Rome: Food, Wine Tastings and Cooking Classes
Become a Roman Chef For a Day: A Small Group Cooki...
Become a Roman Chef For a Day: A Small Group Cooking ClassAre you a food lover and would you like to discover more about the Italian food culture while expanding your culinary repertoire and skills? If the answer is yes, this entertaining, small group cooking class - held in the heart of Trastevere - is the perfect choice for you. On the day of your cooking class, you'll be welcomed by Chef Andrea and his wife Erica, who will start the lesson by presenting the 4-course menu of the day. Since the chef uses only fresh, organic ingredients, the menu varies based on season and availability. During this 4-hour, hands-on cooking class, Chef Andrea will take you under his wing and teach you how to prepare a wonderful appetizer such as fried zucchini flowers stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella roman style artichokes, bruschetta, soups and many other different seasonal appetizers. Then, it will be time to roll up your sleeves and get your hands "dirty" to make pasta from scratch as the Italians do: making the dough, kneading it and cutting out pasta shapes. You'll also whip up a nice sauce to serve with the freshly made pasta. Next you will learn to prepare a typical Roman second course such as saltimbocca alla Romana (veal medallions with ham and sage), straccetti with cherry tomatoes and arugula, chicken alla cacciatora, scaloppine with mushrooms, roasted pork or meatballs, just to mention some of the dishes prepared. Finally, you'll work on creating a delicious dessert. While preparing the food, you will also learn the perfect techniques for cutting, stuffing, rolling and cooking. The menu is thought out to teach you a dish that is easy to make on your own, one that is particularly challenging and one that is typically Roman. At the end of the lesson you get to sit at a lovely dining table and feast on your own homemade Italian meal!
From $100.00 Per Person
Learn to Cook a Roman Meal
Learn to Cook a Roman MealWhen in Rome.....cook as the Romans do! The Eternal City is famous for a variety of things -- the Colosseum, the Pope, its ancient ruins -- but one thing that many tourists tend to overlook is its centuries-old culinary tradition. What would Italian cuisine be without tasty Roman specialties like saltimbocca alla romana, spaghetti alla carbonara or Jewish style artichokes? This cooking class takes place in a culinary school in the Prati neighborhood of Rome, just a stone's throw from St. Peter's and the Vatican. In this private, hands-on cooking class you will learn how to make a traditional Roman meal using fresh, seasonal ingredients. This class not only teaches you how to prepare a complete menu of dishes, it also covers presentation and garnishing; handy tricks to enhance prepared dishes and lend confidence to the overall culinary experience. And after your class, you'll sit down to a gourmet feast you can be proud of -- buon appetito!
From $149.00 Per Person
Winery Visit & Tasting at Fattoria di Fiorano
Winery Visit & Tasting at Fattoria di FioranoThe story of Fattoria di Fiorano begins with the Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the Prince of Venosa, who inherited land just south of Rome in the mid 1940s. Over the years, he planted and grew his vineyard of Merlot, Cabernet, Semillion, and Malvasia di Candia, adhering to the almost non-existent organic techniques of the times. His wines, which now have gained international acclaim, remained extremely small production for the prince's friends, family and fellow connoisseurs, and when he retired from winemaking, the Prince of Venosa ripped up all of his vines. What remains today is a small piece of the prince's treasured collection and a revitalization of his estate and vines by his granddaughters, Alessia, Albiera, and Allegra Antinori, members of one of the most prestigious Italian winemaking families in Tuscany. In addition to the few original vines that remain, the Antinori sisters have replanted vines, invested in the rebirth of the estate, and brought the winery back to life. Today the winery is open to the public. The Standard Visit is open to those wishing for a short visit and wine tasting, during which you will have the opportunity to explore the historic vineyard and cellars, and newly planted organic garden. This one-hour immersion of the the traditions and flavors of the region ends with a tasting of Fioranello bianco and Fioranello rosso. The renewed spirit of Fiorano includes not only winemaking, but a fresh garden with a farm to table restaurant and a cheese making factory, or caseficio. The Exclusive Visit, extends the one-hour stay to allow a full experience of the Fattoria with round-trip transportation from Rome for a full visit of the well-attended grounds, and tasting of the Fioranello red and white wines. The visit then ends with an opportunity to enjoy the estate's homegrown products, with a seasonal, multi-course lunch or dinner, served privately in the tasting room.
From $38.00 Per Person
Wine Tastings You Won't Forget
Wine Tastings You Won't ForgetSelect Italy is proud to offer a different selection of wine tastings at an establishment that has been recognized as one of the "best Italian eno-tables." In a spectacular and elegant setting, brought to perfection by a two-year renovation that uncovered original arches, marble columns and an ancient Roman wall from the Augustan era, our clients will enjoy a sophisticated wine tasting featuring some of the most superb Italian wines. The experience is enhanced by a selection of carefully chosen appetizers, made by master producers from only the freshest local ingredients. An occasion to remember, perfect for those who wish to spend a special evening in an historic setting with the possibility to stretch the pleasure into a fine dining experience at the Enoteca's excellent restaurant.
From $130.00 Per Person
Veni, vidi...gustavi - a Spirited Wine Tasting
Veni, vidi...gustavi - a Spirited Wine TastingSalumeria Roscioli deli boasts 450 different kinds of cheeses, more than 100 different kinds of cured meats, a wine list of some 2,200 labels, 20 different types of homemade bread and a professional team of sommeliers and chefs that are eager to introduce you to Italy's best food and wine. Choose from three different wine & food experiences, to be held in their private tasting room and wine cellar, the recently opened Rimessa Roscioli. Here, in sight of a perfectly working antique Berkel meat slicer from 1955, you'll find all you need for an unforgettable gourmet wine tasting!
From $96.00 Per Person
Pizza RomanaItaly's most widely known dish is none other than pizza. Why, you ask? Because it's fast, it's flavorful, it's fresh, it's fragrant and it's fantastic! Pizza may be common in the US, but it's nothing like what you'll find in Rome! Pizza, as we know it, was invented in Naples in 1889 to honor Queen Margherita of Savoy. A local chef created the still famous "Pizza Margherita," garnished with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil to represent the colors of the Italian flag. Today traditional Italian pizza can be found all over Italy, but Romans have their own special way of preparing it. At this culinary school in the Prati neighborhood of Rome, you'll put on a bright orange apron and learn how to make genuine pizza alla Romana -- a thin-crusted, hand-tossed pizza that is all crunchy goodness. You'll make a variety of pizzas with traditional Roman toppings and, with the help of our chef, you will create a pizza buffet for lunch. When you leave Rome, you'll be taking home a new skill that will wow your friends!
From $149.00 Per Person
At the Roman Market
At the Roman MarketOne of the most accurate stereotypes about Italy is that the "Italians don't eat to live, they live to eat!" And Romans eat (and cook) with a special brio that is also expressed in the city's vibrant and colorful markets. This half-day lesson combines a market visit with the hands-on preparation of an authentic, multi-course Roman meal. You will meet Valeria, a native Roman, at her cooking school in the Prati neighborhood of Rome and accompany her to an eclectic Roman market. She'll show you how to navigate the market stalls without getting flustered, how to purchase just what you need and how to use these same ingredients to prepare tasty and characteristic dishes. Then you'll return to the cooking school to prepare and enjoy a traditional Roman meal, using the fresh ingredients you found at the market. You will learn the secrets of Italian cuisine while having fun with people that share your passion for food. And you'll realize that you have paid not only for an excellent class, but also for an exquisite meal!
From $409.00 Per Group
De-Wine: Wines of the Castelli Romani, summer resi...
De-Wine: Wines of the Castelli Romani, summer residence of the PopesFrascati DOC wine is produced in the green hills around Rome in a picturesque area of castles and lakes known as the Castelli Romani . The territory is at the foot of Mount Tuscolo, where ancient Tusculum once stood, and where the town of Frascati now lies. Departing from and returning to your hotel in Rome, this tour starts with a guided visit to the Azienda Agricola Casale Marchese in Frascati. The estate, first mentioned by Pope Boniface VIII in 1301, is dedicated mainly to specific grape cultivars like Malvasia del Lazio, Cesanese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Situated in the heart of the Frascati DOC zone, its 125 acres overlook one of the most charming landscapes of the Tuscolo hills, where the vineyards are interspersed with ancient olive groves. During the guided visit, you will have the opportunity to try a wide range of wines while seated on the panoramic terrace with a spectacular view that stretches all the way to Rome. Afterwards, you'll ahead to Frascati for a short guided tour of this town, one of the most important historical and cultural centers in Latium. Lunch at Osteria Zaraza' , a typical Italian trattoria serving local specialties, follows. The last stop will be at the Azienda Agricola Colle Picchioni where you'll have a guided tour of the cellars and savor some of the best wines of the Lazio region.
From $298.00 Per Person
Small Group Food Tour of the Testaccio District
Small Group Food Tour of the Testaccio DistrictThis 4-hour, small group food tour provides excellent insight into the ancient neighborhood of Testaccio, located south of the Aventine Hill, right along the Tiber River. Testaccio is not well known among tourists, but has an unusual history which brings one back to when grain, olive oil and other foods were brought to Rome in amphorae. This neighborhood also has a wonderful market and, most importantly, an amazing food scene. You will explore the area, indulging in 12 food tastings along the way at nine of Testaccio's most historic and locally loved places. As you follow your friendly and knowledgeable guide, you will also get a glimpse of the daily life of the families who live in the neighborhood. First stop on this tour is a historic salumeria that boasts hundreds of varieties of cheese, an awe-inspiring selection of cured meats, top quality oils and much more. Next stop on this tour will be a trattoria. In this atmospheric setting built into the side of Monte Testaccio, you'll sample some classic Roman dishes, all prepared with the freshest available ingredients. After the second tasting, it is time to move on and savor the best street food of Rome prepared in a really tiny shop. You will taste a trapizzino, a triangular pocket of pizza dough filled with some classic Roman ingredients and a fried rice ball called suppli'. You'll love it! Next stop is a pizza al taglio place and then it's time to take a stroll through Testaccio's wonderful food market. Three more tastings await you; on your way to these other shops, you will pass by Rome's only Pyramid, John Keats' mysterious tomb and the birthplace of Rome's mob gang. To conclude this unforgettable gastronomic experience, a tasty artisanal tiramisu provides a sweet finish to this foodie tour of Testaccio.
From $104.00 Per Person
Small Group Food Tour of Trastevere
Small Group Food Tour of TrastevereThis 4-hour small group food tour provides excellent insight into the ancient neighborhood of Trastevere, made up of a labyrinth of alleys and enchanting squares. You will explore the area indulging in ten food and wine tastings along the way at seven of Rome's most historic and locally loved places. As you follow your friendly and knowledgeable guide, you will also get a glimpse of the daily life of the families that have been serving up these delicacies for generations. First stop on this tour is a historic trattoria located just a few steps from Tiber Island. In this intimate and welcoming place, you'll sample some classic Roman dishes, all prepared with the freshest available ingredients. Next stop on this tour will be the wine cellar of Spirito di Vino, where you will taste a glass or two of their best house wines. After the tasting, it is time to move on. When you were a child, have you ever dreamed of visiting a cookie factory? If the answer is "yes", on this tour, your dream will come true! As soon as you walk inside the store, you will feel the authenticity of the place and the true love the owners put into their biscotti. After a stroll through some of Trastevere's characteristic cobblestone alleyways, you will reach one of Rome's most famous bakeries, where you will see how their award-winning pizza is baked and, of course, you'll try a slice of it. Three more stops await you. You'll sample cold-cut meats & cheeses and homemade ravioli accompanied by a glass of wine. To conclude this unforgettable gastronomic experience, a tasty artisanal gelato provides a sweet finish to this foodie tour of Trastevere.
From $111.00 Per Person
Winery Visit, Tasting, and Lunch at Falesco
Winery Visit, Tasting, and Lunch at FalescoWhen Italy's leading enologist and wine consultant, Riccardo Cotarella, founded the Falesco Winery with his brother Renzo in 1979, it was with the vision of making a dynamic winery, committed to an innovative approach to the traditional winemaking techniques of the area. Today, Falesco is one of the most well-known and respected wineries in Umbria and Lazio and continues to offer the best of their area in hospitality and wine. Departing from and returning to your hotel in Rome, you will arrive at the cantina in Montecchio just before lunchtime. Your visit will begin with a private tour of the cantina, which seeks to perfectly express the terroir of Umbria and Lazio, adhering to the oenological traditions of the area by using the most advanced technology possible. It is here that you will witness the vinification process of the famous Falesco wines such as Est! Est!! Est!!!, Aleatico, and the Sagrantino clone, RC2. Your stay at Falesco will continue with a tasting of four Falesco wines during a full Italian lunch of a primo, or pasta, secondo, or meat-based dish, contorno, or vegetable dish, a dessert, and coffee. After you eat and drink your fill, your private chauffeur will drive you back to your Rome hotel.
From $1,097.00 Per Group
Tivoli Excavations and Fontana Candida Winery Visi...
Tivoli Excavations and Fontana Candida Winery Visit from RomeExpand your visit to the Eternal City with an excursion into the surrounding countryside, full of historical and gastronomic wonders. Departing from your Rome hotel with your private driver, you will head to Tivoli, where the famous Villa Adriana is located. Created by the Roman emperor Hadrian in the second century A.D., this UNESCO World Heritage site spans almost 200 acres and is one of the most unique examples of the artistic expressions of the ancient Mediterranean World. Your guide will bring you through this immense park, pointing out examples of classical architecture, explaining their significant role in the re-discovery of ancient architecture during the Renaissance and Baroque period. Around lunchtime, you will head to a traditional farm with a frantoio, or oil mill, where you will enjoy a relaxing lunch of traditional Roman food in the peaceful countryside. Your day continues at the winery whose name is synonymous with Frascati: Fontana Candida. As the most quoted wine in history, Frascati is known as the traditional "wine of the popes and of the people" and its rich history and vinification process will be explained as you tour the winery and its cellars. Your visit will end with a tasting of Fontana Candida's products before your private driver escorts you back to Rome in time for dinner.
From $1,680.00 Per Group