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The Tastes of Abruzzo tour will show you how to truly experience this undiscovered gem of central Italy. Explore the Teramo province in the northern part of Abruzzo, where you will be offered private tastings of fine local extra virgin olive oils, Montepulciano d'Abruzzos wines, and local seasonal produce. This tour allows you to experience a private truffle hunt, if the season is right, as well as a private cooking class with local Abruzzese ladies. Stroll through a colorful outdoor market and be wined and dined in sensational slow food restaurants.
The goal of this tour is experiencing the real and authentic Italy, this means visiting the roads less travelled. The best accommodations are always sought in the areas you will be travelling to. They may vary from beautifully restored farmhouses in magnificent settings, quaint bed and breakfasts to boutique hotels. If you are a couple sharing a room, there are queen size beds available. If you are a single traveler paying a single supplement, you will have a queen size bed. If you are sharing a room with a family member or a friend, usually there are 2 single beds or, occasionally, a queen bed and a single bed. Triple share is possible if there is a queen bed and single bed in the same room. All rooms have bathroom facilities in each room.
You will be met this morning by Luciana, your Abruzzo specialist at your hotel in Pescara, Abruzzo, where you will start your fabulous getaway to Abruzzo. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Adriatic coastline where you can stop to unwind and soak up the delightful Italian atmosphere. Stroll through the lively covered farmers market and taste the local specialty porchetta - roast pork with rosemary and garlic.
Visit the fascinating Museum of the Abruzzo people after your morning coffee and pastry before your first wonderful lunch in Abruzzo. This afternoon, explore the fortified hilltop village of Civitella del Tronto, which is your base for the 3 nights. The village has been inhabited since pre-Roman times. There is time to stroll through the village exploring the romantic narrow alleys. Indulge in traditional dishes such as local pecorino cheese, air-dried salumi and spaghetti alla chitarra con polpettine di carne.
Meal plan: lunch and dinner.
A real treat is in store though today when you visit Campli. Here you learn all about Abruzzo’s secret - prized truffles. Surprisingly, over 80% of Italy’s truffles come from the region of Abruzzo. Enjoy a private truffle hunt with local hunters and their amazing dogs. A superb truffle degustation lunch awaits where you will indulge in an amazing array of seasonal truffles used in most of the dishes from antipasti, pasta and meat courses. A feast for the senses …squisito!
Later in the afternoon, you explore the delightful town of Ascoli Piceno which is in the Le Marche region. There is time for shopping Italian style, time to sit and sip your aperitivo and taste those delectable “olive ascolane” - fabulous local delicacy of stuffed green olives. Marvel at the wonderful churches and spectacular piazza. A truly unforgettable day. Then return to your accommodation.
Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
This morning you have an easy start and you meet a local olive oil producer and learn all about the amazing differences between extra virgin, virgin and olive oils and taste his prized extra virgin olive oil. You continue on the back roads of Abruzzo and travel alongside the ancient Roman salt route with a visit to a private olive oil producer whose family has been producing olives for centuries. Graziano will show you his original 200-year old olive mill!
Lunch is in the countryside and you will be welcomed by bellissima Clementina who will show you how to make some local specialties such as gnocchi, timballo and fried cheese before you sit down and eat together. Ah.. life in Italy does not get much better than this…!
Later in the day you visit a wonderful village, Offida in Le Marche, whose landscape is covered in fabulous vineyards. See medieval gems in a Benedictine church with amazing frescoes, the local opera house from 1820 and local ladies making beautiful bobbin lace in the streets and in their shops.
Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Travel through stunning scenery in the Gran Sasso National Park with amazing views of the Apennines and the largest peak in this mountain chain. Nestled in this national park is the small medieval village of Castelli, famous for its maiolica ware ceramics since the 14th century. The tsars of Russia collected these valuable pieces and now the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg has a priceless collection there. There will be time to stroll by ceramics shops and studios of artists, where you may find treasured pieces of Italian ceramics.
You will then visit the bustling port city of Pescara, on the Adriatic coastline, where you can relax with a coffee, gelato or aperitivo in one of Pescara's lovely cafes and reminisce over the wonderful few days spent in this beautiful part of Italy. You will be transferred to the Pescara Central Station or to your hotel in Abruzzo by early afternoon.
Meal plan: breakfast and light lunch.
Born in Australia, Luciana's Abruzzese heritage and cultural ties have remained strong. Her parents migrated to Australia from Abruzzo in the 1950s; however, the extended family, still in Abruzzo, welcomed her back over the years. A long rewarding career in physiotherapy in Australia led the way for Luciana to follow her next dream: to return to her ancestral home and create special itineraries in Abruzzo to share with like-minded travelers.
Guido is from Civitella Del Tronto in northern Abruzzo and hails from an old noble family in the area. He is dedicated and passionate about his village and his native region of Abruzzo that he has become one of the few English guides at the fortress complex in Civitella del Tronto. In 2013, Guido and his colleagues established a private museum in the village, featuring one of the largest collections of textiles and clothing from the 1800’s from his family and from the locals. Guido loves Abruzzo with its food, culture and traditions and above all to share his passion with other guests.
Abruzzo is a hidden gem located in central Italy. It stretches from the mountain peaks of the Gran Sasso to the Adriatic Coast with its sandy and pebble beaches. This destination is not widely included in the itinerary of standard Italy tour packages, and so visitors to Abruzzo are often surprised by its rich history, as well as its ancient monasteries, castles, and amazing hilltop villages.
Abruzzese cuisine uses a wide variety of fresh ingredients such as lamb, pork, seafood, saffron, truffles, tomato, and fine extra virgin olive oil. During this holiday, you will indulge in traditional fare. Whether you crave the grilled lamb skewers known as arrosticini, or dream about a delicious plate of spaghetti alla chitarra, Abruzzos diverse cuisine has something for everyone. Travel to Abruzzo and explore Italy with Touring Abruzzo in their small group tours.
You can arrive at Pescara Central Station
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