8 Top Tips for Villa Renters in Italy

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Get the most out of your villa rental experience!

Get the most out of your villa rental experience!

Whether you’ve rented before or are looking towards your first experience in Italy, here are 10 tips that will help you get the most out of your villa rental stay:

1. Before you go, call your cell phone company and purchase travel insurance.

A working cell phone is essential. It will enable you to contact the owner or key holder prior to your arrival, and stay in touch with him/her throughout the week should an issue arise.  With the help of your cellular provider, ensure that your cell phone is unlocked and has the correct 900/1800 bands to be used internationally. You can then either sign up for an international call/date package, or rent or purchase an Italy SIM card. A personal WiFi hotspot, like the MiFi device, is a great way to avoid excess data charges. Click here to find out more about using your cell phone internationally and renting a MiFi device. Regarding travel insurance, let’s face it: Things happen. Safeguard your vacation investment in the event of an unforeseen accident, illness, or event. We recommend Travel Safe. Call RentVillas for details: 1-800-726-6702.

Plan on using a GPS during your villa rental week!

Plan on using a GPS during your villa rental week!

2. GPS!

Plan on using it—a lot. Poor signage is common throughout the Italian countryside. Your rental voucher will include GPS coordinates for your villa. Rent a GPS unit with your rental car, or bring one from home with Italy maps loaded. GoogleMaps on your smartphone is also a good bet (but bear in mind roaming charges).

3. Learn some basic Italian.

Even a cordial “buon giorno” will earn you serious points. We’re not suggesting that you become proficient, but rather that you have a few key phrases under your belt to be called upon when shopping or dining. Amongst Europeans, Americans are notorious for their lack of facility with foreign languages. Do what you can to change this perception!

4. Stock up on groceries and household supplies before you arrive at your villa on Saturday.

Most stores are closed on Sunday. Plan on stopping in the town nearest to your destination and visiting a local market, like a COOP, Conad, or Eurospin. This way, you’ll have enough food to last you until Monday. If you’re traveling in the spring, summer, and early fall, be sure to purchase plug-in anti-mosquito devices (Vape is a popular brand) and/or coils. Mosquitos go hand-in-hand with countryside living!

When you arrive at your villa, ask questions! The owner or manager is there to assist you.

When you arrive at your villa, ask questions! The owner or manager is there to assist you.

5. Ask questions.

When you arrive at your villa, request instructions for operating appliances such as European-style dishwashers, washing machines, and stoves, as well as steps to take in the event of a power outage. Sometimes, written instructions are provided, but not always! It’s also helpful to inquire about utilities, such as heating (available November 1st – April 1st) and/or air conditioning. Although the owner or key holder remain at your disposal for questions or concerns throughout the week, the more you know about enjoying your home away from home, the better your experience will be.

6. Shop at the weekly markets.

Every town and village in Italy has a weekly open air market. Here you’ll find fresh, seasonal produce, cheese, bread, salumi, housewares, and clothing, to list only a handful of available items. The markets offer the perfect way to learn about local cuisine. Keep an eye on where the natives shop—they’ll guide you to the best vendors.

You'll find a bounty of fresh, seasonal produce at weekly markets.

You’ll find a bounty of fresh, seasonal produce at weekly markets.

7. Attend local cultural events.

As a customer recently stated in his property review, if you should see a sign for an event in your local village, do yourself a favor and check it out! Concerts, theater, and seasonal gastronomic and religious festivals are a fantastic way to get to know the culture of the region.

8. Allow time to simply enjoy your villa or apartment.

It can be tempting to plan to spend every last minute day-tripping and seeing the sights. Consider carving out a day (or more) to simply enjoy your home-away-from-home with family and friends. You won’t regret it!

Take time to savor the villa experience!

Take time to savor the villa experience!

Learn to be a Roman Gladiator!

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If you’re renting an apartment in Rome and are looking for a fun, family-friendly activity to enrich your stay, consider Gladiator School!

Gladiator School (2 hours) (YPI)

Overview: Learn about ancient Roman history, culture, and sports all at the same time! The 2-hour class begins with a lesson in gladiator history and a tour through the Roman Soldier Museum. Next, participants will be instructed in the art of gladiator combat and sports (gladiator tunics provided!) using authentic Roman equipment.

  • This 2-hour class begins with a guided tour of the Roman Soldier Museum, where artifacts, weapons, and costumes from ancient Rome are on display. Learn about the gladiators, the superstars and preferred entertainers of the Romans, who stole the limelight in majestic amphitheaters throughout the Empire.
  • Your lesson continues with a discussion of the art of ancient battles and games, including different techniques used by Roman gladiators.
  • Next, YOU put what you’ve learned to the test by trying your hand at a “duel” like a real gladiator, using authentic Roman weapons (and wearing your very own tunic!).
  • At the end of the class, each participant will receive a personalized certificate of completion.
  • This experience is available for both adults and children, ages 7 and up.
  • Cost: 225 Euros (1 pax); 337 Euros (2 pax); 437 Euros (3-5 pax); 562 Euros (6-10 pax).

FOR RESERVATIONS:

Please contact RentVillas at (800) 726-6702.To confirm a reservation, a 20% non-refundable deposit is required. Upon receipt of the deposit, you will be put in direct contact with the tour purveyor who will answer your specific questions regarding the details of the experience, including balance payment, extra costs, and the meeting time. We recommend that reservations be made at least two months prior to your departure.

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Learn How to Make the Best Pizza in the World!

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Spend a day during your villa rental week in or near Sorrento learning how to make authentic Neopolitan pizza!

Learn to make pizza like a Neopolitan! Photo courtesy: AFAR

Learn to make pizza like a Neopolitan! Photo courtesy: AFAR

The Perfect Pizza Maker (Half day with lunch) (YPI)

Overview: Enjoy a lesson in preparing Neopolitan-style pizza on a historic agricultural estate located just outside Sorrento. A delicious light lunch is included. Your half-day experience also includes a cheese-making demonstration, guided visit to the farm, and a light lunch (with local wine).

  • Your day begins at the farm, where you’ll be given an introductory tour of the beautiful family property.
  • Next, you’ll enjoy a hands-on lesson in preparing authentic Neopolitan pizza (world’s best!), which will include a demonstration of the cheese-making process.
  • A light lunch featuring products from the estate plus the delicious pizzas you’ve prepared will follow. Local wines are included!
  • Cost: 375 Euros (1-2 pax); 468 Euros (3 pax); 562 Euros (4 pax); 656 Euros (5 pax); 750 Euros (6 pax); 843 Euros (7 pax); 937 Euros (8 pax). 
Enhance your villa rental experience on the Sorrento coast with a pizza-making class!

Enhance your villa rental experience on the Sorrento coast with a pizza-making class!

FOR RESERVATIONS:

Please contact RentVillas at (800) 726-6702.To confirm a reservation, a 20% non-refundable deposit is required. Upon receipt of the deposit, you will be put in direct contact with the tour purveyor who will answer your specific questions regarding the details of the experience, including balance payment, extra costs, and the meeting time. We recommend that reservations be made at least two months prior to your departure.

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Tuscan Vineyard Tours and Wine Tasting

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If you’re a wine aficionado or just want to learn more about the world of Tuscan wine, we recommend booking a vineyard tour and tasting during your villa rental week! All of our tours and tastings are held at central locations in Tuscany and can easily be reached by car from your villa.

The wines of Tuscany are some of the greatest in the world! Get to know them with an expert.

The wines of Tuscany are some of the greatest in the world! Get to know them with an expert.

1. Chianti Countryside Tour and Wine Tasting – (full day) (MB)

Overview: Explore the countryside then enjoy tastings, a cellar visit, and lunch at a Chianti wine estate.

  • This full-day tour begins when your guide picks you up in Florence (or at your villa for an extra cost) to travel the picturesque Chiantigiana road, winding through vineyards, olive groves and towns.
  • You’ll stop first to tour Montefioralle Castle, then on to Greve, the pretty market town which is the capital of the Chianti region.
  • The special treat comes when you visit a working winery, where you’ll see the cellar and taste the wine of the welcoming family; a lunch at the winery (menu changes daily) is available for an extra cost (paid locally) of 25 Euros per person. Afterward, you’ll drive through Panzano and on to Castellina, a pretty medieval town.
  • The tour does not include meals, museum entrance fees, or gratuities. The order of the tour stops may change depending on local conditions.
  • Cost: 425 Euros (1-3 pax); 450 Euros (4-6 pax); 500 Euros (7-8 pax).
The rolling Chianti countryside is a feast for the senses! Explore it with an expert guide.

The rolling Chianti countryside is a feast for the senses! Explore it with an expert guide.

2. Domini Castellare Castellina in Chianti – (1 hour) (YPI)

Overview: Visit the Domini Castellare winery (located near Siena in Castellina in Chianti) and enjoy a vineyard tour, tasting (3 wines), and samples of local salumi (cured meats) and cheeses.

  • The wines are selected from the following varietals: Rosso di Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva, and Sodi di San Niccolò.
  • Tastings will be paired with local salumi and cheeses.
  • Cost per person: 69 Euros. Minimum 2 people. Transportation to the winery is not included. 
Learn about Tuscan wine from an expert!

Learn about Tuscan wine from an expert!

3. Castello Monsanto Barberino Val d’Elsa - (1.5 hours) (YPI)

Overview: Participate in either a Classic Tour (cellar tour and tastings only) or a Merenda Tour (cellar tour, tastings, and light fare) at the Castello Monsanto Barberino Winery (located in Barberino Val d’Elsa near Florence).

Classic Tour – 1.5 hours

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the cellar and discussion of the wine-making and wine-aging process. Taste 3 wines: Fabrizio Bianchi Chardonnay, Chianti Classic D.O.C.G., and Cabernet Savignon “Nemo”.
  • Cost per person:   71 Euros. Minimum 2 people. Transportation to the winery is not included.

Merenda Tour – 1.5 hours

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the cellar and discussion of the wine-making and wine-aging process. Taste 3 wines: Fabrizio Bianchi Chardonnay, Chianti Classic D.O.C.G., and Cabernet Savignon “Nemo”, accompanied by bruschette (brushed with the winery’s own extra virgin olive oil), pecorino, and assorted salumi.
  • Cost per person: 79 Euros. Minimum 2 people. Transportation to the winery is not included.
Combine wine tasting with a light lunch or cooking class.

Combine wine tasting with a light lunch or cooking class.

4. Fattoria Le Corti San Casciano Val di Pesa - (2 hours, 15 minutes 0r 3.5 hours) (YPI)

Overview: Choose one of two experiences at Fattoria Le Corti, located near Florence:  Wine and Olive Oil Tasting with Light Lunch (2 hours, 15 minutes), or Wine Tasting and Farm-to-Table Cooking Class (3.5 hours).

Wine and Olive Oil Tasting with Light Lunch – 2 hours, 15 minutes

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the winery, olive orchard, and olive mill. Then, taste a flight of 3 wines and the estate’s own olive oil.
  • Following tastings, participants will be served a light lunch (antipasto, 2 primi (first courses), and dessert and coffee.)
  • Cost per person: 97.5 Euros. Minimum 2 people. Transportation not included.

Wine Tasting and Farm-to-Table Cooking Class – 3.5 hours

  • Enjoy a cellar visit and wine tasting. Then, participate in a cooking class in the estate’s 17th century villa kitchen.
  • Ingredients, such as vegetables and herbs, will come from the estate’s garden. Menu includes 1 antipasto, 1 primo (first course), and dessert.
  • Cost per person: 270 Euros. Minimum 2 people. Transportation not included.
Local salumi are a delicious wine pairing.

Local salumi are a delicious wine pairing.

FOR RESERVATIONS:

Please contact RentVillas at (800) 726-6702.To confirm a reservation, a 20% non-refundable deposit is required. Upon receipt of the deposit, you will be put in direct contact with the tour purveyor who will answer your specific questions regarding the details of the experience, including balance payment, extra costs, and the meeting time. We recommend that reservations be made at least two months prior to your departure.

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Tours in Rome – Group B

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Take an in depth look at the archaeology and art of Rome!

Take an in depth look at the archaeology and art of Rome!

Our Tours in Rome – Group B are ideal for the traveler who wishes to learn in depth about the archaeology and art of Rome , as well as explore beyond its famous core to sites further afield, such as the Appian Way, Ostia Antica, and Pompeii. Please see Tours in Rome – Group A for additional tour options, including guided visits (both walking and driving) to the Roman Forum, Coliseum, and the Vatican.

Here are 6 guided archaeology and art walks available through RentVillas:

ARCHAEOLOGY WALKS

1. Via Appia: Rome’s Greatest Road – 4 hours

Overview: The Via Appia is the oldest and most prestigious of Roman roads, dating back to the fourth century BC. The Via Appia was a gateway to Italy, and eventually to the entire Greek world and beyond.

Rome's greatest road is lined with ancient Roman temples, altars, arches, funerary tombs, and other public structures.

Rome’s greatest road is lined with ancient Roman temples, altars, arches, funerary tombs, and other public structures.

  • This 4-hour tour, led by one member of a 4-person docent staff (an archaeologist, a classicist, an art historian, or an architectural historian), discusses the importance of this Queen of Roads to ancient Rome and the meaning and function of the structures, such as temples, altars, arches, funerary tombs, and other public structures, along its path.
  • The tour begins at the Baths of Caracalla; from here, participants will be transported by private car to the Appian Way. The remainder of tour will be on foot and may include visits to the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, the Circus and Villa of Maxentius, or the excavation of the Villa of the Quintilli. Visits to the Sant’Agnese Catacomb on Via Nomentana and/or the San Sebastiano and San Callisto catacombs on Via Appia are also possible, however private reservations are not available and the tours inside will be led by catacomb guides.
  • Cost: 135 Euros per person for 4 hours. 370 Euros per private party (1-6 people) for 4 hours. Additional transportation/admission costs: 154 Euros per person (Appian Way car service; price may vary according to vehicle/party size); 6 Euros per person (entry tickets).
  • Your tour meets at Circo Massimo.

2. Ostia: An Ancient Roman Town – 5 hours

Overview: After the fall of Rome, Ostia Antica, the city’s port on the Mediterranean, was buried by centuries of river mud. As a result, like Pompeii much further south, it is today one of the best examples of an ancient Roman town in all of Italy, with most of its buildings intact, fantastic mosaics, and oldest synagogue in Europe.

Learn how real people lived in ancient Rome!

Learn how real people lived in ancient Rome!

  • Your 5-hour excursion begins with a short train ride to the coast. (Private parties may request car service, but please note that with traffic, driving can often take longer.) During the trip, your guide–an archaeologist or classical historian–will discuss the regional geography of the area, Ostia’s role as Rome’s port, and the historic background leading up to the town’s rise in the Imperial era.
  • On site, you will spend 4 hours combing through the ruins, which include some of the best examples of baths, an amphitheater, and several Mithraic temples, not to mention a forum with temples. The focus of your visit will be the daily life of regular, working class Romans, including the economy of the empire and the commodities that made their way through Ostia every day.
  • Participants are free to linger once the tour has ended (you’ll have round trip train tickets) or return to Rome with the docent.
  • Cost: 90 Euros per person for 5 hours. 405 Euros per private party (1-6 people) for 5 hours. Additional transportation/admission costs: 11 Euros per person (round trip train fare and entry tickets).
  • Your tour meets at Piramide.

3. Full-Day Pompeii Tour (from Rome) – 8 hours

Visit the ruins of Pompeii and the Naples Archaeological Museum with a local expert.

Visit the ruins of Pompeii and the Naples Archaeological Museum with a local expert.

Overview: The ruins of Pompeii offer a complex snapshot of a Roman colony and are one of the best archaeological spaces in the world in terms of understanding the everyday realities and hierarchies of its people.

  • The full-day tour of the history and culture of Pompeii is paired with a visit to the Naples Archaeological Museum. The museum, also one of the best of its kind in the world, houses a large percentage of the artifacts, mosaics, frescoes and minor arts that were uncovered during the unearthing of Pompeii in the late 19th century.
  • This excursion, led by an archaeologist or a classical historian, will begin with a short drive from the city center of Naples, during which your docent will set up the preliminary socio-historical context.
  • Upon arriving at the archaeological site, you will visit the ancient cobble-stoned roads, exploring the private homes, temples, shops, civic buildings and public spaces that intricately illustrate everyday activities in the city.
  • Leaving the site by the early afternoon, you will return to Naples by car and have a quick lunch in a small, non-touristy restaurant in the city center, followed by a short stroll through the center.
  • The group will then head to the Archaeological Museum of Naples to build on the knowledge accrued during your exploration of the archaeological site.
  • Cost: 230 Euros per person for 8 hours. 635 Euros per private party (1-6 people) for 8 hours. Additional transportation/admission costs: 118 Euros per adult (Rome – Naples round trip train fare) and 30 Euros per child (Rome Naples round trip train fare) and 22.50 Euros per person (entry tickets). Please note: Pompeii car service is available for 350 Euros per private party.
  • Your tour meets at the Naples train station unless transport is by private car.

ART WALKS

4. Art, Power, and the Church in Renaissance Rome - 3 hours

Explore the art and history of Rome's most beautiful Renaissance palazzi.

Explore the art and history of Rome’s most beautiful Renaissance palazzi.

Overview: During the Renaissance, powerful families from all over Europe descended upon Rome in order to be closer to the Vatican and Catholic Church. They erected magnificent palaces, paved streets, and commissioned such artists as Michelangelo and Raphael to create beautiful testaments to their power and prestige.

  • During the course of this 3-hour walk you will plunge yourself into this world, exploring the great palaces of the Renaissance and the intersection of power and art outside of the Vatican.
  • Your tour begins in an area of central Rome near Campo de’ Fiori where several important families from northern Italy built their palaces in the early years of the 1500s. Your docent, a specialist in art history, will help frame some of the basic concepts that informed the work of artists and thinkers of the time. You’ll also explore the social and political developments in Rome during this period, as each family vied with the other for the ultimate position of power: the papacy.
  • Your walk continues through Piazza Farnese and may also include Palazzo Spada. Along the way, your docent will discuss the lifestyle of the aristocracy, including the lavish balls and parties that were thrown here and that figured critically into the larger political landscape of the city.
  • The second half of the tour will focus on one of the best preserved Renaissance homes of the period, the Villa Farnesina, which is home to two major pieces by Raphael: “The Triumph of Galatea” and the amazing “Cupid and Psyche” ceiling fresco cycle. Quiet and rarely visited, Villa Farnesina will afford the opportunity to get close to the art that drove the Renaissance.
  • Cost: 70 Euros per person for 3 hours. 305 Euros per private party (1-6 people) for 3 hours. Additional admission costs: 5 Euros per person (entry tickets).
  • Your tour meets by Piazza Farnese.

 5. Caravaggio’s Rome – 2.5 hours

Take an in depth look at the work of Caravaggio.

Take an in depth look at the work of Caravaggio.

Overview: Early Baroque painter, Michelangelo Merisi (1573-1610), better known as Caravaggio, left an indelible mark on the world of art. Many know him only as a controversial artist who fled Rome after committing murder, but his art stands alone in its quality and originality. For some, Caravaggio and his influence defines Baroque Italian art.

  • This 2.5-hour walk, led by a Masters or Ph.D-level art historian, explores the nature of Caravaggio’s art in the context of its time, in order to fully understand his innovation and the controversy surrounding him.
  • This tour focuses on Caravaggio’s work that lies in-situ, that is in the places for which they were originally created. In this case, the walk includes visits to three significant churches in the historic center: Santa Maria del Popolo, San Luigi dei Francesi, and Sant’Agostino.
  • Along the way, you’ll pass through the same city streets—largely unchanged—that Caravaggio inhabited in the 1600s, a lively and sometimes dangerous landscape from which he drew inspiration and (controversially) models for his work. The walk begins at Santa Maria del Popolo, then passes through the Piazza del Popolo and into the Tridente neighborhood where Caravaggio lived and worked.
  • Cost: 65 Euros per person for 2.5 hours. 280 Euros per private party (1-6 people) for 2.5 hours. Additional admission costs: 14.50 Euros per person (entry tickets).
  • Your tour meets by Piazza del Popolo.

6. Galleria Borghese - 2.5 hours

Discover the priceless art collection at the Galleria Borghese with an art historian.

Discover the priceless art collection at the Galleria Borghese with an art historian.

Overview: This walk is an in-depth examination of the Galleria Borghese led by an art historian. Your guide will unfold the layers of meaning—social, political, and artistic—of one of the greatest private art collections in the world.

  • The museum is spread out over two floors. Your tour will spend equal time with both the sculpture on the ground floor and the paintings of the upper floor. Your guide will also discuss the architecture of the building and its famed grounds and gardens.
  • Over the course of the two hour visit (the maximum amount of time allowed for visits), you will develop a better understanding of not only the art the Galleria contains but the intricacies and politics of art collecting during the Baroque period.
  • Note: Your guide will make the necessary reservation in advance. The price of this walk does not include the price of the entrance ticket which is to be paid in cash upon entrance.
  • Cost: 75 Euros per person for 2.5 hours. 280 Euros per private party (1-6 people) for 2.5 hours. Additional admission costs: 14.50 Euros per person (entry tickets).
  • Your tour meets at the Galleria.

FOR RESERVATIONS:

Please contact RentVillas at (800) 726-6702.To confirm a reservation, a 12% non-refundable deposit is required. Upon receipt of the deposit, you will be put in direct contact with the Tour Guide, who will be able to answer your specific questions regarding the details of the tour, including balance payment, extra costs, and the meeting time and place. The balance payment must be paid by credit card one month prior to departure by calling the 1-800-691-6036 in the U.S. We recommend that reservations be made at least two months prior to your departure.

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Rome Food Experiences

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Explore the cuisine of Rome!

Explore the cuisine of Rome!

There’s no better way to get to know a place and its culture than through its cuisine. Our Rome Food Experiences are walking (and eating!) tours that will introduce you to many different facets of Roman cooking and culinary history, as well as to the hands-on pleasures of the open air market and artisan food shops:

 The Tours:

A Roman Study-Lunch – 4 hours

Enjoy lunch at a classic Roman restaurant while learning about all aspects of local cuisine.

Enjoy lunch at a classic Roman restaurant while learning about all aspects of local cuisine.

Overview: Discover one of the city’s best markets and then learn about local cuisine over lunch at a Roman institution.

  • Led by an American food writer, this 4-hour tour begins with a visit to the Trionfale market, where you’ll see, smell and savor the fresh, locally grown meat and produce that are the backbone of Roman cuisine. Mix with the locals while taking in the sights, sounds, and colors.
  • Your guide will also lead you to some of the Testaccio neighborhood’s best food shops, including purveyors of cheese, pasta, and wine.
  • From here, you’ll make the short walk to Checchino dal 1887, a Roman institution that is known for its ingredients, knowledgeable owners, and extensive menu of favorite Roman dishes. This is the best restaurant in town at which to become acquainted with the traditional food of Rome!
  • Your guide will explain the menu and assist you in composing a meal that illustrates the major components of an Italian meal (antipasto, primo, secondo) as well as Roman specialties. While you lunch, your guide will also cover the history of Roman cuisine and discuss the fresh, local ingredients that comprise your meal.
  • Cost: 100 Euros per person for 4 hours. Private party: 465 Euros per private party (1-6 people) for 4 hours. Additional costs: 50 Euros per person (meal cost). 
  • Your tour meets on Via Marmorata.

 

Learn to cook as the Romans do from a food writer and home cook!

Learn to cook as the Romans do from a food writer and home cook!

The Roman Kitchen – 5 hours

Overview: You’ll learn the fascinating ins and outs of Roman food culture–including local preferences, rules, customs, and tricks—in this 5-hour tour led by an American food writer who lives in Rome.

  • Our guide invites you to share her life for part of a day, including a trip to the market she frequents daily and then a seminar and lunch in her very own home kitchen. This is Roman life, learning by doing (not cooking school!) and as you shop and cook, your guide will discuss the history of Rome.
  • The 5-hour tour begins in the Testaccio quarter at the Trionfale market. Your guide will assist you in selecting the freshest tomatoes, herbs, fruits, meats, and cheeses. Your lunch menu will take shape as you go along! Visits to a collection of artisan food and wine shops are also included in the market portion of the tour.
  • With shopping done, it’s a short bus or tram ride to your guide’s home near the Colosseum. The menu for lunch may include seasonal local dishes such as frittata con zucchini romanesche, spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce, or Rome’s signature dish, cacio e pepe. Insalata caprese, pasta e fagioli, pizza bianca with prosciutto and fresh figs, green beans stewed with green onion and tomatoes, roasted bell peppers, fried zucchini flower, puntarelle con la salsa, or carciofi alla romana are just some of the other options!
  • Non-cooks can relax with a glass of wine and a book on the terrace.
  • Please note that the building has an elevator and the apartment is air-conditioned.
  • Cost: 540 Euros per private party (1-6 people) for 5 hours (private parties only). Additional costs: 40 Euros per person (covers most market purchases, a small snack, and the cost of lunch).
  • Your tour meets in the Testaccio quarter, by the Macro Museum.

Rome Market Walk – 2.5 hours

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the Trionfale market!

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the Trionfale market!

Overview: Discover the Trionfale market, a destination for local cooks (both professional and home) who seek produce that is di stagione (in season), in this 2.5-hour tour.

  • With more than 250 stalls, the market is one of the largest in Italy and has been in operation since the end of the 19th century.
  • First, your guide, a food historian and chef, will introduce major themes in Roman cuisine and provide background in both the evolution of the market as a food center and the changes in Roman cooking from ancient time to today.
  • Your walking tour will then proceed to the market, where you’ll see, smell, and sample meet, vegetables, cheese, breads, and pastries. If time allows, you’ll also visit three of the best cheese, pasta, and wine shops in the area.
  • Cost: 65 Euros per person for 2.5 hours. 280 Euros per private party (1-6 people) for 2.5 hours. Additional costs: 5 Euros per person (Rome market tastings).
  • Your tour meets at the Trionfale market.

A Holiday Walk and Tasting – 2 hours

Sample traditional holiday treats such as panettone.

Sample traditional holiday treats such as panettone.

Overview: Rome is a wonderful city to visit during the holiday season, a time of food, family, and celebration. This 2-hour tour will highlight some of Italy holiday culinary traditions as well as teach you to navigate Rome’s cafes and food shops like a native.

  • During a leisurely stroll with your guide, a culinary educator, you’ll pop into small artisan shops to sample special treats and enjoy the aroma of roasting chestnuts sold on every street corner.
  • Learn about traditional treats such as torrone and panettone.
  • Your tour will take you through the historical center and include contextual information on its origins. Through tasting and seeing, as well as discussion on regional specialties, you’ll come away with a thorough understanding of how the culinary world helps define and shape the holidays in Rome.
  • Cost: 60 Euros per person for 2 hours. 255 Euros per private party (1-6 people) for 2 hours. Additional costs: 15 Euros per person (food tastings).

FOR RESERVATIONS:

Please contact RentVillas at (800) 726-6702.To confirm a reservation, a 12% non-refundable deposit is required. Upon receipt of the deposit, you will be put in direct contact with the Tour Guide, who will be able to answer your specific questions regarding the details of the tour, including balance payment, extra costs, and the meeting time and place. The balance payment must be paid by credit card one month prior to departure by calling the 1-800-691-6036 in the U.S. We recommend that reservations be made at least two months prior to your departure.

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Amalfi Coast Wine Tours

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Enhance your villa rental experience with an Amalfi Coast wine tour!

Enhance your villa rental experience with an Amalfi Coast wine tour!

Enhance your villa rental experience on the Amalfi Coast with a private wine tour! We offer 6 half-day cellar tours at 3 of Campania’s most renowned wineries: Feudi di San Gregorio, Mastroberardino, and Gran Furor Divina Costiera .

THE WINERIES:

Feudi di San Gregorio is located in the fertile terroir of the Alto Irpinia region and produces wines that carry the D.O.C.G. denomination (a quality-control label for Italian wines). The scenery is breathtaking, as is the new tasting room. You don’t want to miss an opportunity to dine at Marennà Restaurant, a Michelin-starred collaboration between the winery and Slow Food Italia.

The Mastroberardino family has been making wine in the Alto Irpinia region since the 1700s. Ten generations have run the business, and today the family is involved in protecting the viniculture and oenological heritage of the Roman age. The winery is now reintroducing vines that were cultivated in ancient Pompeii.

Gran Furor Divina Costiera, a brand that dates back to 1942, includes the D.O.C.G wines produced from vines that grow on the natural hillside terraces of the Costa Furore. The winemakers, Andrea Ferraioli and Marisa Cuomo, produce their award-winning wines in an incomparably beautiful, but challenging, setting with sweeping views of the sea.

THE TOURS:

Taste the wines of Campania!

Taste the wines of Campania!

1. Feudi di San Gregorio (located near Avellino; 1.5 hour drive from the Amalfi Coast).

  • Tour #1: Visit the San Gregorio winery and enjoy a guided tasting of three classic regional wines, including Falanghina, Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, Ros’Aura, Rubrato Aglianico, Primitivo di Manduria, and Taurasi. Cost: 45 Euros per person for 2 hours (2-person minimum). Note: Transfers are not included, but can easily be arranged through RentVillas. Tour available Monday-Friday.
  • Tour #2: Visit the San Gregorio winery and enjoy a guided tasting of three classic regional wines (including iFalanghina, Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, Ros’Aura, Rubrato Aglianico, Primitivo di Manduria, and Taurasi) plus lunch or dinner (3 courses) at Marennà Restaurant (Michelin one star). Cost: 135 Euros per person for 3 hours (2-person minimum). Note: Transfers are not included, but can easily be arranged through RentVillas. Tour available Monday-Friday.
Tour the best vineyards in Campania with a winemaker.

Tour the best vineyards in Campania with a winemaker.

2. Mastroberardino Winery (located near Avellino; 1.5 hours from the Amalfi Coast)

  • Tour #1: Visit the Mastroberardino winery and enjoy a guided tasting of 3 wines plus a buffet of typical regional dishes. Tour includes visit to the cellar and private family cantine as well as showing of a short film about the winery in Italian, English or German. Cost: 60 Euros per person for 1.5 hours (2-person minimum). Note: Transfers are not included, but can easily be arranged through RentVillas. Tour available Monday-Friday 10:00-1:00; 2:00-4:00.
  • Tour #2: Visit the Mastroberardino winery and enjoy a guided tasting of 4 wines plus a buffet of typical regional dishes. Tour includes visit to the cellar and private family cantine as well as showing of a short film about the winery in Italian, English or German. Cost: 90 Euros per person for 1.5 hours (2-person minimum). Note: Transfers are not included, but can easily be arranged through RentVillas. Tour available Monday-Friday 10:00-1:00; 2:00-4:00.
Enjoy tastings, a vineyard tour, and a cellar visit.

Learn firsthand about the wines of Campania.

3. Gran Furor Divina Costiera (Amalfi Coast, province of Salerno)

  • Tour #1: Mountain Tasting: Tour includes a cellar visit, tasting of 3 reds (Costa d’Amalfi Rosato 2012, Costa d’Amalfi Furore Rosso 2012, and Costa d’Amalfi Furore Rosso Riserva 2009), and lunch. Lunch fare includes eggplant casserole, homemade  nduderi (a local pasta) with smoked mozzarella and cherry tomatoes, and fillet of beef with provolone. Cost: 127.5 Euros per person for 2 hours (2-person minimum). Note: Transfers are not included, but can easily be arranged through RentVillas. Tour available Monday-Friday.
  • Tour #2: Coastal Tasting: Tour includes a cellar visit, tasting of 3 reds (Costa d’Amalfi Rosato 2012, Costa d’Amalfi Furore Rosso 2012, and Costa d’Amalfi Furore Rosso Riserva 2009), and lunch. Lunch fare includes red pepper stuffed anchovies, risottino with red wine Aglianico, and local flying squid with potatoes. Cost: 127.5 Euros per person for 2 hours (2-person minimum). Note: Transfers are not included, but can easily be arranged through RentVillas.  Tour available Monday-Friday.

FOR RESERVATIONS:

Please contact RentVillas at (800) 726-6702.To confirm a reservation, a 20% non-refundable deposit is required. Upon receipt of the deposit, you will be put in direct contact with the Tour Guide, who will be able to answer your specific questions regarding the details of the tour, including balance payment, extra costs, and the meeting time and place. We recommend that reservations be made at least two months prior to your departure.

*Note: Transfers are not included in the price. Pick-up and drop-off at villa locations can be arranged for an extra fee (payable locally). Please contact RentVillas for more details.

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