Italy is famous worldwide for its food, but a few travelers discover beyond our iconic gastronomic and wine produces. In this organic food tour, you will discover our centuries-old food traditions. As a result, you will meet farmers, cheesemakers, and truffle hunters, to name a few.
Trip in a nutshell
- Ideal for: Nature lovers, family and above all foodies
- Highlights: truffle hunting in Sabina, cheese making with Tonino in his organic farm, seeing Maremma’s cowboys at work
- What you will learn: recipe of pasta Amatriciana, history of olive oil, Jewish roman traditions
- Local professional guide throughout your entire trip
- Length: 5 days, 4 nights
- Starts from Ischia Di Castro (Viterbo) and ends in Rome
- Transportation: self-drive or car and driver
- Accommodation and meals: family-run Agriturismo/hotels; typical meals at the farm or in traditional restaurants
- Price: starting from €1500 per person (based on a group of 4 people).
DESCRIPTION OF TOUR
This organic food tour in Italy will show you how products are made.
For example, you will sample cheese, oil, truffle, vine, and a few more, depending on the season and on your preferences. You will meet locals and discover Italian history and culture through their stories.
You will learn the recipe of Pasta Amatriciana, taste the artichokes from Rieti, discover how to make Pecorino Romano, and learn the most suitable oil and wine to accompany these delicacies.
We will hike or drive through beautiful landscapes, including Maremma, where my grandfather used to work as a buttero (cowboy).
Our days will end with a typical dinner in selected authentic locations, where you can taste the flavors of the places that we have explored during the day.
All roads lead to Rome, and so does our tour. Finally, on the last day, we will visit a local market there, continue onto a food tour and visit the Jewish ghetto and Trastevere.
DAY 1 Maremma Laziale: the organic food tour starts in a cheese factory
Morning – Discover the countryside and make organic cheese with Tonino
We will start by exploring the countryside and learn how to make cheese on Tonino’s organic farm. In fact, the green pastures of these areas have hosted goats and sheep herds for centuries.
So, are you ready to roll up your sleeves and make cheese? Certainly, it will be an unforgettable experience!
Finally, a buffet lunch at the farm will be arranged. We will taste many varieties of cheeses: mozzarella, ricotta, and caprine. Moreover, pasta, cured meats, organic vegetables, and, certainly, desserts will add to the feast… accompanied by local wine.
Afternoon – Meet the typical Maremmana cow and enjoy the cowboy show
Vacca (Cow) Maremmana is a typical species of this area, that thrived in what used to be a marshy land. Its characteristics, Lyre-shaped horns, appear in many mozzarella packaging today as a sign of authenticity.
You will see these elegant cows graze free in Vulci’s park together with the occasional black bulls. My grandfather was a cowboy, and he called this land home for many years. Finally, you will enjoy the cowboys show.
The show will be followed with Aperitivo and then dinner: meat lovers will be delighted but vegetarian options can be arranged.
DAY 2 Organic food tour in Italy classics: ice cream and wine
Morning – Learn how to make gelato in a historic shop: Torre Alfina
This ice-cream parlor has been delighting its customers since the ’60s. They will open the doors of their labs for us and teach us how to make ice cream.
After the workshop, you will have some time to stroll in this beautiful hamlet before we finally head to Torre Alfina Castle for lunch.
Afternoon – taste organic wines at the farm, tour the wine museum, and discover Sergio Mottura’s vinery
Our next destination is only a few km away but the scenery changes dramatically. You will be immersed in a lunar landscape dominated by gullies. In fact, here the grapes have a unique flavor. But first things first, I will introduce you to the gardener: meet donkey Jane.
Secondly, you will taste Cantina Trebotti’s organic variety of wine.
We will then have lunch at the farm and continue onto Castiglione di Teverina to visit the wine museum.
Finally, we will transfer to Civitella d’ Agliano and Tana dell’ Istrice winery.
DAY 3 Black gold or green gold? Discover the typical truffle and oil from Sabina
Morning – In search of the Black truffle, organic food tour in the countryside
The mountains and hills of Sabina territory are covered by forests and its inhabitants have lived from the land for centuries. As a result, this area is home to strong traditions and above all hospitable people.
Truffle hunting has been one of my favourite activities since I was a kid. Ready to embark on this adventure with me? First, we will drive to Agriturismo La Montagnola and follow the experienced dogs into the woods. Truffle is a seasonal product therefore I can not guarantee success, but the local produce of this farm will not let you down.
Finally, we will have lunch at the farm and sample local truffles.
Afternoon – Olive oil 101: olives, history, process, and great food!
Our first stop is the Sabina Olive Oil Museum in Castelnuovo di Farfa. You will wander through the different olive species of the Mediterranean, admire artworks, and learn what it takes to go from olives to oil.
Afterwards, we will transfer to the Narducci oil mill, see their operations and enjoy an authentic farm to table dinner. You will be surprised by how many of our recipes are centred around oil, and I bet you will taste some dish you have never tried before!
DAY 4 The organic food tour takes you to Amatrice. Pasta amatriciana or gricia?
An organic food tour in Italy can not be completed without Pasta!
The real recipe of Pasta Amatriciana is with Pecorino cheese and Sabina jowl, beware of fakes! The tradition of these two ingredients goes back to the shepherd’s life. In fact, they are rich in nutrients, therefore they could be carried during their multi-day trips and maintain their flavor.
The traditional amatriciana is with tomato sauce, on the other hand, Gricia is a “white” variation.
In the morning we will hike around the Laga mountains following the shepherd’s footsteps and enjoying wonderful views. We will eat a savory panini filled with typical produces.
We will finally move to Amatrice. Here we will learn about the aftermath of the terrible earthquake that destroyed the city in 2016. People are still attached to the land and therefore trying to go back to normal life among many struggles.
DAY 5 All roads lead to Rome! Farmers’ market, jewish quarters, food tour and Trastevere
Morning – Farmers’ market in the heart of Rome
Shop with locals at the popular farmers’ market (Mercato di Campagna Amica) in the heart of Rome. Every Sunday morning Circo Massimo becomes one of the best places in Italy to find traditional produce from the nearby countryside. In fact, local farmers come here to sell their specialties directly to consumers.
Afternoon – Roman- Jewish food tour and Trastevere
We will first visit the Jewish quarter and discover its rich culinary tradition. First, we will taste artichokes (Carciofi alla Giudia), then we will continue onto other kosher street food options. Afterward, we will move to Campo de’ Fiori, and finally to the Trastevere neighborhood. Time to say goodbye. Hopefully, this organic food tour in Italy was helpful to better understand our culture.
The program in details
This is an approximate schedule, exact times will be finalized and they might change during the trip.
– Day 1: Maremma Laziale: a wildland of shepherds and cowboys
- Meet in Ischia di Castro at 9.30 am
- 9.30 – 11.00 am, walk in the countryside and visit the Pira’s brothers grazing lands
- 11.00 – 12.30 pm cheese making experience
- 1 pm – 2.30 pm lunch at Agriristoro Radichino owned by Pira’s brothers
- 2.30 – 5.30 pm visit Vulci Park
- 5.30 – 6.30 pm Butteri show and aperitivo
- 7 pm dinner Casaletto dell’Osteria, Vulci
- 10.30 pm return to your hotel
– Day 2:Organic food tour in Italy classics: ice cream and wine
- Meet in Torre Alfina at 9.00 am
- 9.30 – 11.00 am visit Bosco del Sasseto
- 11.00 – 12.30 pm ice cream workshop
- 12.30 – 2.30 pm visit Torre Alfina castle, lunch in the castle’s courtyard
- 3.00 – 4.30 pm visit cantina Trebotti’s vineries
- 4.00 – 6.00 pm wine museum
- 6.30 – 9.00 pm visita cantine Mottura – La tana dell’Istrice e apericena (aperitivo+dinner)
- 10.30 pm return to your hotel
– Day 3: Il reatino
- 9.00 am check out
- 10.00 am meet at Torri in Sabina
- 10.00 – 12.30 pm truffle hunting at l’agriturismo La Montagnola in truffle season, out of season naturalistic hike
- 13.00 – 2.30 pm lunch at l’agriturismo La Montagnola
- 3 pm travel to Castelnuovo di Farfa
- 3- 5.30 pm visit Museo dell’Olio della Sabina and tasting
- 6 – 830 pm dinner all’agriturismo Frantoio Narducci a Moricone (RM)
- 10.30 pm return to your hotel
– Day 4 Pasta Amatriciana or Gricia?
- Meet in Amatrice at 8.30 am
- 8.30 am – 5 pm hiking on the footsteps of transhumant shepherds, up to Laga Waterfalls
- 6 pm back in Amatrice, visit the significant places of the 2016 earthquakes and meet local people
- 7 pm dinner in Amatrice
- 10,00 pm return to your hotel (finally!)
– Day 5: All roads lead to Rome! Farmers’ market, Jewish quarters, a food tour, and Trastevere
- 8.30 am check out
- 10.00 am meet in Roma, Circo Massimo
- 10.00 – 12.30 pm walking and tasting experience in the food market
- 12.30 – 3 pm transfer to the Jewish restaurant and eat in a typical restaurants
- 3.30 – 6.30 pm visit the Jewish quarters
- 7,30 – 8,30 pm Trastevere food tour
- 8,30 pm – 11 pm Trastevere nightlife
- Accomodation and breakfast : 4 nights in agriturismo / B&B / hotels 3 or 4 stars (based on double room occupancy)
- 8 meals ( lunch / dinner)
- All the experiences mentioned in the program
- A local professional guide throughout your trip
- Pre-trip support and assistance during your trip
Is not included , but can be arranged
- Transportation throughout the tour
- Any other destination / experience not specified in the program
What to bring – useful info
- Sunscreen / sunglasses
- Pack one nicer outfit for evenings out (optional 😉)
- 1 light jacket or wrap
- 1 pair of solid walking shoes
- Small daypack that’s comfortable to carry
- Finally, a water bottle