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 toPuglia – 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…
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. The2018 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: 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’tourwhich 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 theTouring 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.
Visit the Touring Abruzzo Online Shop today to see the wonderful items from Abruzzo which are available.
Choose from a boutique range of ceramics, traditional silver jewellery, aprons, tea towels, canvas art and books…
Order online and it will be shipped to you.
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 of4, 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 – BasilicataandPuglia. 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.
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:
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.
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.
MEET FABIO – your tour escort in Puglia and Basilicata.
Touring Southern Italy.
Born in Lecce, Puglia – Fabio is an archeologist has always had the passion for art and history. Working in this field he has had the possibility to travel extensively (Egypt, Romania, Italy) but he mainly works in his own region of Puglia, the place he loves the most. Fabio is ready to share with you his passion and knowledge of this beautiful region. Be prepared to take in breath-taking landscapes, great traditional food of Puglia, full bodied wines, cities of unexpected beauty and unforgettable experiences. Touring Southern Italy, Touring Puglia has never been easier with such a tour guide.
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…
Photo from Museo di Alezio site
Currently as an archeologist, he is the curator of a wonderful archeological museum in the Lecce province. He has catalogued and researched the history of the local pre Roman peoples, the Messapi. Through the necropolis and tombs found dating back from the 6th – 2nd century BC – beautiful ceramics, bronzes and gold jewellery have come to light.
Meeting local artisans in to of the way towns…Confetti producers here!
Together we have discovered wonderful artisans who create wonders with bread, confetti or sugared almonds.. We have met passionate jewellers, chocolatiers, paper mache’ artisan Claudio, even fabulous artisan weavers who are reviving ancient looms with traditional Pugliese designs. I bought a rug (red and white wool) a couple of years ago and it is one of my most prized possesions!
Connecting with local artisans and found great treasures – local weavers in Puglia.
All part of the research…where to take guests for morning coffee!
On research mission with Fabio – Discovering the beauty of OTRANTO in southern Puglia
On a field trip researching the hidden and lost village of CRACO, Basilicata.
It is so good that I have found Fabio and we work together as a great team bringing ideas, experience, knowledge and above all passion to show our guests true village Italy and lesser known but great gems off the beaten track.
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! BUON VIAGGIO!
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA in 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. Read more here:
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.
Inside the beautiful cafe’ in Coppola’s Palazzo Margherita
From 2016, Luciana and her team are commencing wonderful small group travel and experiences to BASILICATA. 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.
Admire Coppola’s wonderful restoration of this 16th century palazzo.
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.
FABIO – the ideal guide for southern Italy
Relax and unwind with delicious coffee and home made amaretti.
READ MORE INFORMATION ON COPPOLA AND HIS BELOVED BERNALDA. Here are some very interesting blogs and sites: