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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Your guide to travelling in Italy:

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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Choose from a boutique range of ceramics, traditional silver jewellery, aprons, tea towels, canvas art and books…
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THE ITALY YOU HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR…
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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

 

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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!

Large Tour Groups

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

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.

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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.

 

Italy is truly an overload on your senses! The tastes smells and sights Italy offers will stay with you for a lifetime.
Italy is truly an overload on your senses! The tastes smells and sights Italy offers will stay with you for a lifetime.

 

Indulge in home made spaghetti alla chitarra in Abruzzo Italy
Indulge in home made spaghetti alla chitarra in Abruzzo Italy

 

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!

Time to get away from it all on your trip to Italy!
Time to get away from it all on your next trip to Italy!

 

Italian vacations on the road less travelled
Italian vacations on the road less travelled

 

My Vacation in Italy took me to Milan Expo in 2015
My Vacation in Italy took me to Milan Expo in 2015

 

Fun at Milan Expo 2015 on my recent Trip to Italy!
Fun at Milan Expo 2015 on my recent Trip to Italy!

 

 

Enjoy these great Fiat 500 or Fiat Bambinos on your next Trip to Italy!
Enjoy these great Fiat 500 or Fiat Bambinos on your next Trip to Italy!

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.

There is time to sit and watch the world go by on your next vacation in Italy.
There is time to sit and watch the world go by on your next vacation in Italy.

 

Discover the road less travelled in Abruzzo Italy.
Discover the road less travelled in Abruzzo Italy.

 

The stunning beauty of Lago di San Domenico near Scanno in Abruzzo Italy
The stunning beauty of Lago di San Domenico near Scanno in Abruzzo Italy

 

 

 

 

 

Touring Abruzzo trip advisor is proud to announce it’s TRIP ADVISOR listing and already has many reviews.
All guests who travel with Luciana Masci and her team have had memorable experiences and are willing to share it with others. Her passion for Abruzzo is evident as well as her attention to detail and truly personalised service. Touring abruzzo italy tours trip advisor.
READ HERE to access the latest wonderful reviews now online.
Whether you visit Abruzzo Italy for a private day tour, revisit your ancestral village or come one of Luciana’s set tour departures there is something for everyone to take away in their hearts. Her local knowledge and access to an authentic Abruzzo village Italy experience …that only local can provide!
Here is my new 2016 brochure for your perusal. It is 4 pages filled with exciting new tour itineraries and destinations.
You will find my small group tours to ABRUZZO – are going strong and still very popular, after 12 years.
TOURING ABRUZZO is proud to work with a great team of professionals who make my work a pleasure.
 TOURS TO ABRUZZO in 2016: 
* Tastes of Abruzzo 4 days of fun, food and the best of Abruzzo. A great taste!
* Back Roads of Abruzzo – 8 days on the roads less travelled in Abruzzo. Amazing and live like a local for a week!
* Grand Tour of Abruzzo 10 days of immersion in the culture, food and traditions of Abruzzo. Pure magic!

Ask Luciana for more information and see the dates from May to October this year.

Remember that travelling to Abruzzo with Luciana is an ALL INCLUSIVE experience.. There is virtually nothing further out of pocket to spend once you sign up for a tour programme.
ALL GROUPS ARE SMALL and NEVER EXCEED 12 GUESTS – usually there are less (average 4- 8 guests)
CHOOSE OTHER DESTINATIONS IN SOUTHERN ITALY – 
After extensive research with wonderful guides and learned archeologists, Luciana can now offer fabulous new destinations in Southern Italy:
  • PUGLIA TOURS choose a programme to suit you in this splendid part of Italy’s heel.
  • BASILICATA – the beauty of Matera and timeless atmosphere will leave you mesmerised..
  • LAZIO & CAMPANIA – follow the Appian Way from Rome to Naples and discover its treasures..
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…

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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.
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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!
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Connecting with local artisans and found great treasures – local weavers in Puglia.
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All part of the research…where to take guests for morning coffee!
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On research mission with Fabio – Discovering the beauty of OTRANTO in southern Puglia
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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!
5 Questions were asked about their Abruzzo experience.
​Miriam and Peter from Brisbane, Australia have responded
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In this blog I will focus on ​a couple from Brisbane, Miriam and Peter who travelled to Abruzzo with Luciana several years ago. These are their replies:

1. Why did you choose Abruzzo?
Abruzzo, across the mountains from Rome, was our choice after research had shown us that it was historically interesting and not overcrowded with visitors. The limit of 12 people in the tour group was also very attractive.
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Peter & Miriam with Luciana
2. What was a highlight of your time there?
A major high was the personal attention and care of our guide, Luciana.  She spoke the local dialect and had found some authentic and wonderful places to stay and to feast! The scenery was also a highlight, with walks and drives in rugged national parks and charming coastal stops with great seafood.

3.  What advice would you give to others thinking of visiting Italy?

Visit Abruzzo with Luciana.  Do not be put off by what seems to be an expensive trip. All accommodation, all visits to places of interest, all transport and the guiding and all meals including local wine were included in the cost. The only extra money we spent  was on jewellery, pottery, or other items which took our fancy.
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Time to buy beautiful filigree jewellery in Abruzzo
4. Do you have a great food memory?
We absolutely loved the freshness of the food, the authentic Italian cooking with Abruzzese accents! A leisurely four course lunch (after a visit to a boutique cheese factory) lingered until 4 pm, after which we returned to a wonderful farmhouse lodging to rest or swim, before adjourning to a bar in the local village for aperitifs and antipasti.
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Enjoy Abruzzo at leisure and watch the world go by with your aperitivo…
5.  What else did you see in Italy?
We had a scenic trip across the mountains to Rome, where we stayed on for a week.  Other people trained to Venice. We loved just walking from amazing ruin to another ruin and popping into churches and letting the beauty of Rome unfold. From Abruzzo it is not difficult to travel to other parts of Italy and Europe, especially by train to the north to Bologna and on and then south to Puglia. 
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View from Piazza Venezia, Rome