7 Days Italian Cooking Holidays in Abruzzo, Italy

  • Azienda Agrituristica, Laperegina, c.da Pretara, 1 65020 Corvara, Italy

Cooking Vacations in Italy

Cook traditional Italian home cooked meals. Using the freshest ingredient directly from our organic farm, from the herbs that we use, the vegetables and fruits we use in our cooking class and jams. Bake crusty loaves of bread, pizzas, prepare pasta dishes, savory barbecues, and dressed pork products using the rural traditional way. Stay within a natural environment. Enjoy the beauty of our unspoiled location. Live and breathe organic at Laperegina.

Highlights

  • Winery and dairy farm visit
  • 3 hands-on, Italian cooking classes
  • Visit a family╩╝s olive oil mill with olive oil tasting
  • Visit Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Bominaco, and saffron farm
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch at San Domenico Lake
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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Laperegina

You can be accommodated in double rooms, or triple rooms, all with bathrooms. One of the rooms is very special; it is build in a tree and has a beautiful story to it, click here to read it. The rooms are furnished in a rustic style, simple, and practical. There are many activities that can be done on the farm: watching the animals, playing ping pong, taking cooking and painting courses, archery, using a telescope, participating in the preparation of soap and dye, and many more things. Laperegina also offers guests the possibility to canoe on one of the cleanest rivers in Italy, and flights over the three parks of the Abruzzo region.

Marino is able to give you advice on the most beautiful routes of the region. In collaboration with nearby farms, Laperegina makes it possible for guests to visit an equestrian centre, ride bicycles, visit an airport for small aeroplanes, and even play tennis. Laperegina has plenty of guest carparking and offers hospitality in the seasons of Spring, Summer and Autumn. Laperegina is an organic tourist farm situated in the green center of the three Abruzzi national parks. The main building is an old shepherds house with a stable, which has been restored. The main activity is bee keeping, and the surrounding area is occupied by various farm animals, such as pigs, sheep and poultry.

The gardens are used mainly for the cultivation of vegetables, and include a small area for the cultivation of medicinal herbs. The orchard has an abundance of cherries, prunes, apples, figs, and walnuts used in the making of their own jams and liquors. You will be warmly welcomed with genuine hospitality and friendliness. You are free to explore every part of the farm. The meals are shared together with the hosts.

Traditional home cooking will highlight the rural traditions and the richness of the gastronomy of the region: bread and homemade pasta, pizza, barbecued steak, and dressed pork products. Special dishes created by Marino and Elide as Ngiulina, Iolanda, ChrisCake and so on. Being Marino wine and oil taster, all meals are accompanied by wines personally selected by him. You are invited to be involved in the preparation of jams, sauces and liquors, from mulberries, blackberries, currants, quince, sour cherries, grapes, rose hip, walnuts, ratafia and more. Pork is cured on site in the preparation of ham (prosciutto), salami, bacon and sausages.

Day 1, Saturday - Arrival, welcome dinner

  • Arrival transfer from Pescara train station at 15:00.
  • On the way to Laperegina, the guide will describe and appreciate the scenery of Apennine Mountains.
  • Once arrived to Laperegina, a welcome drink is offered with a short presentation of the place where you will be.
  • Welcome dinner, discussion of the activities of the week, and watching photos about them.

Day 2, Sunday - Olive oil mill visit and tasting, cooking class

  • After having breakfast, see and shopping at a road market, followed by visit to family's olive oil mill with olive oil tasting.
  • Back to Laperegina for a light lunch and rest.
  • First cooking class at 15:00: appetizers (antipasti) and main courses (primi piatti).
  • Dinner.

Day 3, Monday - Excursion, cooking class

  • After breakfast, half-day excursion with visit to peculiar trabocchi on the coast of Adriatic sea, historical Canadian Cemetery and marvelous San Giovanni in Venere Church.
  • Fish lunch.
  • Back to Laperegina for a short rest.
  • Second cooking class at 16:00: second courses (secondi piatti) and side dishes (contorni).
  • Dinner.

Day 4, Tuesday - Excursion

  • After breakfast, go on a day excursion.
  • Visit to San Clemente Romanesque Church, Sulmona medieval town, and factory of confetti.
  • Picnic lunch at San Domenico Lake.
  • After lunch, visit the old town of Scanno, known for goldsmith art crafts.
  • Back to Laperegina, rest, and have dinner.

Day 5, Wednesday - Winery and dairy visit, cooking class

  • After breakfast, visit to a winery and a dairy farm.
  • Have lunch at a typical restaurant.
  • Back to Laperegina and rest.
  • Third cooking class at 15:30: pizza and bread.
  • Dinner.

Day 6, Thursday - Excursion, farm visit

  • After breakfast, go on a day excursion.
  • Visit a restored old town of Castel del Monte, followed by amazing Campo Imperatore.
  • Special lunch.
  • Afternoon visit to Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Bominaco, and saffron farm.
  • Back to Laperegina and rest.
  • Dinner.

Day 7, Friday - Departure

  • After breakfast, bid farewells.
  • Return transfer to airport or train station.

Abruzzo is a largely undiscovered area which has remained unspoiled. Within this natural environment one finds small villages and old towns, rich in history, culture, tradition and handcraft. It's beauty offers endless opportunities for walking and touring, which has been preserved thanks to the presence of the three national parks and more than thirty natural reserves.

Activities
  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Fishing nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake nearby
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
Services
  • Tour assistance
  • At Laperegina there are many corners where one can rest, meditate, read a good book, or participate in one of the many activities on the farm.
  • A picnic near the Lavino spring, which is well-known for it's sulfurus water, the S. Antonio woods or the Pescara spring.
  • Canoeing on Tirino, one of the most pristine rivers in Italy.
  • In collaboration with other near firms we offer mountain bike, horseback riding, and fishing.
  • Within easy reach of Laperegina, many excursions are possible. Marino can provide his guests is to help them plan their excursions into the three parks of Abruzzo.
  • 3 cooking classes
  • 5 excursions
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily dinner with regional wines
  • Daily lunch
  • Souvenir apron
  • Transfers to and from Pescara train station
  • Airfare
  • Anything not mentioned above

Driving directions from highway A25

  • From Highway A25 Rome-Pescara exit: Torre dePasseri - Casauria
  • Take the direction Pietranico-Forca di Penne for 16km following the signs Laperegina and "C.da Pretara"

Arrival by train

Please arrive at Pescara train station. Transfer from and to the train station is included. The organizer will pick you up from the train station.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Laperegina an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Luciano

    "Dear Marino, we left a week ago, but the nostalgia for Ape Regina quickly arrived. We had a great time and we will come back for sure. Greetings to you and Elide, for taking us into your care Daniele, Giovanna, Federico and little Valerio… or you uncovered the poet in you, like has happened to… The enchantment of life."

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  • Review by Colin D. from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "While spending a few days in the Pescara area my friends and I found out about a one day cooking class at L'Aperegina from our walking tour guide, Anna, who has the website "Abruzzo with gusto!" We had a fantastic time with our hosts, Marino and Elide. They were fun, knowledgeable, and very gracious. We prepared a simple meal of pasta with a sauce made using ingredients from their garden (sheep, garlic, tomato, etc.). We also sampled some excellent homemade salami and prosciutto. I highly recommend visiting this place for a day class, or for a week long adventure!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Sydney
    10 out of 10

    "This place offers so much. Beautiful, magical nature, the mountains provide constant changes of light and cloud. The owners, Marino and Eilde are so helpful and eager to share their special place with you. Everything you eat has been produced on the farm or locally. Fruit and nut trees, herbs, vegetables, pigs, ducks and hens are kept and of course their famous bees. Communal meals with lively conversation and homemade liquor are another bonus. Can't wait to return."

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  • Review by Quitterie from France
    10 out of 10

    "I am back to home, a bit nostalgic but peaceful. Thanks to the harmony of Laperegina. Thanks again for this adventure! Kisses."

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  • Review by Federica from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "You can rediscover simplicity and spontaneity in human relations and learn and discover beautiful places in the same time."

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  • Review by Lorenzo and Francesca from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "The pearl of Abruzzo! For those who are looking for real holiday farm where guests eat all together and products are mostly grown on site. You can experience the relaxation of the beautiful place with a priceless view."

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  • Review by a traveler from Havirov, Czech Republic
    10 out of 10

    "Agriturismo L`Aperegina is very special place which you can`t see just everywhere. I totally recommend to visit this wonderful and magic corner of the region Abruzzo, because first of all, Marino and Elide are nice and friendly people and make you feel as at home and as the part of family immediately, the place is full of positive energy and you can enjoy amazing nature still not overcrowded by tourists. I can write much more, but there is not enough words to describe how gorgeous is this place. Just visit it and live it!!!"

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  • Review by Grace from California
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed here for two weeks and had a fantastic experience. L'aperegina is absolutely stunning and aside from the gorgeous aesthetics, you won't find anywhere else with the same warmth and hospitality that Marino and Elide provide. This place has communal breakfast and dinner--delicious meals with local ingredients--that give you the opportunity to get to know your hosts and fellow guests. It's also surrounded by a rich countryside with plenty of things to do. If you're looking for a break from a hectic home/work life, this is the place to be. I will definitely be going back!"

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Abruzzo, Italy

Laperegina is an organic tourist farm situated in the green centre of the three Abruzzi national parks. We offer half board from May to October.

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7 days / 6 nights

Availability

Available during May to October, with arrival on Saturday and departure on Friday.

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