Rome for Gourmets

1st Day

Early / late morning arrival at Rome FCO airport and  transfer to Fiumicino port to watch a lively, noisy fish-auction selling the night's catch. A pleasant walk through the town's picturesque fish market  will follow to learn a lot about Mediterranean seafood.           Lunch will be held at an elegant, seafront restaurant at Fiumicino. There you will sample excellent Roman coast seafood : hors-d'oeuvres and sautéed mussels, risotto with seafood sauce, freshly caught fish grilled or served Mediterranean-style.

Afternoon

"Hands-on" cooking lesson focusing on pasta. Dinner featuring pasta prepared during    the evening followed by salad.

2nd Day                                                                                                                                      

Full day gourmet tour of south of Rome incl. a morning visit to a dairy where you will watch how the exquisite Buffalo's mozzarella cheese is made and of course taste it. Afterwards, you will have a chance to visit an impressive medieval castle, one of the most interesting venues south of Rome, located in a well defended and panoramic position, owned by a marquise and once a prison of Pope Celestino V. A family member will guide you through the castle and host you to an aperitif.    Lunch in a characteristic restaurant will follow featuring traditional Ciociaria regional food.

Afternoon visit to the producer of one of Central Italy's most important wines but rather unknown outside the country - Cesanese del Piglio red wine and other local wines.

Evening

Early evening guided walking city tour with at the end  stop at an elegant Enoteca (wine shop for connoisseurs) for cheese tasting (each type of cheese will be served with an appropriate tangy fruit preparation - "mostarda") and cold cuts tasting - all accompanied by selected wines from the Latium region.

3rd Day

Full day tour to the Sabina, a very picturesque hilly area north east of Rome,  a land            of gently hills clad with olive groves, known for simple and genuine (and abundant) cuisine based on the flavors of local produce and exquisite extra virgin olive oil which is one of the best produced in Italy.  On arrival  there will be olive oil session with an expert on a very scenic, epoch farm located in the middle of olive groves  incl. visit to an olive oil mill and guided  olive oil tasting to learn about olive oil  “organolettiche” characteristics . At the end, you will be treated to a buffet of typical dishes where olive oil plays an important role, including the famous local bruschetta, (local bread grilled uniformly till golden, rubbed with clove garlic, drizzled with olive oil, salted and can be topped with a chopped fresh ripe tomato with basil). You will also have a chance to take pictures of “ Ulivone”, an olive plant which is over 2000 years old.

The afternoon continues in  a tiny hamlet famous for its ancient ImperialAbbey  (VIth  century),built on the ruins of a pre-roman temple coupled with to other sites. In Farfa, you will taste home-made typical Sabina biscuits and the traditional "pizza fritta" - sweet, deep-fried pizza.

Evening:          

Dinner in an elegant, de charme restaurant in the characteristic Testaccio quarter based on taste mouth-watering typical dishes.  There we will explain what the “fifth quarter” cuisine  means and its history.  You will also visit restaurant’s interesting wine cellar excavated in the mountain of Roman amphorae ( the whole quarter has been  built on top of a mountain formed by millions of Roman amphorae).

4th Day      

Morning

Guided city tour with stop en route for a typical Roman breakfast : cornetto  crossiant  or maritozzo (soft buns with raisins and candied orange peels; can be enjoyed plain or filled with fresh cream) and cappuccino.

On request it is possible to incl. a private visit to one of the most luxurious Roman mansion, one of  the world’s most  beautiful  palatial dwellings, owned by a princess . There, every detail still recalls the fabulous atmosphere of past banquets and receptions organized by aristocratic families.  A captivating narrative will reveal the secrets of these receptions, the food served, the mores,  the anecdotes, etc. etc. etc.

Lunch will be at an elegant, de charme restaurant in Frascati, one of the best on Rome's outskirts. You will sample traditional dishes from the Castelli Romani wine district such as "crostino alla provatura" - a special bread grilled, with fried cheese and anchovies topping, home made "fettuccine ribbon pasta" with typical ragout sauce and "Cacio e pepe" spaghetti (seasoned with cheese and black pepper) and much. Much more.

Afternoon                                                                                                                            

 Guided tour of the area is also planned, including a visit to one of the best winery in the area. There will also be a guided wine tasting, including Cannellino late harvest white wine. A typical snack featuring the famous Genzano bread, "porchetta" (suckling boned pig stuffed with rosemary, garlic and black pepper, slowly roasted in a wood-burning oven, characteristic for a crisp skin, served cold) will follow. Return to Rome for evening at leisure.

5st Day            

Morning guided tour of Renaissance Rome, including a visit to the famous, colorful, fruit & vegetable and flower open-air market at Piazza Campo de'Fiori. Informal lunch in a typical "rosticceria" where you will sample popular Roman tasty appetizers such as : fiori di zucca (zucchini flowers, deep fried and filled with mozzarella cheese and anchovies), depending on the season; supplì (bread crumbed, fried croquettes made of rice in Bolognese sauce, filled with mozzarella cheese), filetti di baccala (deep fried salted cod filet), pizza alla Romana (thin crusted, crunchy white pizza, served brushed only with olive oil and flavoured with rosemary) white pizza served with ham or with mortadella; pomodori con riso (tomatoes filled with rice, baked and served with roasted potatoes) -     in season.

The afternoon continue to the airport.

me for Gourm

  • Where: Rome
  • Duration: 4 nights / 5 days
  • No of participants: from 6 pax till 25  persons