Drink like a gladiator of Ancient Rome, then leap forward in time to the 12th century to admire "The Sistine Chapel of the Middle Ages".
Quoted as 'the king of all Lazio wines'; 'the wine of gladiators' and 'the next Italian wine sensation' - the Cesanese grape dates back circa 3000 years. It was originally made as a sweet or slightly sparkling wine rather than the sophisticated red of today - medium/full-bodied, velvety, warming, perfect!
SAMPLE ITINERARY: Travelling south-east of Rome towards the area known locally as the Ciociaria. (Ciociaria is the antique name given to the area after a kind of sheepskin sandal called Ciocie worn by shepherds) we make our way to a refreshment break for cappuccino & croissant (or whatever you prefer) with a view of the Cathedral at Anagni which you will be visiting in the morning.
At the cathedral your guide will reveal the fascinating symbolism and hidden meanings of the stunning 12th and 13th century frescoes in the breathtakingly beautiful crypt underneath the cathedral. You will also visit the cathedral itself where you will be walking on Cosmati mosaic floor tiles (the Cosmati family were famous for manufacturing a certain type of tile, which you will notice many examples of during your time in Italy) and you'll visit the Oratory of Thomas O'Beckitt. The oratory dates back to the 12th century but prior to that it was originally a site of pagan worship (1st century AD) and before that, around the 7th century BC the local Hernici tribe inhabited this territory. Anagni also gave four popes to Rome so we imagine that they would have drunk the local Cesanese wine and that it would also have been transported to Rome. As the cathedral is located in the old part of Anagni town, you'll be able to explore the local shops.
Either following this first visit, or in the afternoon after your vineyard tour, we will visit a very special cheese shop, known for its smoked Buffalo mozzarella, ricotta made from Buffalo milk and much more besides for a tasting. We then move on to a local delicatessen where you can purchase local cured hams, sheep cheeses, rustic bread, chocolate, etc.. The shop is especially welcoming in the Autumn/Winter months and especially around Christmas.
For lunch we would reserve you a table in a very special restaurant, where you can also decide to have a further wine tasting. *if you'd like a table reserving please let us know at time of booking.
In the afternoon you will have a guided tour of one of the best producers of the Cesanese red wine, at an attractive family-run vineyard nearby. The wines have a strong history linked to the people who worked the land centuries ago, and were enjoyed by popes and princes! The relaxing landscape varies between rugged low mountains and stretches of olive groves and grapevines climbing the nearby range. Piglio, an ancient hill town rises in the distance. First human settlements date back over 700,000 years according to the dating of Palaeolithic fragments.
Grape varieties on this tour:
Whites - Passerina
Reds - Cesanese di Affile
If you're based in Frosinone we could include or substitute with the amazing Charter House at Trisulti which has its own unique features, intriguing history and spectacular countryside panoramas. You need a head for heights on this one as the road leading up snakes around the mountain side but your reward is a beautiful setting with amazing vistas and a tranquillity that is hard to find in our busy everyday lives. We'd also recommend Guarcino - a very pretty mountain town, to sample the delicious almond cookies (Amaretti) that the town is famous for.
ANAGNI & SURROUNDING AREA