Wine walking holiday Italy.

including cooking workshop.

Wine hiking Italy.

Are you a foodie and bon vivant? Do you enjoy walking and do you appreciate a good glass of wine? Do you love Italian cuisine? Then this wine walking holiday in Italy is for you.

Traveling solo for a walking holiday, but rather not be alone during your trip? Do you enjoy wonderful new encounters, impressions and insights that you will never forget?
Would you like to go on a walking holiday in a casual atmosphere with a group of friendly and like-minded people? Walk with us. Discover and experience with me, Mariët Bloemendal from Volg de Rode Schoentjes, the delicious wines around the Lago di Bolsena and its typical regional products during this 8-day wine walking holiday.

Get to know the larger wineries or let the small unknown winemaker invite you and enjoy a delicious regional wine in his authentic cantina. We visit wineries around Lake Bolsena in Tuscany, Lazio and Umbria.
Follow the red shoes, walk, taste and enjoy. Cin cin.

Italy has been a country with many independent regions for centuries.
Each with its own identity in terms of language and customs.
It has also always been open to outside influences.

The Lazio region is one of the oldest wine growing areas in Europe. The Etruscans already made wine here in the 9th and 10th centuries BC. They mainly settled on the coasts of what would later become Tuscany and Lazio, between the rivers Tiber and Arno. The Greeks later called Italy Oenotria (wine country). A special wine is not only the work of the winegrower, but is also the result of an ongoing and refined tradition. There is more than a thousand years of history in an old bottle of wine. Wine walking through this ancient area is very special. But the area around Lake Bolsena has much more to offer with its cultural remains of the Etruscans and Romans. All these cultural treasures lie in the pristine hilly landscape and its Mediterranean nature, with its olive groves, vineyards, walnut and fig trees.

Lago di Bolsena is located in northern Lazio, on the border of southern Tuscany and northwest Umbria. In a unique environment intended for anyone who wants to enjoy a pure casual atmosphere and beautiful natural beauty. With beautiful views in an old volcanic landscape in which towns lie on tufa plateaus and there are special places that are thousands of years old.

Wine walking is:

  • A nice combination.
  • Nature and gastronomy.
  • Surprise your taste buds
  • Going solo, but not being alone when traveling.
  • Meetings with others along the way.
  • Authentic travel with a personal hiking guide.
  • Visit 5 special (organic) wineries, taste and enjoy.
  • Visit to wine festivals.
  • Italian cooking workshop.
  • Focus on local life.

Dates 2021:
April 3 to April 10
June 12 to June 19
September 4 to September 11
October 16 to October 23

Spots still available

Mariët Bloemendal.

 

Ciao, I am Mariët Bloemendal, the creative mastermind and passionate Italy expert of Volg de Rode Schoentjes.
Volg de Rode Schoentjes specializes in extraordinary experience and discover holidays in Italy.
My mission is to let you enjoy authentic central Italy in a special way. Far away from mass tourism, I organize and create a base in which you will discover and experience a real Italian holiday.

I guide all the walking holidays of Volg de Rode Schoentjes myself. I look forward to going winehiking with you. An extraordinary experience holiday in your life.
The walks have been personally plotted by me and the wineries have been selected separately for this week. I would like to share this special experience with you.

Curious with whom you are going for a walk? I cordially invite you to read more about me via my blog.

Last summer I had an interview with Libelle magazine. Article Libelle and at the beginning of this year in the magazine Zin.

Program

Day-to-day program:
The days and times we go out may vary. In essence, the program remains the same.
In August and September, we visit the wine festivals in Montefiascone and Pitigliano. Cost of tasting the wines during these parties depends on the package chosen.

Day 1 : Arrival in Bolsena from 4 pm. We welcome you with a nice local wine and antipasti. In the evening there is a welcome dinner in Bolsena.

Day 2 : Relaxing from the trip. Possibility to participate in a walk through the town of Bolsena. At 5 pm we have our first wine tasting in the palazzo cozza caposavi in the centro storico of Bolsena.

Day 3 : Hiking day Montefiascone to Bolsena (5 hours) with wine tasting at winery Mazziotti. Departure from the historic town of Monte Fiascone, located high on the hill. In ancient times, envoys from Etruscan city-states gathered in Monte Fiascone for their annual gatherings. In the 13th century, many popes’ residences were built in and around the city, which lies on the Franconian Way to Rome. Now Monte Fiascone owes its fame mainly to the white wine Est! Est !! Est !!! This is produced in the area and you can of course taste it on one of the numerous terraces. At the highest point of the city is the Dom, its enormous baroque dome towers above everything. From the city you have a magnificent view of and over the lake and its islands. We walk to Bolsena on an ancient footpath of the Franciscans, in which you have to climb and descend lightly through the hills. In Bolsena we pay a visit to the Mazziotti winery. Here we will taste the special wines of the winery and we will reflect on the famous story of the “Est Est, Est”.
Mazziotti is an old winery from the year 1900 in the hills around Bolsena. The vines are on volcanic soil, bathed in the sun on the south. The grapes are grown according to ancient techniques without herbicides and pesticides. The family harvests the grapes at different times and at different stages of maturity and vinified separately. You can taste the love for making wine when you uncork a bottle.

Day 4 : City walk Orvieto. Orvieto is located in the province of Umbria, about 23 km from Bolsena. For me one of the most beautiful places in Umbria. The city is built on a tuff plateau that rises surprisingly amidst the green hilly landscape with vineyards, cypresses and olive trees. Orvieto is famous for its Orvieto classico wine. (DOC).
After the city walk we have our lunch with extensive wine tasting at winery Madonna del Latte. A relatively young family winery founded in 2000.

Day 5 : Italian cooking workshop by chef Fabina Eremo. In the cantina of the Castelli winery in Marta we will cook typical slow food dishes from the region. Besides being a chef, Fabiana is also the author of the cookbook “Tuscia Slow” in 80 recipes.

Day 6 : Sovana – Pitigliano and back (5 hours). The walk is on old Etruscan roads. Along the route we see ancient burial chambers that have been there for thousands of years. We have lunch at an old waterhole. Then we visit the beautifully situated town of Pitigliano.
After the visit to Pitigliano we will visit the winery Sassotondo where we will enjoy a great wine tasting of organic wines

Day 7 : Today our last wine walk. We walk from Tuscania to the vineyard of Antonio and Deborah Castelli, near Marta. A nice end to the wine walking week with a great lunch among the vines in the middle of the vineyard. Like no other, Antonio knows how to tell the story about the origin of his vineyard and why he started it. Central is the story of the special wine the cannaiola di Martino IV which we will of course taste.

Day 8: The departure.

Travel details

Days : 8 days: 7 nights
Level: The walks are mostly on unpaved hiking trails and are easy to moderate.
Climate: Typical Mediterranean climate with warm summers. The months of April, May and June as well as September and October are wonderful walking months.
Terrain: Through beautiful Mediterranean nature and along the remains of a rich history. Varied landscape with olive and pine trees, cypresses, vineyards, fields and grassland with numerous wild flowers. Volcanic hilly landscape with green valleys.
Accompaniment: The walking guidance is in the hands of Mariët Bloemendal of Volg de Rode Schoentjes. She knows the area inside out. Information about the wines, grapes, the Italian classification system is given by the owner of the vineyard.
Group size : We walk in small groups of 4 to 6 people. In this way it is possible to respond well to personal wishes.
The passenger van transports us daily to the starting point of the respective walk. Each day trip ends in an attractive, authentic village. From there it is decided when we will be picked up by the van.

All times mentioned are the average walking times. There will also be time for rest breaks, taking pictures and sightseeing.
To participate in the walking holiday you must be in a reasonable condition.
During our hikes you do not have to overcome huge differences in height and you do not need to wear special equipment. Make sure you have sturdy walking shoes, which are preferably well worn in. Good protection against the sun is absolutely necessary and also consider light rainwear.
You always stay in a “not your average”, unique location, which is beautifully situated. With an eye for peace and a good atmosphere.

Accommodation

During this walking week you will stay in a beautiful palazzo or agriturismo in Bolsena.

Nicole Horak

I had a great wine walking holiday with Mariët. It was so nice. Visited special wineries, had special lunches (both at the wineries and the picnic on the way). For me it was a vacation for the books that I will not forget. And the new verb: winehike

Monique van der Heide

Recently made the wine walking trip with a friend (and 2 other ladies) and when I started it I could not have imagined that this would be one of my best holidays !!!
Guided by Mariet, we went on beautiful and special walks and visited beautiful places.
Some parts in the walks were quite tough but “the reward” consisted of a very special wine tasting, both special with regard to the wines but also with regard to the locations of the different tastings and the owners, and stories of the owners, so “the tough parts “and the tiredness were soon forgotten.
Bolsena and surroundings are beautiful, no mass tourism and the people are very friendly and helpful.
Mariet is a very special hostess/guide/tour leader, a warm person. She does everything she can to make the guests feel at home so that it becomes a special experience for them. Everything is, or will be, arranged by her and small changes in the program in the meantime is no problem. We really felt pampered.
One of the ladies mentioned that “wine walking” would be a nice new verb. I totally agree, as far as I’m concerned one of the nicest verbs there is.
This trip was a very special experience and definitely a must for anyone who
loves wine and walking and wants to do something different on holiday.

Magret Leferink

Again we enjoyed a fantastic holiday, organized by Mariët around Bolsena. What beautiful walks and wine tastings, so diverse but all of good quality. Thank you so much for guiding us through the region and letting us enjoy everything this beautiful part of Italy has to offer, it was great!

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