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Italy

Italy was home to many well-known and influential European cultures, including the Etruscans, Greeks, and the Romans. Its capital Rome has been a historically important world city, especially as the core of ancient Rome and the Roman Catholic Church.

For more than 3,000 years Italy experienced migrations and invasions from Germanic, Celtic, Frankish, Lombard, Byzantine Greek, Saracen and Norman peoples during the Middle Ages, followed by the Italian Renaissance period, in which the Italian Wars took place and various city-states were noted for their cultural achievements.

Rome

The history of Rome, like that of all other ancient peoples, is made up largely of traditions. According to the Roman legends, after the fall of Troy, it is said that the, Aeneas, fled from the ruins with his father Anchises, and his son, Ascanius. He landed on the shores of Italy and was assured by omens that Latium was to be the seat of a great empire. He founded the city of Lavinium, and after his death his son Ascanius transferred the seat of the kingdom to Alba Longa. Here his descendants ruled for three hundred years. The throne was then usurped by prince Amulius.

To secure himself against any possible rivals, he forced his brother’s daughter, Rhea Silvia, to take the vows of a vestal virgin. Instead, she became the mother of twin children, Romulus and Remus; their father was Mars, the god of war. Amulius caused the children to be thrown into the Tiber; but they remained under the guardianship of the gods.

Drifting ashore at the foot of the Palatine hill, they were nursed by a she-wolf, and were brought up at the home of a neighboring shepherd. And when they had grown to manhood, they founded 753BC the city of Rome on the Palatine, where they had been providentially rescued. In a quarrel between the two brothers, Remus was killed, and Romulus became the king of the new city. After his death he was worshiped under the name of Quirinus.

A Sabine named Numa Pompilius was elected as the second king of Rome. Numa is represented in the legends as the founder of the Roman religion and said to have divided the year into twelve months.

Today, Rome still offers visitors insights into ancient mysteries.

Florence

Florence is the capital city of the region of Tuscany, Italy. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Florence lies on the Arno River and has a population of around 400,000 people, plus a suburban population in excess of 200,000 persons. The greater area has some 956,000 people. A center of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and was long ruled by the Medici family. Florence is also famous for its magnificent art and architecture. It is said that, of the 1,000 most important European artists of the second millennium, 350 lived or worked in Florence. In fact, the city has also been called the Athens of the Middle Ages.

The historic Centre of Florence was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1982.

Venice

Venice has the nickname, "Queen of the Adriatic" and "City of Water".

The city stretches across numerous small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy. The saltwater lagoon stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po (south) and the Piave (north) Rivers.

The population estimate of 272,000 inhabitants includes the population of the whole Comune of Venezia; the historic city of Venice (Centro storico) inhabitants are around 62,000, while approximately 176,000 people live in Terraferma (literally firm land, it means the extra-lagoon areas), mostly in the large frazione of Mestre and 31,000 live in other islands of the lagoon.

The Venetian Republic was a major sea power and a staging area for the Crusades, as well as a very important centre of commerce.

Sicily

The original inhabitants of Sicily, long absorbed into the population, were tribes known to Greek writers as the Elymians, the Sicani and the Siculi or Sicels. Of these, the last were clearly the latest to arrive on this land and were related to other Italic peoples of southern Italy.
Sicily was colonized by Phoenicians and Punic settlers from Carthage and by Greeks, starting in the 8th Century BCE. The most important colony was established at Syracuse in 734 BC.

Umbria

Umbria, the "green heart of Italy", is a land where nature, art and culture combine in the most harmonious way to offer you an unforgettable experience. In this region the relationship between man and nature is still very strong, and intense spirituality lives side by side with secular pride. Its landscape is characterized by hilltop towns surrounded by rich vegetation, where the visitor can admire traces of different civilizations and ages: Umbrian, Etruscan and Roman, followed by the extraordinary period of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Traveling across Umbria is an emotion, a journey full of surprises continuously suspended between the signs of a well-preserved past and a vocation for the future that is entirely new. Umbria has much to offer visitors: archaeology, art and culture, food and wine, handicraft, mysticism, nature and park, waters and spas.

 

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Cooking in Florence

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Gastronomique Adventures

In a very short time, the San Michele Cookery School Villa has become a permanent institution. Known to gourmets from all over the world who have followed us from the start, to the internationally renowned Chefs who are happy to hold their lessons here, and to guests of the Villa who have yet another reason to love our hotel

Wine Tastings

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In Italy wine is an essential part of each meal. Where ever you go practically you can discover wonderfully wines.

We offer wine tasting experience in Rome, Florence, Veneto, Tuscany, and Umbria.

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Castelli Romani

Wine Tours and Tastings in Italy

Passport Gourmet has an extensive network of food and wine guides throughout Italy, and support from transport. We can custom plan any type of vacation for individuals, groups and travel agents including villa stay and personal chef who will come and cook for you in your rental property.

We specialize in travel, cooking, culinary and wine experience which we like to mix with art and culture to enrich your experience in Italy.

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Region: Lazio

Principal City: Rome

All Roman legends concerning wine begin and end with Frascati, which is surely one of the best known, most celebrated and mythologized wines in the world.

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Rome Wine Tastings
Join us for an hour before dinner learning about the wine of the region of Lazio and the Castelli Romani.

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Castelli Romani Wine Tours
Taking a wine tour in the Castelli Romani is more than just a wine tour. The area is rich with beauty and fascinating sites including Castelgondolfo near the Pope's summer retreat.

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Rome Cooking Classes - Pizza, Pasta or Capriccio
An eating experience is a return to our to youth when food was natural and the marketing men didn't tell us what to eat - we knew what to eat because it was good.

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Country Cooking
One to three day cooking classes in the Countryside.

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Rome Gourmet Tours
Join us in Rome for a wonderful exploration of typical foods, chocolate, coffee and desserts.

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Wine Tours and Tastings

Region: Tuscany

Principal City: Florence

Florence is the capital Tuscany. When you think of Florence you think of the Uffizzi Gallery, the Ponte Vecchio, great food and great wine.

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Florence Wine Tastings
Join us for an hour before dinner learning about the wine of the region of Tuscany right in the hear of Florence

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Tuscany Wine Tours
Join us on a wine adventure in Tuscany. Whether you are visiting of Florence for a day or a Tuscan villa for a week, we can arrange a wonderful wine tasting or tour into the hills and vineyards of Chianti, Brunello, Montepulciano and other areas.

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Florence - Introduction to Tuscan Cooking
Lear to make pasta and other delicious Italian Favoriteds

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Cooking Class in Luxury Villa
One to three day cooking classes Villa Michele

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Cooking in a Florentine Restaurnat
Cooking in a professional kitchen in the center of Florence with the chef, restauranteur and sommelier.

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Conegliano

Region: Veneto

Principal City: Venice

Venice is world-famous for its canals. But it is the capital of one of the most beautifull wine regions in Italy filled with Paladian villas, amazing art works and Italian Prosecco.

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Wine Tours in the Veneto

Veneto is among the foremost wine-producing regions, both for quality and quantity. The region has over 20 DOC zones and many of its wines are internationally known. The most well known are Bardolino, Valpolicella, Soave, Prosecco, Breganze, and Amarone. Which would you like to visit?

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Venice Wine Tastings and Promenades

These tour will take you to discover some of the most interesting local bars in Venice to discover wine from the local region.

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Assisi

Region: Umbria

Principal City: Perugia

Umbria, the "green heart of Italy", is a land where nature, art and culture combine in the most harmonious way to offer you an unforgettable experience.

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