8 Days Domenica Marchetti Wine, Cooking Vacation in Italy

  • Abruzzo, Italy

Culinary Vacations with Domenica Marchetti in Italy

This tour is an authentic Italian culture and food experience shared with Domenica Marchetti. Domenica is a famous cookbook author, food writer, cooking instructor, and proud daughter of Abruzzo. Her mother was born and raised in Chieti, and Domenica spent much of her life travelling between the US and this magnificent green region of Italy, which continues to inspire her in the kitchen.


  • Vineyard tours
  • Cooking classses
  • Meals in locations frequented by locals
  • Visits to producers of saffron and olive oil with tastings
  • Excursions to Abruzzos majestic castles, abbeys, medieval villages, lively cities
  • Excursions with truffle hunters and cheese makers
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Recipes to take home
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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“Vivere per mangiare e non mangiare per vivere” (Live to eat and not eat to live) - old Italian proverb. Travel with AbruzzoPresto! to discover the little known treasure of Abruzzese cuisine. Sample astonishing local wines; Trebbiano, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Cerasuolo and Pecorino in lush vineyard settings. Take private cooking classes offered by guest chefs and local village cooks. Meet artisan cheese producers whose families have produced luscious sheep’s and cow’s milk cheeses for generations. Join in on a truffle hunt and sample this “black gold” of Abruzzo in local cookery. Visit a saffron producer; learn the art of olive-oil tasting from a certified olive oil sommelier. Savor master creations at Abruzzo’s best restaurants with chefs hailing from the world famous culinary school of Villa Santa Maria. Discover the breathtaking terrain and attractions that have shaped this rich comestible environment.

  • Domenica Marchetti

    Domenica Marchetti is the author of seven acclaimed cookbooks. Domenica’s cookbooks have achieved wide acclaim. Her latest book, Preserving Italy: Canning, Curing, Infusing, and Bottling Italian Flavors and Traditions, was published in June 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has already received great reviews by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and Fine Cooking. Her book The Glorious Vegetables of Italy was named a 2013 New York Times Notable Cookbook.

You will discover the warmth that is Abruzzo from the moment you step out of your vehicle after climbing up the long road pointing straight toward the majestic Maiella Mountain. The people of Abruzzo are the most hospitable and generous you will ever meet. The Abruzzese people have greatly influenced the world and have significantly contributed to literature, music, science, sculpture, poetry, technology, culture, commerce and cuisine. They are generally known for their localism and strict attention to family values and devoutness to the Christian faith and association with the Roman Catholic Church.

Although there were people living in the Abruzzo region during the late Neolithic Period 5,000 B.C. to 2,000 B.C, most Abruzzese have a common Roman ancestry as well as a variety of other ancestries including Norman, Swedish, Spanish and Austrian. The highest compliment that must be paid to the people is for their local cuisine. Throughout the rest of Italy, when one mentions places or people they know in Abruzzo, the guaranteed response is; in Abruzzo si mangia bene! (In Abruzzo, one eats well!). That is an understatement.

The Abruzzese people share an abundance of life and pleasure in their natural resources. They are keenly aware of the beauty that surrounds them. The mountains, the sea and the land bring them joy and help define who they are. There is no scarcity of pride in being Abruzzese. An expression we have used with the locals, at which they immediately nod in agreement is; Anche se non siamo ricchi, viviamo una vita di richezza costante! (Though we may not be rich, we live a life of constant richness!).

Many house-hold names hailed ancestrally from Abruzzo. A short list of these people include Madonna, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Mario Lanza, Rocky Marciano, Bruno Sammartino, Henry Mancini, Perry Como, Tommy Lasorda, Gabriele DAnnunzio, Francesco Paolo Tosti, Filippo De Cecco and Mario Batali.

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals and wine as included in itinerary, designed to highlight exquisite cuisine of Abruzzo
  • Domenica will provide hands-on classes exploring the uses of Abruzzos finest ingredients
  • Explore Abruzzos glimmering Adriatic coast
  • Experience the Italian art of cooking alla brace; grilling over glowing embers
  • Everyone will receive Domenicas own recipes to take away and try at home
  • Guided excursions with truffle hunters and artisan cheese makers
  • Make pizza in a 300 year old wood-fired oven; savoring, as always, the fruits of your labors
  • Tours of cultural gems of Abruzzo; medieval castles, churches, mountain villages and more
  • Transfers from and to Rome Leonardo DaVinci Fiumicino Airport
  • Vineyard tour with accompanied wine tastings
  • Visits and tastings with producers of saffron and Abruzzos best extra virgin olive oil
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond those provided
  • Flight
  • Tips


  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "If you love Italy as we do, for example you enjoy sight-seeing coupled with excellent food, wine, and hospitality, you will love this tour. Tour company owners, Michael and Nancy Morizio, are very accommodating while maintaining a professional demeanor. They have charismatic personalities and appropriately high energy levels necessary to keep up the pace for efficient use of every minute. Their excellent planning and research paid off with every day of the tour exceeding our expectations. Food writer, Italian food expert, and cooking teacher par excellence, Domenica Marchetti, completes their astute leadership team. Truly, every effort was made to ensure a happy experience. We were lucky with the weather at the end of September 2015 - as it is a time of year that could have been less hospitable, based on weather reports we were tracking prior to the trip last fall. On our one drizzly day, Nancy and Michael were adept at adjusting the itinerary. AbruzzoPresto! provided everything we'd wished for: access to special sites, opportunity to interact with friendly Italians (I'm not only talking about shop keepers - while there were opportunities to buy things, there were no "canned" demos where you are pressured to buy), tour the countryside in a comfortable vehicle as passengers, eat and drink very well at interesting restaurants presided over by proud owners and, one day, at a family home - I smile every time I think of that day! Bravo AbruzzoPresto!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "I was so fortunate to have a custom, food-focused 4-day tour with Nancy and Michael in May 2015, whom will both surely be lifelong friends of mine from here on out. As an Abruzzese-American and a chef, I was overwhelmed by the care and detail that were put into my experience, as well as the custom "improvising" of the tour once they got to know me a bit. They are so much fun and made my experience incredibly memorable beyond words. I look forward to traveling with them again soon. They are surely unparalleled when it comes to custom tours of this beautiful region!"

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  • Review by Kourtney K. from United States

    "Nancy and Michael put together a tour of Abruzzo that had to accommodate the needs and interests of three generations of one family. They did a fantastic job combining great meals and wine tastings with excursions to mountain towns including Castelli which is known for its pottery. We also made it to the Adriatic sea for a wonderful lunch on a wharf. We stayed in two different towns and took excursions out from there. They are wonderful hosts and really do attend to every detail. They speak fluent Italian and have a deep love of the region. I recommend Abruzzo Presto to anyone who wants to expereience a beautiful part of Italy that has not been discovered by the masses."

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  • Review by Linda Barrington from United States

    "We were attending a small conference in Pescara and wanted to have a day to see the Abruzzo area. I found Abruzzo Presto on the internet and took a chance after reading the reviews. It turned out to be a spectacular decision! Four couples were taken on an extraordinary tour of majestic mountains, exquisite ruins, and medieval towns and treated to a sumptuous al fresco feast in a valley surrounded by snow covered mountains and the bluest of skies. Michael and Nancy are charming and knowledgable, but most of all, just really nice people. It certainly felt like touring with family and friends. We only wish we had more days to enjoy together. I hope we will be back..."

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  • Review by Debbie from United States

    "The owners of Abruzzo Presto, Mike and Nancy, are a passionate couple who love to share their Abruzzian culture, food, wine and friends with others. They created a full day of savoring this rich region, its products and making new friends for 8 people. We went to a 300 year old olive oil factory where we learned the art of tasting olive oil, drank their homemade wine and were treated to trays of antipasti. We visited the truffle farmer's store who provided white truffles for George Clooneys' wedding. The staff were very gracious and gave each of us truffle treats to taste and also to take home.The wine of this region is excellent and we were privileged to visit one of the newer vineyards, Fontefico, in the town of Vasto. We savored several of their wines while enjoying spectacular fresh food prepared in front of us. Knowing my husband loves opera, Mike and Nancy, both opera singers, sang a few arias from various operas. What a treat!! Recognizing on our request form that it was my birthday the next day, Mike and Nancy had the vintners mother make an absolutely delicious cake to celebrate. Every place we toured, it was evident that Mike and Nancy had made such good friends and we all now feel we have become a part of that circle of friends.They went above and beyond, to make this day tour very special. Having lived in Italy and traveled to many areas, I found Abruzzo to be so genuine, unspoiled, quiet and welcoming. If you want to get a taste of Abruzzo, book a day or a week tour with Abruzzo Presto! You will not be disappointed."

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Arrival: Sunday September 17, 2017
Departure: Sunday September 24, 2017

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