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.
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.
* 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.
ALL GROUPS ARE SMALL and NEVER EXCEED 12 GUESTS – usually there are less (average 4- 8 guests)
After extensive research with wonderful guides and learned archeologists, Luciana can now offer fabulous new destinations in Southern Italy:
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!
Having 2 major airports in Bari and Brindisi have opened up the region of Puglia and make a perfect starting point for any Puglia tour programme or custom tour.
WHETHER YOU WOULD LOVE TO HAVE AN APERITIVO, VISIT TRUE ARTISANS, STAY IN AUTHENTIC ITALIAN ACCOMMODATION, EXPLORE ANCIENT HILLTOP VILLAGES AND HAVE TIME TO WATCH THE WORLD GO BY WITH A CAFFE’ AND PASTICCERIA, THEN IT IS ALL POSSIBLE WHEN YOU TOUR PUGLIA WITH LUCIANA.
FIND OUT MORE ON WHAT LUCIANA IS OFFERING FROM 2015
HERE ARE MY 5 TOP TIPS TO DO & EAT IN PUGLIA:
1) LA DOLCE VITA BECKONS in TRANI: STOP FOR A COFFEE
Walking down one of the larger streets in Trani you will come across this great caffe’ – modern, sleek and clean however the traditional espresso or macchiato is served here in style. Try the millefoglie – delicious flaky vanilla custard slice, Italian style that is! Also the to die for bigne filled with fresh cream is a must..
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Heading to Lecce – the majestic Baroque town towards the very south of Italy, you will discover the traditional craft of paper mache’.
The true artisan here is Claudio Riso who has been crafting exquisite pieces in paper mache’ for nearly 50 years. Having studied from another master this baroque tradition in Lecce is sure to carry on. This craft developed by the poor for the nobility in the 17th and 18th centuries in Lecce. It seemed to arise alongside the expert stonemasons working with the white stone of Lecce (limestone), whereas with paper mache’ the end product could imitate weightier more solid silver, bronze or marble. Themes were mainly religious with many nativity scenes created.
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You can admire his craft in action here in this video.
FARMHOUSE IN PUGLIA
This is THE way to experience authentic southern Italy at its best.
Found on the path less travelled and far more rewarding than staying in a hotel this is just what you need..
They are restored farmhouses usually built with a central closed courtyard and high fences around for defence in times gone by. The wealthy landowners built such large estates where they cultivated the endless olive trees, vineyards, grazing their sheep and some cattle and cultivating their crops. Often you can also find an ancient olive mill deep under ground.
Some of these masserie have been restored with modern facilities with pools and even spa areas.. What a way to explore Italy!
This whitewashed village of CEGLIE MESSAPICA is in the province of BRINDISI and is where you can lose yourself wandering the alleyways, climbing the ancient medieval castle and taking photos at every turn.
I absolutely loved it here and had the most fabulous meal in Ceglie. Historically it was where a Greek settlement formed in the 7th century BC. The local people were known as the messapi who fought the Greeks who wanted to control the nearby port of Otranto.
Read how Carla Coulson Australian photographer saw Ceglie Messapica when she was there in 2014.
An absolute must in Italy is aperitivo time. Traditionally served at lunch time from around 11 am – 1pm and then again an aperitivo before dinner from around 6-9pm. I love my apparel spritz with Aperol bitters, Prosecco sparkling Italian wine, Soda, ice and a slice of orange. Of course in true Italian style, aperitifs are served with a delicious array of appetisers. Here in LECCE I had taralli crisp bread (recipe already in a previous blog – SEE RECIPE HERE), black olives, sorpressa salami and focaccia barese (Bari style) with tomatoes, extravirgin olive oil and oregano!
Located on Italy’s east coast, the southern Italian region of Puglia is paradise for those wanting an authentic taste of Italy. Escaping the crowds of Rome and Tuscany will lead you into an immersive cultural experience; with a population of just over 4 million people, you will experience a bustling part of Italy without getting lost in the crowds.
Summer and spring are the best times to visit Puglia. These months will give you the ideal weather to experience the beaches and cultural attractions on offer. Travel in spring to beat the crowds and still have the perfect weather for Puglia’s getaways.
Here are our five reasons why you should visit “Italy’s heel” on your next adventure:
Traditional Pugliese lunches include pasta and wine – if you visit Puglia you are sure to indulge in both! Puglia is also home to wonderful artisan bread and the Pugliese people have been making bread for centuries. This southern region is famous for its wines, all of which pair perfectly with the cheese, olives and other types of authentic Italian cuisine that Puglia is known for. Home grown and homemade, the diverse cuisine will have your tastebuds singing!
Throughout history Puglia has been a strategic position for controlling trade in the Mediterranean. Many cultures over the centuries have made their mark on Italy’s coastal region, all leaving great archaeological sites to be discovered. When travelling through Puglia you will experience cathedrals built in the 13th century, whitewashed seaside towns, grand opera houses and more. Perhaps one of the most special places to visit is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Castel Del Monte. Built in the 13th century, the octagonal castle is truly stunning.
Archaeological museums, artisan weavers, ceramic artisans and traditional 17th century papier mâché are just the start of the cultural experience Puglia has to offer. Learn the ancient trades of basket weaving and pottery, or experience the fast paced energy of the tarantella dance.
Like many provinces in Southern Italy, the weather in Puglia is perfect. The Mediterranean climate means that – although summer is hot – it is lacking in humidity. This makes travelling extremely pleasant, even at temperatures over 30 degrees. Autumn is still relatively warm, and winter only ever drops to around 12 degrees. Puglia is beautiful all year round!
Puglia allows you to escape the tourist crowds of other cities and to fully immerse yourself in Italian culture. If you want a quiet getaway, the countryside provides perfect peace and tranquillity. Filled with olive trees and vineyards, it is just the place to take a break from your busy travel schedules. Alternatively, a seaside oasis may be your calling. With caves to explore and beaches to enjoy, Puglia’s coastal towns have many beautiful villages perched on steep cliffs. The stunning scenery alone is enough reason to visit.
If you are interested in visiting Puglia in 2016, contact Luciana to arrange a small group, private or customised tour.
CONTACT LUCIANA for further information
PUGLIA is a great place to explore and for those of you who have been to Abruzzo and wish to experience more of Luciana’s hospitality then look no further. Culturally and historically Puglia has been linked to Abruzzo and it makes a wonderful extension to your Italian experience. Luciana has teamed up with Fabio, an archeologist and guide in Puglia who together have thoroughly researched and created a great and varied itinerary.
Luciana promises her usual attention to detail, personalised service and a truly memorable experience….when you discover Puglia with these 2 new itineraries:
“BACK ROADS OF PUGLIA” Tour ( 8 days) and “TREASURES of PUGLIA” Tour (10 days).
Numbers are strictly limited to no more than 12 guests only. Expressions of interest taken now.
Over the 11 years that Luciana has been living and exploring Abruzzo and sharing the love of her native Italian region in central Italy. Touring and guiding since 2006, many guests have taken away memories of a lifetime with the incredible food, wine and the richness of its culture and traditions. Not to mention the warmth of the local people and Luciana’s welcoming family and friends there.
Luciana has created several tours to Puglia, in southern Italy – fondly known as the ‘heel of Italy’s boot”.
BACK ROADS of PUGLIA Tour : The first guided small group tour takes off on May 30 which is an 8 day exploration of the fabulous culture, traditions and gourmet delights of Puglia. The second is scheduled for June 20.
Here you will stay 3 nights in Ostuni (known as the ‘cite’ bianca) and 4 nights in Lecce. From these bases we will take day trips out so the time in the minibus is not too long in one day.
Baroque is beautiful! The magnificent baroque architecture is everywhere in Lecce.
TREASURES of PUGLIA Tour: October 5– This tour is an extended 10 day fully guided and escorted small group journey exploring most of Puglia from top to bottom.
Luciana has teamed up with resident archeologist and guide, Fabio from Lecce in Puglia to bring you a most authentic and rich Italian experience from Adriatic coastline, to countryside and stunning Baroque and medieval towns.
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