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This is a traditional cake made in Abruzzo, especially around Pescara.

The typical shape is a dome shaped cake. You can buy the moulds in any market in Abruzzo or kitchen shop in Abruzzo.
It is made using semolina instead of flour and along with the ground almonds it makes it a cake with a lot of texture…and great taste! 

The semolina used here is the fine ground white wheat. You can substitute it with fine white polenta for gluten free cooking.

Have a go and make it and relive your Italian heritage or your Italy travels. It is always a sensation when we make it and serve it. We made it in one of our recent Italian cooking classes this year.

If you do not have the right round dome mould then you can use any shape really.

 

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INGREDIENTS:

6 eggs
250 gr (9oz) sugar
150 gr (5 oz) almond meal, or ground almonds with skins on better Zest of 1 lemon
150 gr (5oz) semolina
2 tspns baking powder 

Chocolate Ganache Topping – melted dark choc and butter or olive oil 

* Pre heat oven to 180 deg C/350 F
* Beat egg whites separately with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form, add egg yolks, one at a time.
* Add the rest of the ingredients starting with sugar and beat until sugar dissolved
* Then gently fold in almonds, baking powder, semolina and lemon zest. Keep mixture aerated as there is no flour in this recipe.
* Cook in slow oven, 160 deg C/ 320 deg F for 45 -50 mins approx. Traditionally this is baked in a dome shaped baking tin, if not a round cake tin will be fine. Or can divide into small round tins, cooking time will be much less, ie 15 mins..
* When cake has cooled down – melt 200 gr dark chocolate and approximately 1-2 tablespoons of butter and cover top of the cooled cake. (90z)

BUON APPETITO!

When we receive a request to start heritage and genealogy research in Abruzzo it is always a pleasure. There is much excitement as to what will be uncovered – dates of birth, death or marriage.
But not just that sometimes there are mysteries solved or reasons why people left Abruzzo to search fortunes and a better life in USA or Australia or Canada.

The icing on the cake is when we do manage to find living relatives. That is such a positive and it makes all the difference to reconnecting guests with their village, their region, their past and also their future. Often guests supply us with an address or a contact name and number which was handed down from past migrants going back to the homeland in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s …not knowing if these contacts are still valid or not.

It starts with finding the village in Abruzzo

It starts with locating the village in Abruzzo

The process is not an easy one as for each guest that has requested prior heritage research in Abruzzo we do take it seriously. There is an extensive on site field visit to the Abruzzese village. Not only are the archives located in the town hall but also we seek to find the ancestral house, or an address from where the family left back in the 1890’s to the early 1900’s. Then we visit the cemetery, the church and any other notable places in the village.

The church where the ancestors were married in Alanno
The church where the ancestors were married in Alanno

On the day itself, the hard work pays off and the magic unfolds. From start to finish it is an amazing experience both for us at Touring Abruzzo and for the guests. To see the smiles on their faces, the wonderment the awe and the happiness is really priceless.

Discovering the area is always a delight
Discovering the area is always a delight

We hear many stories of people having gone to their village independently and not finding a thing or arriving only to find the town hall closed or the mayor unavailable or disinterested. They are unable to connect in a meaningful way, speak no Italian or the local dialect or know how to meet the right people who will open up the right doors. In a small village it is vital to speak to a person who leads you to another, from the village priest to the town baker – all of whom are vital in piecing together a story and history for the guests who are coming to revisit their ancestral village.

Arriving in the ancestral village of Alanno
Arriving in the ancestral village of Alanno
Revisiting places where the family lived and worked is amazing
Revisiting places where the family lived and worked is amazing

The Italian family still in the village is equally amazed and excited as well – they have often heard stories of their grandparents and their siblings going to overseas to the States and often returning with money made over there. Some would remain in Abruzzo then other family members would join those still in America. It really makes their dreams come true, which is so special.

 

Connecting with new family in Abruzzo is priceless!
Connecting with new family in Abruzzo is priceless. The best Italy vacation ever that is for sure!

 

Sharing stories and photos
Sharing stories and photos

 

Great memories and reminiscences
Great memories and reminiscences

If you want to contact us to learn how you can be part of something grand and bigger and more meaningful in searching for your ancestral village in Abruzzo, Italy then ask us more here. We can assist in all stages of your planning, to your arrival as well as seeing more and experiencing more of what Abruzzo has to offer with some special private day tours in Abruzzo to complete your Italy tours and vacations, which can be added on when you visit Abruzzo with us.

The grand finale - a family lunch
The grand finale – a family lunch

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.
  • June 17-24: Back Roads of Abruzzo (8 days)                                
Departures this autumn/fall:
  • September 17-20: Tastes of Abruzzo (4 days)
  • September 17-26: Grand Tour of Abruzzo (10 days)

Prices from USD $1800 pp, all inclusive & small group travel

PRIVATE DAY TOURS IN ABRUZZO are available year round (from USD $200 pp)
PRIVATE HERITAGE SERVICES IN ABRUZZO are available year round

MARCHE region 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:
  • marvellous landscapes
  • 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.

Prices from USD $3300 pp – small group travel

PERFECT PUGLIA: June, September & October departures.
Many options to choose from – 4, 8 or 10 days in Puglia.
Travel with Fabio your Puglia tour specialist.PRIVATE DAY TOURS available also – LEARN MORE HERE
PRICES from USD $2200 pp, small group travelEXCITING TRAVEL TO ITALY’S SOUTH

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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 travelEXPLORE 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!

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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.

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Travel to Italy has never gone out of fashion – in fact for Australians it is one of the top destinations we love to travel to alongside France! Almost 1 million Australians travel to Italy each year. That is alot of people, alot of travel and alot of tours to Italy.

Worldwide, the numbers of visitors to Italy total 30 million people which is staggering considering the population of Italy is in the 60 million mark!

Wherever you choose to tour Italy you will certainly come across breath taking scenery, wonderful sights such as historical Italian cities, classic architecture, hilltop villages as well as fabulous art works in wonderful world class museums.

Most travellers choose to visit the holy trinity of Italian cities – Rome, Florence and Venice. The Colosseum  and Pantheon of Rome, the amazing Renaissance culture of Florence and the rich traditions, history and waterways of Venice. Each city has its own treasures to offer, but Italy can be and is so much more.

Travel to Italy from Australia takes around 24 hrs and from USA around 8 hrs or so. To travel this great distance definitely must take alot of planning and research to make it the best Italy tour and travel you can do in the time you have. Traditionally Australians tend to travel for 3 – 6 weeks while USA travellers spend around 1 – 2 weeks on their Europe travels. For Australians, Italy travel would comprise at least 2 weeks of their time away.

The preference seems to be a mix of independent travel as well as choosing a tour of Italy.

There are so many choices in the marketplace as to what is the best tour of Italy. The best choice is to be able to include real experiences of village Italy where you can immerse into the true Italian way of life, as well as being able to see important sites of historic and cultural value

By far the most rewarding experience is to be able to travel on the road less travelled to avoid queues and be able to connect with the local Italian people and culture. Only small towns and villages in Italy can offer this to the discerning traveller.

The best time to visit Italy is in the northern hemisphere Spring (May /June) and the Autumn or fall season which is September/October. The crowds travelling to Italy are much less and you can avoid the hottest months as well. Temperatures in the summer can exceed 30 deg C whereas in Spring and Autumn you will enjoy cooler temperatures of 17 – 25 deg C generally.

For travel to Italy it is always best to dress in layers so you will be prepared for various climates. Start the day in a light shirt and pants then as the evening sets in you can add a light jacket or a scarf or cardigan.

It is always best to wear comfortable non slip shoes which can take you from walking in the countryside and national park to strolling through a village or queueing in a line for a museum.

Wherever you travel in Italy, be sure to enjoy the Dolce Vita and take time to relax, unwind and sip your morning coffee in an authentic Italian cafe’ or sit in a piazza or village square and watch the world go by.

Coffees will be in the form of an espresso, which is a very short black coffee..It is unlike the coffees you are used to in Australia or in the States as you will be served a small coffee cup with about 2 cm of coffee!
If you order a ristretto,  your coffee will be even smaller with about 1 cm of coffee, packed with a punch of pure coffee heaven.

You may know never, never to order a latte,  as you will be served hot milk! Yes that is right, so be sure to ask for a latte macchiato –  which is hot milk and a serve of coffee in that.

Enjoy your travels to Italy and be sure to find the right Italy tour for you!

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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…

 Read more here in Touring Abruzzo’s latest newsletter 

 

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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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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