Springtime in Abruzzo Tour
MAY 26 - 31, 2024
There’s something divine about springtime in Abruzzo – verdant pastures dotted with wildflowers that are still flanked by snowcapped mountains; the turquoise Adriatic sea calmly readying itself for summer revelers; markets bleeding green with newly foraged herbs and tender shoots - a sense of renewal and hope is everywhere. Please join us for a 5-day springtime escape to Abruzzo in which we’ll immerse ourselves in the region's diverse landscapes, artisanal treasures and rich food and wine culture.
DATES … May 26 - 31, 2024
WHO SHOULD COME … Friends, couples, family members, solo travelers – our trips to Abruzzo are best suited to lovers of the outdoors and of amazing food and wine. This is very much rural Italy - a place that is still largely untouched by mass tourism, and as such, does not cater to tourists. Instead, Abruzzo stays true to its authentic self and to its slow rhythm and warm and welcoming homestyle hospitality. 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 tour, there is so much to see and experience so you shouldn't expect very much downtime! Guests to Abruzzo will enjoy gentle hikes in its majestic national parks, explore the region's pastoral and artisanal traditions, savor home-cooked meals, enjoy hand-crafted wines and meet new Italian friends. We will pick you up in Rome early Sunday morning on May 26th and drive you back in time to catch an afternoon flight on Friday, May 31st (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 cozy but modern double occupancy rooms, two indoor common areas, a garden with a pool, a cantina and tasting room.
“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.”
- Giuseppe Verdi
SPRINGTIME IN ABRUZZO TOUR 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 on trabocco lunch) except for one lunch and one dinner
All ground transportation via private coach and drivers
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
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:
DAY 1 - Benvenuti in Abruzzo! Early departure from Rome to Santo Stefano di Sessanio, a charming medieval village with Medici roots for a guided tour and lunch ~ Welcome "party" at Dimora dell'Arte with our hosts, Francesca & Diego, who are hosting Cantine Aperte, an annual wine tasting festival, in their cantina on the property
DAY 2 - Venture up to the Gran Sasso mountains for a hike in Campo Imperatore, a spectacular alpine plain with snowcapped peaks and wildflowers ~ Lunch and guided tour of the fascinating village of Castel del Monte ~ Saffron dinner with a local producer
DAY 3 - Cooking class in the Majella mountains with Marisa, the effervescent proprietor of a local mountain agriturismo ~ Free evening of dinner, shopping and exploring n Abruzzo's lively capital city of L'Aquila
DAY 4 - Visit the lovely town of Sulmona, known for its lively market and colorful confetti with free time for shopping and lunch~ Sunset hike up to Rocca Calascio, the highest fortress in Europe followed by dinner at a local restaurant
DAY 5 - Spend the day on the Adriatic Coast starting with a gentle hike to Punta Aderci followed by a multicourse seafood feast ~ Farewell dinner in Navelli
DAY - 6 After an early breakfast, we'll depart Navelli for Rome - we can drop off guests in central Rome or at the airport (for those taking a flight after 2 pm)
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: