Start the day by skipping the long lines at Rome’s most iconic landmark, where your expert English-speaking guide will captivate you with its incredible history - gladiator fights, mock sea-battles, public executions, and more. Enjoy over an hour exploring the Colosseum both inside and out before proceeding on to the Roman Forum where you will walk the footsteps of history. Here the ancient empire hosted festivals, political debates and triumphal processions as Roman armies returned victorious from conquest.
Rising above the Roman Form is the Palatine Hill. The most famous of Rome's Seven Hills, it is said that Romulus and Remus were nursed and raised by a she-wolf here before going on to found the city (and empire) that follows one of the brother’s names. From here we break for lunch on your own. Pop into an authentic Italian café, shop for souvenirs or choose to explore more of the area’s interesting sights.
Next we’ll take you to the serene sloping hills of the Castelli Romani in a private air-conditioned coach, where beautiful vineyards and olive groves in use for centuries dot the landscape all around you. The Frascati region’s most celebrated wine producer, the Pallavicini family, will welcome you to their over 200-acre vineyard estate and open their private wine cellars only for our group.
The Pallavicini Estate is one of the oldest and most picturesque vineyards in the Frascati region, producing wine since the 1600s. Their tradition of wine excellence continues to this day, honored with countless awards and accolades, including, most recently the Decanter World Wine Award, Sommelier Wine Award, Vinitaly Cangrande Award and the Calix Aureus award.
Your guide will take you on a relaxing stroll through the grounds, past grape vines, olive trees and ancient ruins. You’ll learn about the phases of Pallavicini wine production and how the process has evolved and improved upon its roots in antiquity. Step inside true history, lined with Acacia and French Oak, these barrels were built into the ruins of a stunning third century Ancient Roman aqueduct and are where Pallavicini wines are stored to age until perfection.
Then round out the perfect afternoon with a professional Pallavicini sommelier-led tasting in a spectacular 17th century farmhouse. Sip on the same succulent wines that have earned countless awards and industry honors, including two red wines, ‘Casa Romana’ and ‘Soleggio’; a white wine, ‘Poggio Verde’; and the family’s celebrated dessert wine, ‘Stillato’. Then enjoy a further tasting of the Pallavicini’s signature fresh-pressed olive oil with both plain and fresh tomato bruschetta.
Two of Rome’s most sought-after monuments, the Colosseum and Roman Forum, by morning; one of the region’s most awarded vintners, the Pallavicini Estate, by afternoon - this tour offers the perfect combination of city and countryside and makes excellent use of your limited and precious vacation time. Don’t settle for one or the other when you can have both!