Catch up on our latest news, recipes and tours in our recently released newsletter. Maybe this is the year you will come to Italy with us!

This year the tours are in full swing already with tour programmes taking in Abruzzo and Puglia for the first half of the year.

The Touring Abruzzo team has a lot of news, information and tips and also a simple recipe from Puglia to try.

Touring Italy has never been easier with us as we have specialist guides in Italy’s central and southern regions so the best of Italy awaits. With a great network of private drivers who are available year round to take you on your private transfers it has never been easier. Whether it is from Rome to Abruzzo, or Abruzzo to Positano or from Abruzzo to Puglia you can travel safely knowing you will get to your destination with ease and see alot of Italy along the way.

Also you can choose your private English speaking guide on your own Private Day Tour in Abruzzo or elsewhere, knowing that it will be tailor made to suit your time, your dates and your interests.

Discovering one’s Italian Heritage has always been very popular with the massive ancestry research available online. In particular we have received many requests over the years to understand one’s Abruzzo Heritage. This is one of the most rewarding parts to our work and service as the research involved is fascinating and many facts are uncovered. To see the emotions on our guests faces is just amazing and real connections are made to a place and time and to a people.

Start planning Italy 2019 now and be surprised. You know we are the Italy you have been searching for at Touring Abruzzo

The Italian government has announced this year 2019 as the Year of Slow Travel. What is that you may ask?
Italy is not new at the art of slow.. in fact it was Italy which launched the Slow Food Movement in 1986 as a backlash to the fast food phenomenon.

Traveling slowly in Italy will give you the chance  to form a more meaningful and stronger connection to the towns you’re visiting, and you will be rewarded immensely.  With a slower pace and programme it is not about ticking off places and famous sights off a list, a waiting in endless queues to catch glimpses of art and architecture. It is about delving deeper and immersing fully into a lesser known region of Italy and staying in less crowded towns where you can feast on all your senses.

You will have time to unwind in a quiet cafe, watch the world go by, learn to use your Italian you have been learning and dying to practice! It is all about the experience and the meaningful connections you will make with the locals. You get to follow the seasons, eat what is local and fresh and appreciate the small pleasures all around you. It is these moments where magic is created and moments turn into lifelong memories. Travel Italy and take it slow and sure. Whether you visit Abruzzo, Marche or Molise in central Italy or Puglia and Basilicata in the heel of Italy and its deep south, there is something special awaiting you and will be the true highlight of your Italy vacation.

 

Last week on Travel Writers Radio they chatted about the Italian Government making 2019 the year of slow travel, and this week accomplished journalist, travel writer and reporter Veronica Matheson learnt more about the joys of slow travel from Luciana Masci who lives in Brisbane, but spends the Italian summer taking small groups of tourists around Abruzzo – the home of her ancestors – which is three hours east of Rome. For more visit www.touringabruzzo.com

Listen here to a fabulous interview with Veronica and understand why Italy and in particular Abruzzo is the place to slow down and unwind and delve deeper into the rich traditions and culture which await you.

 

 

 

 

Gone are the days that Italy was an idyllic and cheap destination for great food and countless treasures. A vacation in Italy is a dream come true for a majority of people, but it is costly. It is an irresistible holiday destination blessed with stunning landscapes, cities immersed with history, gorgeous architecture and scrumptious food at every corner.

Planning the perfect holiday of your dreams and squeeze everything into your itinerary can become overwhelming with so many options to choose from and sights to see. Before you start mapping out your Italian getaway, it is essential you narrow down the type of holiday that you are looking to enjoy.

Visit Italy in the quieter seasons
Visit Italy in the quieter seasons

There are still inexpensive ways to enjoy its splendrous wonders as well as its dolce vita. We have compiled some useful tips on how to plan your Italian holiday so you can do in ‘Rome what the Romans do’;

1) Book Early And Consider Shoulder Seasons.

Summer is the busiest tourist season in Italy, well there is no surprise there. The weather will not be a perfect 75°F every day, and the skies are not always cloud free. However, the most significant airfare cuts occur during the off-season, and you can pop up at small hotels without a reservation three months in advance. There is also an absence of queues at museums, and the locals are less rushed and more accommodating.

2) Sleep Small And Central.

Large chain hotels come with numerous perks, but they are the most expensive accommodation options in Italy. If you are a weary budget traveller, it will come as good news to know that Italy has affordable hotels and pensions (family-run guesthouses). What they lack in star rating they make up for with not only lower rates but plenty of charm and character.

3) Book Your Train Tickets Yourself, Now!

If you are planning on spoiling yourself by taking a trip between Milan – Venice – Florence – Rome – Naples using the high-speed Trenitalia, book your tickets without an external train agency. When you book early, the cheaper the seats.

4) Book Cheaper Flights Into Hub A City.

Airfare prices tend to be expensive during the peak summer months, making it difficult to find a reasonably priced flight to Italy. To save on your airfare, it is advisable to books flights that fly into ‘hub’ cities. Your airline will advise you on this.

It may take longer to reach your destination, but the good thing is you will have more money to explore Italy.

Are you overwhelmed with planning for your vacation in Italy? Touring Abruzzo will plan your holiday from start to finish, and all you have to do is enjoy the sights and wonders Italy has to offer. Get in touch with us now!

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           Touring Abruzzo celebrating 15 years

Life is an everyday gift crammed with momentous milestones that one ought to go all out and celebrate. For some, it may be turning 40 of 50 years of age while for others it may be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary or their long-awaited marriage or honeymoon.

The most obvious route to celebrate any life milestone is to organise a party or event and hoping everyone you invited will pitch up bearing gifts. It is a time consuming and stressful process coupled with endless questions of will there be enough drinks and food? Will the weather hold out? Not forgetting the massive clean up afterwards.

Not that we are forcibly persuading you to ditch your loved ones in favour of a trip overseas (we are actually) but why put yourself through all the stress of organising a party when you can experience and celebrate your life’s milestones with amazing tours in Italy?

We have come up with a few tantalising reasons you should be looking at tours to Italy brochures to celebrate your life’s milestones;

1) Celebrate A Milestone Birthday.

Whether you love to be the centre of attention on the day you made your grand entrance into this world, or you prefer to pretend it is not happening, a holiday is a great way to celebrate with loved ones or escape the uncomfortable attention.

You can celebrate adding a year to your life by relaxing in one of the many vineyards in the Abruzzo region, sipping on some world-renowned wine while being serenaded with scenic views. If you are looking to rekindle the spark, you can have the best of both worlds with a trip to Rome and experience city charm and the Italian countryside.

Celebrate in Abruzzo and enjoy the journey
Celebrate in Abruzzo and enjoy the journey

2) Have An Anniversary To Remember.

Are you always in the dog box every year because you forgot your anniversary? Sweep them off their feet and make up for past mistakes by whisking them away on a romantic trip to Italy. If you are looking to create a bespoke holiday, imagine strolling the cobbled streets of Lecce and Verona or visiting a local farmer on the Amalfi coast and tasting limoncello?

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Take time to walk the cobbled stoned alleyways and streets in Italy

3) Spend Quality Time With Family.

It becomes tricker and harder to get the family together for dinner, let alone a family holiday when life gets busier, and your children get older. However, your moody teenager will jump at the opportunity to spend time with the family when the right holiday comes along.

Are you looking to immerse yourself in a different experience and celebrate your life’s milestones with once in a life time tours to Italy? Get in touch with Touring Abruzzo. We have packages to make your dream holiday come true.  

Celebrate your special occasion with us! We do it so well.
Celebrate your special occasion with us! We do it so well.

Nestled between the Adriatic and the Apennines coast lies the green region of Europe is Abruzzo. The area has a history of sheep farming and shepherding dating back three thousand years. It has a varied landscape that ranges from mountains to coastlines and protected national parks.
Abruzzo is a charming and sparsely populated region way off the beaten track in central Italy. It offers authentic tours of Italy that bring dream holidays to reality. The region boasts of majestic lakes, the Adriatic coastline, uncontaminated parks, breathtaking mountain ranges, enchanting medieval towns and charming sceneries.

Great scenery of Abruzzo
Great scenery of Abruzzo


Still not sure how to keep yourself entertained in Abruzzo? Here are our top four places to visit;

  1. Fishing On The Trabocchi Coast.

If lying soaking up the sun on the beach is not for you, you might be interested in exploring the Adriatic coastline.  The Trabocchi Coast, a 70 kilometre stretch from Ortona to San Salvo in the province of Chieti, is beautifully caressed by the blue sea.


It’s exquisitely preserved fishing net structures dating back centuries to the medieval times and are called trabocchi. They are wooden platforms extend into the sea, allowing fisherman to fish in deep waters where there are abundant varieties of fish.

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Ancient fishing structures Abruzzo tours
  1. The Capital of Confetti, Sulmona.

At the foot of the Majella, surrounded by mountains lies the charming town of Sulmona. It is a lively town in Abruzzo Italy, where ancient history and a strong tradition of colourful sweets live together.

The old parish of Santa Chiara is renowned for being the capital of sugar-coated almonds, also known as confetti in Italian. Colourful confetti bouquets adorn the streets which you can buy them in every possible flavour including Nutella, tiramisu, ricotta and pear and berry flavour.

Confetti - the sugared almonds of Sulmona, Abruzzo
Confetti – the sugared almonds of Sulmona, Abruzzo
  1. The Magical Village And Lake Of  Scanno.

Scanno is a magical hill town with a very scenic location and regarded one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It is located within the boundaries of the Abruzzo National Park, and surrounded by a forest and caressed by the lake that takes its name. The historic centre is a twist of alleys and ancient houses that will keep an avid traveller intrigued.

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Scanno, Abruzzo
  1. The Kingdom of Italian Pasta, Fara San Martino.

You cannot go all the way to Italy and not have some of its world-famous pasta. Abruzzo is synonymous for pasta-making, and the picturesque village of Fara San Martino is famed for its distinctive quality and flavour of pasta.  The three world-famous pasta’s, De Cecco, Delverde and Cocco, all come from this village and are positioned to take in the best clear waters from the mighty Maiella Moutains. Locals will not tell you their secret recipe, but they will teach you the best techniques to make your own.

The pristine water of Maiella National Park
The pristine water of Maiella National Park


Are you looking for a magical holiday? Choose from one of our many our Italy tours packages right now and be guaranteed a truly memorable experience Italy vacations. Visit our website for more information.  

Abruzzo is the last frontier of Italy under the radar of most tourists but a destination of many discoveries. Located in the south-central region of Italy, Abruzzo has a lot to offer all tourists from the coast of Pescara on the Adriatic to the mountains of Gran Sasso.

It is the home of the best-kept secrets of Italy, offering tourist attractions ranging from nature to art and from history to cuisine. There are numerous tours of Italy on offer, but none can compare to touring Abruzzo.

Here are four reasons to entice you to visit Abruzzo;

  1. Greenest Region In Europe.

The biggest selling point of Abruzzo is that it is the greenest region in entire Europe. With 3 National Parks and a Regional Park  there is so much biodiversity of plants and animal life. You will be treated to stunning views, caressed by rolling green hills and blessed with quality fresh air helping you enjoy your getaway.

If you are an avid outdoor adventurer, you will glad to know Abruzzo is a mountainous area with three national parks, one regional park and 38 protected nature reserves. It covers a third of the territory and has an abundance of a rare species including the golden eagle, the Abruzzese chamois, the Apennine wolf and the Marsican brown bear.

Gran Sasso National Park Abruzzo
Gran Sasso National Park Abruzzo
  1. World-renowned Wine.

Italy is renowned for its famous wines, and Abruzzo is no exception. The region claimed its spot on the tourist map through its national parks for skiing in winter, but it is slowly capitalising on its wine as a drawcard for tourists.

The red Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, produced with the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape, has made Abruzzo bask in international glory. It is distinct from the Sangiovese grape used in making the Tuscan Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Chieti province produces a majority of the wines, and famous local producers open their cellar doors for wine tasting. These producers include Cantina Tollo who known for their fabulous award winning wines.  If you want to sit back, enjoy the scenery while tasting wine, Villa Carrene is a place to visit. It is s family-run vineyard and cellar located a few miles from Sulmona in the medieval town of Prezze.

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Enjoy Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes and its wine
  1. Stunning Landscapes.

If you thought Tuscany had beautiful landscapes, Abruzzo has breathtaking views that will rival any you have seen. It has everything to dazzle you from picturesque coastlines and beaches on the east to the towering Abruzzese Apennines mountains in the west. 

There is something for everyone, including wildlife, open valleys, waterfalls and more. There are plenty of quaint villages, towns and cities all of the main tourist radar that you can explore.

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Trabocchi on the Adriatic coastline in Abruzzo
  1. Day Trips.

If you are looking to ignite the spark further, you can take a trip to the romantic city of Rome. You will have the best of both worlds from touring the countryside to experiencing one of the big cities. For your incredible expedition, there is the Park of Gran Sasso and the Laga Mountains. You can also visit the medieval castles and learn about  the history of Abruzzo Italy with us.

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Altino, hilltop village in Abruzzo

Are you looking through various brochures of tours of Italy and do not know which one to choose? Your next holiday could very well be in Abruzzo Italy. We have many tourist activities to create memories that will last a lifetime. Visit our website for more information.

The region of Abruzzo in Italy is a beautiful and captivating part of the country. Its mountain landscape lends to the aesthetics and it is especially true during the Winter. The area receives heavy and lasting snowfall every year, making it a true marvel as well as a haven for skiing. If you are an avid skier, then read further, we will list some of the great areas in Abruzzo to visit.

 

Roccaraso

Known as one of the largest ski areas in the Alto Sangro area, Roccaraso has over 110km of groomed pistes and is popular during the Italian holiday season. The mountain is accessible to skiers of all levels to enjoy, from green slopes to black slopes which is for those who are top notch experts on skis. In numbers, there are 10 black trails for experts, 26 red trails for intermediate skiers, 28 blue trails for easy runs and four green trails for beginners. There is also a 27km trail for cross country skiers. Besides skiers, those interested in snowboarding will find a variety of snow and terrain parks in Roccaraso.

Image- Courtesy of Amazon.com
Image- Courtesy of Amazon.com

Castel di Sangro

Another popular skiing destination is not far from Roccaraso and its called Castel di Sangro and is part of the Alto Sangro area. It is found halfway down Italy and is also known for more than just a ski destination, but also for its amazing vistas. You will have no trouble finding a ski equipment rental service and a ski pass sales point. At Castel di Sangro, there are plenty of opportunities to socialise with other ski enthusiasts, at restaurants and bars, after a hard day out on the slopes.

 

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Castel Di Sango Image from Hotel Natur

Campo Felice

Avid skiers and snowboarders will love the slopes of Campo Felice which is found in the province of L’Aquila in Abruzzo. They have 5,6km of ski routes and more than 30km of slopes to entertain thrill seekers during the holiday season. Those who want to admire amazing views can journey up to the peak of Monte Rotondo where they can view the Majella, Velino, Duchessa, Sirente and Gran Sasso.

If you are planning a trip to Abruzzo this holiday season and are looking for a thrill, contact Touring Abruzzo today for affordable Italy travel packages.

There are many hidden gems that the region of Abruzzo in Italy is hiding. From their unique cuisine to their heritage sites, rich in history and culture. However, one of these gems that many do not hear about is Abruzzo’s beautiful natural and man-made lakes. Whether you are a tourist or a local, these beautiful lakes of Abruzzo Italy are enjoyed by everyone. Curious about these lakes? We list three amazing lakes in Abruzzo that are better seen in person:

Campotosto lake, Aquila province, Abruzzo

Known as the biggest man-made lake in the Abruzzo region, Lake Campotosto is a beautiful sight to behold. With a surface of 14 square km, the lake is located in the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park. The lake was created in the 1930s to establish a water reservoir to generate hydroelectric power. To reach the lake, travellers coming from L’Aquila or the Adriatic Coast can use the Italian State Highway 80. There is plenty of things to do for travellers who want to take in the beautiful sites. There is a 50 km circular trail along the lake’s perimeter and in summer, is used for jogging, hiking and bicycle touring.

Scanno Lake, L’Aquila province, Abruzzo

Scanno Lake is found in the Abruzzese Apennines and it is famous for its romantic heart shape. It is the biggest natural lake in Abruzzo and is surrounded by woods and forests. There are plenty of wild birds to be found near the lake including the eagles, owls, wild ducks and hawks, while trout and basses can be found in the waters of the lake. It is a great lake that is enjoyed by rowers and canoeists as well as swimmers and pedalo riders. Many guests on our Private Tours of Abruzzo or on our  10 day all inclusive ‘Grand Tour of Abruzzo’ programme love visiting here as Scanno is set at 1000m above sea level and has breathtaking views. 

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Scanno Lake in Abruzzo

 

Bomba Lake, Chieti province, Abruzzo

Also called Lake Sangro, Bomba Lake is found in the Chieti Province of Abruzzo and is a man-made lake. Its beauty stretches 10km and is 5km wide and was created by a dam on the Sangro river. Villa Santa is located to its south while Bomba is found north of the lake. Several other villages such as Piertraferrazzana, Colledimezzo and Pennadomo also face the Bomba lake. Its use includes directing the river’s water, transferring it Altino, where it is generated into the hydroelectric power.

 

Lago di Bomba Photo from Primadanoi.it
Lago di Bomba
Photo from Primadanoi.it

For more information, contact Touring Abruzzo for a local perspective on travel.

There are so many traditional recipes in Italy as every region has their own version of a particular recipe or their own special recipe only in that region.. Abruzzo is no exception. I have been asked many times for the recipe to this delicious Olive oil cake.

There are many versions where you can add fresh ricotta or almonds. Sometimes I can even add yoghurt if I have some in the fridge… or lime zest instead of lemon.. Once you know the basic method you can modernise the recipe! Good luck and start baking..

Olive oil and ricotta cake - Abruzzese style
Olive oil and ricotta cake – Abruzzese style

 

TARALLO ABRUZZESE – Lemon and Olive Oil Cake

4 eggs

250 gr sugar 

200 gr s.r flour and some extra baking powder 1 tspn

180 gr fresh ricotta

½ cup water (or milk)

½ cup of oil 

Lemon zest of 1 lemon or orange zest

Vanilla 

Separate eggs, beat egg whites until stiff – for about 2 mins or so.

Add sugar, continue beating.

Add the 4 egg yolks, continue beating. Up to this point, should be beaten for about 8 mins in total to allow air to get in.

Add the lemon zest and some vanilla essence, add the ricotta and beat until smooth.

Add the sifted S.R flour, baking powder, the water and the oil and fold through. If it is too runny add a spoon of flour at a time. If it is too thick, add a spoon of milk or water at a time. Mixture should be thick ribbons runny when you lift it off the whisk or spoon.

Grease a ring cake tin and flour it.

Cook for 1 hr in 170 deg C oven.

Olive oil cake with Ricotta - Abruzzese style
Olive oil cake with Ricotta

 

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Italy is known throughout the world for its amazing cuisine. From the traditional pizza and Tiramisu to Ravioli and Risotto, these foods taste best in its country of origin. With such amazing food on offer, it is understandable why in 2018, almost 100 million people graced the streets of this beautiful country, filled with rich culture and history.If your taste buds have been tantalised, then visiting some of Italy’s provinces will ensure that you get to eat the most authentic food available. Abruzzo is one such province, where you can find good food and discover the hidden gems unique to this part of the world. With the help of Touring Abruzzo, you can get Italy vacation packages at affordable prices. Curious as to what food is unique only to Abruzzo Italy, then continue to read:

  • Pecorino

Made from sheep’s milk and aged for about eight months to a year, this cheese is one of a kind and is known for its hard and firm texture. The cheese that is aged for a year and more crumbles when put to the knife and has a salty taste. To get a creamier texture that is perfect for sandwiches, the cheese is not aged for long. Such a cheese is excellent for dishes such as Cacio e Pepe.

  • Maccheroni Alla Chitarra

Also known as Spaghetti Alla Chitarra, this dish is an Abruzzo staple. Prepared with stew named ragu which has lamb, tomato sauce, sweet peppers and veal or meatballs. A pesto made with anchovies, black olives and sun-dried tomatoes among its ingredients is added to the lamb stew to give it a kick. This meal is delicious and is a must on foods to try in Abruzzo Italy

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  • Parrozzo

If you have a sweet tooth, then Abruzzo has sweet delicacies that you will not find anywhere else no matter how hard you look. One of these sugary treats is the Parrozzo, a traditional cake that was made to resemble the rough bread made with corn flour. The Parrozzo has a semi-spherical shape and is covered with a layer of dark chocolate.

When it comes to food, Abruzzo has a uniqueness that is difficult to find. What we have mentioned is just the tip of the Gran Sasso d’Italia.

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