Duration : 9 Hours
Want to do something away from the madness and crowds of Rome? Something in the countryside, with picturesque hilltop villages and maybe a little wine tasting? Look no further, our private shore excursion to the Roman countryside & Castelli Romani from Civitavecchia is just the ticket.
Features of this day trip to the Roman countryside & Castelli Romani:
The Castelli Romani (literally, Roman Castles), a collection of hill top villages around Lake Albano and Lake Nemi, have always been synonymous with great food and simplicity. In the olden days, citizens of Rome would come here on the weekends, buying food along the way and enjoying it with local wine in a tavern. Today the area is best known for Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of the Pope, the area is one of great natural beauty.
Our tour begins with a drive through lush farmlands and rolling hills dotted with handsome villas. We’ll visit the following villages, each one with its own particular charm and food specialties. If you like we can finish the day with a wine tasting.
In stately Piazza di Corte of Ariccia, designed in the late 17th Century by some of the greatest architects of the period (Bernini being among them), you’ll have the chance to taste typical local products such as porchetta, or simply linger in the old town, enjoying the surroundings.
GENZANO DI ROMA
Genzano is best known for its bread, pane casareccio di Genzano, and for the Infiorata Festival. During this event the streets of Genzano are decorated with flowers arranged in mosaics, creating a spectacular floral carpet on the sloping pavement. This tradition goes back to the 17th century as part of the celebration of Corpus Domini.
After going around Lake Nemi we will arrive at the village of Nemi. The best-preserved town of the Castelli Romani, Nemi is enjoyed by simply walking around and immersing oneself in its country atmosphere. Here you will have a chance to taste Fragolino, a local liqueur made from the wild strawberries that have made the village noteworthy. These wild strawberries are also used to make jam and other delicacies.
On the way to Castel Gandolfo we’ll drive around scenic Lake Albano, which is actually the flooded remains of two volcanic craters, The placid town of Castel Gandolfo, where the Pope historically retreats in the summer to escape the heat of Rome, is packed with historic sites. Take a short stroll in this lovely medieval town and shoot some photos of the panoramic views and the papal palace.
Dominated by spectacular Villa Aldobrandini. Frascati is renowned for its wine production. A wine tasting with snacks is optional (approx. 20-25 Euro per person).
Is this tour private?
The tour is private, just for your party, however if you prefer to share your tour with other passengers to alleviate costs, you may find your travel companions to create your small group and divide the costs.
Is the driver also a guide?
Our English speaking drivers are NOT licensed guides. In order to provide you with the best-in-class service, our English speaking driving guides have been trained to offer our clients a nice overview with information regarding the major highlights avoiding the expensive charges of hiring a private guide. Due to strict Italian laws & regulations that protect officially licensed guides, our driving guides can comment and explain the sights only from inside the vehicle, but are not allowed to do so once they are outside the vehicle. They are regularly licensed instead to chauffeur the public. We highly recommend that you never book with any touring company that does not make this clear.
Does the driver go with us inside the monuments?
No, only a licensed guide is authorized to accompany you during the visit of sights. Our driver will drop you off close to the sights but will stay with the vehicle for the duration of your visit.
Does this tour include lunch and admission fees to sites?
Lunch and admission fees are not included in the rate. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.
Does it include a guide?
A guide is not included either. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.
What is the duration of the tour?
The duration of the tour is 9 hours, including pickup and drop off at the ship.
Is the itinerary flexible?
Our itineraries are completely flexible, and we will be happy to operate any changes to the original itinerary (within reason). Please contact our office with all the requests you may have so that we can better organize your day.
Do you guarantee the return to the ship on time?
In almost 30 years of business, we have never missed the ship that is why we have organized all itineraries to guarantee your return on time.
Is gratuity included in the price?
Tips are never included in our quotes .We think that a tip shouldn’t be included in the rate otherwise it would be a tax!!! Once in Italy do not feel as though you have to tip everyone because someone told you to. Tip only if you really liked the service. Tips are generally: 10% not bad 15 % great 20 % best tour in my life. Please report any abuse.
There will be a full charge for booking cancelled with less than 72-hour notice for any service required. In this case, full charge will be made on your credit card. If you miss your flight or if your airline decides to cancel the flight due to bad weather or if your flight is directed to another airport on arrival, please advise us on time (as soon as you know) or a full charge will be made.
Please give us enough time so we can accept other reservations and allocate them to our chauffeurs. If the ship does not make it to the pier for bad weather, you will not be considered responsible so NO CHARGE will be made to your credit card. Full charge will be made for no show-up.
Only pre-purchased skip the line tickets (if requested) are not refundable any under circumstance and will be charged to your card.
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