I T I N E R A R Y
The Tour at a Glance
Each day, beginning on Monday, we will be visiting one of the 5 Provinces of Campania - Avellino, Benevento, Caserta, Napoli, and Salerno.
Our visit to each Province will include a tour of a historic site, a visit to a winery, and lunch in the Province. In the Evening we will Return to Tenute del Gheppio where our wine-pairing dinner will include wines from the Province we visited that day. The details of each day's itinerary are as follows:
Arrive at the Rome airport in the morning and meet at the Diliberto Wine Tours hospitality suite at the Hilton Hotel Fiumicino. The hotel is connected to the airport terminals, making it easy to access. Our bus will pick us up at 12 noon and bring us to Dugenta in the Province of Benevento. There will be a welcome buffet waiting for you when you arrive at Tenute del Gheppio.
Greetings and Dinner
At 7:30 PM after settling in your room and resting, the group will meet in the dining room. At that time, your hosts will go over the itinerary with you and answer any questions you may have about the trip. A wonderful wine-pairing dinner will be served, and you can relax and have the chance to get to know your fellow travelers.
Herculaneum In Napoli
Breakfast begins at 7 AM. Our bus arrives at 8 AM and we will depart by 8:30 for Pompeii or Herculaneum. After our guided tour, we travel to Sorrentino winery in Boscotrecase in the Province of Napoli lying in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. The eruptions of Mount Vesuvius over the centuries have created soil conditions in which volcanic ash lends a unique characteristic to the wine grapes grown here. The wines known as Lacryma Christi, Tears of Christ, can only be made from grapes grown in this soil. These wines will accompany a delicious lunch on the patio at Sorrentino Winery. From the patio, with Mount Vesuvius behind us we can look out at the bay of Naples and see Sorrento and Capri in the distance. After lunch we will board our bus to return to Dugenta.
Dinner will be at 7:30 P.M. and we will enjoy fine wines from the Province of Napoli with our meal. After dinner we will show the Italian comedy film Benvenuti al Sud - Welcome to the South.
Salerno and Paestum
After breakfast our bus arrives at 8 AM, and we depart for Agropoli in the Province of Salerno where we will visit the ancient Greek city of Paestum. Our guide will take us on a journey back in time where we will be able to see magnificent temples that are still standing from when they were first built in 550 B.C.
Following our visit to Paestum, we will arrive at Azienda Marino where we will tour the vineyard and winery with the owners. After the tour, we will enjoy a wine pairing lunch with Marino wines grown in the soil of the Cilento forest area. After lunch, we will return to Dugenta along with wines from Salerno for our evening wine pairing dinner, and we will bring back the famous Buffalo Mozzarella to enjoy with the meal as well.
After breakfast our bus will take us to The Royal Palace in Caserta. Constructed in the 18th century for Bourbon Kings, this 1,200-room palace with it's two kilometer long gardens dwarfs Versailles.
After our guided tour we travel to Pontelatone to visit the magnificent Alois Winery. Michele Alois, whose family has long run a successful silk business at San Leucio in Caserta, began this winery and now runs it with his sons and extended family. He produces, among other grapes, the indigenous varieties such as Casavecchia and Pallagrello. We will sample their wines in the barreling room and follow with a wine pairing lunch in their fabulous glass enclosed dining room. After our lunch we will tour the vineyard and return to Dugenta. Of course our evening meal will include wines from the Province of Caserta.
Following breakfast our bus will take us to the town of Sorbo Serpico in the Province of Avellino. There we will visit the world renowned Feudi di San Gregorio Winery, which produced some of the finest wines in all of Campania. The Marenna Restaurant, which is on the premises has a Michelin Star. After our arrival we will take a guided tour of the winery, followed by a wine tasting. Then Chef Paolo Barrale and his staff will prepare an amazing wine pairing lunch for us to enjoy.
That evening we will drink Feudi di San Gregorio wines with our dinner.
Benevento and Sant' Agata De' Goti
After breakfast we travel to the city of Benevento in the Province of Benevento. There, our guide will walk us in the footsteps of the Roman Army that marched on the Appian Way from Rome to Brindisi. In Benevento, almost 2000 years ago, the Emperor Trajan built an arch in his own honor to celebrate his addition to this historic road. Along with the Arch of Trajan we will also take a tour of the 2000 year old Teatro Romano, as well as the Church of Santa Sofia built by the Lombards in the year 750 AD.
After our tour of Benevento we travel to the city of Sant' Agata de' Goti. There we will visit the Mustilli Winery and tour their wine cellar carved more than 50 feet below the streets of the town in the 1700's. We will enjoy a lovely wine pairing lunch after our tour and visit some of the quaint shops in town.
Later that night after our final wine pairing dinner we will enjoy music and singing to complete our tour.
Our tour ends after breakfast, and our bus will leave for Rome at 9 AM. For those who wish to continue their vacation in other parts of Italy, we can help make alternate transportation arrangements.