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Taste of Italy Food Tour to Chianti and Umbria from Rome

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Indulge in the food and wine of Tuscany and Umbria on this delicious day-long guided tour from Rome. With your expert local guide by your side, travel to Tuscany's famed Chianti wine region to sample some of the world-famous vino and then linger for a while in the medieval town of Cortona. Dig into a hearty lunch in a rural farmhouse restaurant and sample some more wine in a traditional cellar in bewitching Montepulciano before heading back to Rome.
  • Full-day food and wine-tasting tour to Tuscany’s Chianti region and Umbria from Rome
  • Swap Rome for the gentle countryside and hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria
  • Visit the charming walled town of Cortona in Tuscany, made famous by Frances Mayes’ book ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’
  • Enjoy a delicious 4-course lunch of regional dishes at an authentic farmhouse restaurant
  • Soak up Chianti’s rolling green hills on a drive to Montepulciano
  • Sample some fruity Montepulciano wines at a rustic wine cellar
  • Learn about Tuscan and Umbrian cuisine and Chianti wines from your expert guide
4-course lunch
Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people)
Hotel pick-up (only for certain hotels located in central Rome - to be reconfirmed by the supplier after booking)
Gratuities
Drinks with lunch (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Via Giovanni Amendola, 32, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

7:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Get picked up at your hotel in Rome or meet your guide in the center of the city to begin this tasty tour of Tuscany and Umbria. During the drive in the comfortable air-conditioned coach, learn about the food and wine of the regions you'll be visiting and drink in the views of the rolling hills of northern Lazio and, eventually, Tuscany and Umbria. 

Hop off the coach in Cortona, the setting for the best-selling travel memoir, 'Under the Tuscan Sun' by Francis Mayes, and stroll the cobblestone lanes, lingering in squares, taking in the medieval ambiance of the place. Take some free time here to enjoy the town and visit the Cathedral of St. Margaret. 

Along the banks of Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, tuck into an authentic farmhouse lunch, indulging in a lavish 4-course meal of regional delights, washed down with some locally made wine (at own expense). See itinerary for a sample menu. 

Then board the bus again to drive through the rolling hills of Chianti stopping in the medieval hill town, Montepulciano. In one of the town's oldest wine cellars, sample some of Montepulciano's ruby-red wines and learn about the chief characteristics of what you are imbibing. 

After the wine sampling, head back to Rome where the tour concluded with a drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cortona on the Move
Arrive in Cortona and enjoy a walk through the heart of this walled hill town, which is little changed since medieval times. Admire the ocher-colored houses that line the cobbled lanes and piazzas and listen as your guide recounts its history and recent surge in popularity for featuring in 'Under the Tuscan Sun', American writer Frances Mayes’ tales of life in Tuscany in the 1990s.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica di Santa Margherita
Perhaps enjoy some free time to look around the picture-postcard streets independently and maybe visit the 19th-century Cathedral of St Margaret (Basilica di Santa Margherita), perched on the hilltop.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chianti Road
With your appetite sated, drive through the rolling Chianti countryside to the charming hilltop town of Montepulciano, known for its ruby-red Vino di Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano wines, produced here since early medieval times. Visit one of the town’s oldest rock-cut wine cellars and hear how the region’s wines are produced as you run your palate by some of the varieties.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Trasimeno
Continue along the banks of Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, and stop for lunch at an authentic farmhouse restaurant. Enjoy a tempting 4-course of regional dishes, washed down with drinks (own expense). Please see the Itinerary for a sample menu. With your appetite sated, drive through the rolling Chianti countryside to the charming hilltop town of Montepulciano, known for its ruby-red Vino di Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano wines, produced here since early medieval times. Visit one of the town’s oldest rock-cut wine cellars and hear how the region’s wines are produced as you run your palate by some of the varieties. After your wine sampling, return to Rome, where your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel or a choice of points in the center.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Green Line Tours - Day Tours
After your wine sampling, return to Rome, where your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel or a choice of points in the center.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: This is a Multilingual Tour
  • Tour is suitable for wheelchair users provided passenger is traveling with a companion who can assist them on and off the bus. Wheelchairs will be stored in the luggage area of the bus.
  • Minimum numbers apply (we require a min. of 6 pax). There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Greenline Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Taste of Italy Food Tour to Chianti and Umbria from Rome?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Taste of Italy Food Tour to Chianti and Umbria from Rome.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Taste of Italy Food Tour to Chianti and Umbria from Rome?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Taste of Italy Food Tour to Chianti and Umbria from Rome.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Taste of Italy Food Tour to Chianti and Umbria from Rome?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Taste of Italy Food Tour to Chianti and Umbria from Rome.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Taste of Italy Food Tour to Chianti and Umbria from Rome?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Taste of Italy Food Tour to Chianti and Umbria from Rome.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Taste of Italy Food Tour to Chianti and Umbria from Rome?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Taste of Italy Food Tour to Chianti and Umbria from Rome.

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  • "Very enjoyable tour, good guide, with a small minibus, a fairly small group." See review

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One of my favorite trips
Lois L
, Oct 2019
We were lucky because this tour usually takes up to 50 people. There were only six of us which mean we vitually had a private driver and guide. Both were excellent. Beautiful views, delicisiou lunch, good wine.
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Taste of Italy Unbria & Tuscany
lsburrell
, Sep 2019
The drive and visit to Cortona and Montepulciano were great, Guide was very informative and pointed out many interesting places along the way. Cortona a lovely hilltop town, enjoyed very much. as was Montepulciano. However, the wine tasting was a joke. Very disappointed. You only taste if you buy.... The lunch that was offered was plentiful but not very good. Not a true taste of the typical Italian foods.
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Best Tour
wandagbert
, Sep 2019
The Tour guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the area we toured. We had plenty of free time when we wanted it. This tour was just what we were looking for. A lot of up hill climbing, but so much fun! No pressure.We'd do it again!
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Very enjoyable tour, good guide, with a...
ROBERT H
, Nov 2017
Very enjoyable tour, good guide, with a small minibus, a fairly small group. Great wines, very interesting stops, even a pit stop, not too long of a tour, very beautiful scenery. Adamo at the Contucci winery was the highlight of the whole day. Highly recommended. STAY AWAY FROM THE LARGE BUS TOURS! YOU WILL BE TREATED LIKE A NUMBER!
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I arrived at the meeting place at...
snmereles
, Sep 2017
I arrived at the meeting place at 7:15am per my tour email - everyone else got there around 8:15am. No biggie. I have gotten used to being places on time and waiting for others to show up. We had a small group, which I was happy about because that meant we'd have a more personal experience. An 85 year old couple from Argentina and a mid 40's couple from Australia were also on the tour. I already figured I'd be the 5th wheel so no shock there. I brought my headphones and was excited about some Me time. We loaded into our comfortable air-conditioned coach, and headed for the rolling hills of Tuscany. The coach was nice. A spacious Mercedes, so yes, it was comfortable. I am not sure about the air-conditioning..it was pretty sweaty in there. Very quiet, no music so I was happy I brought my headphones. We took a not so direct way to the Autostrada freeway, which I am sure was meant to be charming. Imagine hopping up and down in your seat for 45 minutes, hitting your head on the roof of the car and falling into your neighbors' lap every other minute or so. We arrived to Cortona, where the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed. The day before I was texting with my friend, who also shares my love of the movie. He was pumped, very excited for me. I thought, How did I get so lucky? Life has been good to me! I get to see such beautiful places and learn about them. Beautiful was right. Learn about them...not so much. My expert guide took off and left us to have free time for an hour and half. The town is the size of a shopping mall so after I walked the 10 minutes it took to see the entire town I decided to get a gelato and sit under a tree over-looking the Valley for the rest of my free time. Thank God the views were breathtaking because the people were rude and the shops were over priced. I'm down to spend money but not if you aren't even going to say Hello to me when I enter your shop or take a moment from your cigarette you are smoking indoors to ask me if I need help with anything. It totally crushed my dreams. There were dogs and cats INSIDE the restaurant and no it wasn't an authentic farmhouse. It was just a dirty restaurant. Well at least I was in good company, right? Wrong. Noone said a word to each other. The couples didn't even talk between themselves. At one point during the lunch, I started laughing and both couples looked at me puzzled and I said, This is the saddest lunch I've ever been to. Honestly, I have had a better meal at Applebee's. Next up Montepulciano! The moment I've been waiting for. Wine tasting!!! The first thing the woman said to our guide was, I can only give you 2 wines. No Ciao! No buona sera! Niente. So we took our two wines which was less than a shot each and in a plastic cup and moved on to, free time. During free time I treated myself to a glass of wine and enjoyed it in the piazza. My tour guide showed up and asked me if instead of having a glass of wine did I want to go and see a church. I just looked at him. Now you wanna show up? No grazie. I earned this glass of wine. The only thing this horrible trip has going for it is the beautiful scenery. I wish the advertisement said, for 125 dollars I will give you a ride to a few towns but you are on your own and don't expect much. And now for the icing on the cake. Our comfortable air-conditioned coach, broke down. Just shut off. In the middle of the freaking road. If I didn't have the pictures to prove it, I wouldn't even believe me. Even though we were sitting ducks in the middle of the road, the driver didn't feel the need to put on the hazard lights. So I grabbed the lady's cane next to me and pushed it on. He then opened the door, turned it off and told me it was too dangerous to have it on. Uh..no. I think he was confused as to how hazard lights work and why one would use them. We sat in the middle of the two lane road for about an hour when the guide came in and said that we were going to go to the nearest town and we were going to take the train back to Rome. Hurray! A game plan. Finally! Do you know what this man did? He started stopping the cars on the road was asking them if they would give us a ride to the next town over. Holding up a sign that said, Chiusi - which is the name of the town we were headed to. I don't think so! Once I realized what he was doing I got out of the car and said, Sir, I don't feel comfortable getting into a car with a stranger. You are going to have to come up with another way. So we waited for almost an hour for another bus to come to take us to the train station. The Australian couple ditched us and jumped into a VW wagon with curtains. I felt a responsibility to take care of the older couple since they only spoke Spanish and no one else was looking out for them or Me!
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Best tour ever!! Charming little...
Casey L
, Sep 2017
Best tour ever!! Charming little towns, historical landmarks, and gorgeous scenery. People in Cortona were very friendly. Great food and shopping. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable on drive up and during tour. This tour allowed for few hours to explore on your own between stops. Part of the tour we were taken to small family restaurant for 4 course meal and small wine tasting, pasta, salad, chicken, and dessert, good food and service. Recommend wearing comfortable shoes, there is some walking up incline at both towns in order to reach main area. Going up can be difficult for some. Our Tour guide assisted older couple with cab that would take them up to center of town, due to steep incline, only about 2-3 city blocks. This tour also picked us up at hotel and drop us off, which was great!
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Exceptional. Tour had only two of us...
C D
, Aug 2017
Exceptional. Tour had only two of us, but went ahead anyway. Locale was terrific, we bought food as we went through the countryside, and cooked it in a private apartment in one of the old hill towns. Unlimited wine. Chef was knowledgeable and helpful, and great company.
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Great trip. Had a lovely day, great...
Keryn D
, Jan 2016
Great trip. Had a lovely day, great food, great tour guide. I have taken a few trips of the one day kind and have ended upverydisappointed, but this trip was really good. Highly recommend
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Not terrible, but went on a tour of...
jojo
, Oct 2015
Not terrible, but went on a tour of Tuscany prior that was much better. The lunch was not very good. When we got to the towns we were not linked up with a licensed tour guide for that area. Because of this we were simply left on our own to shop.
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The hill villages were great, the...
Constance E
, Sep 2015
The hill villages were great, the food at the farm was average and it would have been more enjoyable to have someone with more knowledge of wine on the trip, At wasn't really a wine tasting it was a run through the grotto and small portion in a plastic medicine cup.. As Well I was tole I could leave my personal belongings on the bus later in the day and my small digital camera went missing.. I got no call back from the tour leader. I am 90 sure I left the camera on the bus. Disappointed not to get a call back after the driver and the leader were going to check on the farm restaurant on on the bus again. I'm thinking it was lifted but then what am I going to do? don't leave anything on the bus.
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