Etruscan Countryside & Olive Oil Tasting

4 hours | Rome (Civitavecchia) | ROM-310
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$ 74.95
Min. age: 21 years (See special notes)
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Includes snack, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Soak up the sights, smells and tastes of Tuscany with a four-hour excursion that celebrates central Italy's glorious history. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along a camera to record each memorable stop.

From Civitavecchia you'll travel north through the countryside that was once covered in vineyards and olive groves. This was the home of the Etruscans. This mighty civilization of seafarers, merchants and farmers populated this region about 5,000 years ago and were eventually folded into Roman expansion. One of their most important towns was Tuscania and the site of your first destination.

Soon, you'll arrive in the hilltop village of Tuscania, which dates back to the 9th century B.C. and, according to legend the city was founded by Tusco, the son of Hercules. After you disembark, you'll join your guide for a walking tour through the narrow, cobbled lanes of the town's medieval center, which displays remnants of the walls and towers that once protected the village. Etruscan and medieval structures sit side by side across the square, many of which were restored after an earthquake struck in 1971.

Have your camera handy; some of the exquisite sites you'll see,from a vantage point, include the Basilica of San Pietro. Built in the 8th century but almost completely reconstructed 300 years later in Romanesque style, the Basilica stands atop an ancient Etruscan acropolis. Nearby are the impressive towers and bishop's palace, the remains of a fortified citadel from the 11th century.

Then, you'll reboard your coach and travel to a local farmhouse that produces a variety of olive oils. Tuscany makes between 5%-10% of all Italian olive oil and is renowned for its unique, sweet taste. After you reach the farmhouse you'll be introduced to your host where you'll learn the history and the process of olive oil production. The Etruscans were also avid olive oil producers and centuries ago, this rich elixir was used much like it is today - in cooking, cosmetics, medicines, soaps and as fuel for oil lamps. During your unforgettable tour, you'll be able to sample a variety of oils accompanied bruschetta, tomatoes, different cheeses, salami and local wine. Relax and enjoy your Tuscan feast while admiring the stunning views.

Once you've completed this delicious epicurean journey, you'll board the coach for the idyllic return to your ship.

Special Notes:

This tour is not available to passengers beginning or ending their voyage in Civitavecchia (Rome).

The drive to Tuscania is approximately one hour and the return time from the farmhouse is approximately 45-minutes subject to traffic conditions.

Guests must be able to walk about one-half mile over uneven cobblestone surfaces with inclines and 15 to 30 steps.

Shops in Tuscania are closed on Sundays, Thursday afternoons, and holidays.
Guests must be of legal age to consume alcohol.
Tour sequence may vary.

This tour does not operate on voyages ending in Rome (Civitavecchia).

Medical Restriction:

Guests needing special assistance must be accompanied by an able bodied companion

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for free time in Tuscania

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:45
Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
40
Inside visit:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Olive Oil tasting at a local farmhouse

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
01:00
Restroom available:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:45