Abruzzo – real food, real people, real Italy! ‘TASTES of ABRUZZO’ Tour (4 days)
If you are travelling to Italy, it is absolutely essential to indulge in the local cuisine with its great food and wine. Italian food is regional so varies amazingly from one region to another.
Have you always dreamed of experiencing an extensive food tour of Italy? Travelling with Luciana, you will certainly experience Italian cuisine at its best with fresh, seasonal, local produce accompanied perfectly with local award winning wines.
Read on to find out more about our “Tastes of Abruzzo” tour.
About the tour
Our “Tastes of Abruzzo” tour will show you how to truly experience the undiscovered gem of central Italy. Discover 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’Abruzzo wines and local seasonal produce.
The Teramo province is painted with picturesque towns and medieval hilltop villages, and is well known for its truffles. If you’re searching for a truffle tour in Italy, look no further! Our “Tastes of Abruzzo” 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. Our food and wine tours are flexible, giving you time to immerse yourself in the rich history of a magnificent fortress, stroll through a colourful outdoor market, and (in true Abruzzese style) be wined and dined in sensational slow food restaurants.
Abruzzo is a region in central Italy and has both mountainous and coastal areas. Abruzzese cuisine uses a wide variety of fresh ingredients such as lamb, pork, seafood, saffron, truffles, tomato and of course fine extra virgin olive oil.
If you reserve your place with Touring Abruzzo, 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” , Abruzzo’s diverse cuisine has something for everyone.
This is a fully escorted, all inclusive small group tour (no more than 12 guests…ever) and will be led by Luciana.
May 23 – 26 (4 days)
June 13 – 16 (4 days)
July 23 – 26 (4 days)
September 1 – 4 (4 days)
September 17 – 20 (4 days)
October 2 – 5 (4 days)
DAY 1: ABRUZZO – PESCARA - ADRIATIC COASTLINE – CIVITELLA del TRONTO
You will be met this morning by Luciana, your Abruzzo specialist guide at your hotel in Pescara, Abruzzo where you will start your fabulous getaway to Abruzzo. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Adriatic coastline where we can stop to unwind and soak up the delightful Italian atmosphere over your morning cappuccino by a seaside town. Enjoy your first traditional lunch in Abruzzo set in a delighful restaurant in the foothills of the Apennines. This afternoon, explore the nearby fortified hilltop village of Civitella del Tronto – inhabited since pre Roman times and its first historical records as a fortified village date back to the 11th century. There is time to stroll through the village exploring the romantic narrow alleys and watch the world go by and enjoy a gelato or caffe’ in the local bar. Indulge in traditional dishes such as local pecorino cheese, air dried salumi and spaghetti alla chitarra con polpettine di carne…
DAY 2: SANT’OMERO - LOCAL OLIVE OIL PRODUCER – ANCIENT OLIVE PRESS – PRIVATE WINERY & CELLAR VISIT - GROTTA SANT’ANGELO – GRAN SASSO NATIONAL PARK
This morning we visit a private olive oil producer whose family has been growing, gathering and harvesting olives for centuries near Sant’Omero. Learn all about the amazing differences between extra virgin, virgin and olive oils and taste their exquisite extra virgin olive oils. Onto a local winery in Controguerra and meet a charming winemaking family and learn all about winemaking in Abruzzo. We will visit their extensive vineyards and indulge in tastings of heritage grape varieties such as pecorino and cococciola as well as traditional and award winning montepulciano, cerasuolo (rose’) and trebbiano wines..
Later we will explore a little of the outdoors and enjoy a short walk to a hidden grotto, a place of worship for many inhabitants from Neolithic times with the cult of Hercules to be later replaced in the Christian era with rituals of worship for the Archangel Michael. Enjoy a relaxing drink or aperitivo and dinner at a charming local osteria with our hosts Annamaria and Michele.
DAY 3: TRUFFLE PRODUCERS & PRIVATE TRUFFLE HUNT – PRIVATE COOKING CLASS – ASCOLI PICENO
We head to the nearby village and learn all about Abruzzo’s secret – prized truffles. Surprisingly, over 80% of Italy’s truffles come from Abruzzo. Understand how truffle dogs are used to find these precious gourmet delights and enjoy delicious tastings of truffle pastes and cheeses infused with truffle …squisito! Meet a local truffle hunter who will share his passion for truffle hunting and truffle dog training with us. Taste some delicious samples of seasonal truffle products. Onto your own private COOKING CLASS where local cooks share with you their passion for Abruzzese traditional cooking. Prepare a 4 course lunch together using fresh and seasonal local ingredients as well as luxury local truffles! Learn the secrets of slow food as you create wonderful antipasti, traditional home made pasta, deboned leg of turkey filled with parsley, garlic and truffle and delicious desserts… A truly unforgettable day! Explore the delightful town of Ascoli Piceno which lies just over the Tronto river, in Le Marche region. Enjoy a passeggiata along the corso – stroll to take in the local atmosphere and watch the world go by Italian style or shop for those favourite Italian shoes or leather handbag..
DAY 4: GRAN SASSO NATIONAL PARK – CASTELLI – MAIOLICA CERAMICS– DEPARTURE
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 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 is time to stroll by ceramics shops and studios of artists today where you may find your treasured pieces of Italian ceramics. Onto the bustling port city of Pescara on the Adriatic coastline relaxing with a coffee, gelato or aperitivo together in one of Pescara’s lovely cafes and reminisce over a wonderful few days spent together in this beautiful part of Italy!.. You will be transferred to the Pescara Central station or to your hotel in Abruzzo by early afternoon.
$2250 per person, twin share (AUD $400 single supplement)