We'd love to have you join us and 11 fellow adventurers on the 2020 La Dolce Vegan tour!
Tour Dates: Friday, September 4 to Thursday, September 10, 2020
Tour Itinerary: Rome > Umbria > Tuscany > Rome
Tour Starting Point: Rome
Tour Ending Point: Rome
Our adventure begins in Rome, where we’ll roam the Eternal City’s ancient neighborhoods—from the old Jewish quarter to its most famous market district—sampling all the edible specialties of each destination as we explore Italian art and history with our local guide. At day’s end, we’ll savor a multi-course vegan tasting menu at an exclusive dining spot in the heart of the city, and raise a glass (or two) to celebrate a magical first day together.
After breakfast, we’ll set off on a day trip west to explore the history—and the food—of the Mediterranean coastline. After an immersion in ancient history, we’ll relish a leisurely lunch with views of the sea. We’ll end the day back in Rome with a traditional Roman-style feast, complete with limoncello and tiramisu.
Today, we’re headed to an ancient hilltop in Umbria, where our alfresco lunch awaits. After wining and dining and soaking up the ambiance, we’ll take some time to relax and unwind at our agriturismo set among fruit trees and grape vines. You’ll have time to take a dip in the pool, read a book, or explore the nearby village on foot. As the day winds down, we’ll be treated to a relaxed and convivial outdoor supper of regional specialties.
Today we're off on an outdoor adventure, where we’ll ramble through ancient olive groves and take in the breathtaking views while food foraging with our local guide and chef, who’ll introduce us to the local edibles growing right under our feet. We’ll pick fruit, pluck greens, and embark on a hands-on cooking class in which we’ll transform our harvest into a deluxe four-course meal in a 500-year-old kitchen. We’ll sip natural wines and enjoy the harmonious relationship between food and the local elixirs, then walk home via la Via di Francesco, an ancient pilgrimage trail that's been in use since the 13th century.
Onward to Tuscany, with a stop for lunch and sightseeing. Once we reach our final destination atop a medieval walled city, we’ll settle into our charming hotel, then head out for a leisurely tour of the town with a local guide. Back in the center of the old city, we’ll explore the medieval heart of the old town with a scoop of gelato in hand, then head off to a special wine tasting with to-die-for views over picturesque Tuscan landscapes.
Today we’re off to Tuscany’s capital, Florence, where we’ll rendezvous with our local guide and discover the food, art, and history that have made this city the center of culture and learning for centuries. We’ll visit markets, enjoy a sumptuous Italian lunch, and experience one of Michaelangelo’s finest works up close before heading back to our ancient hilltop abode. Here, we’ll relish one final vegan evening feast as the sun sets over the Tuscan countryside.
For our final day together, we’ll rise early and set off to the hustle and bustle of Rome. Before we bid each other arrivederci, we’ll enjoy a farewell brunch at a beloved family-run ristorante and send you off sated and full of la dolce vita memories.
Price: $4495 per person, based on double occupancy*
*single supplement: $500
What’s included: All meals, wine with meals, water and other beverages, accommodations, local transportation, excursions and outings, entry fees, classes, and tips.
What’s not included: Flights to and from Rome, travelers insurance
To secure your spot on this Italian adventure, click the preferred link below. Additional details and a complete itinerary will be available to confirmed guests in the weeks to come. We look forward to experiencing Italy with you in 2020!