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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Touring Southern Italy.
Fabio speaks fluent Italian and English and he will be your driver/guide during your stay in Puglia where you will feel as part of his extended family. He has joined Luciana’s team in the last 2 years and bring you the best of Puglia and Basilicata as you travel on the path less travelled…
We have developed 4,8 and 10 day tour programmes which cover just Puglia, just Basilicata and now a combined 10 day journey featuring the best of Abruzzo/ Puglia/Basilicata!
Bernalda, in southern Basilicata and in the province of Matera, is a quiet town with about 12,000 people. It sits strategically on the road to the ancient Greek ruins of Metaponto, which was a flourishing outpost of Magna Grecia and was founded in the 7th century BC. It was also known as the town where the famous Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras was born.
Bernalda is also the ancestral home of famous movie director, producer and screenwriter, Francis Ford Coppola. He first visited there when he was 20 yrs old and was greeted by his numerous cousins, uncles and aunts all of whom had great stories to share with him of his family and ancestral links to this beautiful town.
“You go to Tuscany and Amalfi for those big beautiful postcard views, but Bernalda is for escaping the tourist circuit. What you may trade in brain-melting beauty, you gain in chance encounters at the local gelateria, the cinematic purr of everyday life. Fifteen minutes away there’s a beach, where fishermen pull up with their boats and grill up the day’s catch fresh, right on the sand” Coppola.
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Coppola, famous for his Godfather films (1972 -1990); The Great Gatsby (1974) and Apocalypse Now (1979) amongst many other notable films decided to buy a historical 16th century palazzo in the centre of Bernalda, in 2004. Known as
Palazzo Margherita, it is a truly luxury hotel in Italy. There are beautifully themed rooms, a peaceful hidden courtyard garden and a fabulous little cafe’ attached to the building.
There will be time to stroll through Bernalda on the way to the archeological ruins at Metaponto where we see magnificent artefacts in the museum as well as walk through the ruins and learn all about the Greek culture of 2700 years ago…
Guests will take time out in Coppola’s cafe’ living like a local – indulging in local pastries and good coffee.
There is even a chocolate artisan right next door as well… there is so much to enjoy here in Bernalda.
BASILICATA – what to expect:
When visiting Bernalda with Luciana and Fabio on an
8 day BACK ROADS of BASILICATA tour, there is time also to admire the 11th century Norman castle and the Mother Church from the 16th century. It is also only about 15 minutes from the Ionian coastline of the Mediterranean.
Matera is the province and is famous for its ancient cave dwellings, dramatic landscapes, and historic houses. It is also our base for 4 nights where one can explore this whole area calmly and far from the tourist crowds.
Basilicata is quite undiscovered—one of a few remaining regions of Italy where culture, food, and wine remain authentic and untouched. The locals are very hospitable and a place where every guest feels more like a friend than a passing tourist.
LEARN MORE ABOUT FABIO HERE:
Tours will be lead by Fabio, a charming and very knowledgeable archeologist and English speaking guide. His passion for southern Italy and his vast experience make him the perfect escort on a Basilicata travel experience with Touring Abruzzo.
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SEE YOU IN BASILICATA THIS YEAR! CONTACT LUCIANA