Umbria, Abruzzo & Le Marche -
a Grape Adventure in May 2020
- 6 nights (5 FULL DAYS)
This is a Grape Adventure that involves 3 central Italian regions, usually overlooked by the regular traveller visiting Italy. In fact, this trip is for wine lovers and adventure seekers. And from the perspective of wine & food lovers, it's an area full of fantastic grape varieties from deep reds to mineral whites and many a great local dish to be paired with them.
Learn all about them as we go from area to area to taste all the different flavours.
Day 1 – Sunday, May 24- 2020
MEETING IN FLORENCE & TRAVELING TO UMBRIA
We meet at our Grape Tours office in central Florence at 11 am and we head towards Umbria stopping for a lovely lunch along the way. We will then head for our accommodations in Spello, a beautiful Umbrian town with plenty of alleys, wine bars & restaurants to explore for evening free time.
Day 2 – Monday, May 25 - 2020
MONTEFALCO & SPOLETO
This morning we will depart for nearby Montefalco, famous especially for the grape Sagrantino that makes one of Italy's most full-bodied reds. We will tour the region with a local expert and visit two lovely wineries. That afternoon we will then travel further towards Spoleto where we will stroll and have an aperitif before we head into the mountains for our second night. Dinner will be at our inn and will feature delicious local foods.
Day 3 – Tuesday, May 26 - 2020
NORCIA & CASTELLUCCIO
We continue our journey east and stop for a Michelin star lunch in Norcia, famous for some of the best Prosciutto of Italy. Then we head up the Apennines and finally reach Castelluccio, paradise on earth - a completely unthinkable valley area high up in the mountains where flowers bloom into patchworks of colours. Truly one of the wonders of the earth! On this day we're actually not visiting wineries simply because we'll be so busy doing other things, but wine will not lack for lunch nor for dinner!
Day 4 – Wednesday, May 27 - 2020
ASCOLI PICENO & ABRUZZO
This morning we will explore Ascoli Piceno making sure to try their incredible stuffed and fried olives if we haven't already done that the evening before. From here our winery adventure reinitiates and we head to a tasting lunch in Offida, famous for its white wines (Pecorino & Passerina). and then we head for Abruzzo to visit the mythical Emidio Pepe winery, with an amazing visit and dinner to really get to know the potential of the Montepulciano grape.
Day 5 – Thursday, May 28 - 2020
CONERO & RELAX
We head towards the seaside to discover a region in Le Marche quite famous for red wines, Conero. It's a beautiful coastal region, right by the industrious port of Ancona. We'll tour the region with winery visits and lunch on the beach, and that night we'll enjoy a relaxing stay in the countryside.
Day 6 – Friday, May 29 - 2020
CASTELLI DI JESI
We check out of our hotel and go back towards the inland, this time to hit one of Italy's most beautiful hilly wine landscapes. Castelli di Jesi features the famous Verdicchio grape which we will discover during the day. Finally, we'll reach our lovely hotel where we will also dine for our farewell dinner.
Day 7 – Saturday, May 30 - 2020
END OF TOUR
With the possibility of a drop-off in Orvieto (train station - if you'll be going south towards Rome, for example) at around midday or in Florence (our Grape Tours office) at around 3 pm.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES:
Transportation from Florence on Day 1 until the morning of Day 7 (back to Florence).
Accommodation in charming hotels (6 nights)
Winery visits & tastings, group activities, guided visits and tickets
All programmed meals (all except 1 dinner the first night) in great local restaurants or farms (wine included).
Grape Tours personally (Rebecca - Italian Wine Scholar)
Cost per person (based on double room occupancy): 2500 euro
(single occupancy 2800 euro/p.p.)
Our first Umbria/Abruzzo & Le Marche trip will be for 8 guests only.
(The trip will be confirmed if we get 6/8 guests)
Please shoot us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org if you may be interested in signing up, or if you're ready to sign up follow the link to register below.
Airfare & travel to and from starting/departure point, meals not specified in the itinerary.
Availability: 5 AVAILABLE
Please notice that this tour could also be organised for a group of 8-18 for a different week - but please enquire in good time & contacts us for a quote.