Flavours of the Renaissance

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  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • duration 7 days
  • tour type Private
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Rome, Italy
  • Ends Ascoli Piceno, Italy
  • Dining at Italy’s top slowfood restaurant for traditional cuisine
  • Learn to make handmade pasta in a 17th century villa with a locally renowned chef
  • Experience the ultimate farmtoterrace wine tasting experience
  • A visit to Italy’s largest medieval fortress, Civitella del Tronto
Sample authentic Italian flavours across seven spectacular days based out of Ascoli Piceno, located just around the corner from Rome.

Unpack once and unwind in your accommodation located a stone’s throw away from one of Italy’s most beautiful piazzas. Your journey will focus on the culture and food of the region, allowing you to get to know the rhythm of the city, and soak up some of Italy’s La Dolce Vita.

While exploring Italy’s wine regions, rich in Renaissance architecture, you will delight in an exclusive wine tasting experience and full-immersion in the local food scene. Admire the beautiful architecture and relive Italy’s golden years with visits to Loreto and Ascoli Piceno.

Of course, no trip to Italy would be complete without enjoying fantastic food and learning a few cooking secrets along the way. To ensure your trip is nothing but spectacular you will be joined by a bilingual local guide with an international culinary resume. Get off-the-beaten path and enjoy the in-depth experience of authentic Italy that you have been craving.
5 - Excellent
Based on 8 reviews
Rachelle's review for another The Italian on Tour tour
4 - Very Good
  • Rachelle
  • From Canada
  • On Jun 29 2017
“From the moment I arrived, The Italian On Tour made me feel so welcomed. The hotel was perfect. Clean, friendly staff, great food and my room was very comfortable with lots of space for luggage. My ride leader, Giovanni was exceptional. He and Chantelle are a fantastic team, very knowledgeable about history, food and culturespot on with service and value. If you want to see beautiful scenery, mingle with locals in a quaint Italian city, have an amazing culinary experience and tour through the Italian countryside on your bike, The Italian On Tour is for you! I was blown away by the whole experience and was in awe the entire time! I will definitely go back in the future! As a side note: I highly recommend setting up a rental bike for your tour. To share my experience, I decided to bring my own bike with me from Canada, which in the end I regret as Air Canada lost it and we had to scramble to try and find a rental bike. I was so thankful that Giovanni took some of his personal time to help me sort out a rental, it really showed how much they care about their clients as they really went above and beyond the scope of the tour.”
Ronald's review for another The Italian on Tour tour
4 - Very Good
  • Ronald
  • From Canada
  • On Mar 13 2019
“My wife an I had the good fortune to join four others for a tour of the Ascoli Piceno area of Italy in September 2018 led by Giovanni and Chantelle. If you are interested in avoiding the touristy of parts Italy, if your are interested in gaining a better insight into the culture and the cuisine of this part of Italy, if you want to visit one of the more picturesque parts of Italy and you want to experience the intimacy of a small group; this may be the tour for you. The accommodation was excellent as was the food experience. It was a well paced tour, a typical day would start shortly after nine, a drive through the rugged country side in the region, a visit a hill-top village, historical site, vineyard, etc. and then on to a wonderful lunch. This would be followed a visit to another site, returning to the hotel in late afternoon. One cannot enough good things about the tour leaders, they are very knowledgeable about the region and most accommodating to the needs of the tour participants. We would likely recommend this tour.”
Lee's review for another The Italian on Tour tour
5 - Excellent
  • Lee
  • From Australia
  • On Sep 29 2018
“This tour was without doubt the best tour we have done. Giovanni and Chantelle have put together a package that is second to none. Their intimate local knowledge enables them to take you to amazing places that are not crowded and generally not on most tourists agendas. They have partnered with some exceptional people that own the restaurants and wineries that you visit enabling you to have personable experiences and hear their interesting stories first hand. The accommodation in Ascoli Piceno was superb. The hotel staff were lovely and happy to help with anything you might need. Its location was also exceptional, allowing you to easily stroll into the main city piazza and soak up the atmosphere of the locals living life the Italian way. The food we experienced with Giovanni and Chantelle was absolutely brilliant, in lovely small boutique wineries prepared and served by the owners to first class restaurants with magnificent views and ambiance. The small group enabled the flexibility to accommodate individual preferences. Giovanni and Chantelle have a genuinely warm and friendly style that ensures you feel very comfortable in their company. A perfect tour, well done Giovanni and Chantelle, couldn't recommend it highly enough.”
  • Day 1: Rome to Ascoli
  • Day 2: Travel to Offida and the wine country
  • Day 3: Stroll in and around Ascoli Piceno
  • Day 4: Cooking in the Italian countryside
  • Day 5: Formidable fortresses & Italy’s top slow food restaurant
  • Day 6: Seaside sightseeing
  • Day 7: Arriverderci!
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 1 dinner
  • 6 nights' accommodation in a four-star boutique hotel
  • Professional, English-speaking tour guide
  • One wine tasting experience
  • Private guided walking tour of Ascoli Piceno with a local expert
  • Private guided walking tour of Offida with a local expert
  • One hands-on cooking class
  • Optional sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All entrance fees are included as per the itinerary
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off in a private vehicle
  • All gratuities for city guides and service at meals
  • Airport pick-up from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport
  • Departure day transfer to Ascoli Piceno’s bus or train station
  • All special events, private tours, and local experts as per the itinerary
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Single Supplement
  • International/domestic flights
  • Travel and trip cancellation insurance
  • Items of personal nature
  • Return transfer from Ascoli Piceno to Rome or elsewhere
  • Any items not mentioned 'What's Included' section of the itinerary
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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.

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Other Practical InformationItinerary disclaimer While it is our intention to adhere to the route described above, the order & inclusions of specific activities are subject to change. We always leave some room for spontaneity, building a certain amount of flexibility into the itinerary, and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations to ensure we can offer you the best of what is available in season. It is important to note that some activities are dependent on the weather and may vary due to the time of year and/or forces beyond our control. The Trip Details and Itinerary are a general guide to the tour and regions you will be visiting. Any mention of specific destinations is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and may vary due to local circumstances. Activity Level 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, from urban strolls to uphill walks. Cooking classes will require standing on your feet for up to 3 hours. Accommodation Nestled in the heart of Ascoli Piceno’s Centro Storico (Historic Center) our selected accommodation is a stunning property that is locally-owned and operated. Once having its life as a noble palace and convent, the two were combined to create a perfectly curated luxury boutique 4-star stay that is a unique expression of our territory. Tucked away down a cobble-stone paved 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 (The People’s Square). It is the perfect location to immerse yourself in the rhythm of our city, allowing you to easily enjoy an evening passeggiata (stroll), and ease into what the Italians call “La Dolce Vita”.
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