Frascati wine tours Rome

When most people come to Italy on vacation, they think about how much weight they are going to have to lose thereafter. Italy is recognized and assumed to have the world’s best pasta, cheese, pizza, gelato, and most importantly, wine. When most people think of Italian wine, they think of Asti or Chianti. But if you are visiting Rome, you might as well embrace the saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Most Italians having dinner or lunch aren’t scrolling down the list looking for an expensive imported wine from Tuscany or Umbria. Instead, many Romans order a Frascati wine or “vino della casa” (house wine), which most of the time comes from the hills just south of Rome (Frascati region). For centuries, Romans would grow and purchase wine from Frascati, and the tradition endures today.. Chianti often outshines Frascati and other Italian wines because there was no need to export it around Italy or the rest of the world. Romans have always provided a healthy market for Frascati, which gives wineries minimal reasons to send bottles abroad.

If you happen to prefer white to red wine, you are in luck! Frascati is predominantly known for its production of white wines. Three types of  grapes are used; Malvasia, Trebbiano, and Greco. These grapes are used in many different ratios, varying in sweetness and dryness. Vineyards in this region focus mostly on table wine, served chilled and refreshed. Besides table wines, dessert wines are also produced and they are becoming more and more popular. These dessert wines have a beautiful golden color with a surprisingly mild and pleasant flavor. They tend to be quite strong and overpowering.

Although the Frascati region is mostly known for whites, many vineyards in the hills just outside Rome grow and produce a wide range of red wines as well, in Ariccia and Marino, for example. It is easy to fall in love with red wine from this region, even for the more refined palate.

If you are on vacation in Rome and would like to exchange the chance of city center tourist traps with a beautiful day sipping wine, head over to the Frascati region to explore beautiful vineyards and olive groves. If you are interested in taking a day tour, visit When In Rome Tours. They offer day trips to the Castelli Romani and the Santa Benedetta Roman vineyard. You will taste wine with the actual wine producers, indulge in tasty foods, and do as the Romans do!


Burn, baby burn…

We were discussing the music of Ministry yesterday afternoon during the fourth videographic session for When In Rome Tours under searing heat. At day’s end, Jello Biafra’s speech before outro ‘The Land of Rape and Honey’ in 1990 came to mind, and his prophetic ‘burn, baby burn, whenever I see you I see red’ speech (8/9) made painful sense. On returning home, I found myself horribly burned in the name of having recorded the best of ancient Rome for those who are about to receive a piece of Roman holiday land. We captured some nice sequences inside the Roman forum and on Piazza Farnese, the best of which will enhance company video content. I decided upon Dvorak’s ‘The Noon Witch’ for audio rather than tour guide commentary, and I am confident that it’s splendid appeal will permeate the masses, similarly Ministry 1988 – 2004. We have plenty of videos planned for release between now and the end of the year, they’ll be published here and everywhere else online in due course. If you love Rome as much as we have to, enjoy 🙂

When In Rome Tours – Via Sebastiano Veniero 21

We’re moving! On July 9th 2012, we’re moving to bigger premises even closer to the Vatican Museums entrance! We’re more or less right next to the meeting point for Viator / Dark Rome Vatican tours which is the staircase connecting Via Tunisi with Viale Vaticano. They don’t have an office so if you would like to pop in to ours for a chat, a sit down and some relaxation time, you’re most welcome.

The new office covers approximately 130 square metres, comprising a reception area, customer service area, ample seating room, toilets, networked computers for customers to browse our website and book additional tours, plasma screens showing company / individual tour videos, and a costume area where you can dress up as a gladiator, a citizen of ancient Rome, and even a Roman Emperor for family photographs.

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Video a No Go

Having spent most of the day walking around Rome with a videographer, and all this evening with a home made ice collar wrapped around my brand new, painful beetroot neck tan, I have a few minutes to reflect upon how Italians et al. respond to video cameras in the vicinity of churches, ruins, and other random pretty places in bella Roma.

Churches do not like tripods. I have never liked tripods since I first heard Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’ in childhood, but we made it into all of them bar Mister Basilica di San Clemente. Be aware of the fact that the young man wearing clerical clothes at the entrance might not be a priest. The begging bowl and ‘look out’ girlfriend gives the game away. Ignore him or offer coinage, just be sure to make the right choice for humanity. People in real need, indeed dire need, do not try to deceive the good amongst us by faking the dog collar.

The Priory of the Knights of Malta and their famous keyhole. Never seen a key, never seen the gate open, never seen the gardens beyond. What a fantastic view nonetheless. We managed to film a sequence of moments, and bystanders who failed to capture the miniature scene queued up to snap our lowly video camera screen. Strange. Ah, an Italian tour guide bounded up unannounced, demanding that we ‘step aside’ for his private tour of two. Yes, we did exercise our considerable vocabulary.

La Bocca della Verità. Insane, crazy busy. The unkempt, officious individual who marshalls the line hates video cameras, tripods, and people too. We had to join the line and use one of our cameras to record hands of tourists in the mouth of an old Roman drain cover. It became an undercover operation of sorts.

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A quiet weekend in Rome

Sunday, February 13th 2011 in Rome was a muted affair. Perhaps the narrow defeat of Italy by Ireland here at the Stadio Flaminio the pail which doused early Six Nations enthusiasm in Rome once and for all, although the Irish community was out in force on Saturday to follow England 59 Italy 13 after the Manchester derby. Plenty of publicity littered the expat pubs and bars between Termini station and Piazza Venezia, selling Vatican tours, Colosseum tours, and other Rome tours in general, but it was a quiet day all round.

Italy meet Wales and then France on February 26th and March 12th respectively. For rugby union fans travelling to Rome to follow their team, we are offering 5 off our Vatican Highlights Morning Tour and Afternoon Tour as well as the Colosseum and Ancient Walking Tour. Customers who would like to take advantage of this offer must attend our office on Via Sebastiano Veniero 21 (opposite the Vatican Museums entrance) with one of our brochures, which can be picked up from either the Druids Rock or Druids Den near Termini station.

Italian chances in this year’s tournament are already slim, coach Nick Mallett had to endure shocking line outs, shoddy tackling and a real horror show from hooker Ghiraldini at Twickenham. We’re hoping for renewed interest in the Six Nations here in Rome with an Italian win against the Welsh in a fortnight, however unlikely that may seem.

Walking up Via Flaminia to the Stadio Flaminio when Italy are playing England, France, Scotland, Wales or Ireland has become somewhat of a pilgrimage for rugby union fans, but do they know about the mediaeval necropolis discovered beneath one side of the stadium in 2008? Or the long history of Via Flaminia? Visit our website When In Rome Tours for private tours of Rome, custom Rome tours, walking tours of Rome, limo tours in Rome, cruiser bike tours and our new helicopter tours of Rome and Italy.