Delicious Cheeses made from the milk of these Mediterranean Water Buffalo and guided visit by the owner of an organic Olive Farm.
"The most enjoyable thing is to eat a buffalo mozzarella with your hands." Gualtiero Marchese (b.1930 d.2017) an Italian chef famous during the 1970's to 1990's.
SAMPLE ITINERARY: We have discovered new ways to be indulgent whilst polishing our haloes at the same time. This tour takes you on private guided tours of two family-run farms - an organic buffalo milk farm and an olive farm run by (in our eyes) a local hero who has rescued several acres of 200-year old olive groves from a state of abandon, with passion and expertise, and now produces some of the territory's best olive oils.
The buffalo farm tour includes a guided visit of the buffalo in their natural environment (these ethically farmed water buffalo are gentle and curious creatures), a visit to the farm's original grotto, which today is used for experimenting with aging some of the cheeses, a live demonstration of the cheese being made* - although as the farm follows the rhythms of nature this might not always be possible, but we would do our best - and finally a tasting of a variety of products all made from buffalo milk, including a delicious plain yoghurt and a delectable 'Burrata', which for those already familiar, has an unusually soft creamy consistency. You do have chance to purchase the products so we would bring a cool bag in which to stow the items until returning to your hotel.
We will have a short drive to the 200-year old olive groves, where you will learn a little about the company and a lot of interesting facts about the trees and the olives. We return to the oil mill, where there will be a brief explanation of the oil pressing machinery, and finally a guided tasting of 3 or 4 types of extra virgin olive oil (EVO) with chance to purchase.
For lunch there are two options. If you would like to try some of the famous local wine, we'd suggest a characteristic restaurant in the old Medieval part of Montefiascone as it is within walking distance to the wine-tasting venue; or, if you don't mind about trying the wines, you might like to dine whilst enjoying panoramic views over the stunning volcanic lake below Montefiascone.
This tour is a long half-day of circa 7 hours based on departure/return to Rome.
This tour is lso good for anyone staying in Viterbo, Tarquinia or arriving by ship into Civitaveccia.