Marchesi Vineyards goes to Italy 2019

Tips on the trip

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When in Rome…

Sometimes we visit very popular places, wandering around big cities like Rome for days, and we miss incredible treasures that are right under our noses.
Just opposite your hotel in Rome (200 m) is the majestic Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, where you can admire one of the most famous masterpieces by Michelangelo, the Moses sculpture. Don’t miss it!

The only way to reach Civita di Bagnoregio is by a narrow pedestrian bridge, which allows visitors to enjoy a breathtaking view!

Up and down Spoleto

While in Spoleto, take advantage of the escalators that take you from the bottom of town (near your hotel) to the top (Rocca Albornoziana) with intermediate stops near the major points of interest, including the Duomo. Spoleto without effort, and for free!

Go out of Hotel San Luca, turn right, after a few meters you will find the sign “Madonna delle Grazie” and a Parking area. Get in, and you will find yourself in a space looking like a train station.
The service is free and running from 7am to 9pm sun-thu, and 7am to 1am fri-sat.

During your exploration of Spoleto, you may be attracted by some shops displaying beautifully decorated pottery: they are very likely to be the famous maioliche from Deruta, a small town in the Spoleto area worldwide known for the production of hand painted fine ceramics.


The most learned men have been questioned as to the nature of this tuber, and after two thousand years of argument and discussion their answer is the same as it was on the first day: we do not know. The truffles themselves have been interrogated, and have answered simply: eat us and praise the Lord“.
Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Umbria is famous for black truffles, especially those that grow in Winter. In June, the Summer black truffles will be ready to dig, and maybe it will be possible to find some white ones too.

Follow the hunters and their dogs in a truffle hunt near Colle Uncinano Winery, for an unusual walk in the woods around Spoleto. Truffles will also be celebrated during the cooking class and the following dinner.

A real gem of Romanesque architecture, the origins of this church are shrouded in legend. This jewel of Medieval mysticism is situated 9km from Montalcino, in the heart of the Brunello region, and sits in a valley surrounded by vineyards in one of the most iconic landscapes of Tuscany: the perfect photo for a postcard from Italy or… a gift for your Instagram followers wink


“For the last 40 years I have been a butcher, seeking to better myself in my art, and to discover the best cutting and cooking methods for each piece of meat”.

A dinner in the “temple” of the Fiorentina steak is something serious, as this is not fit for people of poor appetite; nevertheless, you can eat as much or as little as you like, because – in Dario’s words: “like at the theatre, you pay for the seat”.


The elegance of Florentine terracotta decorations is worldwide famous, and the “capital” of Tuscan furnaces is Impruneta. Did you know that even Brunelleschi used terracotta from Impruneta for his undisputed masterpiece, the Dome of Florence Cathedral?


What about a stop in the largest food park in the world before leaving Italy? But, before you enjoy some Italian food shopping, you need to “put your hands in the dough!”