Sabina Olive Oil Tour wITH JOHNNY MADGE

Discover the magic world of olive oil and food pairing in a Gourmet restaurant, 2 Michelin Forks, near Rome in the Sabine hills, on a semi private tour. You taste some of the best extra virgin olive oils in Italy with an expert sommelier and visit an ancient Roman olive oil port on the Tiber river.

Years ago an old Italian woman asked our olive oil sommelier Johnny Madge “how can you live without olive oil in England?”. That is how essential it is for people in Italy and the rest of the Mediterranean: an ingredient which is both delicious and very good for you.

It would be a real pity to leave Rome or Italy without coming on our exclusive Olive Oil Tour where you learn about how oil is made and you can taste wonderful oils paired with superb food in a gourmet restaurant near Rome which has more than 200 of the Best Olive Oils in Italy.

During the tour conducted by international olive oil expert Johnny Madge (ex-pat Englishman, in Italy since 1982) you will learn the difference between well-made and badly-made oils, walk through olive groves in a beautiful landscape and discover the secrets of olive oil production. As you may know, only Genuine Extra Virgin Olive oil will provide you with many health benefits such as antioxidants and polyphenols, vitamins and other nutrients.


Programme: tour start is 10:45am (9:30am from central Rome with a private transfer) in Magliano Sabina in the Sabine Hills at Gourmet Resort Restaurant degli Angeli (2 Michelin Forks and one of the best restaurants in Lazio). You will be welcomed with a first tasting of olive oil on fresh homemade Focaccia bread together with a glass of Brut Cavalier Manlio cantina dei Colli Sabini.

Johnny will then start talking about olive oil-making techniques and then the small group will take a short walk through the olive groves. Here our expert will explain how the trees are cultivated and point out the extraordinary variety of aromatic and edible wild plants that grow in the Sabina countryside famous for its excellent olive oils for the last 2.000 years.

We then proceed with an olive oil tasting where we sample at least 4 different oils by sipping out of little cups as professionals do or, if you would prefer, you can taste it on bread. After an in-depth introduction to the world of olive oil and its secrets enjoy delicious dishes prepared by Executive Chef Laura Marciani which are combined with selected olive oils. This a unique experience which it is almost impossible to find anywhere else in Italy…

After lunch you can buy some delicious gourmet specialities made by the owners of the restaurant and, of course, olive oil in their next door shop La Bottega delle Delizie.

Bottega delle Delizie

To finish this fascinating day we visit a very special place nearby: Ocriculum which is an almost 2,000 year-old Roman archaeological site. On the banks of the Tiber river is the olive oil port where the Ancient Romans shipped the olive oils from the Sabine Hills to the Eternal City. The tour finishes approx. at 5:00/5:30pm. Private transfer back to Rome city centre (where specified).

Ocriculum (Otricoli)


• Understanding the confusing world of extra virgin olive oil with an international olive oil expert. Recommended to culinary professionals and food lovers!

• Discovering the magic world of olive oil and food pairing in a Gourmet restaurant, 2 Michelin Forks.

• Tasting some of the best oils in Italy, learning about the different varieties just like wines.

• Direct experience of olive groves and all the aromatic wild plants that grow amongst the trees.

• Visit the ancient Roman olive oil port on the Tiber river.

• The tour runs with a minimum of 2 with a small group limit of 8 people, if you are lucky you will enjoy the benefits of a private tour.

Beautiful Sabine hills

Price per person including transfer from /to Rome (meet us near Termini train station):

2-4 participants: Euro 250,00 per person

5-6 participants: Euro 230,00 per person

7-8 participants: Euro 210,00 per person

Price per person without transfer (meet us directly at Ristorante degli Angeli):

2-4 participants: Euro 160,00 per person

5-8 participants: Euro 150,00 per person

Included in the tour price:

• Full-day tour with your private olive oil-sommelier (English, Italian)

• Professional oil tasting and introduction to the world of olive oil

• Welcome aperitif and 4-course lunch including selected olive oils and wines at restaurant degli Angeli

• Visit the Ocriculum archaeological site

You want to book a Tour?!

Starting times: Wednesdays and Fridays at 10.45am (9:30am from Rome) from March 1 to November 30

Bookings: mail Your reservation request a.s.a.p. or max. 3 days before tour date (3 days with transfer from Rome) to Info cell phone + 39 3283398479. Reservations require reconfirmation! Please indicate Your full name, total number of participants (min. 2, max. 8), tour date (Wednesday or Friday, Saturday on request), email-address, cell phone n., You wish a tour with or without transfer.

About Johnny Madge: Marble sculptor and British ex-patriate, came to Italy 34 years ago and never looked back. He has since dedicated his life to an intensive study of olive oil, become a professional taster also for the Slow Food Olive Oil Guide, acclaimed tour guide, and activist for sound olive oil production methods. When not guiding tours, Johnny gives lectures worldwide, judges international olive oil competitions in Greece, Japan, England and Turkey, and does the odd television appearance for the BBC. He is well known for his capability to present the often confusing topic of extra virgin olive oil with a simple and fun approach. Johnny has been an acclaimed tour guide in Sabina for the last 7 years. This tour is also an extraordinary experience for team building, corporate outings or culinary professionals!

Oil production in November

Additional Information:

Stop sales 2017 (tour is not available): MARCH 8-13, 17, 19-23; APRIL 4, 7-10, 17-23, 29-30; MAY 10, 12-13, 18, 23, 25-27, 31; AUGUST 1-4, 15; OCTOBER 13

Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing. We reserve the right to change the program if necessary.

Meeting Point: 10:45 am at Ristorante & Hotel degli Angeli - Loc. della Madonna degli Angeli, 1 - 02046 Magliano Sabina (Rieti)

Meeting Point with private transfer from Rome: 9:30 am in Via Marsala 82 near Termini train station central in Rome (in front of Hotel Aphrodite). Please meet us 15 minutes before departure time! Ph. + 39 3283398479

Ristorante & Hotel degli Angeli

How to arrive at Ristorante & Hotel degli Angeli: along the A1 Milan-Florence-Naples or vice versa exit at Magliano Sabina, exit 33 (approx. 70 km from Rome). Keep right, and after 400 meters you will find a sign “Ristorante Hotel degli Angeli”, turn left. From there, well marked by directional of the restaurant, we are at 1900 meters. The route is a paved country road. Do not be afraid, but be careful if you encounter other vehicles: the road is narrow. Uphill follow the sign on main road and turn left. After 1 km you find us on your left. If you have a bulky vehicle, camper or bus this road is not to go, the alternative is to go of the highway keeping right and follow the road for 2 km until you come to a junction where there are signs for Magliano Sabina. Travel the road to taking every crossroad always to the left and follow the signs “Ristorante Hotel degli Angeli”. You will find us easily. The reliability of the various navigators after the highway exit is not clear it is better to follow our directions.

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