Mentions of Italy instantly invoke thoughts of mouth-watering food, rich local wines and family heritage dating back hundreds of years. You can experience all that and more by exploring Italy with our tours of Italy.  Consider a small group tour of Italy to  Abruzzo – one of Italy’s most stunning and untouched regions. By travelling with us to Abruzzo we explore traditional slow cooking, authentic food, Italian heritage, local nature and undiscovered treasures of the region as Luciana continues her mission to spread her knowledge of all things Abruzzese. Now in her 13th year as a travel ambassador, Luciana Masci, director of Touring Abruzzo, encompasses the best of Abruzzo for those who are new to the region, and those who are coming back for more.

 

 

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She is still leading her small group tours to this hidden gem in central Italy with her dynamic team of local guides and professionals. There is a wide choice of 4, 8 and 10 day Abruzzo tour programmes which are all inclusive. This means there is virtually no further cost out of pocket once you have booked. You can just sit back and enjoy the journey.

“With my tours and cooking classes I am not only able to share the secrets of this wonderful region, but also recipes and history that have been passed down through my own family and are close to my heart.”

Having lived and worked in Abruzzo over the last 13 years Luciana has been able to reconnect with her ancestral heritage, her family and her village.

“Discovering my ancestral heritage was truly inspiring, and something I have had the privilege of sharing with my past tour guests in Abruzzo.”

Over the last few years Luciana has also added new exciting destinations in Italy – to make any vacation in Italy a complete one. There are now itineraries featuring other undiscovered gems in southern Italy – Basilicata and Puglia. Each explore southern Italy’s rich history, local cuisine and stunning scenery. As of 2018, Touring Abruzzo will also offer a new entry – small group tours of central Italy to the Marche region. This region lies just above Abruzzo and is worth considering on your next Italy tour. Dates have been arranged so that you can bookend  2 short programmes together such as Abruzzo then Marche or Abruzzo followed by Puglia.

Fresh food markets in Matera, Basilicata
Fresh food markets in Matera, Basilicata

What other reasons do you need to travel to Italy with Luciana and her dynamic team in 2018?

Private tours to central and southern Italy will continue to be available and heritage tours of Abruzzo will also be available.

You can contact Luciana to know more about Marche tours.

 

 

 

 

Your next small group tour to Italy - Le Marche region central Italy
Your next small group tour to Italy – Le Marche region central Italy
Puglia coastline is stunning
Puglia coastline is stunning
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Your wonderful guide Fabio

 

 

Italian Cooking Class with Luciana

“Tastes of Tuscany” Italian Cooking 

Sunday, November 19

La Dolce Vita continues with Luciana’s Italian Cooking Classes in 2017!

“TASTES of TUSCANY” Cooking Class
DATE:  SUNDAY  19 NOVEMBER, 2017
 VENUE:     Taya Kitchen 

                   Shop 18 / 254 South Pine Road, Enoggera, Brisbane

 TIME:        9.30am – 2.30pm

 COST:      $160 AUD per person

                   (repeat guests of Luciana’s classes: $140AUD)

Luciana is excited to team up with Taya in Brisbane to bring you an amazing Italian cooking day with her ‘TASTES of TUSCANY’ class.

Come and celebrate all things Italian and relive your Italian holiday as you cook up a storm in Taya Kitchen. Hosted by accomplished Italian cook Luciana Masci,  guests will experience the traditional culture of Italy’s regions of Tuscany and Abruzzo. Prepare authentic recipes passed down through generations of her family as well as other great recipes from Italy.

You will learn all the skills and secrets to make this 4 course Italian banquet.

Impress your family and friends and most of all you will have fun with food and friends!

Menu:

  • Crostini 2 ways – bread with rosemary, salt and olive oil & with mushroom, walnut and cheese
  • Pasta – master the fine details of making this delicious lasagne or ‘timballo’ using fine egg crepes and tiny meatballs 
  • Pork Fillet cooked in Honey Mead served with a Tuscan bean dish
  • Cantucci – make these fabulous almond or walnut biscotti

The Experience Includes:  Morning coffee/tea with Italian pastries.

Sit down lunch to enjoy this fine Italian banquet.

Matching Italian wines and dessert liqueur Honey Mead.

Hands‐on tuition, ingredients, recipe details, a souvenir apron.

A chance to take home some baked goodies.

COST: $160 per person (repeat guests of Luciana’s classes: $140)

LIMITED SPACES ONLY – PLACES FILL QUICKLY…
TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE:

Contact: Luciana Masci: luci@touringabruzzo.com
tel 07) 3102 4384

 
REGISTER  NOW
 
LAST CLASS BEFORE CHRISTMAS:
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
‘Celebrating Abruzzese Cuisine’
Venue: Holland Park
Have more fun with Luciana as you make:
* fried stuffed olives;
* summer spelt salad
* tortelloni filled with ricotta and walnuts
* lamb with egg, cheese and lemon
* Parozzo Abruzzese – semolina and almond dome cake

 

Slow food Abruzzo ItalyThe central Italian region of Abruzzo known as the country’s ‘best-kept secret’ is giving up more of treasures to its visitors this year. And culinary delights are at the top of the list.

Steeped in fascinating history and breathtaking landscapes Abruzzo is beginning to show on the radar of people looking for the quintessential Italian food and wine travel experience.

Luciana Masci, director of Touring Abruzzo is passionate about food and where it comes from and how it is prepared and has been a member of Slow Food Italy for a long while. It was founded by Carlo Petrini in 1989 as a reaction against fast food and fast life. Today the Slow Food organization has over 100,000 members in 132 countries.

Ms Masci says the culinary delights of Abruzzo are becoming a big attraction with well travelled people looking for an authentic Italian experience.

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Travel Italy with the Touring Abruzzo team in 2018

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Your guide to travelling in Italy:

Where to go in 2018…

It has been a hot summer in Italy but it has not stopped guests from visiting Abruzzo Italy, central Italy and southern Italy. I took some time off myself earlier in the season and had an amazing time in the cities of Venice, Bologna, Modena and the Tuscany region. The 2018 Italy tour programme is now out and reservations are coming in! Choose your region here and read on:

ABRUZZO
ABRUZZO: Choose a 4, 8, 10 day tour (May – October) or design your own. 
You can now combine Abruzzo with other Italy regions.. Why not consider:
TREASURES OF THE SOUTH – Abruzzo, Basilicata and Puglia (includes Matera & Lecce) 
TREASURES  OF THE ADRIATIC – Abruzzo, Molise and Puglia (see the Tremiti Islands)
DISCOVER YOUR ABRUZZO HERITAGE – This has been a very popular Italy tour in 2017
PUGLIA – Choose a 4, 8, 10 day tour (May – October) or design your own.
*TASTES of PUGLIA – based in Lecce (Baroque capital of the south)
*BACK ROADS OF PUGLIA – central and southern Puglia Tour Italy
*TREASURES OF PUGLIA – very popular and covers most of the length of Puglia
BASILICATA– Choose a 4 or 8 day Italy tour (May – October) or design your own.
*TASTES OF BASILICATA – based in Matera (European Capital of Culture for 2019)
*BACK ROADS OF BASILICATA – offers a total experience over 8 days
Stay tuned for ‘Tastes of Molise’‘Tastes of Le Marche’ ‘Travels in Tuscany’ – run by the Touring Abruzzo team
Slow down,relax on the roads less travelled in Italy..
Small group Italy tours, personalised and professional service,
run with passion and great local knowledge…
Luciana Masci will be running a couple of Italian cooking classes in Nov & Dec in Brisbane, Australia.

Her classes (max 12 guests) are always popular so reserve your place now…
‘Tastes of Tuscany’ Class: Sunday November 19, 2017
‘Italian Christmas Banquet’ Class: Sunday December 3, 2017

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Travel to Abruzzo and Italy and make it the best Italian vacation for 2018

 

 

Adriatic Coastline Abruzzo travel
Adriatic Coastline Abruzzo travel

Italy is one of the world’s most beautiful places and there is no better way to experience a vacation in Italy than with a tour company. There are so many companies offering Italy tour packages, whether it be to Puglia in the south or more north to Abruzzo Italy has so much to see. However, if you’re travelling to Italy and looking at some Italy travel company packages then there are some things you have to watch out for!

Large Tour Groups

If you’re planning a vacation in Italy, especially a region like Abruzzo Italy, where there are significantly less tourists, then the best way to do it is with a small tour group. Many companies offering Italy vacation packages have really large tour groups, which means you get less one on one time with your guide. Italy tour packages that include huge tour groups can take away any personal

Why Choose Touring Abruzzo Italy Tours
Many people dream of having a vacation in Italy, but going from the dream to the reality isn’t always easy. That’s why so many people choose to enjoy their vacation in Italy with the help of a high quality tour and travel guide like Touring Abruzzo Italy Tours. If you’re planning a vacation in Italy, here are a few reasons you may want to consider Touring Abruzzo Italy Tours yourself.

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Our Italy Tour Packages Are The Best
There’s hardly a lack of Italy tour packages available these days, but there is a pretty big difference between the quality of what’s on offer. When you’re looking at taking a vacation in Italy, you want to make sure you’re getting the highest quality Italy tour packages, not just crowded group trips that offer little value. At Touring Abruzzo we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality Italy tour packages with small groups and a focus on the individual experience.

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We Provide Authentic Italy Vacation Packages
Authenticity is such an important part of visiting a destination, and visitors want to know they’re getting to see the real Italy when they travel. That’s why Touring Abruzzo Italy is so happy to offer the most authentic of Italy vacation packages. We have a strong focus on using local guides and knowledge to ensure the Italy vacation packages we offer are a unique and authentic experience. If you want the Italy vacation packages that give you a chance to see the true Italy, it’s Touring Abruzzzo Italy who offer them.

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Italy is truly an overload on your senses! The tastes smells and sights Italy offers will stay with you for a lifetime.

We Offer A Variety of Italy Travel Packages
Many Italy tour guides offer only a limited number of Italy travel packages, which means you need to keep trying to find new providers if you really want to see more of Italy. This isn’t true at Touring Abruzzo, where we offer a wide range of Italy travel packages to suit any preference. From long trips to day trips, and covering many of Italy’s best and most impressive regions, our Italy travel packages are guaranteed to take your breath away.
This is just a few of the many reasons that it pays to choose a trustworthy tour provider like Touring Abruzzo Italy Tours to take you to Italy. Our satisfied customers cannot speak highly enough of our service, and we look forward to making you one of them by helping you experience Italy like never before.

A Wealth of Italy Vacations With Touring Abruzzo Italy Tours!

For those who dream of taking a trip to Italy and seeing all that ‘The Boot’ of Europe has to offer, there are Italy tours to suit everyone at Touring Abruzzo Italy Tours. Our tours of Italy stand out from the rest for their authentic, locally-connected guides and insider knowledge as well as the many experiences and locations we visit.

At Touring Abruzzo Italy Tours we believe that everyone’s trip to Italy should be unique to them, and should perfectly match everything they have always wanted to experience in Italy. That’s why we are proud to offer an enormous range of tours to Italy, spanning so much of what the land of pasta and pizza has to offer.

Our wide range of tours take place in several Italian regions including Abruzzo, Basilicata, Puglia, and more. The Abruzzo region is where many of our Italy tours take place. We have Italy tours that encompass all of your senses, exploring the tastes of the Abruzzo area, the unseen backroads of the villages, and the unique cultural offerings of Abruzzo and its people.

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If you’ve already seen Abruzzo, why not choose from one of our other Italy tours, such as those exploring Puglia or Basilicata. These are the tours of Italy that will totally immerse you in Italian culture and heritage. There are endless tastes to sample, artisan products to try, and unique towns and villages to wander in with our expert guides. Yes, our tours to Italy allow you to see it all!

If you can’t choose between Abruzzo, Basilicata and Puglia, why not avoid missing out by choosing to take our Treasures of the South tour, the best in our tours to Italy. This tour takes in all three of these stunning southern regions, allowing you to see Italy as you never have before with our Italy Vacations.

Outside of the main regions we cover you could take a wander down the Amalfi Coast on our stunning coastal tours of Italy ore explore the beauty of Lazio and Campania on our ‘Treasures of the Appian Way’ tour. Alternatively, if our longer tours do not suit your itinerary, get in touch about a customised private tour that provides a truly personalised experience. Italy has so much to offer, and no trip to Italy would be complete without a quality locally-guided tour from Touring Abruzzo Italy Tours.

Italy Tour Packages – Travel Italy

To come to Italy is the dream of many. Australians are great travelers and Italy and France are on the top of their list for their European vacation.

Italy’s 20 regions are so diverse from north, central and southern Italy.

The grand tour of Italy almost always includes the obligatory stops in Rome, Florence and Venice. To see these great historic cities are a must, however with it comes many crowds and tourists and queues of people waiting to see the same places.. People holding guide books and iphones, reading the same notes, pushing to see similar sights, it can often be daunting.

 

Italy Tour Packages

 

If you travel off the beaten track and east of Rome towards the Apennines and the Adriatic Coast you will get to Abruzzo.  A region which has everything you dream of for an Italian vacation… minus the crowds.

 

Here are some reasons why Abruzzo has it all:

 

Book Your Next Trip To Italy – Visit Abruzzo:

Abruzzo has so much to offer from National parks, great Mediterranean coastline and beaches, ancient hilltop villages harbouring traditions and cultures as well as a great variety of cuisine.

Here you can immerse yourself in the freshest air, live like a local and meet real Italians who will welcome you with a smile.

 

Italy Vacations – Hike Abruzzo:

A region in Italy with 3 National Parks is quite unheard of.  Abruzzo is truly the green heart of Italy and being only 3 hrs east of Rome, you can be a world away hiking in the spectacular Gran Sasso National Park where the highest peak of the Apennines looms.

It is a sanctuary for wildlife such as chamois, wolves, bears, royal eagles and otters.

 

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Italy Tour Packages – Eat Abruzzo:

Indulge in wonderful traditional dishes rarely seen on tourist menus. Menus only written in Italian or restaurants with no menus at all, just what is fresh on the day. The Slow Food tradition is alive and well and food travels only kilometres to arrive at the table. Exquisite truffles abound here and after a private truffle hunt you can indulge in an excellent truffle degustation. Our Italy tour packages include the finest Italian food so that you can indulge in the tastes of traditional Italian dishes.

 

Italy Vacation Packages – Drink Abruzzo:

The Abruzzo region is one of the top 5 producers of wine in Italy.

Here you can meet the producers and visit the winemakers and enjoy fine Montepulciano d’Abruzzo red wine. Included in our Italian vacation packages is tasting the finest wines from traditional Italian winemakers.

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Vacation Abruzzo Italy – Explore Abruzzo Italy:

Abruzzo needs to be explored- wonderful secrets need to be discovered which often lie behind closed doors.

To meet a cheesemaker making great pecorino sheep’s milk cheeses, to cook Italian food with a local Abruzzese lady in her home or to meet a goldsmith  who creates great pieces in gold filigree are all waiting to be experienced. Book a vacation in Italy today with Touring Abruzzo Italy Tours.

 

Italy Travel Packages – Photograph Abruzzo:

With 65% of this mountain region boasting hilltop villages and the perfect backdrop of the Apennines it is a photographer’s paradise.

The quiet alleyways, ancient churches and stunning countryside dotted with olive groves and vineyards are all images of real country Italy. We make sure that you visit these cultural areas in our exclusive Italy travel packages.

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Tour Abruzzo Italy:

In Abruzzo English is not widely spoken and travelling to Abruzzo is not about ticking off historical sites and buildings but immersing yourself in the real Italy which is not always accessible to the mainstream tourist. However for those discerning travellers Touring Abruzzo with Luciana offers a truly up close and personal insight into an authentic Italy.

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I have been reflecting lately on what I have created over the last 13 years. It seems like yesterday that I put my dream out there of touring Italy and rediscovering my Italian heritage and specifically my Abruzzo heritage. Now it is well and truly a reality and am so delighted that I have been able to show hundreds and hundreds of wonderful guests and often friends now – the great sights of Abruzzo Italy. The phrase that keeps coming back to me time and time again and that I hear from my guests is that “This is the Italy that we have been searching for”!

And it certainly is – to see an authentic and unspoilt Italy to tour an Italy off the main tourist paths and see Italy with only a small or handful number of guests is a truly special experience.

Also being a daughter of Abruzzo and having a direct link to the Abruzzo land and its people makes it extra special to show guests what I have experienced and the people and family whom I know so well. After having researched everything in minute detail and bringing guests new and unique experiences gives me a great buzz also. I always look for the different and the unusual and feature the best of everything especially the great artisans who make Abruzzo and other parts of Italy so special.

 

Italy is truly an overload on your senses! The tastes smells and sights Italy offers will stay with you for a lifetime.
Italy is truly an overload on your senses! The tastes smells and sights Italy offers will stay with you for a lifetime.

 

Indulge in home made spaghetti alla chitarra in Abruzzo Italy
Indulge in home made spaghetti alla chitarra in Abruzzo Italy

 

I want to share with you a series of photos I took of FIAT 500’s or as we call them FIAT BAMBINOS! From Sulmona, Archi, Pescara, Milano, Matera and Lecce I see them around often and they always put a smile on my face!

Time to get away from it all on your trip to Italy!
Time to get away from it all on your next trip to Italy!

 

Italian vacations on the road less travelled
Italian vacations on the road less travelled

 

My Vacation in Italy took me to Milan Expo in 2015
My Vacation in Italy took me to Milan Expo in 2015

 

Fun at Milan Expo 2015 on my recent Trip to Italy!
Fun at Milan Expo 2015 on my recent Trip to Italy!

 

 

Enjoy these great Fiat 500 or Fiat Bambinos on your next Trip to Italy!
Enjoy these great Fiat 500 or Fiat Bambinos on your next Trip to Italy!

Luciana’s tour packages to Italy not only cover Abruzzo but in the last few years they also include some southern Italy regions such as Puglia and Basilicata. Her team of wonderful guides are on hand to assist and help create the best possible experience for all the guests, all year round.

There is time to sit and watch the world go by on your next vacation in Italy.
There is time to sit and watch the world go by on your next vacation in Italy.

 

Discover the road less travelled in Abruzzo Italy.
Discover the road less travelled in Abruzzo Italy.

 

The stunning beauty of Lago di San Domenico near Scanno in Abruzzo Italy
The stunning beauty of Lago di San Domenico near Scanno in Abruzzo Italy

 

 

 

 

 

As the Carnevale season approaches in the next week.. these are typical sweets made throughout Italy. Each region has a different name for them.. In Abruzzo we call them CROSTOLI, in Puglia and elsewhere they are CHIACCHIERE! Here is the recipe on this link..looking forward to making them soon with my guests in my next cooking class!
Follow this good recipe here and make your own for this coming Carnevale time:
https://culinariaitalia.wordpress.com/category/recipe/dolce-sweet/

 

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Chiacchiere (photo courtesy of culinariaitalia)

 

 

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