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Full Itinerary

Our Itinerary for the Week

Day 1 (Saturday)

Bentornati! Welcome Back and Welcome Home!

Places: Soriano nel Cimino
Classes: None
Meals: Dinner: at Tre Scalini

As always, we will have our Rome FCO shuttle for everyone that is flying in on the first day of the vacation week. Those coming by train will meet us at the train station in Orte in the afternoon. After we get you settled in to your village homes, you will have some time to relax and get ready for the week ahead!

We will meet up for a little get-together and have some apperitivi before seeing a little of Soriano and do some shopping for tomorrow's cooking class.

Dinner tonight will be a Chef's Selection Full-Course Meal at Ristorante Tre Scalini in Soriano.

Pici w/ Fennel & Sausage
Pici w/ Fennel & Sausage
Pici w/ Fennel & Sausage
Class at the villa
Class at the villa
Class at the villa
Wood-Fired Pollo Arrosto alla Toscana
Wood-Fired Pollo Arrosto alla Toscana
Our World Famous Tuscan Roasted Chicken!
Parco dei Mostri - Sacred Wood
Parco dei Mostri - Sacred Wood
Parco dei Mostri - Sacred Wood
Parco dei Mostri - Sacred Wood
Parco dei Mostri - Sacred Wood
Parco dei Mostri - Sacred Wood

Day 2 (Sunday)

5-Course Cooking Class, Parco Dei Mostri – The Scared Wood

Places: Soriano nel Cimino, Bomarzo, Vasanello
Classes:

App:
Special Selection from Ancient Roman Apicius Recipe

1st :  
Pici Pasta alla Sorianesi - Made from scratch with locally-sourced flour. Topped with Savory Beef, Pork & Fennel Pollen Ragu – Includes Sausage and Ribs.

2nd:
Our World-Famous Villa Eddarella Wood-Fire Tuscan Roasted Chicken (Pollo Arrosto alla Toscana)

Side:
Roasted Potatoes (Patate Arrosto)

Dessert:
Millefoglie: Sheets of Puff Pastry layered with Chantilly Cream and Fresh-Seasonal Fruit

Concurrent:
At one of our cooking classes we will make fresh ricotta cheese together with a local shepherd.

Meals: Breakfast: Cappuccino & Pastries at Caffe Roma
Lunch: : The meal we prepare in cooking class
Dinner: Ristorante La Pecora Ladra

Enjoy your Sunday morning while you engage with the locals during your classic Italian breakfast in Soriano. We’ll meet up for the quick bus drive down to Villa Eddarella for our first cooking class. We’ve got some new twists to some of our favorites! Recipe booklets and aprons will be provided for you at the villa.

A CDV Traditions Exclusive Experience: We will have the unique opportunity this week to make fresh Pecorino and Ricotta cheese with an authentic local shepherd. Our friend, Antonio, will bring his ultra-fresh, sheep’s milk to the villa and help you make these wonderful and delicious cheeses with him! Besides sampling the fresh cheese, we will also use the ricotta and some aged pecorino in some recipes later this week.

After lunch, we will head by bus to nearby Bomarzo, site of the Parco dei Mostri, otherwise known as Monster Park or The Sacred Wood. This incredible park is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site watch-list,and rightly so. We’ll have a guided tour through a 500 year-old renaissance garden which features remarkable, intriguing and thought-provoking statues that are open to your own interpretation of what the creators of this magnificent park were thinking.

After our thought-provoking visit at the Sacred Wood, we will stop for aperitivi and make our way to our dinner at La Pecora Ladra in Vasanello. You are sure to enjoy the chef's selection of wonderful local specialties.

 

The Marmore Falls
The Marmore Falls
The Marmore Falls
Rieti River Velino
Rieti River Velino
Rieti River Velino
Rieti City Center
Rieti City Center
Rieti City Center

Day 3 (Monday)

Th Roman Waterfalls & Beautiful Rieti

Places: Terni, Rieti, Soriano
Classes: None
Meals: Breakfast: Caffe' Roma
Lunch: Tbd...
Dinner: Katia's Cantina

After our morning breakfast, we will make our way to the Marmore Falls. These are both the tallest waterfalls in Europe, and the oldest man-made waterfalls in the world... Man-made by the ancient Romans! About 2000 years ago, Roman engineers diverted the water from some wetlands in a successful effort to take care of disease problems in the area. In doing so, they created these magnificent waterfalls.

After taking in the falls, we'll take the drive to the town of Rieti. This is the area that was once the wetlands from where the Romans built the channelled the water into a river as the source of the falls. We have a few things in mind that will be of popular interest in this mostly undiscovered part of Italy. Our lunch location has yet to be discovered...But we have a few places we are considering.

Once back in Soriano, we will head down to Katia's Cantina for a specially-prepared meal just for us. This unique and intimate setting is the perfect backdrop after a fantastic day out.

Vulci - Etruscan Historical Site
Vulci - Etruscan Historical Site
Valley of Vulci An Etruscan Historical Site
Vulci - River Fiora
Vulci - River Fiora
Vulci - River Fiora
Villa Cooking Class Prep
Villa Cooking Class Prep
Villa Cooking Class Prep
Cooking Class with Carla
Cooking Class with Carla
Cooking Class with Carla
The Cabana at the Villa
Meal in the Cabana at the Villa
The Cabana at the Villa

Day 4 (Tuesday)

Cooking Class & Etruscan Historical Site

Places: Vulci, Soriano
Classes:

Appetizer and Dessert Class

Meals: Breakfast: Caffe' Roma
Lunch: Local Trattoria
Dinner: What we make in class and Carla's Selection

1st :  
Suppli - Regional version of Arancini

2nd:
Porchetta: Locally-Sourced, Slow-Roasted Suckling Pig

Side:
Something Green and Somewhat Healthy

Dessert:
Our Home-Made Gelato and Sorbetto
Places: Vulci, Soriano
Classes:

Appetizer and Dessert Class

Meals: Breakfast: Caffe' Roma
Lunch: Local Trattoria
Dinner: What we make in class and Carla's Selection

After breakfast, we'll take a drive to the amazing Etruscan archeological site at Vulci. Once home to one of the noblest of Etruscan families, this remarkable site features the remnants, for it's time, of a very advanced civilization. The setting for our walk through time couldn't be more gorgeous. You have to credit these clever Etruscans for finding this beautiful area, just northwest of Rome, to put down their roots.

There are several options for our visit. There is a nice visitor's center and cafe for those that may want to just relax and enjoy the scenery. For those of you that are a bit more adventurous, there is a walking trail that brings us to the historical areas of the village. This includes rivers and valleys along with the well-preserved ruins throughout. Some of the trail is not-too-strenuous. There is longer walk that requires a little more physicality. It's something you can choose when you are there.

Lunch will either be at the site, or at a local trattoria.

After lunch, we will head back to Soriano for our second cooking class.

 

Dinner at Palazzo Ricci
Dinner at Palazzo Ricci
Dinner at Palazzo Ricci

Day 5 (Wednesday)

A Day in Montepulciano

Places: Montepulciano, Soriano
Classes:
Meals: Breakfast: Caffe' Roma
Lunch: Vineyard Lunch in Montalcino
Dinner: Montepulciano: Historic Cantina del Redi

Today is the only full-day of the week that is a duplicate of our Under the Tuscan and Umbrian Sun itinerary. We think that since it is one of the best days of the week that it deserves a do-over! We'll meet up with our friends, Roberto, Enrico and their families as we enjoy their wonderful wines. Each of them have been in a constant state of improving the qualities of their respective, classic Brunello and Vino Nobile wines. You will be amazed at the high-quality and environmentally-friendly wines they have been producing the last few years. So, even if you have been there before, chances are good that it will seem like a completely new experience.

We'll have lunch in a Tuscan Vineyard and Dinner in a Tuscan Cantina in the heart of one of the most prestigious and historically significant towns in all of Tuscany. Not to mention, one of the most beautiful wine cellars in the world!

Outside the Flour Mill
Outside the Flour Mill
Outside the Flour Mill
Locally- Sourced, Hand-Made Torta Al Testo
Locally- Sourced, Hand-Made Torta Al Testo
Locally- Sourced, Hand-Made Torta Al Testo
Locally- Sourced, Hand-Made Rociatta
Locally- Sourced, Hand-Made Rociatta
Locally- Sourced, Hand-Made Rociatta
Foligno Piazza delle Republica
Foligno Piazza delle Republica
Foligno Piazza delle Republica
Foligno Cafe
Foligno Cafe
Foligno Cafe

Day 6 (Thursday)

Water Mill - Foligno CIty Center

Places: Valtopina, Foligno
Classes: None
Meals: Breakfast: Caffe' Roma
Lunch:Torta al Testo and other Umbrian Delights
Dinner:Apericena in Foligno

Breakfast at Caffe' Roma. By now you are one with the locals. Today we have a very unique and exclusive experience planned. We will be the private guests at a small, traditional, water-driven granary mill that dates back generations.

Our drive takes us to the beautiful Umbrian hills near Mt. Subasio. We will meet Valentino and Giuliva, the couple that owns and runs their working granary mill. The mill is on the site near a stream where their ancestors built a channel to divert water into a small reservoir that provides the water to run the paddles that turn the grinding wheels. Not only do they sell their flour to local artisan bakers, they also make some wonderful baked products themselves. They produce several types of traditional flours, as well as them re-introducing ancient grains back into mainstream use. We will be using freshly-milled flour for our baking class, learning to make Torta al Testo. This is a local Umbrian bread, sort of a cross between piadina and foccacia, that is amazing and must be cooked using a special utensil called... a testo! We'll also make Rocciata. This is a strudel-like pastry that we'll make from scratch and bake directly in their wood-fired oven. During some down-time, we'll tour the property and see how everything operates, just as it has done for centuries!

Lunch will be served family-style featuring our baked goods as well as some local cuts of meats, greens and wine, of course!

After our fun and relaxing day in the countryside, we'll head to the nearby city of Foligno. This Umbrian city is vibrant with cafe's, restaurants, shops, beautiful piazzas and great for an afternoon passeggiata.

You will have ample time to walk around, get some shopping in and then meet us for Apericena! A hybrid of happy hour and dinner, we'll have a designated local establishment where you can come by at your leisure to partake in one of Italy's more recent customs. Have an Aperol Spritz, Negroni, wine, or beverage of your choice and make your own dining selection of the numerous plates of appetizers, pastas, salads and other side dishes. Truly a time to be social and mingle with the locals while everyone unwinds and takes in the local flavor. We're never too far from a gelateria for those of you that adhere to the gelato-a-day rule!

We'll head back to Soriano at a reasonable hour so that you can continue the evening at a cafe or bar near you!

 

Trail to Corviano & Santa Cecilia
Trail to Corviano & Santa Cecilia
Trail to Corviano & Santa Cecilia
Etruscan Ruins
Etruscan Ruins
Etruscan Ruins
Fork of the Tiber River
Fork of the Tiber
Fork of the Tiber River
Pizza Night!
Pizza Night!
Pizza Night!
Ready for Pizza Class!
Ready for Pizza Class!
Ready for Pizza Class!
Pizza Class!
Pizza Class!
Pizza Class!

Day 7 (Friday)

Santa Cecilia, Madonna delle Macchie, & Pizza Class

Places: Bomarzo, Castiglione in Teverina, Soriano
Classes:

Pizza Night!

Meals: Breakfast: Caffe' Roma
Lunch: at Madonna delle Macchie
Dinner: Your Personal Pizzas

This morning, we have a couple of options for you to choose from as to what you would like to do.

Option 1: For those that are feeling energetic and adventurous, there is about a two-mile hike in the woods. Located just 10 minutes outside of Soriano, we'll pick-up the trail that meanders alongside a tributary of the Tiber river. This area is full of ancient ruins, including a medieval castle, a 12th centry olive oil mill, a 12th century granary, and an aviary. Our final destination, however, is the ruins of a very little-known village, known as Santa Cecilia. Here we will see what is left of a 3,000+ year old Etruscan village and Necropolis. The setting is something straight out of a fairy tale. When we get back to Soriano, you will have time to freshen up before we head out to olive mill in Castiglione.

Option 2: For those of you that want to stay in Soriano, enjoy the morning relaxing and taking in the Friday street market. Get some last-minute shopping in and enjoy the morning close to home.

All of us will leave around mid-day for our visit to Serena at the olive mill and winery at Madonna delle Macchie. For those that have already been on our Soriano trips, we know that we wouldn't dare skip this! For those that have not been on the Soriano trips, you will soon know why.

Serena's mom, Nadia, will be preparing lunch for us (remember the fabulous dish prepared with local beans, sage and olive oil?) as we enjoy their fantastic wine and olive oil, of course.

We'll then head back to the villa in Soriano for our pizza class and farewell dinner.

Tonight we will each be making our own pizza! We'll prepare the dough, put on our favorite toppings - No pineapple or ham please! - and get them in the wood-burning oven for some of the best thin-crust pizza you've ever had!

It's a great time to wind down the week and relax in the cabana at the villa. Listen to some music, have some great pizza, wine and beer and talk about the amazing week we just had!

Sunset in Soriano

Day 8 (Saturday)

Goodbye :-(Sadly, our week comes to a close this morning. The shuttle leaves town at 6:00 AM as most outbound flights require early morning airport arrivals. We will be at the Orte train station for a drop off by 6:30 AM, and at the Rome Fiumicino airport around 8:00 AM. This will be sufficient time for outbound flights leaving after 9:45 AM.

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Itinerary Subject to Change
This is a draft itinerary, which is subject to minor changes before the vacation begins. Changes may be reorganization of days due to closure and festivals, changes due to weather, or seasonal changes. Additionally, these itineraries are prepared well in advance, and at times there are unexpected closures for various reasons that require us to alter the plans. In the end, our goal is always to make it better for our guests, and when substitutions happen, they are always wonderful.

Menu Variations
The menus listed on the itineraries are subject to change depending on season. This is a summer itinerary. We use only fresh ingredients wherever possible, so if we are unable to prepare a certain dish, it will be substituted.

Weather
Some places on our itineraries don't work well with rain. When we do expect rain, we try to rearrange the schedule to make the best of it, but substitutions may be made.