A day of invigorating walks. A delicious evening meal. And the final ingredient for a perfect day: stunning accommodations.
Here are three of my very favorite places to stay. Each offers striking old-world ambience, welcoming hosts and abundant comfort. Pick one, and let me plan an excursion tailored to your interests. You can count on great meals and wine, and of course, marvelous walks.
With just four to six guests, your trip is made-to-order and your experience of Italy is very personal.
Drop me a note and let’s see what we come up with.
Cost: seven-day trips from US$2400 per person for four guests, $2000 per person for six (double occupancy, add 15% for single). Varies with lodging choice and exchange rate. Includes all meals, lodging, transportation from Rome, daily guided walks, cultural attractions. Flight to Rome not included. Smaller parties may combine to reach the four-guest minimum (six maximum).
Book by June 1 for Fall 2017
(dates by arrangement, from 22 September to 22 October)
1. Le Logge di Silvignano
Overlooking the beautiful Valley of Umbria, this historic medieval house has been lovingly restored and provides every modern comfort. Our walks weave through the land of Saint Francis—now a destination for wine and food lovers. Striking hill towns huddle around ancient monuments and castles. In the valley below, the Roman Via Flaminia made its way north; today lush vineyards produce the highly prized Sagrantino of Montefalco and other delights.
2. Villa La Trinità
This elegant nineteenth-century manor house sits right on the Roman road to Florence: the Via Cassia. The route was so well-chosen that it continued in use for nearly 2000 years. Pilgrims followed it to Rome in medieval times. In the Renaissance it became the vital Rome-Florence link: the likes of Michelangelo passed by, studying and sketching what the Romans had left to see. We’ll visit colorful villages, castles and ghost towns, and stroll the gorgeous countryside, where the spirits of ancient Romans and Etruscans have many tales to tell.
3. Palazzo Orsini
This magnificent baronial palace overlooks the Tiber Valley at the foot of the Cimini Mountains, where wooded paths lead to hidden wonders carved in stone, prodigious works that have just begun to be systematically studied. Some are clearly Roman altars, complete with Latin inscriptions. Others are tombs, ranging from pre-Roman times to the middle ages. Fortifications, tunnels, cisterns, brick ovens, towers, churches, hermit caves… tucked away in the forest by the hundreds. A totally unique experience.
A week of discovery
For seven days we’ll enjoy scenic walks, picturesque towns, archeological sites and museums. As always the meals will be memorable: I’ve personally chosen terrific family restaurants serving delicious home-style food and wine.
With just four to six guests, there’s a refreshing sense of spontaneity, and you get just the trip you want. You can join a group or put together your own. Walks are typically 5 to 8 miles per day depending on the group’s ambition level.
All trips are custom designed for four to six guests, and there are many options. Learn more at www.romanroadwalks.com or write to me.
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