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7-day Authentic Cultural, Culinary and Active Tours in Abruzzo & Puglia with Italia Sweet Italia

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Highlights

Join us on a 7-day Italian cultural and food vacation in Abruzzo , one of the most stunning and culturally rich regions in Italy. For anyone eager to live an immersive adventure in the Italian culture and traditions, where you really get to know the food, region and people, your host and local guide Fabrizio, together with his family & friends, has put together amazing experiences that combine passion, beautiful places and locals to show you the best of the region’s off-the-beaten-track secrets. This is a fully escorted tour that will give you the insights to daily life, food & wine, culture and production in Abruzzo and will let you discover the authentic Italy in a balanced mix of experiences, relax, adventure and learning. Some experiences during an exclusive 7-day tour:

  • Live like a local and sleep in the historical center charming ancient towns on the mountains and by the sea
  • Prepare homemade pasta, pizza and bread with local women
  • Explore enchanted castles
  • Visit Abruzzo’s acclaimed wine makers
  • Walk across national parks and enjoy amazing landscapes
  • Discover the fascinating trabocchi fishing huts
  • Meet local artists and artisans
  • Milk a cow and make ricotta cheese
  • Hunt truffle

Choose your favorite cultural and culinary small groups escorted tour according to the season between these:

- The Abruzzo, Puglia & Matera Experience: 15-24 Apr 2020 | 6-15 Oct 2020 (10 days)

- Abruzzo Easter Experience: 9-15 April 2020

- Cultural, Culinary & Truffle Hunting Experience: 17-23 May 2020

- Cultural, Culinary & Walking Experience: 7-13 Jun 2020 | 6-12 Sep 2020

- Cultural, Culinary & E-Cycling Experience: 21-27 Jun 2020

- The Double Soul of Abruzzo Experience: 2-8 Aug 2020 | 18-24 Oct 2020

- Cultural, Culinary & Gelato Making Experience: 30 Aug-5 Sep 2020

- Cultural, Culinary & Tomato Passata Sauce Making Experience: 5-11 Jul 2020

- Cultural, Saint Patron Celebrations & Grape Harvest Experience: 27 Sep-3 Oct 2020

- Cultural, Culinary & Olive Harvest Experience: 1-7 Nov 2020

- Cultural, Culinary & Christmas Dishes Experience:  6-12 Dec 2020

- Pottery, Art and Food Experience: 19-25 July 2020

- Cultural, Culinary & Salami Making Experience: 6-22 Feb 2020

Description

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1 - Airport pick up and welcome to Abruzzo dinner!

PM
  • Rome Fiumicino airport pick up at 14:30 and transfer to the ancient Roman town of Vasto on the Adriatic Coast after crossing beautiful Abruzzo mountains looking at amazing landscapes. After checking at charming and family run Hotel San Marco in the historical downtown, get to know your guide and learn more about the 7-day Italian cookery holiday and enjoy a welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto.

Day 2 - A visit to market, cooking pasta with Mamma, exploring Vasto’s historic center

  • After a leisurely traditional breakfast made of freshly baked bread, whole fruit country-style preserves, cake, pastries, coffee, tea and freshly squeezed juice:

AM
  • We’ll walk and visit Vasto’s colorful market to get seasonal products. Here you’ll have the possibility to practice a little bit of Italian even if you don’t speak any of it
  • Next we’ll drive to the beautiful countryside of Vasto where we’ll meet Fabrizio’s family to have an exclusive cooking class with them and we’ll learn how easy it is to make fresh pasta and we’ll be introduced to Abruzzo sauces
  • An example menu based on Fabrizio’s family recipes, includes Bread with meat sauce, Pasta alla chitarra with meat sauce and polpette (meatballs), Cavatelli with vegetables and Tarallucci (typical biscuits from Abruzzo) – of course this depends on seasonal availability
PM
  • Lunch with the scrumptious dishes that we prepared in the morning, while enjoying the relaxing family atmosphere
  • After a short break to relax, in the afternoon we’ll explore Vasto historic center: Loggia Amblingh, a promenade overlooking the fascinating crescent-shaped coastline, the old town with its medieval Castle, charming lanes, a tower, the Cathedral and Piazza Rossetti, dedicated to Gabriele Rossetti, a poet from the town and father of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
  • Before free time, we’ll meet some local artisans or artists
  • In the evening you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants of Vasto. After the big family lunch, based on our many years of experience, we know that nobody is looking for a rich dinner, so our travelers usually enjoy spending time like a local trying a simple aperitif, a gelato or a pizza. Obviously Fabrizio will suggest you his favorite places

Day 3 - Discover the fascinating Trabocchi coast, fish based lunch on a trabocco fishing hut, visit C6th Abbey

AM
  • After breakfast we’ll explore the famous Trabocchi coast. We’ll start with a short and easy walk inside Punta Aderci Nature Reserve, one of the 10 most beautiful Italian beaches according to the British daily The Telegraph, from where you can also admire snow-capped mountains
  • Next we’ll visit a trabocco (the symbol of the area), mostly built with acacia wood and railway iron sleepers
  • Weather permitting, Rinaldo our host will show us how to fish from it and the secrets and history behind Abruzzo’s unique fishing platforms that have been featured in the BBC TV show: Escape to the Continent
  • His wife Maria will prepare fish from the Adriatic Sea for our exclusive lunch on the ocean
PM
  • In the afternoon feel free to relax or take some great photos of the surrounding beautiful marinescape
  • On the way home, we’ll visit the enchanting San Giovanni in Venere Abbey that sits on a hill dominating the coastline, surrounded by orange, olive, oak and pine trees
  • Group dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto

Day 4 - Free morning and special activities (gelato making, truffle hunting, olive harvest, grape harvest, walking, cycling or tomato passata sauce making)

AM  
  • Free morning for your own activities, which could be: to go to one of the many beaches, visit a natural reserve, biking, take part to some extra activities/excursions or whatever you prefer. Lunch at your leisure
PM
  • According to the tour that you will select, we could have one of these special activities: gelato making, truffle hunting, olive harvest, grape harvest, cycling, walking or tomato passata sauce making
  • Traditional dinner

Day 5 - Visit a typical “agriturismo” to learn everything about Abruzzo farming, farm-to-table lunch and explore Roccascalegna Medieval Castle

AM
  • After breakfast we’ll make our way to a farmhouse where Pina and Berardino will reveal the secrets of farming letting you immerse in an authentic slow food experience. You could relax in the beautiful Abruzzo countryside or take part into some or all of these experiences
  • We’ll milk a sheep or a cow
  • We’ll learn how to make a special bread called “pizza scima – stupid pizza”, a pizza without yeast
  • After collecting some organic wine from their winery, we’ll have an aperitif including a taste of their production: cheeses, salami and extra virgin olive oil
  • Next we’ll learn how to prepare ricotta cheese
  • Finally we’ll collect the fresh vegetables from their garden that will be used for our farm-to-table lunch
  • A delicious traditional farm-to-table lunch will be prepared and served
  • Almost everything we’ll eat is produced in the farm (wheat to produce the organic flour to make different kinds of breads, cookies and fresh pasta together with eggs from their hens, organic extra virgin olive oil, wines, liquors, juices, jams, cheeses, many varieties of salami, meats and vegetables)
PM
  • In the afternoon, immersed in the nature and surrounded by amazing sceneries, we’ll drive in the inland to explore the enchanting Abruzzo’s castle in the sky in the charming village of Roccascalegna, ranked by Condé Naste Traveler as one of the 9 Most Beautiful Hilltop Towns in Italy
  • After the big lunch at the farm, in the evening you may enjoy a dinner or aperitif on your own in one of the many restaurants and wine bars of Vasto

 

Day 6 - Olive oil and wine tasting, pizza & tiramisù family party & farewell dinner

AM
  • After breakfast we’ll visit an Olive Grove that has been farmed by Giovanni’s family for three generations to produce DOP olive oils. He will unfurl the secrets of what Homer described as “liquid gold” and we will finish with an olive oil tasting
  • Next we’ll visit an award winning winery that sits between a marine park and the mountains. We’ll make a wine tasting and lunch with pairings from local cheeses and salami and a tour of the vineyard and cellars organized by the winemakers Emanuele and Nicola
PM
  • After lunch and some free time to relax and pack or do a last minute shopping, we’ll have a farewell party with Fabrizio’s family. You will enjoy the Abruzzo wines and food in a very relaxed atmosphere or help Adele and Mamma Anna Maria to make tiramisù and many kinds of pizza including the world famous Margherita or local ones with typical toppings such as the renowned “ventricina” salami
  • In the evening we’ll have the last dinner together as an Italian family immersed in the Abruzzo’s countryside

Day 7 - Goodbye Goodbye and transfer to Rome airport 

  • After breakfast we will leave (usually at 09:00 am) for Rome Fiumicino airport or your next destination (Rome Fiumicino is about 3,5 hours driving from Vasto) so make sure to get an afternoon flight.

This is an example of our 7-day Italian cultural and food tour in Abruzzo Italy. Changes and modifications can be made according to the size of the group, the season, and preferred experiences that are created daily.

Price Italian Cultural, Culinary and Active Tour in Abruzzo: from € 1,345.00 (around US$ 1,523.00)

Special Services

We offer personalised ancestry services that include research into your family tree, sourcing documents such as Italian birth, marriage and death certificates, and where possible arranging meetings with your relatives. Not only will you be tracing family roots in the land of your Italian forefathers, you will be able to experience first hand one of the most incredible regions of central Italy at the same time.

What Included

  • 6 Nights accommodation at Hotel dei 7 in the historic centre of Vasto
  • Breakfast Buffet Daily
  • 8 meals (food, water, house wine) in selected restaurants, farmhouses, private homes, wineries based on traditional regional dishes
  • 2 o 3 or  hands-on cooking classes and associated food costs
  • Daily trips and excursions
  • Pick up and drop off iat Rome Fiumicino airport
  • Personalized cooking booklet and apron
  • All transport for daily trips and excursions
  • All entry fees for excursions, tours and wine, olive oil and cheese tastings
  • English-speaking tour manager throughout the duration
  • All taxes

What Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Spending money
  • Snacks/Drinks between meals, or any meals not listed on the itinerary
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, visa costs, laundry or tips
  • Travel insurance (not obligatory, but recommended)
  • Drinks not listed in the itinerary (an extra bottle of wine, for example)
  • The cost of additional excursions or activities

Duration

7 days or 10 days for the Abruzzo, Puglia & Matera Experience Tour

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