Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese Launches New Tour for Extended Stays

Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese is offering a 10-day “Italy: City and Coast Getaway” for travelers looking to extend their stay. The experience starts in Rome, with an itinerary of foodie hotspots and private tours of the city’s hidden gems, complemented by a stay at the five-star Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese. Then it’s on to Castello di Semivicoli in Abruzzo to visit the winemaking family that put the region on the map: Masciarelli. Here, guests can enjoy tastings in the vineyards, besides cooking classes and boating.

Rome highlights include a visit to Coppedè, a micro-neighborhood full of Art Nouveau architecture and Villa Torlonia, a park and villa once owned by the noble Torlonia family that was designed by Giuseppe Valadier in the early 1800s; a private tour of the Renaissance palace of Villa Medici and its gardens to learn about its history, architecture and art collection; “Roman Street Food Tour” with Daverro Rome; “Hidden Rome” tour with ArcheoRunning, led by Isabella Calidonna, an art historian, certified tour guide and coach for Fidal (Italian Athletics Federation) and Coni (Italian National Olympic Committee); a visit to Villa Farnesina, the home of wealthy Sienese banker Agostino Chigi and site of Raphael’s ceiling fresco with scenes from the marriage of Cupid and Psyche; and dinner of contemporary Roman cuisine using locally sourced ingredients at Settimo.

Next up is five nights among the Theatine Hills at Castello di Semivicoli to see the beauty of the Abruzzo region and the taste of its wines. Accommodations at Masciarelli’s wine resort include a Superior Suite with 360-degree views of vineyards, the Abruzzo mountain range and the Adriatic coast.

Highlights of the trip include: A private dinner and wine tasting in the barrel room at Castello di Semivicoli; a traditional Abruzzo cuisine class; a visit to the Masciarelli winery and participation in harvest activities (if seasonally available); tasting and dinner in the middle of the flagship Villa Gemma vineyard; Costa dei Trabocchi boat tour in the Adriatic Sea to see the historic fishing houses; luxury sedan and chauffeur on call to visit the beach, local villages, historical castle and archeological site standouts in the region; ceramic workshop with a local artisan; and a visit to former professional soccer player-turned-winemaker Luigi Valori’s organic vineyard in northern Abruzzo.

Rates for the “Italy: City and Coast Getaway” are inclusive of private roundtrip transportation from Rome to Abruzzo.

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