Rome (Civitavecchia) Culinary tour Excursion Reviews

Rome (Civitavecchia) Culinary tour cruise excursion
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Italy is famous for its cuisine and its wines. Savor authentic Tuscan tastes on a culinary tour of the region.
Member Image Barefoot&Brit
3 reviews
Apr 2017
A Taste of Italy. Level 2. Listed as level 2, this tour pushed the envelope. We started off with a bus ride and a rest stop. Restrooms were down steep steps. We had a person using a walker who managed but it wasn’t easy. The guide encouraged us to get a cappuccino or espresso while here, and we were astounded to discover it was a McDonalds. Their McCafe had the most amazing pastries and real Italian coffee. My husband and I split a pastry that was as far from anything a stateside McDonalds had to offer as Italy is from the US. Then we stopped for the tour of Castel Gandolfo, previous papal residence. From the parking lot to street level was a set of steep stairs. We got to the landing only to find another set of stairs, which was frustrating to the woman using the walker. From there we crossed the road but the sidewalk was only a few feet long before ending with a bit of a curb where we need to turn the corner, necessitating a step into the street. Again, not friendly to people with mobility issues. From there, we faced a very steep cobblestone street. The woman with the walker struggled quite a bit as did some of the other people who were not in the best of shape. The guide assured us it was all flat from there but as we got to the crest we found a short level part followed by two more steep climbs. So if you have mobility issues, think twice about this excursion. Having said all that, we once again got to view the outside of a museum, assured that you can get in only with tickets bought months in advance. We strolled around the small square and then made our way down the back road which was also steep. The back way was a narrower road so we had to use the cobblestone sidewalk, which was quite uneven. The bus parking area has some gorgeous murals painted on the retaining walls. And the town square had intriguing barcode squares done in mosaic tile. From there we drove to the restaurant for the cooking demonstration with the matriarch of the farm. The drive itself was interesting because the usual route was now off limits to buses and neither the driver nor tour guide seemed to know that, or the best route to take. I wanted to offer then my GPS. Finally, at the farm/restaurant. “Nonna” was delightful. We had been told she talked slowly and the guide would translate. Well, perhaps she spoke slowly for an Italian, but she chattered away and the guide gave us a bit of translation. We were served slices of bread that had been grilled with olive oil, and plates of bacon. Most of us awkwardly waited to see if we should begin eating or wait to eat (or pour wine) but finally just dug in. The cooking demo was short. We then moved into the dining area and were served more wine and plates of lasagna and gnocchi, which hit your senses like a day of Tuscan summer and sun-washed love. However, we were a tour group and as they were serving espresso (asking if we really wanted any), the group was given the cue to leave. To end the tour, we did a drive-by tour of Rome, with one quick photo stop, followed by a restroom stop at another McDonalds.
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Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Member Image ItaloAmericana
2 reviews
Sep 2016
We took a walking food tour in the Trastevere area of Rome. It was excellent. We sampled several treats, including gelato and prosciutto. We also had a sit-down lunch with three different pastas and wine.
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Provider: Eating Italy
Member Image Happicruzrr
1 review
Aug 2016
Chef's assistant called at 2 am and said the kitchen caught on fire at AQUA restaurant and cancelled the tour... bummer.
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Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Member Image Lisabrette
2 reviews
Jul 2016
A FAB food tour!! Highly recommend!!!
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Provider: Eating Italy
Member Image Pollypops
2 reviews
Jun 2016
Tuscania is a pretty town, the guided tour was a bit boring and we were only given half an hour of free time which was not enough. The farmhouse lunch was excellent with plenty of food and wine.
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Provider: P&O Cruises
Member Image mswoody50
2 reviews
Jun 2016
Enjoyed immensely except restaurant/farm was not expecting us, when guide telephoned ahead to confirm ETA. Had to make a detour to fill in time
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Provider: Oceania Cruises
Member Image Keithlt
1 review
Jun 2016
Beautiful scenery at Marta on lake Bolsena, then to a winery for a very generous wine tasting experience
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Provider: P&O Cruises
Member Image Marcia Priske
1 review
Jun 2015
We have been to Rome 3 times prior so we looked for something a bit different.
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Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Member Image bharrelslp
3 reviews
Jun 2014

Taste of Italy tour was really lovely. We made pasta in the Rome countryside at a Farmhouse restaurant and had a lovely 3 course lunch with wine. Very well done. We later got to go into Rome proper and see the major sites from our bus which was fine since we had done all the Rome things before. We had a horrible bus with NO shocks and the seats were meant for children not adults. We all had bruises on our behinds from the seatbelt fixtures poking us for 6 hours. Other than the bus it was lovely.

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Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Member Image wooinc
1 review
Aug 2013

This was a olive oil tasting. The tour did not match the description at all. We stopped in a little town for 45 minutes where we walked around. Then we headed to a farm where we had less than a 5 minute exp,a nation of olive oil. We then went to the farmhouse where we were given a piece of stale bread with olive oil, a little pasta, and some cheese, along with a glass of wine. The name of this excursion implied we would trying different types of olive oil. There was nothing informative or exciting about this tour.

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Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Member Image Waverunner20
1 review
Dec 2012
A lot of walking around the Testaccio area of Roma, not often experienced by tourists. We had seen the major sites, and wanted something different. Sarah was an excellent guide, and all the places we visited were varied and interesting. The food samples were delicious! We took the train from ship to Ostiense station, then taxi to meeting place. The trains were on time; we booked our tickets from home, before we left; very reasonable, good value for money.
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Provider: Eating Italy Food Tours
Member Image Two 2 Tango
11 reviews
Apr 2012
Great trip, lovely town and had some good authentic food and wine tasting.
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Provider: P&O Cruises

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