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  • Travel to Ascoli Piceno, see one of Italy's most beautiful squares
  • Enjoy 2 cooking classes, learn more about the secrets of Italian food
  • Explore vineyards around Ascoli Piceno and try some of the best Italian wines
  • Taste delicious Italian food throughout the tour
Book this 9-day, guided tour and experience the rich food and wine culture of Italy. Travel from Rome to Ascoli Piceno, a town in central Italy that is known from Piazza del Popolo, a famous Renaissance square. Enjoy a relaxing stay in a beautiful hotel located just steps away from one of the most beautiful piazzas (town squares) of Italy.

Meet the viticulturists involved in producing some of the finest wines of Italy. Explore vineyards that have remained within families for generations and taste some of their best wines. Try delicious Italian dishes and learn some culinary secrets during 2 cooking classes. Experience the authentic Italian way of living throughout the duration of the tour.

Participate in an incredible food, wine and sightseeing journey that will take you from savoring slow-cooked food on sun-kissed, rolling hills to drinking wines in vineyards where they are produced and, finally, soaking up in the sun on a beach by the Adriatic Sea. Return home with incredible memories.
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Welcome to Italia! Meet your guide by 11:30 am in Rome’s Fiumicino Airport and enjoy a comfortable ride in our private vehicle to Ascoli Piceno (if you arrive later than that, we cannot guarantee a free pickup service for you). Arrive at your hotel. Enjoy the sceneries along the way. Stop on the way for a quick lunch to taste the best panino. Arrive in Ascoli in the late afternoon and settle into your accommodation.

Your hotel is located just a stone’s throw away from one of Italy’s most beautiful piazzas, making it the perfect location to relax and explore the city on foot. Meet your guide late in the evening for an aperitivo (cocktail with appetizers). Unwind and learn about the week ahead.
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  • Lunch & Dinner
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Enjoy a delicious breakfast involving local products and seasonal pastries that is served in the elegant courtyard of your hotel. Your guide will meet you at your hotel before embarking on the adventure of the day.

Drive east, down countryside roads. Your first stop of the day is Offida, one of Italy’s most beautiful villages. Step back in time as you stroll through this quaint town working up an appetite for an afternoon of wine tasting.

Bid goodbye to Offida’s old-world charm and say hello to a renowned wine producer. Meet one of the owners of a vineyard whose father was the original purveyor of pecorino vines. She will take you on an exquisite journey of taste buds, pairing local charcuterie and rustic dishes with award-winning wines.

After a leisurely lunch, make your way from the cantina to a beautiful vigneto storico (historic vineyard) where you have the opportunity to savor a fine Italian wine. Return to Ascoli late in the afternoon. You have the evening free for yourself. Relax, take an evening walk and enjoy dinner on your own at one of Ascoli's many local hotspots.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
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Meet your local guide, a resident of Ascoli Piceno, for a private, guided walking tour of Ascoli Piceno, regarded as one of the most beautiful squares in all of Italy! Explore Ascoli’s magnificent piazzas and visit the beautiful Duomo, all while learning about the art, culture and history of an ancient group of people called the Piceni.

Travel to the land of black truffles for lunch at a family-run establishment and enjoy the best stuffed olives of your life. After a leisurely lunch with your fellow travellers, we will return to Ascoli. You also have the option to visit a local museum that houses some famous works by Ascoli’s most beloved Renaissance artist, Carlo Crivelli. Museums are not your thing? Then explore the town and watch the people as they go about with their daily life. Relax in one of the many cafes in the area.
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  • Breakfast & Lunch
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Wake up in the morning and start your day with a delicious breakfast. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and whisk you away into the Italian countryside for a cooking class at a 17th century villa that was an abbey in its former life.

Admire its beautiful frescos and receive a hands-on cooking lesson from a popular, local chef. Cook some delicious dishes and take some time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Have lunch in the gardens and relax by the villa's pool. Return to Ascoli in the late afternoon. Optionally, you can also take an easy stroll to the small village located above the villa to get a bird's eye view of the valley below. You are free in the evening.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
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Today’s adventure will take you into another wine valley in the region, exposing you to a different landscape. Your first stop of the day is Fermo, a medieval hill-top town. Travel back in time and see the Roman cisterns that are among the largest in the world.

Head to a tavern that is a favorite haunt of all the locals. Have lunch and make your way to a family-run winery situated between the Adriatic Sea and the Sibillini Mountains. Inspired by the pioneers of wine production in this region, Farfensi monks, this winery’s passion and knowledge runs deep into the soil of the territory. Make yourself comfortable on the terrace overlooking rows of montepulciano vines and taste organic wines paired with local charcuterie.

Say goodbye to the winery and make your way back to Ascoli. The evening is yours to relax, take a stroll and eat some delicious Italian fare.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
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Head for Civitella del Tronto, the largest and most formidable fortress in Italy that remained unconquered for over 350 years. Enjoy a unique, 360-degree view of the surrounding area. Continue your journey across the beautiful valley of Val Vibrata and make your way to a family-run restaurant that is passionate about slow food and traditional recipes.

Taste some delicious Abruzzezze cuisine, including arrosticini (skewered meat). Return to Ascoli in the late afternoon. You also have the option to meet up with your guide for some early evening shopping of genuine Italian leather purses and shoes.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
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Meet your guide in the afternoon and head for your final cooking class. Experience an evening full of fun and food paired with wine and a great company.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Dinner
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Travel to the Adriatic coastline to visit the famous Conero coast. Enjoy a relaxing sightseeing tour of the local seaside villages and have your lunch. Visit Loreto’s world-famous sanctuary in the afternoon. Legend has it that the House of Nazareth is located within its walls.

This is a popular place of pilgrimage, considered second only to Lourdes, with a basilica rich in history and adorned in renaissance art. Return to Ascoli in the late afternoon. You have the evening for yourself.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
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After a final breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to your Italian tour guide and your new-found friends. You will be driven to Ascoli’s bus or train station connecting you to the next leg of your trip. Should you wish to stay longer in Ascoli or explore Rome, Florence or elsewhere, your guide will be happy to help you book your own alternate travel arrangements.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • 8 breakfasts & 9 meals, including wine, coffee and dessert
  • 8 nights of 4-star-hotel accommodation
  • Private, Italian tour guides
  • Two wine tastings paired with local charcuterie and appetisers
  • A private visit to a historic vineyard (weather permitting) as well as a winery & a cantina. A private, guided walking tour of Ascoli Piceno with a local expert
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes with a well-know local chef. Take all your creations from the cooking classes home
  • All entrance fees to destinations as per the itinerary
  • All transportation as per the itinerary. Airport pickup from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (free until 11:30 am). Departure transfer to Ascoli Piceno’s bus or train station
  • All gratuities for bus driver, porters, hotel service, city guides, and service at meals
  • All special events, private tours, and local experts as per the itinerary
what's excluded
  • Flights are not included
  • Travel and trip cancellation insurance is not included
  • Items of personal nature are not included
  • Return transfer from Ascoli Piceno to Rome or elsewhere
  • Any items not mentioned on the itinerary
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 9 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 8 participants
Minimum Participants 2 people
Age Requirement 5 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Rome, Italy/ Ascoli Piceno, Italy
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A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

Travel Insurance

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Other Practical InformationAccommodation Nestled in the heart of Ascoli Piceno’s centro storico (historic center), our selected accommodation is a stunning property that is locally-owned and run. A nobleman's palace and a convent in the past, the hotel still preserves both the characteristics. Tucked away down a cobblestone alley, its position offers tranquility, yet it is conveniently located just steps away from the city center and one of Italy’s most beautiful squares: Piazza del Popolo. It is in the perfect location to immerse yourself in the rhythm of our city. Level of Activity This trip is appropriate for people who enjoy a good stroll and feel comfortable while on the move. Daily walking times vary from 1 to 4 hours and ranges from urban strolls to uphill walks in medieval fortresses.
CancellationFree cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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