Taste of Abruzzo Tour
September 8 - 13th, 2024
Farm-to-table seasonal cooking, a feast of local seafood suspended over the Adriatic Sea, vines hanging heavily with ripened grapes, a mountaintop barbeque and more...please join us for a 5-day food lovers' escape to untrodden Abruzzo. You will be immersed in the region's culinary culture which is rooted in agricultural, shepherding and peasant traditions and meet some of the region's culinary artisans. Abruzzo's food & wine riches are an integral part of its diverse mountain and coastal landscapes and include treasures such as saffron, truffles, lentils, pecorino cheese and indigenous grape varietals.
DATES … September 8-13th, 2024
WHO SHOULD COME … Friends, couples, family members, solo travelers – just as long as you are ready to savor all that Abruzzo has to offer - from its to culinary delights to it rambling medieval villages to it sweeping mountain vistas! This is very much rural Italy - a place that is still largely untouched by mass tourism, and as such, does not cater to tourists and can be challenging to explore independently. Instead, Abruzzo stays true to its authentic self and to its slow rhythm and warm and welcoming homestyle hospitality. The travelers who truly "get" Abruzzo are those who...
...are willing to leave their high heels and oversized suitcases at home!
...are easygoing and flexible - the beauty of rural Italy lies in its unpredictability
...are comfortable exploring on foot - the ability to walk at a comfortable pace, over uneven surfaces, and to navigate stairs is a must
This 5-day tour is ideally suited for travelers seeking a meaningful travel experience in an untrodden part of il bel paese, but who also want time to explore some of Italy's more traversed destinations such as Rome or Florence on their own. Only two hours from Rome yet seemingly worlds away, Abruzzo is centrally located but not easy to explore independently. On this curated trip, guests to Abruzzo will savor home-cooked meals, enjoy hand-crafted wines, enjoy gentle hikes in its majestic national parks, explore the region's pastoral and artisanal traditions, and meet new Italian friends. We will pick you up in Rome early Sunday morning and drive you back in time to catch an afternoon flight on Friday (or better yet, to spend the day gloriously exploring the Eternal City!)
Travel Tip: Care to tack on a few days in another city or region in Italy? Rome (your pickup & drop-off point) is less than two hours by train to Florence & Tuscany (north) and Naples & Amalfi Coast (south). You can also catch a train to Venice from Abruzzo's port city of Pescara in under 5 hours and enjoy views of the Adriatic Coast along the way!
WHERE WE’LL STAY … Dimora dell'Arte, a lovingly restored historic property in Navelli
For five nights, we'll stay at a Dimora dell'Arte, a historic property in the medieval village of Navelli that has been converted into a boutique accommodation by the warm and loving family behind Cantinarte wine and olive oil - here, you will truly feel at home with Francesca and Diego and their loved ones. Dimora dell'Arte consists of seven modern double occupancy rooms, two indoor common areas, a garden, a cantina and tasting room.
“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.”
- Giuseppe Verdi
CULINARY TOUR OF ABRUZZO 2024 RATE: $3695.00 per person, in double occupancy room**
Double occupancy room with private bath for five (5) nights at a historic boutique property
Breakfast daily at the B&B
All meals (wine included) except for one lunch and one dinner
All ground transportation via private coach and driver
All hiking excursions
Any entrance fees, tours and local guides
Transfers between Rome and Abruzzo
Taxes and service charges
Gratuities (however, at the conclusion of the tour, if you are pleased with the hospitality and service of our local partners, additional recognition at your discretion is appreciated)
**Single supplement of $700.00 applies (very limited)
NOT INCLUDED IN RATE:
Optional activities during free time
Gifts and personal purchases including snacks and refreshments during “free time” or during spontaneous stops along the way
Sample Itinerary Highlights:
~ Grape harvesting (vendemmia) experience with our friends at Cantinarte
~ Guided olive oil tasting with local producer
~ Mountain picnic & BBQ on Campo Imperatore alpine plain
~ Saffron & truffle dinner with a local producer
~ Cooking class with a passionate local chef
~ Visit to Sulmona's lively market
~ Multicourse seafood feast on a trabocco fishing platform
Number of Participants: A minimum of six (6) participants is required for the program to occur. The maximum number of participants for the program is 12.
Getting to & from Abruzzo: Our private coach and driver will pick you up and drop you off in an assigned meeting spot in Rome. From there, we’ll whisk you off to Abruzzo in a private coach bus. You'll need to arrive in Rome at least one day before the start of the tour to ensure that you’ll meet the group on time. We’ll send you a list of a few of our favorite places to stay, things to do and foods to eat in the Eternal City!
Deposit & Terms & Conditions: A $500 non-refundable deposit (for administrative fees) per person payable by check to Three Little Guys LLC (D/B/A Majella Tours of Abruzzo), is required at the time of the reservation of the tour for each participant. Final payment of the balance must be received no later than 120 days prior to the first day of the tour. Upon payment of the deposit, the tour registrants expressly agree to be bound by the Terms & Conditions set forth in the following link: