"As they inhabit a land fertile in fruits of all kinds and cultivate it assiduously, they enjoy an abundance of agricultural produce which not only is sufficient for themselves but by its excess leads them to unbridled luxury and indolence." Jacques Heurgon (1903-1995)
Delve into the life of the Etruscans – an ancient civilization that preceded the Roman Empire. Discover wine making methods, rituals and wine habits dating back to the 8th century BC and explore one of Latium’s impressive UNESCO Etruscan sites.
SAMPLE ITINERARY: The route on this excursion follows an ancient road, which today is called the Aurelian Way. This attractive route runs parallel to the Tyrrhenian Sea and cuts through open plains and low mountains. We will stop in Cerveteri old town for a “second breakfast” of typical cappuccino and cornetto (similar to a croissant) and visit the Etruscan Necropolis UNESCO World Heritage Site for a private guided walk.
Cerveteri has been inhabited since ancient times right up to present day, which is quite rare as most Etruscan towns were left abandoned. After the tour of the necropolis - and keeping with the theme of the day - we will have a rustic lunch in Cerveteri old town or inside the necropolis complex itself, where you can choose from typical dishes served in a relaxed environment.
During the day there will be a private guided tasting and tour at a nearby vineyard, led by one of the friendly owners; a visit to a small artisan producer of liqueurs, grappa & distillates including some very surprising and special concoctions which are available to purchase; plus a private workshop demonstration of ancient methods of working with leather such as dying and designs, where you will be able to purchase and even have items marked with your personal initials.
The vineyard has two particularly interesting wines that you won't stumble upon anywhere else. Wines will be paired with typical local breads, bruschetta, extra virgin olive oil (EVO), salumi (cured beef & pork) and local cheeses.
Some of the tombs at the necropolis are buried below the earth and are accessible by steep metal staircases, whereas other tombs have more gentle access or are almost at ground level.
Key grape varieties on this tour
Whites - Trebbiano, Malvasia, Chardonnay
Reds - Violone, Merlot, Montepulciano
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