We are happy to release this very special video footage (4 minutes) which has taken a long while to create.
Over these valuable 4 minutes you can be transported to another world – a world of traditions, tranquillity and timelessness.
This is Abruzzo, the Italy you have been searching for. Explore this little known gem of central Italy with us…from the glorious Apennine mountains to the blue of the Adriatic coast, Abruzzo has something for everyone. Touring Abruzzo offers custom and private tours, heritage/genealogy services and small group tours throughout the year.
Help us celebrate 14 years of travel to Abruzzo and travel to Italy.
Over the years Luciana has made so many real and meaningful connections with her local people of Abruzzo, who are equally excited to share the beauty of this quiet and little known region. The many goldsmiths, wrought iron artisans, farmers, olive oil producers, wine makers, cheesemakers, truffle hunters, custodians of museums, restaurateurs cooks, chefs and just wonderful local Abruzzese – I take my hat off to you and thank you for all you who have shared your love and passion for this land with me and my team at Touring Abruzzo.
Travel to Italy with us, knowing you will be taken care of.
Arrive in Italy as a guest…and leave as a friend..
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See what is new in 2018!
TOUR ITALY with Touring Abruzzo.
Lots of reasons & regions to discover this summer.
We are so proud to celebrate 14 years of travel to ABRUZZO, Italy – sharing the best the region has to offer with other like minded guests. Whether it is to explore something new in Italy or to rediscover your Italian heritage, Abruzzo offers so much. Luciana and her team of local specialists provide the best Italy experience…ever. An Italy vacation to remember.
Whether you want to walk in any of the three national parks…treasure hunt for truffles…reconnect with your ancestral village or simply observe typical village life, then look no further than beautiful Abruzzo…
Departures for Abruzzo this summer:
June 3-6; June 17-20: Tastes of Abruzzo (4 days)
June 3-12: Grand Tour of Abruzzo (10 days)** this is the most popular of all our Abruzzo tour programmes.
PRIVATE DAY TOURS IN ABRUZZO are available year round (from USD $200 pp)
PRIVATE HERITAGE SERVICES IN ABRUZZO are available year round
MARCHEregion is the exciting new region to be added to Touring Abruzzo’s tour programmes in 2018. Launching this month the inaugural departure is for May 23.
Located just above Abruzzo, it is also a wonderful central Italian region often little known to those travelling to Italy. Luciana and colleague Guido have personally created a wonderful 6 day programme including:
visits to medieval centres for paper making in Fabriano
visits to piano accordion makers, wine and olive oil producers of Marche region
visits to the birthplaces and homes of composer Rossini in Pesaro and Renaissance master Raphael or Raffello Sanzio of Urbino.
fabulous local cuisine of the Marche …
2018 Dates: May 23 -28; June 21-26; September 21-26.
BACK ROADS OF BASILICATA: September 1 & October 17 departures.
8 days of exploring the deep south of Italy. Travel with Fabio your Basilicata tour specialist.
PRICES from USD $2200 pp, small group travel
EXPLORE MORE OF ITALY ON YOUR NEXT VACATION
FEATURE RECIPE:TARTUFINI (Little Chocolate Truffles)
I am putting this recipe in as it is back by popular demand. I know a few of you have made it and they taste great!
Happy Cooking and many happy memories of Italy too!
250gr (8 oz) whole almonds with skin on – ground
200gr (7 oz) sugar
1/2 coffee cup (1.5-2.0 fluid oz) of liqueur eg Tia Maria
1 tbspn dark cocoa
400gr (14 oz)sponge cake or plain soft cake, crumbled
Espresso coffee as needed
In a bowl, crumble the sponge cake into fine crumbs, add the ground almonds,
sugar and cocoa.
Add the liqueur slowly, then add the espresso coffee – enough to make a firm
dough and not too wet.
Need to roll into round walnut sized shapes to resemble truffles.
Roll in powdered sifted cocoa or in choc shavings or choc hail.
When cooled in fridge and ready to serve, place in small patty cases.
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 today and it will be shipped to you anywhere in the world.
I am so happy to share with you the article in last week’s Lismore Northern Star paper, about my father’s (Sabatino Masci) emotional journey back to where it started for him in Australia in 1952. I took him back to Lismore and he relived his hard times as a migrant. His book “A Difficult Harvest”captures all his memories beautifully. Not bad to write one’s memoires at age 80!
It all started in Abruzzo – the central Italy region where my parents were born and raised. During the post war years poverty and hardship were rife.. unemployment was high and the Italian feudal system was actually still alive and well. Poor tenant farmers like my father’s family endured a subsistence living.. eking out as much as they could from the small parcel of land given to them to work. The lord or boss of the estate always had first pick of the produce and crops..it would be at least 50% which would go to their landlord’s household. This included many eggs, seasonal vegetables like artichokes, zucchini, eggplants, chickens and other farm animals raised. When preparing the pig during the freezing winter months the best cuts would go to the lord of course.This would leave the poor farmers with mostly the cheaper cuts like offal (lung, heart and liver) or the trotters.. Of course great culinary traditions and dishes sprung from these meagre ingredients.
Sabatino decided at age 19 to leave his native land and try out his luck in Australia as a sponsored migrant. 42 days later he arrives on Australian shores ready to make a new life. The book has beautiful descriptions of life as a child in Abruzzo and what he did to survive. His times as a young innocent 11 year old during World War 2 and then his departure at age 19 from Italy to Australia.
Once in Australia he was sent to the migrant camp of Bonegilla in Victoria and from there he went further north at a dairy milking cows, then he settled upon banana farming in the bush from Lismore. It was at a place called Bentley Creek on the road to Kyogle.
Fast foward 55 years and Sabatino now aged 85 years old has had the opportunity to revisit this area of northern NSW and luckily his mates Jim and Peter were still alive and also 85 years old. It was such a great reunion and to see them so happy together, retelling stories of that time. Like going wild boar hunting and they lost their dogs, shooting the creek to bring up the eels and walking through the bush in pitch black darkness to get back to their farm shacks.
Another wonderful highlight in my father’s life there was that he was not married in the usual style.. He married by proxy that is he sent for his future wife Rosa from the same village in Abruzzo. She of course could not come out as an unmarried woman so she agreed and their legal marriage was done by proxy where Rosa was still in Ripa Teatina and dad was in Lismore. To be exact he was at St Carthage’s office where the papers were signed. You could say it was Married at first sight!!
We donated a copy of his book to the Lismore Public Library so it can be read by all. His story echos many of the European migrants of that time. It is heartfelt and frank at the same time.
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.