Updated: Oct 11, 2019
Springtime in Italy is nothing short of magnificent. There are several magical factors at play that make an Italian springtime visit so spectacular. To help you navigate this special time of year and enjoy an Italian springtime as much as possible, we’ve compiled a list of a few of the many reasons that an Italian spring visit is an absolutely necessary life experience.
The food is out of this world. Italian food culture is unparalleled, period. But during the spring months it seems that Italians hold nothing back. As the warmer months cause Italian grown foods to ripen and mature, Italian chefs begin to integrate them wholeheartedly into local menus. Strawberries, apricots, asparagus, artichokes, asparagus, puntarelle and truffles are sure to be springing up on menus around the country. In order to fully take advantage of the culinary delights available at this time of year, try a one of a kind food tour through the incredible city of Florence.
Get a taste of Florence as you never have before! Your adventure of nonstop tastings begins at 9:30am when you meet your local tour guide in the center of Florence. Your first stop is at a traditional Italian Bar where you will taste two different types of coffee and also learn about the Italian roasting process.
At your second stop you will taste a “panino tartufato” (a truffled sandwich) in a delicatessen shop founded in 1885, which won vast recognition among the citizens for its gastronomic truffle specialties, and is still a Florentine tradition.
Learn about the history of the most important squares in Florence, where the Florentines used to shop and the San Lorenzo Central Market, where the locals do their shopping today. Here, you'll get to taste balsamic vinegars and extra virgin olive oils, “crostini,” and two different wines. Your knowledgeable guide will also introduce you to some traditional local dishes, but of course the master chefs here won't say a word about their secret recipes.
After the market, you’ll visit a local “Enoteca” to taste two Tuscan wines, Italian cheeses, and two local cold cuts. While tasting you'll learn about the origin of all the delicacies.
Your final stop is at one of Florence's best gelato shops, where you'll round off you adventure of the palate with a yummy, fresh, natural Italian ice cream!
If you’re looking to really take in the scents and flavors of Italy during this lovely time of year, try a springtime food and wine pairing at a picturesque Italian vineyard.
The Roman Castles and Frascati Wine & Food Tour allows you to discover, for yourself, this truly special corner of Italy. Consider this: your own private wine tour with a local expert in the history of art, wine and cooking.
Close to Rome, you'll discover an area that has been a refuge from the tremendous bustle of the city since early Roman times – the Castelli Romani. The verdant hills and volcanic lakes in the Colli Albani (Alban Hills) are home not only to architectural gems, but also to an agricultural richness reflected in the food and wine.
Your tour will take you to two different wineries for a visit and tasting. A short guided tour of Frascati and lunch at the famed yet informal Osteria Zarazà are also part of your day southeast of Rome. Delicious!
Discover this truly special corner of Italy with this private wine tour! An expert guide (knowledgeable in history of art, wine, and cooking) will introduce you to some of the best the Castelli Romani area has to offer.
Here are the details of the fantastic tour:
9:00 am Departure from your location in Rome by private minivan, with your English speaking guide-driver. Your picturesque drive will take you in a southerly direction to the close-by Castelli Romani area in the Alban Hills.
11:00 am Visit to the Azienda Agricola Casale Marchese winery and wine tasting. Built over two Roman cisterns, Casale Marchese is known to exist as early as 1301. Much history has happened on this land, which lies in the famed Frascati D.O.C. area, overlooking some of the most beautiful views, where vineyards alternate with ancient olive groves. Nowadays the owner lives in one wing of the eighteenth century mansion while the other part is used for the winery operation, the processing of the well-known and appreciated wine – which you'll get to taste!
12:30 pm Short guided visit of Frascati. Probably founded in the 7th century, and first known as the small village "Frascata," Frascati lies on the slopes of a mountain, near the ruins of what is believed to be the Roman politician Lucullus's Villa. Thanks to Frascati's location, fertile volcanic soil, and closeness to Rome, many of the Roman noble families chose it as a summer refuge, and built their luxurious villas on the gentle hills.
1:30 pm Lunch at the famous, but informal Osteria Zarazà – where you'll enjoy all the goodness of the area as you taste the delicious local food and wine in a relaxed atmosphere.
3:00 pm Visit to the Azienda Agricola Colle Picchioni and wine tasting. Originally chosen as a weekend refuge from the busy life of a Roman industrialist, Colle Picchioni soon charmed the original owner Paola di Mauro – as did the challenge to create high quality wines. Since then, time has passed, and both Paola's son and grandson have followed suit, making famous wine – which you'll have a chance to taste for yourself.
6:00 pm Return to Rome
Italian museums have inspiring special exhibits in full swing! If you’ve come to Italy to enjoy some of the many world class museums, take a visit this Spring! Although cool events take place throughout the year, springtime is a historically fantastic time to visit some of the museums. In order to make the most of the time you have, try a guided museum visit in Rome with experts who can direct you to the best of the best. Make sure you’ve got plenty of memory on your cameras as it’ll be a challenge to stop snapping!
Be sure to look into combining tours early, for the best selection, and discount options. We recommend the Rome Highlights Tour which cover's Italy's most visited museums - The Roman Colosseum and the Vatican, both on the same day.
For those who want to get the most out of their visit to the Collosseum, we recommend going on the Belevedere Tour which takes you to the upper portion of the Collusseum where few visitors venture but the 360 views are phenomenal!
Spring months are considered a ‘shoulder season’. This means that, although Italy is arguably most magnificent during the Spring months, it is not the height of the tourist season.
This also means that Spring is an excellent opportunity to do all of the super touristy things you’ve dreamed of doing like the gondola rides in Venetian canals, that are often over crowded in the peak season.
And If you’ve had dreams of visiting some incredible coastal sights, this is a perfect time of year to visit without being bombarded by thousands of other visitors. This is an especially incredible opportunity to visit Cinque Terre, where the water glitters even more brilliantly than normal and can be enjoyed with more elbow room than later in the season.
We highly recommend the 3 Day Tour in Pompeii, Sorrento & Capri. The tour allows you to discover some of the most famed and beautiful Italian sites. Not only will you discover the excavations of the ancient city of Pompeii but also the breathtaking coastline of the Sorrento Peninsula and Capri, the jewel of the Mediterranean sea.
Your 3-day-tour includes a visit to Naples by bus, a 2 hour guided visit of Pompeii, overnight in Sorrento, visit to the Blue Grotto on Capri, a panoramic tour of the island including a stop at Anacapri, an overnight in Capri and a free morning on Capri.
If you are fascinated by the archeology of Italy and are looking for a very unique tour consider The Undergrounds of Rome Tour. If you are fascinated by archeology, mysterious and magic things, then this tour should be one you take. You'll go underground in The Catacombs of Priscilla and Agnes - Discover the labyrinthine catacombs along the ancient Via Salaria, today the best preserved evidence of the funeral customs of the past. Then you'll go underground to the Church of San Clemente and the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo al Celio followed by the Church of San Grisogono and the Church of Santa Cecilia.
And here is an insider tip:
If you want a totally different perspective and unique travel experience, get on board the Tiber River Hop-on Hop-off Cruise. The boats sail through the heart of Rome, passing key places such as Tiber island, Popolo square, Sant’Angelo Castle and Vatican City. Whether you are a visitor or a resident of the Eternal City - you’ll gain a whole new impression of its beauties from a different point of view! And in the springtime, this service is not only convenient, it is less touristy and busy.
As you can tell, visiting Italy in the Spring is a perfect time and there is plenty of options to dive into local cuisine, discovery rich culture and experience Italy's fantastic getaways! Here are some links to get you inspired!
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