Abruzzo Tours

ABRUZZO FOOD AND WINE TOURS 2008

See view from Atri countryside

We'll make you an offer you can't refuse!

You will be delighted as you visit vineyards and wineries, observe family-owned olive oil manufacturers and cheese producers. Each day you will discover the diversity and excellence of Abruzzo's unrivaled cuisine, enjoying traditional dishes in first-class restaurants or at country farms, specialized in recipes with home-grown ingredients and genuine products. In addition to these culinary activities, you will also visit places of natural beauty, contemplate medieval architecture and works of art, see Abruzzo’s craftsmen practicing centuries-old arts like ceramic, lace, wrought iron and jewelry making. And to make your tour an experience you'll treasure for years to come, we offer an exclusive opportunity to visit your ancestral towns, and get in touch with your lost Italian family! We can arrange for you a daily visit during the tour (there is one day at leisure) to see that dear, never forgotten place of your forebears, the landscapes that they always kept in their hearts, and to perhaps meet, at last, the relatives of whom your parents and/or grandparents spoke!

Operating Tour Dates:

  • Our guide Chiara cutting maccheroniJUNE TOUR: 7 to 16 June, 2008
  • SEPTEMBER TOUR: 6 to 15 September, 2008
  • OCTOBER TOUR: 4 to 13 October, 2008
- 10 Days, 9 Nights (4 nights in L'Aquila, 4 nights in Atri, 1 night in Rome)
- Fly on Friday, arrive on Saturday, leave on Monday

Tour itinerary:

  • Friday
    Fly from the airport of your choice to Rome Fiumicino.

  • Saturday (Day 1)
    Features: arrivals, settle in, welcome dinner
    Morning: pick up in Fiumicino-Rome and transfer to the Hotel San Michele in L'Aquila. Settle in and time to rest.
    Late afternoon: guided orientation in the city center, followed by a special "welcome dinner" in a local traditional restaurant, to start getting familiar with the generous foods of the region and…your new tour companions!
    Meals included: dinner

  • Sunday (Day 2)
    Features: Gran Sasso mountain landscapes, Mussolini prison, cheese tradition, medieval villages, ancient churches.
    Morning: travel around the rocky mountains of Gran Sasso and the Campo Imperatore plateu ("the little Tibet of Italy"), visit the building where dictator Benito Mussolini was imprisoned during World War Two. Transfer to a cheese farm/restaurant and learn how they produce a variety of great cheeses, following the ancient pasture tradition; guided cheese tasting and noon meal.
    Afternoon: enjoy the steep alleys of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, a picturesque village where the watch seems to has stopped to the medieval time. Then, see the unique Fountain of the 99 spouts and the Church of Santa Maria di Collemaggio in L'Aquila: these are authentic masterpieces of the Abruzzese art.
    Meals included: breakfast, lunch

  • Monday (Day 3)
    Features: Abruzzo wines, confetti candies, cheese tradition, pillow lace, women in typical costumes, National Park.
    Morning: Visit to the multi award-winning Pietrantonj winery, producing Montepulciano wines of Abruzzo in the Peligna valley where great grapes are cultivated since 2,000 years ago, and enjoy a wine tasting with snacks. Transfer to Sulmona, world capital of the "confetti" candies. Guided tour of the historical center of the town, also famous to be the birth place of the Latin poet Ovid. A short visit to the Pelino confetti factory and museum is included. Noon meal in a local "agriturismo" near Pacentro, to enjoy the delicious home grown food of the area.
    Afternoon: after a short bus drive along the impressive Sagittario Valley, walk the old narrow streets of Scanno, a well preserved village also known for his active crafts and the old women still dressing with traditional costumes. Don't miss a chance to take pictures at the shores of the nearby lake, immersed in the intact natural environment of the National Park of Abruzzo.
    Meals included: breakfast, lunch

  • Tuesday (Day 4)
    Free day. Plan with us a personalized visit to your ancestral village where to meet your relatives or make a family research(*), or simply enjoy L'Aquila, with its morning market and its many surprising treasures of art.
    Meals included: breakfast

  • Wednesday (Day 5)
    Features: ceramics and majolica, treasures of art in Atri
    Morning: Check out from the hotel in L'Aquila. Visit to Castelli, an impressive mountain village worldwide famous for his beautiful ceramics: see the local museum, follow closely an artisan during the laborious pottery processing and finally shop around the many nice stores in town. Noon meal in town, with multiple coures. Transfer to Atri, and check in at the Hotel Du Parc.
    Afternoon, visit to the gorgeous center of Atri, including the newly restored Church of Santa Maria Assunta and its marvellous frescoes by the Abruzzese artist Andrea di Litio, contemporary of Giotto. Back to the hotel and dinner.
    Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Thursday (Day 6)
    Features: olive oil, "arrosticini", Adriatic beach, shopping
    Morning: Visit a local olive oil farm: this area is considered among the best places in Italy for the quality of its extra virgin olive oil. Visit Loreto Aprutino and its beautiful center, see the Church of Santa Maria al Piano, with frescoes on the life of St. Thomas the Aquinote and the magnificent Universal Judgement Cycle. Noon meal based on "arrosticini", delicious spit-roasted meat sticks, typical of Abruzzo.
    Afternoon: walk off the meal down to the Pescara shore, where you'll have options: guided visit to the Museum of the Peoples of Abruzzo, stroll around the many shops of the city center, or simply walk on the white sandy beach and (why not?) swim in the tranquil warm waters of the Adriatic Sea. Last but not least, taste a "gelato" at the local renowned gelateria. Back to the hotel and dinner.
    Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Friday (Day 7)
    Features: Abruzzo coast, fishing tradition, Eucharist miracle
    Morning: Spectacular trip along the southern "coast of the trabocchi" until beautiful Vasto, located on a breathtaking hilltop just over the sea. Enjoy your sea food meal (Venerdì pesce!), based on the local fishing cuisine.
    Afternoon: Visit to the ancient city of Lanciano, where you will get to know about the Eucharist Miracle, officially recognized by the Church of Rome, and never proved to be wrong by the scientists. Back to the hotel and dinner.
    Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Saturday (Day 8)
    Features: goldsmiths, wrought iron, home made pasta, Abruzzese and Italian folk music
    Morning: Visit to the impressive mountainous village of Pescocostanzo, see the Church of Santa Maria del Colle and enjoy the traditional jewellery, the pillow lace and the ironworkers' shops. Noon meal at Paolino, to experience the many specialties "della casa".
    Afternoon: Back to Atri, some time to rest. Then, learn from chef Lidia at Podere San Domenico some Abruzzese recipes (maccheroni alla chitarra, cavatelli, scrippelle) and how to make a perfectly home made pasta: you'll even try your hand at making it! Finally, "farewell dinner" with songs and dances from the vast Italian and Abruzzese folk music tradition!
    Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Sunday (Day 9)
    Features: Rome, Coliseum, Roman Forum
    Morning: check out from L'Aquila and transfer to Rome, right in the heart of the city center. Escorted walking tour to the Roman Forum and the Coliseum. After the hotel check in, time to stroll around on your own to Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, St. Peter Church and the Vatican etc. (all famous spots are at walking distance from Via Nazionale). Meals at leisure: in the Eternal City, there are an infinite number of choices!

    Meals included: breakfast

  • Monday (Day 10)
    Hotel check out. Arrange your own transportation to Rome Fiumicino airport at your desired time(**). We'll help you coordinate transportation options and any post-tour planning, in case you desire to stay in Italy longer, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead.
    Meals included: breakfast
Cooking lesson at Lidia's

Our 2008 Food and Wine Tours include:

  • 9 nights hotel accommodation, based on double room occupancy:
    - L'Aquila, 4 nights at the 3-star superior Hotel San Michele, in the city center
    - Atri, 4 nights at the 3-star Hotel Du Parc, in the city center
    - Rome, 1 night at the 3-star Hotel Miami, in the city center
    All hotels have fully equipped rooms with private bathroom and shower and many other facilities (check the hotel websites for all details).
  • Rich continental breakfast daily
  • 10 authentic traditional Abruzzese meals
  • Abruzzese cooking lesson
  • Wine tasting with apetizers
  • Extra virgin olive oil tasting with apetizers
  • Cheese tasting
  • Evening with music and dancing
  • All touring as described per day-by-day itinerary
  • Experienced tour guides and staff will escort the group throughout the tour. Our guides have knowledge of the Abruzzo area, all shopping, cultural sightseeing and dining venues you will be visiting
  • All transfers by air-conditioned minibus throughout the tour, including pick up at Rome's Fiumicino Airport at your arrival time
  • Paid entrance inclusive to all activities, sites and museums
  • Land insurance coverage for health, accident and liability
  • Abruzzo guide book, maps and handouts inclusive for all visits
  • 1 day at leisure

Our 2008 Food and Wine Tours do not include:

  • Airfares. Contact your travel agent, or get the best rate on the Internet (just let us know your flight details: we'll pick you up at your arrival time in Rome)
  • Single room: 250 Euros additional charge
  • Meals on the day at leisure, and when not expressely mentioned
  • Personal transport costs (car rental, taxi, trains etc.), phone calls, hotel laundry service etc.
  • Individualized assistance during the day at leisure (*)
  • Transfer to the airport for your flight back home (**)
  • Anything not specified above
* We can provide you with a car, a driver and a guide/interpreter at a very special rate, according to the mileage. Consider a 350 Euros fee, for a 200 km total mileage. Meals are not included. We suggest to book this service well in advance, because of the limited availability of our team. Tell us in advance also in case you would like us to make a family research and/or contact your relatives, in order to arrange family reunions.

** Because of the difficulty to arrange a single group transfer (travelers' flights are at different times), you need to book your own taxi (a transfer Rome-Fiumicino is about 50 euros) or take a train: the hotel Miami is 10-minute walking from the Central Station, where regional trains to Fiumicino airport are available every 30 minutes at 11 euros per person (trains stop right into the airport).


Tour Price:

- Euros 1,990 Per Person, in double room occupancy (Click here for the exchange rate)
- Single room supplement: Euros 250
- Reservation deposit: Euros 290

Deposit non-refundable unless the tour is cancelled. Balance (1,700 Euros) due no later than 60 days before tour starting day. In case you won't be able to join the tour for any last minute unforseeable event, we will refund you that balance amount.

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