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Cookery Holidays Italy

Join us on this Italian cookery holiday in Abruzzo, central Italy! You will be able to develop your culinary and wine skills and discover the regions off-the-beaten-track secrets. Explore the magic of trabocchi fishing houses that are unique to this little area on the Italian Adriatic coastline. You will have the opportunity to meet a fisherman and his family, and cook with them for lunch, then enjoy a wonderful dinner under the moonlight in the evening.

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Fabrizio, Nicola and Emanuele, Rinaldo, & 4 More…
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  • 2 cooking classes
  • Pizza making, cheese making
  • Trabocchi fishing houses tour
  • Award winning Fontefico winery tour
  • Wine tasting, olive oil tasting, cheese tasting
  • Fishing, visiting artisans, farm, castle, abbey
  • Personalized cooking booklet, apron
  • 6 dinners, 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches
  • 6 nights accommodation


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, English
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Hotel San Marco, Vasto Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy

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.


Day 1: Arrival, welcome dinner

Airport pick up and welcome to Abruzzo dinner!

Pick-up at 14:30 in Rome Fiumicino Airport.

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: Cooking class, fishing, excursion

A fish cookery class on a trabocco, visit 6th century Abbey

Weather permitting, in the morning, you'll have a special fish cooking class on a trabocco that is constructed mostly from acacia wood and railway iron sleepers.

Rinaldo, our host, will show us how to fish from it and the secrets and history behind Abruzzos unique fishing platforms.

His wife Maria, who comes from a family of well-known cooks, will give us our fish cookery class sourcing fish from the Adriatic where possible.

In the afternoon , after relaxing and trying our hand at fishing, explore the surrounding beautiful marine escape.

To close the day well 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.

Day 3: Cooking class, excursions, artisan visit

Cooking pasta with Mamma, exploring Vastos historic center

In the morning, 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 well 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, well meet some local artisans.

Day 4: Free time, dinner in trabocco

Free day and special moon light dinner on a trabocco fishing house

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.

In the evening you will have a special moon light dinner on a trabocco fishing house.

Day 5: Farm visit, cheese making and tasting, excursion

Learning to make sheep ricotta cheese at a small local artisan farm with its own creamery and Roccascalegna Medieval Castle

After breakfast well make our way to the farm where Pina and Dino will reveal the secrets of sheep farming to us and guide those that would like to learn how to milk a sheep ready for pecorino cheese.

After a snack of cheese, well 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.

In the afternoon well explore the enchanting Abruzzos castle in the sky in Roccascalegna.

Dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto.

Day 6: Farm visit, winery visit, olive oil and wine tasting, cooking class

Olive oil tasting, wine-tasting, pizza cooking class and tiramisu

Following breakfast well visit the La Selvotta Olive Grove that has been farmed by Giovannis family for 3 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 well visit Fontefico, an award winning winery, which sits between a marine park and the mountains.

Well 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 well have a homemade pizza cooking class that includes the teaching of traditional bruschetta and tiramisu.

Day 7: Departure

After breakfast departure for Rome Fiumicino airport or your next destination.


Fabrizio Lucci
Italia Sweet Italia founder and travel guide. Interested in tourism since he worked as a teenager in the summer months as a barman and waiter in Vasto, Fabrizio decided to study Tourism Economics at university. He spent part of his studies as an ERASMUS student in the UK, after graduation going on to work as a consultant, researcher and teacher in tourism in Bologna, Milan and Barcelona.
Nicola and Emanuele
Nicola and Emanuele are two brothers with a common passion: wine. Every year, they interpret the signs of nature and use technique and intuition to create unique wines with character.
Rinaldo is a fisherman owner of a “trabocco”. The “trabocco” is a large spider-like fishing machine, made of wood, ropes and nets, typical to this section of the Adriatic Sea.
Adele is a housewife who follows the teachings of her mother, dedicating her precious time to the kitchen to get those unique flavors. Now that she has also become a mother, she searches that time and those flavors with which she grew up to serve her daughter.
Berardino is a 51-year old farmer whose family has been managing this 13-acre farm for over four generations. They produce vegetables, grain, oil, wine, cheese, cold cuts and raise cattle, sheep and donkeys.
Giovanni and Elio
Giovanni and Elio are two brothers who take care of a field of ancient olive trees and produce tasty extra virgin olive oil.
Ettore is an artist who lives and works in a magical place. His farm is rich in elements that stimulate the imagination and creativity. In the surrounding woods, he grow truffles he harvests and eats with friends.



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.



  • Lobby
  • Luggage room
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Terrace


  • Internet access
  • Newspapers
  • Wake-up calls
  • Wireless internet


Italian cuisine sample menu

Day 2

  • Bruschetta with meat sauce
  • Pasta alla chitarra with meat sauce and polpette
  • Cavatelli with vegetables
  • Tarallucci (typical biscuits from Abruzzo)

Day 3

  • Marinated fresh anchovies
  • Mariners-style clams
  • Octopus in tomato sauce with polenta
  • Stuffed mussels
  • Fish soup alla vastese
  • Pizzelle (typical sweets from Abruzzo) with home-made fruit conserve

Day 6

  • Home-made pizza
  • Traditional Bruschetta
  • Tiramisu

What's included

  • 3 hands-on cooking classes and associated food costs
  • 6 Nights accommodation at Hotel San Marco in the historic centre of Vasto
  • All entry fees for excursions, tours and wine, olive oil and cheese tastings
  • All meals and breakfasts (food, water and wine) in selected restaurants except lunch on day 4
  • All taxes
  • All transport for daily trips and excursions
  • Daily trips and excursions
  • English-speaking tour manager throughout the duration
  • Personalized cooking booklet and apron
  • Pick up and drop off at Rome Fiumicino airport

What's not included

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

How to get there


  • Ancona, 240 km
  • Bari, 231 km
  • Foggia, 127 km
  • Naples Capodichino, 185 km
  • Rimini, 321 km
  • Rome Ciampino, 275 km
  • Rome Fiumicino, 300 km

Arrival by airplane

Pescara Airport is a Ryanair hub, so it is connected to many international airports such AS London Stansted, Barcelona Girona, Brussels Charleroi, Eindhoven, Frankfurt Han, Oslo Torp, Milan Bergamo, Paris Beauvais.

Arrival by bus

From Rome City Center to Pescara Railway/Bus Station to Vasto, use Di Fonzo bus company

From Rome Fiumicino airport to Rome City Center to Pescara Railway/Bus Station to Vasto, use Dicarlobus company

From Rome Fiumicino/Ciampino airport to Rome City Center to Pescara Railway/Bus Station to Vasto, use Prontobus

From Rome Fiumicino airport 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

Arrival by train

Including Naples, Rimini, Ancona, Foggia and Bari to Pescara Centrale and Vasto-San Salvo Stations: Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane

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