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Enjoy an Italian cookery tour in Abruzzo! You will be able to develop your cooking skills with a small group of people, expand your wine knowledge and discover the regions off-the-beaten-track secrets. You will have the chance to take light and easy walks along the amazing Abruzzos mountains, ancient hermitages and coastline between national parks and unique Trabocchi fishing houses. The breathtaking views, the comfortable rooms, and delicious traditional food will make this a holiday to remember.
During this vacation, you will stay at at Hotel dei 7 in the historic center of Vasto or similar accommodation, in a twin or double room with en-suite bathroom.
Hotel dei 7, recently renovated, is the perfect setting for your stay in Vasto. In their practical and elegant ambiance, you can relax with all the modern comforts and in absolute tranquility nearby the Villa Comunale (municipal park) and Belvedere San Michele, one of the most fascinating viewpoints of the town. Most of the rooms also have a small kitchen and an amazing view of the Adriatic Sea and Vasto bay. It is 5 minutes' walking from Piazza Rossetti, Vasto main square.
With an extra price, you could sleep in charming boutique residences (located in the heart of Vasto, please send your inquiry for further information and the quote).
After a leisurely traditional breakfast made of freshly baked bread, whole fruit country-style preserves, cake, pastries, coffee, tea, and freshly squeezed juice:
You will walk and visit Vasto’s colorful market to get seasonal products. Here, you will have the possibility to practice a little bit of Italian even if you do not speak any of it.
Next, you will drive to the beautiful countryside of Vasto where you will meet Fabrizio’s family to have an exclusive cooking class with them and you will learn how easy it is to make fresh pasta and you will be introduced to Abruzzo sauces.
An example menu based on Fabrizio’s family recipes, includes bread with meat sauce, pasta alla chitarra with meat sauce and polpette (meatballs), cavatelli with vegetables and tarallucci (typical biscuits from Abruzzo) - of course this depends on seasonal availability.
Enjoy lunch with the scrumptious dishes that you prepared in the morning, while enjoying the relaxing family atmosphere. After a short break to relax, in the afternoon, you will explore Vasto historic center: 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 free time, you will meet some local artisans or artists. In the evening, you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants of Vasto. After the big family lunch, based on Italia Sweet Italia's many years of experience, they know that nobody is looking for a rich dinner, so travelers usually enjoy spending time like a local trying a simple aperitif, a gelato, or a pizza. Obviously, Fabrizio will suggest you his favorite places.
After breakfast, you will drive to the marvelous Abruzzo mountains and national parks. On the way to Scanno, you will visit the enchanting 11th-century Hermitage of San Domenico on the lake of San Domenico.
Next, you will have an easy and scenic walk* along the Itinerary of the heart to admire amazing landscapes like the fascinating heart shaped lake of Scanno from a particular observatory point.
You will enjoy a traditional picnic with local products. Next, you will discover Scanno, one of the most beautiful Italian villages, with its fabulous alleys, churches, landscapes, and artisans boutiques. You could have a break with a refreshing gelato and a visit to an artisanal jewelry shop where they make the “Presentosa”, a famous traditional jewel from Abruzzo, a very ancient piece of art which dates back to the 18th century
Tonight, enjoy a group dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto Marina, by the beach or in the heart of Vasto.
*5.1 kilometers, 3.2 miles - 150 meters (492 feet) of difference in height, 150 meters (492 feet) of altitude downhill, walking time 2.5 to 3.5 hours, including breaks and picnic. Those ones who do not want to walk can relax by the lake at a bar or a restaurant or enjoy some other activities that can be booked onsite such as canoeing or biking. According to the weather conditions and other organizational needs, an alternative similar itinerary could be proposed.
After breakfast, you will drive to the fascinating Abruzzo coastline to have a light and picturesque walk* inside Punta Aderci Nature Reserve, one of the 10 most beautiful Italian beaches according to the British daily The Telegraph.
You will discover the landmark symbols of the area - the trabocchi - and you will have a special fish and seafood lunch on one of them. Rinaldo, your host, will show you how to fish from it and the secrets and history behind Abruzzo’s unique fishing platforms.
You will have free afternoon today for your own activities, which could be going to one of the many beaches, biking, taking part into some extra activities / excursions, or whatever you prefer. In the evening, you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants of Vasto.
*6 kilometers, 4.1 miles - 30 meters of difference in height, 10 meters of altitude downhill, walking time 3 to 3.5 hours including a short break to swim in the Adriatic.
After breakfast, you will make your way to a farmhouse where Pina and Berardino will reveal the secrets of farming letting you immerse in an authentic slow food experience. You could relax in the beautiful Abruzzo countryside or take part into some or all of these experiences.
You will milk a sheep or a cow there. You will also learn how to make a special bread called “pizza scima - stupid pizza”, a pizza without yeast. After collecting some organic wine from their winery, you will have an aperitif including a taste of their production: cheeses, salami, and extra virgin olive oil.
Next, you will learn how to prepare ricotta cheese. Finally, you will collect the fresh vegetables from their garden that will be used for your farm-to-table lunch. A delicious traditional farm-to-table lunch will be prepared and served.
Almost everything you will eat is produced in the farm (wheat to produce the organic flour to make different kinds of breads, cookies, and fresh pasta together with eggs from their hens, organic extra virgin olive oil, wines, liquors, juices, jams, cheeses, many varieties of salami, meats, and vegetables)
In the afternoon, immersed in the nature and surrounded by amazing sceneries, you will drive in the inland to explore the enchanting Abruzzo’s castle in the sky in the charming village of Roccascalegna, ranked by Condé Naste Traveler as one of the 9 Most Beautiful Hilltop Towns in Italy.
After the big lunch at the farm, in the evening, you may enjoy a dinner or aperitif on your own in one of the many restaurants and wine bars of Vasto.
After breakfast, you will visit an 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 an award-winning winery that sits between a marine park and the mountains. You will make a wine tasting and lunch with pairings from local cheeses and salami and a tour of the vineyard and cellars organized by the winemakers Emanuele and Nicola.
After lunch and some free time to relax and pack or do a last minute shopping, you will have a farewell party with Fabrizio’s family. You will enjoy Abruzzo wines and food in a very relaxed atmosphere or help Adele and Mamma Anna Maria to make tiramisù and many kinds of pizza, including the world-famous Margherita or local ones with typical toppings such as the renowned “ventricina” salami.
In the evening, you will have the last dinner together as an Italian family immersed in the Abruzzo’s countryside.
After breakfast, you will leave (usually at 9:00 a.m.) for Rome Fiumicino airport or your next destination. Rome Fiumicino is about 3.5 hours’ driving from Vasto, so make sure to get an afternoon flight.
Your itinerary is a guide to your activities during the week. However, sometimes the final itinerary is modified to take advantage of the season and the weather. Italia Sweet Italia’s goal is to ensure that everyone has a fabulous time, and that sometimes means tweaking the schedule even after your arrival. Your guide will provide suggestions during the week, and the group will decide whether to make any change. Be assured that only enhanced experiences are ever considered.
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 that will fill your heart and stomach. 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, truffle hunting, wine and cheese tasting, olive harvesting, and olive oil tasting, as well as visiting the beautiful nearby beaches, cooking and swimming.
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport (FCO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Italia Sweet Italia will pick you up from the airport.
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.
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