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Pope’s Summer Residence Tour with Lunch

1. Pope’s Summer Residence Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a unique half-day tour from Rome that will take you to the lovely town of Castel Gandolfo where you will visit the Papal Palace and its stunning landscaped gardens. Castel Gandolfo, built on the site of the legendary ancient settlement of Alba Longa, is one of Italy’s most picturesque towns and has been home to the Papal summer retreat since 1596. Situated in the Regional Park of the Castelli Romani, it enjoys splendid views over the beautiful Lake Albano, which you will be able to admire from the grounds of the Apostolic Palace. On this tour, you will be able to explore the up-to-now hidden gems of this glorious private residence with an audio-guide in the language of your choice. Following this, you will have the opportunity to see the gorgeously manicured Barberini Gardens and the impressive ruins of Emperor Domitian’s villa, before enjoying a lunch prepared with fresh produce from the palace farm! If you have not already done so, you will have the chance to add a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with your fantastic guide onto your experience, in which case, upon your return to Rome, you will be dropped off right outside the Vatican.

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Rome: Private 3.5-Hour Castelli Romani Wine Tasting Tour

2. Rome: Private 3.5-Hour Castelli Romani Wine Tasting Tour

On this 3.5-hour excursion you’ll head out of Rome with your private driver to the wooded hills of Castelli Romani. The name of the area translates as Roman castles, but in reality it simply refers to a collection of wine-producing hills just southeast of Rome. The tour, priced for a group of up to 4 people, stops at Antico Casale, where you’ll meet the winemaker and then tour the vineyard and cellars. Learn how the wine is produced and maybe even sample a grape fresh off of the vine. After the winery tour, you’ll sit down for a tasting session and sample 3 varieties of wine that are produced here. The first wine you’ll taste is a white Frascati DOCG, which means the wine has its designation of origin guaranteed. The second is a red wine IGP, which has a protected geographical indication. And last but not least, taste a sweet Cannellino wine.  Each wine is paired with a delicious Italian specialty, such as Roman pizza or Minardi olive oil, as well as in-season fruits and vegetables from the garden.

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Pompeii, Capri and Sorrento 2-Day Tour

3. Pompeii, Capri and Sorrento 2-Day Tour

Day 1 Delight in a scenic drive from Rome through the beautiful countryside of Castelli Romani and its medieval villages. Admire the panoramic view of Naples, an ancient city buzzing with modern life. After lunch, you'll travel back in time to 79 A.D. When the life and people of Pompeii were frozen by a volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Afterwards, take in breathtaking views of the Sorrento coast and enjoy a special fine dinner and an overnight stay hotel on Sorrento coast. Day 2 For departures from April to October, depart after breakfast and relax on a boat trip to the stunning resort island of Capri. Good weather will allow a visit to the magical blue waters of the Grotta Azzurra caves. Then, unwind on a scenic drive up to Anacapri for breathtaking views of the Bay of Naples and a delicious local meal. In your free time, enjoy shopping in the piazza, and explore the cozy streets of Capri. Afterwards, enjoy sun and sea air on the coast. For departures from November to March, you'll have free time in Sorrento to discover the coast or to take a trip to Capri on your own (not included).

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From Rome: Full-Day Pompeii and its Ruins

4. From Rome: Full-Day Pompeii and its Ruins

Join this amazing journey through space and time, entering Pompeii: a unique document of Greco-Roman life.  Begin your journey down the “Highway of the Sun”, passing through the famous Roman countryside, Castelli Romani. Enjoy incredible views of the Mediterranean, Mount Vesuvius, and countless historic sites. You will also enjoy a short sight of the city, the seashore and the gulf of Naples. After stopping for a traditional Italian lunch, make your way to the UNESCO Archaeological Site of Pompeii with Skip the Line Tickets. Spend the afternoon exploring this once thriving city that was frozen in time by layers of volcanic ash. Pompeii remained buried under a layer of pumice stones and ash 19 to 23 feet (6 to 7 meters) deep. The city’s sudden burial served to protect it for the next 17 centuries from vandalism, looting and the destructive effects of climate and heavy weather.  After your tour of Pompeii, resume your trip through the Roman countryside, enjoying the scenery as you leisurely make your way back to Rome. Return in time to enjoy the rest of the night in Rome at your leisure. 

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Rome: Private Wine Tour and Pasta Making Class in a Winery

5. Rome: Private Wine Tour and Pasta Making Class in a Winery

On this 5-hour excursion, you will head out of Rome with a private driver to the wooded hills of Castelli Romani. The name of the area translates to "Roman Castles", but in reality it simply refers to a collection of wine-producing hills just southeast of Rome. The tour, priced for a group of up to 4 people, stops at Antico Casale, where you’ll meet the winemaker and then tour the vineyard and cellars. At the winery, you can learn how the wine is produced, and maybe even sample a grape fresh off of the vine. This tour also includes an amazing culinary experience, and you will be welcomed by a professional chef who will teach you how to cook traditional Italian pasta. Following your winery tour, you will sit down for a tasting session, sampling 3 varieties of wine that are produced in this region. The first wine you’ll taste is a white Frascati DOCG, which means the wine has its designation of origin guaranteed. The second is a red wine IGP, which has a protected geographical indication. Last but not least, you will taste a sweet Cannellino wine. Each wine is paired with a delicious Italian specialty, such as Roman pizza or Minardi olive oil, as well as in-season fruits and vegetables from the garden

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From Rome: Private Countryside Wine Tasting with Lunch

6. From Rome: Private Countryside Wine Tasting with Lunch

Experience the best of Italy's renowned wine and food culture on this day trip from Rome. After getting picked up from your hotel, head out of the Eternal City to a winery located in the countryside of Castelli Romani. Upon arrival at the winery, which is one of the oldest in the area, enjoy a sample of some of the region's best wines and learn more about the winemaking process from the producers themselves. Afterward, sit down to a delicious lunch made from the best products in the region. After lunch, spend some time exploring the spectacular scenery of the region before beginning the journey back to your hotel in Rome.

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Rome: Wine Tasting and Pizza Making Class at a Vineyard

7. Rome: Wine Tasting and Pizza Making Class at a Vineyard

Depart from Rome with your private driver and head to the wooded hills of Castelli Romani. Arrive at Antico Casale and meet the vineyard’s winemaker. Enjoy a tour of the cellars and vineyard and learn about how wine is produced. After you tour, meet the vineyard’s chef, who will conduct a pizza-making class. Learn how to make a traditional Italian pizza, which you’ll get to taste after the class. While at the vineyard, enjoy a wine tasting of local wines.

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What people are saying about Castelli Romani

The words FABULOUS & FANTASTIC are not even close to how myself & my friends can describe our experience at the St. Benedetta Vineyard.... The whole day was an amazing experience from the collection at our hotel by our fabulous driver Vladimir all the way through our tour of this beautiful & breath taking vineyard hosted by it's proud owners Alberto & his son Antonio.... Afterwards we sat in their beautiful gardens surrounded by the wonderful colours & scents from the flowers & herbs everywhere & sampled 4 absolutely DELICIOUS wines accompanied by some extremely tasty local foods. We cannot thank Antonio & Alberto enough for this wonderful experience & can assure them that we will certainly be back..... we would recommend this to anyone considering a visit to Rome. You do not have to be a Wine Drinker to enjoy this Day. A special thanks also to Vladimir who was a great guide & brought us into Frescati where we all enjoyed a truly delicious Italian Gelato!

Punctual pickup and very pleasant drive to the winery in a spacious car. The son of the house first showed the vineyards and gave explanations. Very interesting. Then we went to the wine tasting in a great, stylish old ambience. Three excellent wines with exquisite small snacks. It was worth it! We only found three wines a little bit less for a wine tasting with the price, but they were probably the best. Unfortunately, the time was then a bit short because the driver was pushing back to Rome.

It was a good experience, we really liked it. The only complain I have is that they don’t let you go to a nearby hotel for the pick up, and the directions of the other location are far from downtown.

Wonderful and impressive tour to Castel Gandolfo followed by a very tasty and extensive lunch.

Bus was clean and comfortable Activity was well organized Only disappointment was the lunch