Italian Farmhouse: Autumn
Experience the Beauty of Autumn in the Italian Countryside with our Small Group Tours
Autumn in the Italian countryside is a magical time when the grape and olive harvests are at their peak, the aroma of fresh truffles permeates every restaurant, and the scent of fresh-roasted chestnuts lingers on city streets. The days are a little shorter and the evenings cooler but the summer crowds are long gone and time feels like it’s slowed down.
Your tour takes you through the Italian regions of Lazio, home of the Etruscans; Tuscany, the birthplace of the Renaissance; and Umbria, the “Green Heart” of Italy as well as Rome, the Eternal City. We’ll visit vineyards and meet winemakers, take cooking classes from expert pasta makers, hunt for truffles with hounds, and pick olives from ancient groves. We can customize your experience with incredible and unique options such as a classic Roman dinner with a culinary historian, a slice of la dolce vita with pampering at thermal baths followed by a luxurious massage, guided walks through Etruscan ruins, Roman market and art tours, and mosaic-making classes.
October 31 to November 11 (Sold Out)
October 31, 2021 to November 11, 2021
Italian Countryside- Autumn
With Cat Nelson and Georgette Nelson
Kitchen Table Travel
Sunday, October 31
We’ll all meet in Ostia, near Rome’s Fiumicino. Plan on arriving the day before so that you’ll be rested and ready for our adventure. There’re plenty of charming, inexpensive places to stay in Ostia during the off season and it’s only a few miles from the airport.
From Ostia, we’ll drive to our first destination, an agriturismo in Lazio. Along the way we’ll stop at an Autogrill, a beloved Italian roadside institution, where we can stock up on some snacks and beverages.
Arrival at our agriturismo near the village of Acquapendente. We’ll get settled into our apartments, rest, explore the property, and meet Francesco, the owner.
Gather for aperitivi and cicchetti (small plates) and perhaps a few games to help get to know one another.
Dinner at a nearby, homestyle, family-owned restaurant where we can sample some regional dishes.
Monday, November 1
Meet to leave for our farm tour.
Arrival to the farm, an old fashioned 100% organic institution that produces cheese, wine, oil, grains, and honey. We’ll take a tour of the farm, meet the animals, and follow up with a guided cheese and wine tasting. This area is very well known for pecorino and wine so we’ll be tasting some of the very best!
Leave for Pienza, a small, Tuscan hilltop town that was named a UNESCO World Heritage sight in 2006. Known as the “ideal” Renaissance village, it’s famous for its charm and views of the picaresque Val D’Orcia. You’ll have free time here for lunch, sightseeing, and taking lots of pictures!
Depart for Montepulciano, a nearby medieval village surrounded by vineyards that produce wine of the same name. There you’ll be free to wander on your own for shopping and exploring or relaxing with the occasional spritz or espresso. They’re plenty of wine tasting rooms in town where you can sample the famous red and learn more about its production.
Meet for dinner featuring traditional, seasonal Tuscan dishes before heading home.
Tuesday, November 2
8:00am to 9:00am
Departure for Orvieto, a beautiful little city that looks like it fell from the sky and landed on top of a giant rock.. Beneath this memorable village runs a network of tunnels and caves originating from Estrucan times. The mineral-rich soil produces some of the best white wines in Italy. From the Duomo to the caves, there’s much to see here and wandering the streets while scoping out ceramics is a must.
10:30am to 12:30pm
Optional: Tour of Orvieto to get oriented.
After the tour you'll have free time for lunch, sightseeing, and shopping.
Meet and depart Orvieto
Dinner Out in Aquapendente (Option: go back to the farmhouse for relaxation.)
Wednesday, November 3
Breakfast followed by some well-deserved downtime.
We’ll meet with Francesco to head to the stores in Aquapendente. We’ll buy ingredients for our dinner and explore the town that’s famous for its ceramics and terracotta. You can enjoy lunch in town or head back to the farm to relax.
In the afternoon we’ll meet again with Francesco and his mom who’ll help us put our dinner together. We’ll learn from, cook with, and eat with our favorite Italians!
Thursday November 4
Breakfast and departure by 8:45am
On our way to the next agriturismo, we’ll pay a visit to the Sacro Bosco, a 16th century garden also called the Garden of Bomarzo, or the Park of Monsters! It’s a unique 16th century garden filled with large, dramatic sculptures that have been somewhat taken over by nature.
Depart for lunch and our next agriturismo.
Arrival. We’ll check in and get settled at our B&Bs and enjoy a bit of rest.
We’ll gather again for some pre-dinner nibbles and prosecco.
Dinner with and prepared by the chef and sfoglina, or master pasta maker!
Friday, November 5
Today we’ll be helping with an olive harvest and getting the olives picked and ready to get to the mill to be made into oil. Learn about what it takes to maintain the orchard and grow olives that produce incredible extra virgin oil.
We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch as a reward for our hard work, and joining us will be a local olive oil expert who will guide us through an oil tasting and pairing before leading us on a tour of his groves and mill. We’ll see the process from beginning to end today!
Enjoy some rest and down time.
Dinner at home prepared by the chef.
Saturday, November 6
We’ll meet for our cooking class with the chef and sfoglina. We’ll be preparing our very own lunch as a group and then enjoy a rest period.
Meet to head into Montopoli di Sabina for sightseeing and dinner.
Sunday, November 7
We’ll meet up with a licensed environmental guide who’ll take us on an easy walking tour of the Sabini Mountains where we can see Roman villas and marble caves in the beautiful pastoral village of Cottanello.
Our guide will join us for a homemade vegetarian lunch at the farmhouse.
A hike and a walk should always be followed by a nice rest! We can also schedule massages with a 3 person minimum, if anyone is interested.
Optional: Book a massage.
Meet for our farewell dinner with our hosts.
Monday, November 8
Today we go to Rome for the final leg of our trip.
Upon arriving there, we’ll drop off the cars and get our baggage to the B&B.
We’ll get settled and join our guide/sommelier for an orientation, a bit of lunch, and a driving tour around Rome to get an idea of how the city is laid out. We’ll see the Roman aqueducts and the ancient Appian way along with other important sights.
Enjoy some free time before meeting up for dinner.
Dinner at a classic Roman restaurant for a real Roman meal!
Tuesday, November 9
We'll meet with our guide for a market and neighborhood tour in the Roman suburbs, the shopping hub of the locals. We’ll learn how the market works, how to pick out cheese and produce, sample some food and wine, and check out some street art.
Break for lunch and free time.
Mosaic making class in Central Rome.
Dinner with wine pairing led by our guide/sommelier. This will be a multicourse meal, both educational and really fun!
Wednesday, November 10
Today we’ll be treated to a somewhat irreverent and risque 100% fact-based retelling of Roman history whilst seeing the sites. Of course we’ll stop for snacks and drinks along the way to keep our energy up.
Break for free time and lunch
Our final, farewell dinner! In the name of research, we’ll try two different types of pizzerie and compare the traditional and modern.
Thursday, November 11