular fresh scent. The olive trees are always monitored and the cold pressing of the olives takes place immediately after harvest in the second half of October—a very special time to visit.
Day 3
Daily Breakfast Buffet A full European style buffet breakfast is included in your package, served in the hotel's Restaurant. Each morning brings the opportunity for you to dive into a city rich in culinary tradition. Your breakfast buffet features fresh fruits, juices, tomatoes, mozzarella and an assortment of cold meats. Of course, traditional hot breakfast dishes and exquisite home-made pastries are available in ample supply.
Piazza D’Allessandria Market Tour | Hands on Italian Traditional Cooking Class Your experience with the chef will begin with a walk to Piazza D'Alessandria local market to buy ingredients and vegetables in season that will be used in the preparation of the dishes. Have your camera ready for this lively and photogenic hub of activity. Before returning to the cooking school, located in a beautiful early nineteenth century villa overlooking Villa Albani gardens, a welcomed stop at a coffee shop to taste the real Italian espresso will get you ready to cook!. Once back at school, you’ll prepare the fresh ingredients into a traditional meal with the expert guidance from the chef. Each participant has their own work station and cooking tools to prepare a 3 course Italian Gourmet menu. After much hard work, enjoy a lunch with dishes prepared during the class paired with an appropriate wine and relish this first cooking experience. The remainder of the day will be at leisure to see your special sights in Rome.
Day 4
Daily Breakfast Buffet A full European style buffet breakfast is included in your package, served in the hotel's Restaurant. Each morning brings the opportunity for you to dive into a city rich in culinary tradition. Your breakfast buffet features fresh fruits, juices, tomatoes, mozzarella and an assortment of cold meats. Of course, traditional hot breakfast dishes and exquisite home-made pastries are available in ample supply.
Piazza Navona Food and Cultural Tour | Antico Forno Roscioli After breakfast, the day begins with a tour of the most charming local fruit and vegetable market of Rome. Visit the special gourmet corners of the city for the food addicted and discover four beautiful cultural sights of Rome: Campo De’Fiori, Jewish Ghetto, Piazza Navona, Fori Imperiali and Piazza Venezia. Walking on Campo De' Fiori, arrive in a very characteristic street, Via Dei Chiavari. Here the scent in the air will tell you immediately a good reason to be here and nowhere else: it is the "Antico Forno Roscioli". It is an almost "healing" historic bakery where lunch will be enjoyed feasting on an Italian pizza, gently crisp but soft at the same time, cooked to perfection, with exceptional local products like roman wine donuts, cheeses and pie flavors for all tastes. Local wines will accompany your lunch. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Day 5
Daily Breakfast Buffet A full European style buffet breakfast is included in your package, served in the hotel's Restaurant. Each morning brings the opportunity for you to dive into a city rich in culinary tradition. Your breakfast buffet features fresh fruits, juices, tomatoes, mozzarella and an assortment of cold meats. Of course, traditional hot breakfast dishes and exquisite home-made pastries are available in ample supply.
Free Day in Rome | Optional Tour to Florence On this day you can take full advantage to see the sights and sounds and tastes and traditions of Rome. A tour to Florence can be arranged at an additional charge. The day will include round-trip high speed train ticket, and an artistic tour of the city with English speaking guide. The tour ends with lunch in a typical Florentine home in the city center where guests may relax while trying some typical Tuscan dishes prepared by the host, a wine and food connoisseur. The remainder of the day, is for walking the streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, shopping and visiting the cultural sights before your high speed train back to Rome.
Day 6
Daily Breakfast Buffet A full European style buffet breakfast is included in your package, served in the hotel's Restaurant. Each morning brings the opportunity for you to dive into a city rich in culinary tradition. Your breakfast buffet features fresh fruits, juices, tomatoes, mozzarella and an assortment of cold meats. Of course, traditional hot breakfast dishes and exquisite home-made pastries are available in ample supply.
Piazza Del Popolo | Mediterranean Cooking Class on the Tiber River Notice a lightweight, flower of art nouveau glass and metal blossoms from an old barge port, signed by the architect John Kheiraoui: this is our double decker boat with the Tiber River is its landscape. Come on board. Here begins a journey in taste, flavors, in the best culinary traditions of the mediterranean cuisine: experience them in a special 3 course menu cooking class on our beautiful boat admiring the great beauty of Rome just from the river front. Get ready to set sail: the journey begins.
Piazza Porta Maggiore | Dinner Tour on Board 1947 Railway Car Get ready for a unique experience in a beautiful 1947 railroad car. A night of entertainment that simultaneously offers a jazz concert, a delicious candlelight dinner and a tour of the center of Rome by night. This takes place on board a historical cable car restored and converted into a traveling restaurant and concert hall. Beginning on Piazza Porta Maggiore train platform with a glass of dry Spumante from Lazio, watch as the cable car arrives with windows glowing with candlelight and the band playing. There is a warm and joyous welcome with starters being served as the evening journey begins through S. Lorenzo, viale Regina Margherita, Valle Giulia S. Crose in Gerusalemme, S. Giovanni to the Foro Romano. The train reaches a stop at the track of Paco del Celio, just in front of the Colosseum where dinner is served consisting of products from the Lazio region. The band pays and a memorable final evening evolves.
Day 7
Daily Breakfast Buffet A full European style buffet breakfast is included in your package, served in the hotel's Restaurant. Each morning brings the opportunity for you to dive into a city rich in culinary tradition. Your breakfast buffet features fresh fruits, juices, tomatoes, mozzarella and an assortment of cold meats. Of course, traditional hot breakfast dishes and exquisite home-made pastries are available in ample supply.
Check-Out and Departure You will be picked up by private car from the Duke Hotel and transferred to Fiumicino Airport in time to make your International check in requirement and flight departure time.
Hotel Dei Mellini
In the heart of Rome, located on the right bank of the Tiber River, on a quiet and peaceful street between the Spanish Steps (a 13 min. walk) and St. Peter's Basilica (a 15 min. walk), Hotel Dei Mellini is the ideal starting point from which to explore the marvels of the Eternal City. All eighty rooms located on six floors feature elegant interior designs with warm colors and a refined Italian flair. All air-conditioned, they feature an electronic safe, TV with satellite and pay-per-view channels, and a marble bathroom. In the summer, guests can enjoy an aperitif and relax on the roof garden, overlooking Rome. A gym is available for free.
Rome, Italy
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
Gaida was superb as a host, she thought every little detail, from the hotel, the chef the tours, the wine tasting and the limo service. The service surpassed my expectations, the warmth shown by everyone I met was genuine and the food was delicious. A grade from 1 - 10, I give Gaida 18.
Mary B. - May 2015
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