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Italy Culinary Vacation

Join Molise Cuisine to discover the last unspoiled Italian region. This tour provides a blend of practical cooking classes with authentic Molisane and Abruzzese food, wine tasting, and visits to local cultural sites. Known for its world-famous Italian truffles, you can take the opportunity to have an amazing truffle hunting and tasting. All these ingredients come together in private cooking classes, where you’ll learn from an expert chef (and local celebrity), Nicola Vizzarri. This is an all-inclusive tour so all you need to do is just to enjoy and create as many beautiful memories as possible to take home with you!

Meet the instructors

Loriana & Nicola
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Highlights

  • 4 cooking classes
  • Enjoy a day trip to Tremiti Islands
  • Discover the local sweets of Sulmona
  • Enjoy cheese, truffle, and wine tastings
  • An apron and a recipe book will be provided
  • All daily meals and drinks are included
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


9 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Italian
Group size: 2-9 participants
Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
Airport transfer included: Naples International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
11:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

You will be staying at the following accommodations:

  • Molise: Agriturismo Il Quadrifoglio
  • Abruzzo: Locanda I Trev Pini

Program

Cooking course

The cooking courses are a hands-on experience. A mix of food, culture, and practical lessons. An experience allowing you to fully immersive yourself in the cuisine and culture of Molise. Learn to make dishes that you can easily reproduce at home. You will amaze yourselves and your friends by creating fresh pasta, traditional Central Italian dishes, and of course pizza!

The dishes are those of traditional Abruzzo / Molisane, such as Pallotte Cacio e Uova with Tomato Sauce, Cantucci Biscuits, Wine Biscotti, and a Chocolate Wine Cake since this is a wine region. Wine for everyone! Molise produces 60% of all the truffles in Italy, therefore, they have, of course, added several truffles recipes for you to tackle.

Itinerary

Day 1: Airport transfer and welcome dinner

Free airport pick up will be provided either from Rome or Naples. Drive from the airport towards Molise and onwards to Montenero di Bisaccia. There, you will be dropped at your accommodation, Agriturismo Il Quadrifoglio surrounded by the beautiful vineyards of Cantina Terresacre. Once you’re settled, there will be a briefing on your tour followed by a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Agnone Bell Foundry, cheese tasting, and cooking class

Morning

You will leave for Agnone, the center for important archaeological vestiges of the old Oscan-Samnite civilization. Agnone is sometimes called “the Athens of the Sannio” due to a large number of ancient ruins of the Samnitic culture. According to tradition, the name of Agnone derives from the old city of Aquilonia that was destroyed by the Romans.

Agnone also lays claim to the most important ancient Molise document: the so-called “Oscan Tablet” (“Tabula Osca”), a bronze inscription written in the Oscan alphabet that dates from the third century BC and is now kept in the British Museum. The first visit will be to the Marinelli Bell Foundry. The Pontificia Fonderia Marinelli is an ancient factory for bells that have been operating in Agnone for nearly a millennium. It ranks as one of the oldest companies in the world, where the Marinelli family has run the foundry for the last 1,000 years.

After the foundry, you’ll visit the “Francesco Gerbasi” Museum of Copper, one of the last places where you can learn about the ancient art of copper making. The final visit of the day will be the Di Nucci Cheese Makers renowned for their aged Caciocavallo di Agnone. The visit will include the chance to taste some of these beautiful cheeses for yourself. Lunch will be at La Panonda, where you be treated to some of the best cuisines the local area has to offer.

  • Afternoon

After a drive back the days, there will be some free time to relax before the cooking class. After the class, you’ll settle down for dinner.

Day 3: Pietrabbondante, truffle tasting, and wine tasting

  • Morning

You’ll drive to Pietrabbondante, a city whose’s earliest known inhabitants were the Samnites that became part of the Roman colony located in Sannio, as documented by Pliny the Elder. The Romans called the town “Bovianum Vetus”. Although little is known about its beginnings. It became a center of vital importance - when the Romans conquered the Samnites, Pietrabbondante became a place of reference for checking the Alto Molise.

A guide will take you around this amazing town rich in history. You will visit the Samnite Theatre as well as have the opportunity to see how truffles are transformed and, of course, a truffle tasting! Lunch will be at Taverna dei Sanniti, which offers traditional cuisine from locally sourced producers.

  • Afternoon

After lunch, there will be an opportunity for wine tasting with the sommelier and food pairing with the dishes that will be made at the cooking class. That evening, you’ll meet for an aperitivo before heading for dinner.

Day 4: Old Port Fish Market, cooking class on the beach, Larino Roman Amphitheater, and wine tasting

  • Morning

After breakfast, you are off to Termoli to visit the Old Port and buy fish that will be used in the cooking class. At 11 a.m., you’ll take your fresh fish to the day’s cooking class on the beach.

  • Afternoon

After lunch, you will take a short drive to Larino, a city of approximately 8,100 inhabitants. The city of Larino has been continuously inhabited for millennia. Originally settled by the Samnite and Frentani tribes of Southern Italy, the city came under the control of the Oscan civilization. In 217 BC, the Romans defeated Hannibal here, and it was later incorporated into the Roman Empire.

You will visit the Roman Amphitheater with a dedicated guide. The elliptical amphitheater was built in the first century AD by a prominent citizen of Larino who had made his fortune in faraway Rome. The arena could comfortably seat 12,000 spectators. After that, you’ll head over to Palazzo Zappone which was probably originally built as a Norman castle.

The day will also include a visit to the Civic Museum and Larino’s Cathedral, which is considered to be one of the finest in Italy. Then off to Cantina Tenimenti Grieco whose grapes come from fields overlooking the Adriatic coast at altitudes above 150 meters. There, you will enjoy wine tasting and visit the wine cellar with a sommelier. That evening, you’ll meet for an aperitivo followed by dinner.

Day 5: Relaxing day on Tremiti Islands

The day will be spent relaxing and sunbathing on Tremiti Island. The Island is located a short ferry ride from Termoli. Tremiti is known for its beautifully clear waters. You will also visit the Island of San Nicola. After a day of sun and sea, you’ll catch the ferry back to Termoli for dinner.

Day 6: Travel to Abbruzzo, Vasto, and Chieti

  • Morning

You’ll kick off the Abbruzzo leg of the tour by driving up to the beautiful city of Vasto. You will stop in Vasto Marina for an aperitivo, shopping, and a stroll along the beach before sitting down to lunch.

  • Afternoon

After lunch, you head off to Chieti and settle into your rooms at the B&B-Locanda Tre Pini, where you will be staying for the rest of the tour. Chieti is amongst the most ancient Italian cities. According to mythological legends, the city was founded in 1181 B.C. by the Homeric Greek hero Achilles and was named in honor of his mother. After a relaxed afternoon, you’ll meet for dinner.

Day 7: Civitella Del Tronto and cooking with saffron

  • Morning

After breakfast, drive to Civitella del Tronto (Teramo), a remarkable cliff-top town in the Gran Sasso e Monti Della Laga, a National Park of Italy. It is home to the largest fortress in Italy and the second largest in Europe which you will visit as well as “La Guetta“, the smallest street in Italy. Lunch will be at Restaurant Colle Santamaria with beautiful views of the surrounding area.

  • Afternoon

After lunch, your guide will drive you to Navelli, which is famous for Italy’s best and most fragrant saffron, and stroll through Borgo Medievale. The saffron grown here has been awarded EU DOP status, as well as won the international saffron ‘Golden Atom’ award. Dinner will be a cooking class with this authentic saffron dishes. You will also taste the very unique Gelato, al Saffron!

Day 8: Chieti and wine tasting

  • Morning

After breakfast, you will have a guided tour of Chieti, the capital of Abruzzo, including its beautiful churches, Roman Temple and Archaeological Museum. The morning will also include a vineyard visit and wine tasting at Maligne vineyards followed by a visit to Palazzo de Mayo. Lunch will be at La Tavernetta with local digestive.

  • Afternoon

After lunch, you will continue your tour of Chieti with its many shops and special points of interest. Following, you’ll have some free time to enjoy the Street food or stop in a local Enoteca.

Day 9: Sulmona and local sweets

  • Morning

After breakfast, you will drive to Sulmona, the capital of “confetti”. Sulmona is a charming town located at the foot of the Majella and surrounded by mountains, where ancient history and a strong tradition for colorful sweets live together making it one of the most famous villages in Abruzzo. It is famous for being the capital of sugared-coated almonds, known as “confetti” in Italian. Its streets are adorned with colorful confetti bouquets, which you can buy in any innovative flavors like Nutella, tiramisu, ricotta and pear, fruits of the forest, hazelnut, and more!

You will visit the famous Confetti Pelino for an overview and tasting, and have lots of opportunities to shop for beautiful confetti, among other things, in Sulmona. Lunch will be at the famous Sulmona market and include an aperitivo and delicious local porchetta!

  • Afternoon

You’ll have the afternoon to relax and that evening you’ll celebrate your final night with pizza, music, and laughter.

Day 10: Airport transfer

On this final day, your guide will provide a transfer back to the airport.

Included excursions

During this holiday, you will have visits to the Agnone Bell Foundry, Pietrabbondante, the Old Port Fish Market, Larino Roman Amphitheater, Tremiti Islands (relaxing day trip), Vasto, Chieti, Civitella Del Tronto, and Sulmona.

Instructors

Loriana De Sanctis

Nicola Vizzarri

Location

In this special 10-day tour, you will discover and unfold the unique flavor of Italian cuisine in Molise and Abruzzo. This holiday will take place in Molise, Italy. Located along the Adriatic coast, between the Abruzzo and Apulia regions, Molise stands right in the middle of the Italian peninsula. Molise's territory has been producing grapes since time immemorial. Plinio the Ancient even mentioned Cliternia (now called Nuova Cliternia) near Campomarino as one of the best areas for viniculture in his writings of Naturalis Historia.

The region counts for four designated of origin (DOC): Biferno (red, white, and rose), Pentro di Isernia, Molise (red and white), and exclusive to the region and reason of great is Tintilia del Molise, and tally a few more IGT (Indicazione geografica tipica), the most famous one being "Osco" or Terra degli Osci.

Food

All food and drink during this tour are included in the price. The breakfast in Locanda I Trev Pini will be Continental style. All the meals will be Italian, specifically Molisane and Abruzzese dishes. Wine and water will be provided during meal times. For special diets or allergies, please advise Molise Cuisine Traditional Cooking Classes and Wine Tours.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 4 cooking classes
  • 3 wine tastings
  • Cheese tasting
  • Truffle tasting
  • Visits to the Agnone Bell Foundry, Pietrabbondante, the Old Port Fish Market, Larino Roman Amphitheater, Vasto, Chieti, Civitella Del Tronto, and Sulmona
  • Relaxing day trip to Tremiti Islands
  • All food and drink daily
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Personal tour guide and driver
  • Apron and a recipe book

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Naples International Airport Airport transfer included: Naples International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Special discount

Families or groups of 4 people are eligible for a special discount of 10%.

Tour information

Tour #1 is from March 1 until October 31, the same tour from May 15 until September 30 will have one day less cooking class, but one full day at Tremiti Islands (fish and wine included). For more information, please send an inquiry.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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