We have made the tour come in just about on budget and we hope this represents the tour you both want. We can, with your feedback move, to make the options into bookings.
We have also made Siena a walking tour by yourself without a guide and have taken out a few included lunches and dinners. Naturally, you will have to add back in a few of these meals, but it will give you the flexibility to choose a la carte and of course eat as you see fit. The only other cost associated with the tour not included is the train tickets and as we mentioned before, the sooner we or you book them, the better.
We know how important this trip is for you and we are convinced that this is a superb introduction to Rome, Tuscany & Piedmont. We are keeping the pace very much as a holiday and there are certainly enough periods of down time and time for you to explore and walk and hike about. In Rome, we are going to give you an insider's look at Rome with a walking tour of our hugely skilled and local guide, Anna.
On Day 02, you are going to enjoy the morning in Rome by yourselves and then head up to Florence after lunch. We will then transfer you to the Abbey Badia a Coltibuono. On Day 03, we are going to leave you in the capable hands of your lodge, Badia a Coltibuono: time to relax and explore the zone by foot where endless possibilities for walks abound. Day 04 is our first real day of wine and we have kept everything close to hand, so you have time to enjoy more visits and tastings. The lunch and visit today at Castello di Ama Winery will be one of the most exceptional experience you will have had in a winery to date.
On Day 05, we go to one of the hallowed names in Italian wine: Montalcino, home to the clone of Sangiovese called Brunello. Not only you will taste and visit some extremely famous wineries, you will have a chance to hike down to the Abbey of Sant'Antimo and enjoy a superb lunch a la carte overlooking the hills, but there will also be time to take in Siena. On Day 06, come and understand why Bolgheri is regarded as the pinnacle of new Italian wine making with international varieties. Today is going to be a longer but unmissable day, tasting some of the greats of the zone. We also plan to take you over the famed Volterra road into Bolgheri, while longer the views alone are worth it. Now we are in Florence and you will have plenty of time to explore.
On Day 07, we think it is important for Cristina to show you the main external jewels of Florence and set you up with information and ideas of how best to spend your time in the afternoon. This afternoon we will be making a wine tasting in our go to wine bar in Florence and you are welcome to eat there afterwards. On Day 08, we invite you to spend more time in Florence or take a train up to Lucca or Pisa, which takes one hour and half and you can enjoy these gorgeous towns too. From this point on, we have not made any further changes with the exceptions of making a few lunches suggestions rather than inclusions.
On Day 09, we head up to begin your immersion into Piedmont, with a fast train taking only 3 hours to get you into the regal city of Turin. You can enjoy lunch at one of our favourite enotecas (Parlapà), who source their meat from a farm each day very close to where you are staying in Monforte d'Alba. We have time to visit the Slow Food Wine Bank, which is really fascinating and a stop at the Orlando Abrigo Winery in the Barbaresco Wine Region before arriving into La Villa in Monferrato. Day 10 is a Sunday and we prefer you to explore and enjoy La Villa. Nicola, one of the owners, has a very wonderful wine selection and the walking around is gorgeous and peaceful. Today we have a full day out in the Barbaresco Wine Region. We will be checking in the zone, if there are any interesting markets that coincide with your dates. On Day 12, we balance the day between wine, sightseeing and a superb lunch a la carte at one of favourite restaurants in Italy (La Ciau del Tornavento) and then we make our way to your new lodge in Monforte via the famed and pioneering farmhouse of Silvio Pistone. Day 13 is going to be one of your luckiest days and your last day in wine with us, as you will be in the very heart of Barolo visiting some exceptional wine makers and tastings some utterly superb wines.
On Day 14, we are going to whisk you back to Rome with you arriving just after 2 PM. Our driver will pick you up at the train station and get you back to the Donna Camilla Savelli, where you will freshen up and head back out with Anna for your final walk around Rome. On Day 15, we leave you in the morning to discover anything you have missed thus far and for any last minute purchases and send you to the airport with a car and driver to get you to airport to pick up your 03.15 PM flight back home.
Table of contents
- Testimonial – Tuscany Piedmont Wine & Food Experience: 14-nights
- Hotel: Donna Camilla Savelli, Rome
- Hotel: Badia a Coltibuono, Chianti. Tuscany
- Hotel: Balestri, Florence. Tuscany
- Hotel: La Villa, Mombaruzzo
- Hotel: Villa Beccaris, Monforte d’Alba
- Tour Outline & Guiding – Tuscany & Piedmont – Wine & Food Experience – 14 Nights
Testimonial – Tuscany Piedmont Wine & Food Experience: 14-nights
Tim and Cristian organized a fabulous wine tasting experience for us in Italy. We spent 15 days travelling thru Tuscany and Piedmont. Through their incredible connections, we visited small hidden gem wineries and some larger establishments. Our guide Sandro’s knowledge of wines is vast as well as his detailed historical facts about regions. We learned a great deal during our time together. Sandro really made this trip a great experience. From our first e-mail inquiring about a wine tasting tour Tim was very responsive and accommodating. His focus was clearly on customizing an incredible trip based on our preferences and budget. We highly recommend Robertson Wine Tours to anyone. The trip is guaranteed to be enjoyable,educating and relaxing.
Robert and Toni van de Wetering. Sherwood Park Alberta, Canada. August 2015.
Hotel: Donna Camilla Savelli, Rome
Housed in a beautifully restored 17th-century monastery designed by Borromini (a major figure in Roman Baroque architecture), the Donna Camilla Savelli is located just over a bridge from the heart of old Rome and immersed in the bohemian district of Trastevere. The 76 rooms and suites are sober in decoration very much in harmony with the monastic concept of the historic building. The magnificent view of Rome from the panoramic roof terrace is too much of a treat to miss. Not a luxury stay, but one of the cleverest choices around. You will not feel like a tourist here. We do recommend the premiere suite with terrace, if you can justify it.
Hotel: Badia a Coltibuono, Chianti. Tuscany
This Abbey is one of our favourites, some wonderful apartments, we like the higher room categories and the food is truly great and they have in-depth cooking experiences.
Hotel: Balestri, Florence. Tuscany
The hotel finished its complete refit in 2015. We loved the Balestri before and now it is an even smarter choice for our clients. Rooms are a real heaven of whites, gold and grays, a zen like feeling that is perfect for a town that is a sensory overload. Balestri is a super 4 star hotel that enjoys a privileged location over the River Arno, but just far enough from the maddening crowds and 10 minutes away from all of the action. Highly recommended.
Hotel: La Villa, Mombaruzzo
La Villa Hotel is just one of those extraordinary places, hidden away in the hills of Monferrato that just defies to be pigeonholed. The English owners Nicola and Chris have made their dream a reality. Exceedingly well travelled they found their tastes were never fully met at even some of the best hotels in the World, so they decided to create their own. 10 years later La Villa is a reality and one we would love to share with our clients. The first point is that this really is ultra-relaxed. There is no real check in desk and the bar area is the hub of the hotel ,this is where it all happens. Rooms are all varied and have been wonderfully done by Nicola who only chooses the best whatever the cost. The little details show everywhere and there is certainly a family atmosphere throughout.
The gardens are idyllic as is the pool area. Special mention to the Chef (Charlie) and the Restaurant La Vie which has been designed as a place to relax in the evening, chat with other guests in an informal manner, eat outstanding local foods and typical dishes. The main point of La Villa is not uptight luxury, but calm quiet and relaxation, with quiet underplayed service and quality. Finally and most importantly for RWT is the fact that Nicola is a wine fanatic. Since she arrived in Piedmont she has made it her job to go and source and understand the wines on her doorstep. There are over 200 wines stocked and all at a very reasonable price, something we love. Location is ideal for Barbaresco, Monferrato and Asti. It makes a perfect stop for a few nights from Turin or Alba.
Hotel: Villa Beccaris, Monforte d’Alba
Villa Beccaris is an 18th century villa restored to original splendour and perched above the village of Monforte d’Alba with fantastic views over the town and the countryside. It has a gorgeous swimming pool overlooking the surroundings. The personnel is outstanding. Funny fact to know is that they change their outfits every year according to the prevalent chosen atmosphere. The best area in the hotel is the breakfast room, which in itself is beautiful, but also overlooks the valley below, the Alps & Mont Blanc, and has a great buffet selection with many cakes, local breads and cheeses. Recently, they have opened a wine bar/restaurant that is just a few minutes away from the hotel and is as amazing as the hotel itself. At Villa Beccaris, you feel at home with every possible bit of comfort. It is a place of total quietness to enjoy and relax. At the top of the borgo of Monforte d’Alba, which is quiet a steep hill, this is our favourite hotel. Everything from the staff to the rooms to the breakfast is a delight.
Tour Outline & Guiding – Tuscany & Piedmont – Wine & Food Experience – 14 Nights
DAY 01: Arrival IN / Rome / Sightseeing Rome / Donna Camilla Savelli
DAY 02: Rome / Florence / Gaiole in Chianti / Badia a Coltibuono
DAY 03: Enjoying Badia a Coltibuono: Wine Experience
DAY 04: Wineries of Montalcino / Abbey of Sant’Antimo / Siena
DAY 05: Wineries of Chianti
DAY 06: Wineries of Bolgheri / Florence / Balestri
DAY 07: Sightseeing Florence: Cultural & Wine Experience
DAY 08: Florence
DAY 09: Florence / Turin / Wine Bank of Pollenzo / Wineries of Barbaresco / Mombaruzzo / La Villa
DAY 10: Enjoying La Villa
DAY 11: Wineries of Monferrato & Asti
DAY 12: Wineries of Barbaresco & Cheese Making Experience
DAY 13: Wineries of Barolo
DAY 14: Turin / Rome / Sightseeing Rome / Donna Camilla Savelli
DAY 15: Rome / Departure OUT
Born at Cosenza (south of Italy), Anna has been for many years an official cultural guide of Rome. After taking part as an auditor to the Educational Department of the National Gallery in London, she was awarded the official title of Vatican Guide for the Vatican City. And it was for the Vatican Museums & Gardens that she created emotional and playful journeys for kids to help them to have a strong and very intense relationship with Art & Nature. Thanks to her knowledge, expertise and sensitiveness, she has recently started the career of script writer with a local director of movies. She loves nature, music, theatre, literature, poetry, philosophy, religion and art of gardening. She also paints and loves writing.
Cristina graduated at the Florence University with a Master Degree in Art History on XVI Century Florentine Private Art Collections. She also attended the Florence University Institute of Fine Arts with studies toward a PHD in Art History with focus on history of technical restoration of paintings. She taught Early XX Century European Vanguards at the Syracuse University and Early Renaissance Art at Pepperdine (James Madison) University in Florence. Cristina is also a long time lecturer and docent at the New York University (Villa La Pietra) in Florence, with focus on the Acton Art Collection, the Anglo-Americans in Florence and the history of the formal gardens of Italy. She has been working for many years within the Uffizi Education Department as an art history teacher, lecturer and thematic researcher for schools and adults.
Sandro (Tuscany & Piedmont)
Born in the city of Turin, Sandro started his career as a trainer in natural parks, until he decided to make a life-changing experience in local restaurants and wine shops of New York. He organized workshops and events with food and wine producers from Piedmont and he was attracted by the genuine passion that he saw in the local wine makers and their strong ties with their own land and its traditions. Realizing how food and wine are the best way to bring people of different cultures together and aware that the best way of learning about a culture is to live it every day in first person, he decided to relocate in the Langhe Wine Region, ancient heart of Piedmont. He started organizing wine tours/tastings, hands-on cooking and winemaking experiences for food and wine professionals, tour operators, foodies and kitchen dummies. This also led him to rediscover his own native town, where the aristocratic tradition of its old cafes is melting with the colourful kaleidoscope of flavours brought by the recent migrations from all over the world. Sandro is a professional tourist guide, sommelier and ONAV (National Organization of Wine Tasters) member.