Travel to Italy has never gone out of fashion – in fact for Australians it is one of the top destinations we love to travel to alongside France! Almost 1 million Australians travel to Italy each year. That is alot of people, alot of travel and alot of tours to Italy.

Worldwide, the numbers of visitors to Italy total 30 million people which is staggering considering the population of Italy is in the 60 million mark!

Wherever you choose to tour Italy you will certainly come across breath taking scenery, wonderful sights such as historical Italian cities, classic architecture, hilltop villages as well as fabulous art works in wonderful world class museums.

Most travellers choose to visit the holy trinity of Italian cities – Rome, Florence and Venice. The Colosseum  and Pantheon of Rome, the amazing Renaissance culture of Florence and the rich traditions, history and waterways of Venice. Each city has its own treasures to offer, but Italy can be and is so much more.

Travel to Italy from Australia takes around 24 hrs and from USA around 8 hrs or so. To travel this great distance definitely must take alot of planning and research to make it the best Italy tour and travel you can do in the time you have. Traditionally Australians tend to travel for 3 – 6 weeks while USA travellers spend around 1 – 2 weeks on their Europe travels. For Australians, Italy travel would comprise at least 2 weeks of their time away.

The preference seems to be a mix of independent travel as well as choosing a tour of Italy.

There are so many choices in the marketplace as to what is the best tour of Italy. The best choice is to be able to include real experiences of village Italy where you can immerse into the true Italian way of life, as well as being able to see important sites of historic and cultural value

By far the most rewarding experience is to be able to travel on the road less travelled to avoid queues and be able to connect with the local Italian people and culture. Only small towns and villages in Italy can offer this to the discerning traveller.

The best time to visit Italy is in the northern hemisphere Spring (May /June) and the Autumn or fall season which is September/October. The crowds travelling to Italy are much less and you can avoid the hottest months as well. Temperatures in the summer can exceed 30 deg C whereas in Spring and Autumn you will enjoy cooler temperatures of 17 – 25 deg C generally.

For travel to Italy it is always best to dress in layers so you will be prepared for various climates. Start the day in a light shirt and pants then as the evening sets in you can add a light jacket or a scarf or cardigan.

It is always best to wear comfortable non slip shoes which can take you from walking in the countryside and national park to strolling through a village or queueing in a line for a museum.

Wherever you travel in Italy, be sure to enjoy the Dolce Vita and take time to relax, unwind and sip your morning coffee in an authentic Italian cafe’ or sit in a piazza or village square and watch the world go by.

Coffees will be in the form of an espresso, which is a very short black coffee..It is unlike the coffees you are used to in Australia or in the States as you will be served a small coffee cup with about 2 cm of coffee!
If you order a ristretto,  your coffee will be even smaller with about 1 cm of coffee, packed with a punch of pure coffee heaven.

You may know never, never to order a latte,  as you will be served hot milk! Yes that is right, so be sure to ask for a latte macchiato –  which is hot milk and a serve of coffee in that.

Enjoy your travels to Italy and be sure to find the right Italy tour for you!

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Learn about the latest Italy tours lined up for 2018 with Touring Abruzzo. Read about what is hot in the New Year and the exciting new destinations to central and southern Italy. Viva La Dolce Vita!

Wishing you all a very happy and special Christmas season and thank you to all our valued guests over the years…. Grazie mille!

This next year marks Luciana’s 14th year of travel to Abruzzo, Italy and over the years has shown hundreds and hundreds of wonderful guests the beauty of this central Italian region. In the last 4 yrs, Touring Abruzzo has grown with demand and requests from many past guests and so Luciana has created exciting new Italy tour itineraries which take in areas in central and southern Italy.

Like our small group tour programmes to Puglia – the ‘heel’ of Italy in the south, as well as to ‘Basilicata’ which borders Puglia and which not many travellers know about…until now!

With these fully escorted tours and with Touring Abruzzo’s knowledgeable local guides you will certainly have a full immersion into an authentic Italian lifestyle and see little known or discovered destinations. A real treat awaits you…

The hot new and interesting destination for 2018 ready to be launched by Touring Abruzzo is to the north of Abruzzo,

LE MARCHE  – a land straddled between the beauty of the Adriatic coast and the Apennines to the west. Another central Italy region to explore and understand. Travel on the path less visited with us…

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What is in store for you in 2018...

After another wonderful touring season in Italy covering Abruzzo, Puglia, Basilicata and Molise this year we are proud to be well and truly ready for our 14th year of travel for 2018 with Touring Abruzzo. The 2018 Italy tour programme is now out and reservations are coming in! Choose your small group boutique tour experience or custom made private tour here and read on:

ABRUZZO
ABRUZZO: Choose a 4, 8, 10 day tour or design your own custom made journey…
If you only have time for a short stay in Abruzzo, then TASTES of ABRUZZO’ is perfect.
Over 4 days you will explore the northern Abruzzo region and you will be based in a beautiful hilltop village of Civitella del Tronto. From here you can experience the pleasure of living like a local, following a truffle hunt, seeing ancient fortresses and medieval art and cook with local ladies of Abruzzo.  2018 Departures: May 28, June 3, June 17, June 19 and September 17.
* ‘BACK ROADS of ABRUZZO’ is an 8 day journey which extends on the previous tour by including more of the central Abruzzo area along the Adriatic coast and into the Apennine mountains with the Maiella National Park area.  2018 Departures: June 17 and June 19.
* ‘GRAND TOUR of ABRUZZO’ will take you through most of the Abruzzo region over 10 days and has been the most popular tour for several years. 2018 departures: June 3 and September 17
One of this year’s highlights was to see some Apennine wolves (lupus italicus) in the Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise. Our hiking guide Antonella took us on some gentle walks through the area and we indulged in a special al fresco banquet put together by Luciana.  This stunning photo was taken by Fabio courtesy of https://m.facebook.com/notordinarywild/

PUGLIA – Choose a 4, 8, 10 day tour (June – October) or reserve your own private tour.
These tours are lead by Fabio, a very special member of the Touring Abruzzo team. He is a great guide and equally passionate archeologist who is knowledgeable and takes great care of each guest. We pride ourselves in showing you a true and authentic Puglia, often off the main tourist paths and each tour has a special mix of history, art, culture, food and wine (of course!).
* Limited time?  Why not try our  TASTES of PUGLIA’ tour which is a short 4 daystay based in Lecce (Baroque capital of the south).  2018 Departures: June 16, June 25 and October 1. 
*BACK ROADS OF PUGLIA’ takes in central and southern Puglia from Ostuni to Lecce over
8 days.   2018 Departures: June 13 and September 28. 
TREASURES OF PUGLIA’ – is the most popular Puglia programme and covers most of the length of the region from Trani to Lecce over glorious sun filled 10 days.
2018 Departures: June 10 and September 25. One of the highlights this year in Puglia would have to be visiting some local weavers who are passing on their traditions to the next generation of women. Using ancient olive wood looms and traditional patterns they are literally weaving magic with fabulous wool and cotton rugs and scarves made of cashmere, linen or silk thread.

BASILICATA –  This undiscovered gem of Italy’s south is a must see destination. See it in 2018 as in 2019 it has been voted the European Capital of Culture and the numbers of visitors is surely set to rise…
* ‘BACK ROADS OF BASILICATA’ – offers a total experience of the region over 8 days. Stay in a restored farmhouse in northern Basilicata as well as in Matera. Explore medieval castles, taste incredible Aglianico wines, enjoy a hands on cooking class, visit amazing hilltop villages and understand the rich history from the Greeks, Arabs and Normans.
 2018 Departures: September 1 and October 17.
Ready to explore something new in Italy? Let the Touring Abruzzo team take you on another amazing journey into central Italy where the roads are far less travelled..
WE ARE READY TO ANNOUNCE OUR NEW “TASTES of LE MARCHE” tour.
Over 5 glorious days in Spring and Autumn you will be taken to the birthplace of composer Rossini, see the Miracle of the Black Madonna of Loreto, visit true artisans making piano accordions and hand made paper over the centuries. There will be time to visit local winemakers and explore the beautiful hilltop villages such as Urbino… See this part of Italy…the slow way…
                                      2018 Departures: May 23, June 21 & September 21ITALY TOURS TO REMEMBER
                      Slow down and relax on the roads less travelled in Italy..
Small group tours, personalised and professional service,
run by Luciana and her team…with passion and great local knowledge.
Join Luciana in the new 2018 Cooking Classes in Brisbane, Australia:
 February 10, March 18, April 15.
The first class will kick off with a great menu including: fried stuffed olives, summer spelt salad, tortellini filled with ricotta and walnuts, Abruzzese style lamb with egg, cheese and lemon. Dessert is a great treat as well!
Contact Luciana now on
0475 885 851 to 
book. 

Remember places are strictly limited and do fill quickly.
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More Italian cooking is coming your way this summer – Saturday 10 February

Luciana will be hosting the next hands on cooking class:

‘A TALE OF 2 SUMMERS – Celebrating Summer and The Cuisine of Abruzzo in Australia’

 

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fried stuffed olives – olive ascolane from northern Abruzzo area

Luciana your host for Italy tours

SPOIL SOMEONE YOU LOVE WITH A GIFT VOUCHER:

DATE: Saturday 10 February
TIME: 9.30am – 2.30 pm
VENUE: To be announced, in Brisbane.

COST: $160 (past cooking class guests only $140)

Come and Celebrate all things Italian this summer and relive your Italian holiday vacation and travels to Abruzzo as you cook up a storm with Luciana Masci. Learn the skills and secrets to make a superb 5 course Italian banquet..
Impress your family and friends and most of all have fun with food and with like minded people. Using only the freshest of ingredients and seasonal cooking, this class promises to impress for sure. Recipes have been gathered and passed down to Luciana and come from northern and central Abruzzo areas. You and your friends will create these Italian dishes from antipasti, pasta, meat and dessert. Great new recipes you can entertain with over our wonderful Australian summer.

Learn to make recipes including:
* fried stuffed olives (olive ascolane)
* summer spelt salad
* tortellini filled with ricotta and walnuts
* lamb with egg, cheese and lemon
* semolina and almond cake (parozzo abruzzese)

tortelloni hand made Italy tours
hand made tortelloni

 

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lamb with egg and cheese

Classes often fill up (small classes only )..so reserve your places now.

GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE ALSO –  So why not contact Luciana and her team at Touring Abruzzo now to reserve your spot?

Tour Italy with Luciana and relive your Italian memories with this great cooking class.
Contact Luciana luci@touringabruzzo.com or 07) 3102 4384.

OTHER CLASSES IN 2018:   MARCH 18 and APRIL 15

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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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!

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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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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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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.