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Bike, Hike, Walk, Ski

You pick your activities; we’ll create your perfect tour. Kathy and Vernon work directly with you to create a trip to match your desires for accommodations, daily mileage, terrain, and activities such as wine tastings, cooking classes, shopping, and city tours.

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Food and Wine

Any tour of Italy is incomplete without indulging in the amazing food and wine. But to truly appreciate It, and what makes Italy so unique, requires a understanding of the regional history, culture and geography. All become part of your adventure with Kathy, chef, food blogger, and Certified Italian Wine Professional, and Vernon, mountain guide, MS in European Literature and avid history enthusiast.

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Your Unique Adventure

Not all private trips are custom. Most tour companies don't have the flexibility to deviate from their set itineraries, so there are always compromises. With Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine, your adventure will be as unique as you are, and your itinerary will be personally designed by Kathy and Vernon to meet the fitness goals and varied interests of your group.

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The ItaliaOutdoors Difference


Truly Personalized Service and a Custom Plan for Every Trip

Kathy and Vernon

NO MIDDLEMEN

You communicate directly with Vernon and Kathy. We know your dreams for an Italy adventure, we’ll have it ready for you when you arrive.

No Group Too Small

SMALL FOOTPRINT

Our small footprint allows us to travel like locals and enjoy spontaneous adventures as we explore the path less traveled.

 

Custom Plan

UNIQUE ITINERARY

Each tour itinerary is unique and serves as a framework for an exceptional journey, where a thoughtful plan adjusts to your pace.

 

Authenticity

KNOWLEDGE

We focus on just a few select tours to provide an exceptional level of regional knowledge and an unforgettable authentic experience.

Customize Your Adventure - Bike - Walk - Hike - Ski
With Italys "Best Local Guide 2013"

Read about our tours in Adventure Cyclist August 2015

Our passion is creating intimate, personalized cycling, skiing, walking and hiking adventures that explore an authentic Italy
- its outdoor beauty, its hidden back roads, its small family producers, its traditional wines, at your preferred pace.
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The Colli Martani DOC lies in the broad basin south of Perugia, north-east and south-west of the mountains that run from Bettona to Massa Martana, the Colli Martani. This land, on the left bank of the Tiber river is rich in evidence of wine-production in the area, first by the Etruscans and then the Romans. 

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Colli Martani, Umbria

 

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Grechetto wine from Umbria

The white wines in this region include a Colli Martani Bianco based on Trebbiano. This wine must consist of 85% Trebbiano, with the remaining 15% made up of Trebbiano Spoletino, Grechetto, Malvasia bianca di Candia, Malvasia, Garganega and Verdicchio, alone or jointly. It is pale yellow in color, with a slightly vinous aroma, dry, tart and fruity. Great with lighter pasta dishes, chicken salad, fish and vegetables. 

The white Colli Martani Grechetto must have at least 85% Grechetto; with Trebbiano, Spoletino, Malvasia & Malvasia di Candia, Garganega & Verdicchio, alone or jointly, making up the remainder. This wine may be labelled with the geographical sub-denomination 'di Todi', whenever obtained exclusively from grapes produced in the township of Todi. Also pale yellow, with a delicate perfume, velvety, dry, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Serve with hot antipasti, and spicy regional pasta dishes such as rigatoni alla norcina.

Colli Martani Rossa is a Sangiovese based wine. Consisting of at minimum Sangiovese, with the remaining 15% made up of Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo, Barbera, Merlot, Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Trebbiano Spoletino, Grechetto, Malvasia, Malvasia di Candia, Garganega and Verdicchio, alone or jointly. The white grapes must not exceed 10% of the overall total of blending grapes. This wine must undergo mandatory aging for at least a year. If it is aged for two years, of which at least one in oak casks, it can be labelled Riserva. Ruby red in color when young, the Rosso wines will exhibit hints of orange and garnet with age. A characteristic fruity nose, with a dry, well-balance palate, slightly tannic and nicely bitter. Serve with hearty pasta dishes, roast pork, aged cheeses.