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Italy’s olive groves on two wheels

The Olive Harvest Tour winds through the villages and countryside of southern Italy’s Molise region. The Olive Harvest Tour winds through the villages and countryside of southern Italy’s Molise region. (Ciclismo Classico)
By Kari Bodnarchuk
Globe Correspondent / September 5, 2010

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Spend eight days pedaling through quaint villages on Ciclismo Classico’s Olive Harvest Tour. The Arlington-based tour company offers trips to the Molise region departing Oct. 18. Learn about the production of olive oil, then meet a member of the Colavita family, who will give you a tour of an olive-crushing mill and offer samples of freshly pressed oil from the new harvest. On foot, you can search for truffles in Isernia, explore ancient theater ruins and a bell foundry in Pietrabbondante, and tour a pasta factory in Trivento. The trip ends with a visit to one of Molise’s finest wineries, a tour along the Adriatic coast, and a chance to see Rome for a day. Rates are $3,695 per person, based on double occupancy. 800-866-7314, www.ciclismoclassico.com

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Dance down to Buenos Aires
Experience Argentina’s signature dance through Hilton Buenos Aires’s Totally Tango Package. Take a private lesson at the Carlos Copello Tango Academy. Visit El Museo Casa Carlos Gardel in a home once owned by the prominent tango artist. And savor traditional Argentinean cuisine, such as homemade empanadas and tenderloin carpaccio, while watching a tango performance (complete with a full orchestra) at the historic La Esquina de Carlos Gardel, a 1940s-style dinner club. The package, good through Dec. 31, includes accommodations, daily buffet breakfast, a private lesson for two, the dinner show, a techno-tango CD, and two tickets to the museum. Rates are $274 per night, based on double occupancy and a minimum three-night stay that must include a Saturday. 800-445-8667, www.buenosaires.hilton.com

KARI BODNARCHUK