Join Italia Sweet Italia for a 10-day tailor made tour of the undiscovered Italy, Abruzzo. You will be part of a small group of people and will be able to embrace a deep cultural history of food, wine, art and living la vita dolce. The highlight of this tour is the chance to have customized adventures such as cooking, craft making, street theatre representations, and improving your conversation along the way with personalized one-to-one tutors. You will visit artisans, design studios, museums, markets, and musicians and be surprised by the unexpected when you wander around small villages, piazzas, and laneways during included free time.
During this holiday, you will be staying one night in Santo Stefano di Sessanio in a luxury picturesque hotel and eight nights accommodation in a family run and charming hotel in the historical center of the Roman town of Vasto
A short walk from the sights of the old city, close to the shopping streets and only three kilometers from the beautiful beaches of Vasto Marina, Hotel San Marco takes you into the center of Vasto. Since 1972, with the courtesy and professionalism, your stay in this city will be exactly as you want it to be. Charming and family run Hotel San Marco in the historical downtown is ideal for your holidays. With practical and stylish rooms, completely restored, you can relax with all the modern comforts and tranquility.
The helpful and friendly staff will always be at your disposal to make your stay perfect and memorable. You can expect a leisurely traditional breakfast of freshly baked bread, whole fruit country-style preserves, cake, pastries, cappuccino, coffee, tea and freshly squeezed juice.
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is in the same region as Campo Imperatore Observatory, Museo Nazionale d'Abruzzo and Campo Imperatore Gondola. Regional attractions also include Forte Spagnolo and Church of S. Maria di Collemaggio. Sextantio Albergo Diffuso features a bar or lounge and a restaurant. Other amenities include a coffee shop and complimentary wireless Internet access. In addition to complimentary wireless Internet access, guestrooms include premium bedding and a turndown service. Bathrooms feature bathtubs or showers and bidets.
You will be picked from the airport at 1 p.m., transfer to Santo Stefano di Sessanio on the Abruzzo mountains, check in in a luxury picturesque accommodation, relax, and welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of the village.
In the morning, after a leisurely traditional breakfast of freshly baked bread, whole fruit country-style preserves, cake, pastries, coffee, tea, and freshly squeezed juice, you will explore Rocca Calascio and Campo Imperatore on the Mountains and Castelli, the town of ceramics.
In the afternoon, you will visit to Castelli’s museum of ceramics and to the oldest pottery studio and lunch in a traditional restaurant. Transfer to the ancient Roman town of Vasto on the Adriatic Coast, check in at charming and family run Hotel San Marco in the historical downtown, and dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto.
In the morning, you will have a guided visit of Vasto’s historic center. You will explore 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.
In the afternoon, enjoy the selected lunch followed by free time at your leisure. Before and after a dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto, you will have the opportunity to join to the celebrations of the Saint Patron of Vasto (St. Michele): procession, fair, music concert with an Italian artist, and fireworks (only in September).
Exploring Termoli medieval “borgo”, the Castle and local artisans. Lunch in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Termoli. In the afternoon, explore the magic world of “Giostra della memoria” Museum and dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto.
Following breakfast, you will visit the La Selvotta 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 you will finish with an olive oil tasting. Next, you will visit Fontefico, an award winning winery that sits between a marine park and the mountains. You will have a wine tasting class with pairings from local cheeses and salami and tour of the vineyard and cellars by owners Emanuele and Nicola.
After a light lunch, you will travel to Lentella, where, deep in the woods and forest, you will have an exciting and hopefully successful truffle hunt. Accompanied by an “aperitivo”, you will enjoy a truffle cookery demonstration using what you collected and eat your rewards for dinner.
Visit to Hermitage of San Martino in Fara San Martino (the town of pasta) inside the Maiella National Park, taste different kinds of pasta in a traditional restaurant, and visit the Medieval and amazing Castle of Roccascalegna. Dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto.
After a visit to a colorful local market, you will have an exclusive cooking class with a housewife in her house, and you will learn how easy fresh pasta is to make and an introduction to a favorite seasonal sauce. An example menu includes pasta alla chitarra (made using a guitar strings shape utensil) with meat sauce, polpette (meatballs), Cavatelli with vegetables, and Ravioli with ricotta cheese and spinach (this depends on seasonal availability). Lunch will consist of the scrumptious dishes that have been prepared in the morning followed by free time. and dinner at your leisure.
Weather permitting, you will have a special fish cooking class on a trabocco (the symbol of the area) that is constructed mostly from acacia wood and railway iron sleepers sitting directly on the Adriatic sea with amazing coastal views. Rinaldo, the host, will show you how to fish from it and the secrets and history behind Abruzzo’s unique fishing platforms. His wife, Maria, who comes from a family of well-known cooks, will give you a fish cookery class sourcing fish from the Adriatic coast.
In the afternoon, you can relax and try your hand at fishing and take some photos of the surrounding beautiful marinescape. To close the day, you will visit the enchanting San Giovanni in Venere Abbey that sits on a hill dominating the coastline, surrounded by orange, olive, oak, and pine trees. Dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto.
After breakfast, you will make your way to the farm where Pina and Dino will reveal the secrets of sheep farming to you and guide those that would like to learn how to milk a sheep ready for pecorino cheese. After a snack of cheese, you will learn how to prepare ricotta cheese in their creamery. A delicious traditional lunch will be prepared and served. This will be the time to savor just made warm ricotta cheese.
In the afternoon, you will visit Sangro River British and Commonwealth War Cemetery in Torino di Sangro with amazing views of the Adriatic street theater in Paglieta, followed by a farewell dinner.
After a morning breakfast, you will depart for Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) or your next destination.
Excursions and daily trips around Abruzzo and Vasto are included in the package as part of the program per itinerary.
Abruzzo is located a short drive from Rome and considered the greenest region in Europe with three National Parks and many protected areas and species such as bears, wolves, lynx, and Golden Eagles. Abruzzo spreads from the Apennine mountains to the Adriatic sea which means that you can admire the highest mountains of the Apennines, the Corno Grande, directly from its coast.
It has a huge variety of landscapes and seascapes that make it an ideal place to have a relaxing holiday. Abruzzo and her four provinces: Teramo, L'Aquila, Pescara, and Chieti have a very diverse gastronomic heritage that includes wine, pasta alla chitarra, extra-virgin olive oil, cheeses, salami, truffle, saffron, and fish soups.
Abruzzo remains unknown and off the beaten track to many non-Italians. Abruzzo and their people, the Abruzzese, will reawaken your senses and provide an unforgettable Italian holiday you will never forget!
Vasto is a Roman coastal town (population: over 40,000), just three hours from Rome, which flourished again in the 15th and 16th Century. You will enjoy exploring the Centro Storico, its cathedrals and churches, the 15th Century Palazzo dAvalos, the Rossetti Theater, the cafes, and restaurants. Enjoy the food, wine and gelato, vineyards, cheese factories and olive oil mills, as well as the many natural sites: a selection of beaches, from sandy shores to pebbly coves, from the populous marina to the natural reserve, from dunes to trabocchi, the unique fishing huts you will marvel at, all within a short distance.
During the retreats, you will be served daily Italian breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and wine included in the package. Additional meals, snacks, or drinks that are not listed on the itinerary are at your leisure.
Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport (FCO). Italia Sweet Italia will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
You can travel by bus to Pescara or Vasto. The bus journey from Rome to Pescara takes between two and three hours, depending on the bus you catch and one hour more to get to Vasto.
You can travel by train to Pescara or Vasto. The train journey from Rome takes around four hours to Pescara and around five hours to Vasto.
Don't miss our special promotions, exclusive offers, new destinations and inspirational stories!
We respect your privacy. We will not publish or share your email address in any way.