Travel north from Rome to the undiluted
beauty of the northern Lazio region along the border of Tuscany and Umbria.
This area is home to an enchanting village dating back over 2,700 years ago
where legend tells of the Etruscan king Porsenna founding the village
after being wounded by a wild boar there.
Built on the peak of an extinct
volcano, the castle’s 1000-year-old watchtower looks over the verdant
wooded valley of the Paglia River...a place where agriculture and strong community is still
an important way of life.
We’ll stay in the village Castello which
has been in the present owners family since the 17th century. The lovingly
restored rooms, grounds, and living quarters allow you to “breathe
history and culture without renouncing the comforts of home.”
Living this history takes us to
the idyllic hilltop towns of Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza, and Orvieto; visiting
palazzo’s, browsing in artisan shops, and tasting the wines and cuisine indigenous
to each place. We’ll amble through the ancient towns of Sorano and Sovana, deeply
rich in ancient their own ancient history, and stand in Etruscan tombs carved
into tufa rock in by a civilization that lived in the
area between the 7th and 1st centuries B.C.
Our time together is spent living life locally. Having lunch in a friends' kitchen that used to be an Etruscan cave, tasting Brunello wine from a private vineyard's barrel, grabbing a snack in Roberto's grocery while he teaches you a few Italian words, and dining in an obscure ristorante that feels more like your granmother's kitchen.
As with all Vicarious
Travel's journeys, there is no demand on your time. Whether you come
along with the group, or discover this wondrous land on your own...we always
meet up in the evening to break bread and share our day's stories.