Take a break from the routine and discover the natural beauties of the Italian town of Abruzzo. The warm weather, incredible landscapes, perfect accommodation, and delicious food will make you want to stay. You will have the chance to visit a vineyard, harvest grapes and taste their best wines. You will also be able to prepare incredible dishes with the instruction of experienced cooks that will share their most precious secrets about Italian cuisine with you.
Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
The Hotel San Marco was recently renovated and thanks to its central location and its many amenities is the perfect setting for your stay. It is practical and elegant and you can relax with all the modern comforts and in absolute tranquility. The rooms are comfortable and fully equipped and the friendly staff will make your stay unforgettable.
Rome Fiumicino airport pick up at 2:30 p.m. 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.
After a leisurely traditional breakfast of freshly baked bread, whole fruit country-style preserves, cake, pastries, coffee, tea and freshly squeezed juice.
In the morning, learn how easy fresh pasta is to make with a cooking class by Mamma and an introduction to her favourite seasonal sauces, an example menu includes Bruschetta with meat sauce, Pasta alla chitarra with meat sauce and polpette (meatballs), Cavatelli with vegetables and Tarallucci (typical biscuits from Abruzzo) - naturally this depends on seasonal availability.
Lunch will consist of the scrumptious dishes that have been prepared in the morning. In the afternoon, 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. Before dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto, you will meet some local artisans.
Weather permitting, you will have a special fish cooking class on a trabocco that is constructed mostly from acacia wood and railway iron sleepers. Rinaldo, your 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 her fish cookery class sourcing fish from the Adriatic* where possible.
In the afternoon after relaxing and trying our hand at fishing, taking 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 drive to a winery. You’ll walk through the vineyards and we’ll help harvest grape before visiting the cellars for a wine tasting and traditional pic-nic lunch in the vineyards. Next, you will visit La Selvotta Olive Grove that has been farmed by Giovanni’s family for three generations to produce DOP olive oils. Te will unfurl he secrets of what Homer described as “liquid gold” and we will finish with an olive oil tasting
dinner will be 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 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 evening, you will explore the enchanting Abruzzo’s castle in the sky in Roccascalegna. Dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto.
Free morning for your own activities, which could be: to go to one of the many beaches, visit a natural reserve, biking, take part in some extra activities, excursions or whatever you prefer. Lunch at your leisure. After lunch, you will have a homemade pizza cooking class that includes the teaching of traditional bruschetta and tiramisù.
After breakfast, departure for Rome Fiumicino airport or your next destination.
(Recipes subject to the availability of seasonal produce)
You will visit Ambruzzos mountains, castle, cathedral, national parks, monuments, and coastline, as well as an artisan farm, an olive grove, a winery, San Giovanni in Venere Abbey, and Loggia Amblingh.
Abruzzo is just a short drive from Rome and is considered the greenest region in Europe with three national parks and many protected areas and species. It has a very diverse gastronomic heritage that includes wine, pasta alla chitarra, olive oil, cheeses, salami, truffles, saffron, and fish soups. Abruzzo also offers a wide variety of landscapes and seascapes that will take your breath away.
Locally caught fish is an important part of the cuisine in Abruzzo. You will learn about traditional fishing and how to incorporate your catch into a range of tasty dishes. You will have the chance to sample ricotta and pecorino cheese from the region as well as traditional meals, olive oil and wines. Every meal is prepared with great care and attention at local restaurants. An example menu includes bruschette with meat sauce, pasta alla chitarra with meat sauce and polpette, cavatelli with vegetables and tarallucci.
You will have ample time to explore the surroundings, immerse in the Italian culture and participate in multiple activities such as biking, hiking, fishing, truffle hunting, wine and cheese tasting, olive harvesting and olive oil tasting, as well as visiting the beautiful nearby beaches, cooking and swimming.
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.