Every year, during summer time, many families, especially in southern Italy, prepare homemade tomato sauces to use during the whole year. It is a special day in which all the family meets to participate to this important event for Italian culture and cuisine. The highlight of this tour is the chance to join an Italian family to learn how to preserve tomatoes to last all winter by making traditional delicious bottles of passata and pezzetti. You will discover one reason more why Italian cuisine is so healthy. Come to Vasto, Abruzzo!
A short walk from the sights of the old city, close to the shopping streets and only 3 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 that distinguish us, we ensure that your stay in our city is 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.
Airport pick up and welcome to Abruzzo dinner!
Pick-up at 14:30 in Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO). 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.
Cooking pasta with Mamma, exploring Vasto's historic center.
Learn how easy it is to make fresh pasta in a cooking class by Mamma. An introduction to her favorite seasonal sauces and ingredients depends on seasonal availability. Lunch will consist of the scrumptious dishes that have been prepared in the morning. After lunch, 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. Before dinner, in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto, you will meet some local artisans.
A fish cookery class on a trabocco, visit 6th century Abbey.
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 your fish cookery class sourcing fish from the Adriatic where possible. After relaxing and trying your hand at fishing, explore 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.
Tomato passata sauce making and free afternoon.
After a leisurely breakfast, you will learn how to preserve sun-ripened tomatoes to last all winter. Make traditional delicious bottles of passata and pezzetti with a local family. In the afternoon, you will have a traditional lunch with the fresh tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil dishes. Free afternoon 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. Dinner at your leisure.
Learning to make sheep ricotta cheese at a small local artisan farm with its own creamery and Roccascalegna Medieval Castle.
After an early 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 newly made warm ricotta cheese. You will explore the enchanting Abruzzo's castle in the sky in Roccascalegna. Dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto.
Olive oil tasting, wine-tasting, pizza cooking class, and tiramisu.
Following breakfast, you will visit the La Selvotta Olive Grove that has been farmed by Giovanni's family for 3 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, which sits between a marine park and the mountains. You will have a wine tasting with pairings from local cheeses and salami and tour of the vineyard and cellars with owners Emanuele and Nicola. After lunch, you will have a homemade pizza cooking class that includes the teaching of traditional bruschetta and tiramisu.
After breakfast, you will depart for Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) or your next destination.
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 is this huge variety of landscapes and seascapes that make it an ideal place to have a relaxing holiday. Abruzzo and her four provinces: Teramo, LAquila, 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. For that reason, we can give you the special attention you deserve. Abruzzo and her 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 3 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.
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The nearest airports to the location are Abruzzo Airport (PSR) and Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO). Italia Sweet Italia will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
From Rome city center to Pescara railway / bus station to Vasto, use Di Fonzo bus company.
From Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Rome city center to Pescara railway / bus station to Vasto, use Dicarlobus company.
From Rome Fiumicino (FCO) or Ciampino (CIA) airports to Rome city center to Pescara railway / bus station to Vasto, use Prontobus.
From Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Rome city center to Pescara railway / bus station or from Rome city center to Pescara railway / bus station, use ARPA bus company.
From Naples city center to Vasto or from Rome city center to Vasto, use Autoservizi Cerella bus company.
Including Naples, Rimini, Ancona, Foggia and Bari to Pescara Centrale and Vasto-San Salvo Stations: Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane.