The eighteenth-century Bertarello farmhouse was built around an early medieval tower in the foothills of the Cimini Mountains near Vetralla. Beatrice and Sabrina have recently completed a careful restoration, and have adorned the finished product with period furniture, stunning chandeliers and whimsical ornaments that delight the eye. As their fortunate guests, we received warm hospitality and delectable meals. In short, we were pampered!
Thanks to Mary Jane Cryan (www.elegantetruria.com) for this discovery.
The Cooking Class
Vetralla cookbook author Fulvio Ferri sparkles in the kitchen. He conveys the techniques of traditional village cooking of the Tuscia region in an exuberant blend of English and Italian, aided by twinkling eyes and an impish sense of humor. Sabrina Peruzzi creates dishes of surprising diversity with an easy manner that belies their complexity. Together they work magic — and reveal their secrets.
And yes — it was a walking tour! In eight days we visited many picturesque towns and a lot of beautiful country in between. The weather was ideal — the only rain came during a lunch (indoors, fortunately) — a dramatic display of thunder, lightning and hail.
This group was enthusiastic and ambitious — the guide had to scramble to stay in front!
Create Your Own Trip
One of the best trips we've ever had... it was just what we wanted.
My trips are tailored to the interests and budget of your party: choose dates, itinerary, level of difficulty, style/price of lodging, etc. The basic elements are beautiful country walks, ancient and medieval sights, charming accommodations and delicious meals. If you like, spice up your trip with a cooking lesson, a stay in an exclusive villa, wine tasting or tours of private gardens. There is great flexibility.
At right and below are a few examples of the accommodations I've discovered in my years of exploration. Most are family establishments with old-world character. All are clean, comfortable and welcoming.
Groups can range from two to six. Cost for a personalized tour depends on lodging choices, number of days and number of guests in the group. A 7-day, 6-night trip for two couples with standard accommodations costs approximately 1600 Euros per person. Upscale and economical accommodations are also available. If you'd like me to find a group for you to join, let me know and I'll try to arrange it.
Americans and Canadians can now benefit from a recent drop in the Euro (worth US$1.32 as of 27 April 2010).
The best seasons for walking are spring and fall. Arrangements should be made early for best availability of lodging, etc., so it's best to contact me several months in advance. Together we'll plan a trip that's just what you want.
For descriptions of the itineraries and more information, please see www.romanroadwalks.com or write to me.
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