Women's Tour of Abruzzo
JUNE 30 - JULY 7, 2024
Adventurous women are invited to join me along with my incredible “sister” collaborators in Abruzzo for an unforgettable week in the Majella mountains, named for the beautiful Dea Maja, the goddess of growth and nurturing.
DATES … June 30 - July 7, 2024
WHO SHOULD COME … Women! – that is, if you’re a woman that enjoys amazing food and wine, stunning views, walking in nature (you do NOT need to be an expert hiker but you do need to be reasonably fit to fully enjoy this trip), and meeting other inspiring women from around the world! So grab your mother, daughter, sister, cousin, girlfriend (or come on your own) and join us!
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 itself and to its slow rhythm and warm and welcoming homestyle hospitality. As such, the travelers who truly "get" Abruzzo are those who...
...are willing to unplug and 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 and over uneven surfaces, and navigate stairs is a must
WHERE WE’LL STAY … We have chosen Agriturismo Pietrantica as your home for the week, a farm-stay/inn owned by the warm and loving Sanelli family, with the effervescent matriarch Marisa at the helm. Pietrantica is located in Decontra, a tiny hamlet at 900 meters above sea level, in the heart of the Parco Nazionale della Majella. The complex is composed of old barns carefully restored using local stones, wood and terracotta. You’ll experience family-style homemade breakfasts and farm-to-table dinners using organic ingredients from the farm and from other local producers. Marisa’s cooking matches her personality – filled with warmth, nurturing and humor. But be warned – she might make you sing for your supper!
Leave your designer gear home for this trip! Agriturismo Pietrantica is spotless and comfortable and each room has a private bathroom and daily cleaning; however, it is not a hotel and therefore you should not expect hotel-like services and amenities. There is no room service and no porters - it's a rustic inn located in the mountains of Abruzzo and pure magic for women looking to unplug and get away from the noise, breathe the cleanest air, feast on organic farm-to-table home cooking and gaze up at a sky dotted with a million stars. This trip is perfect for travelers seeking a truly off-the-grid, authentic Italian experience.
Have you ever traveled somewhere and wished you had a local friend who could really show you around?
That is what staying at Pietrantica is like – for a week, you'll live at the home of your Italian friends in a village where time has stood still.
WOMEN’S TOUR 2024 RATE: $3495.00 per person, in double occupancy room**
Double occupancy room with private bath for six (7) nights at Agriturismo Pietrantica**
All except for four lunches/dinners (wine included)
All ground transportation via private coach and drivers
All hiking excursions
Any entrance fees, tours and local guides
Transfers between Agriturismo Pietrantica and an assigned meeting place in Rome
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. Given the limited number of rooms available at Pietrantica, we can only accept a very limited number of travelers requesting single rooms.
NOT INCLUDED IN RATE:
Optional activities during free time (e.g, bike rentals at the beach)
Gifts and personal purchases including snacks and refreshments during “free time” or during spontaneous stops along the way
Sample Itinerary Highlights:
DAY 1 - Visit Scanno, the "pearl" of Abruzzo and explore its crystalline lakes, labyrinthine streets and artisanal jewelry ~ Welcome dinner in Decontra
DAY 2 - Hiking excursion in the Maiella mountains to the lush Orfento river valley followed by a picnic lunch of local artisanal products ~ Dinner at a favorite local trattoria
DAY 3 - Explore the Gran Sasso mountains with an unforgettable hike from the medieval village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio to Rocca Calascio, the highest fortress in Europe followed by a saffron lunch with a local producer
DAY 4 - Cooking class with your amazing innkeeper Marisa followed by an afternoon visit to the lovely town of Sulmona, known for its colorful confetti and historic churches and squares where you'll have free time for shopping and dining
DAY 5 - Beach day on the Adriatic where you'll swim beside a trabocco fishing platform followed by an evening of free shopping and dinner in the lively port city of Pescara
DAY 6 - Guided Olive Oil Tasting at Cantinarte's Museo dell'Olio ~ Dinner at a local pizzeria
DAY 7 - Hiking excursion to the spectacular Eremo di San Bartolomeo, a 13th century hermitage carved into a cliff, by Pope Celestino V
Number of Participants: A minimum of five (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. We strongly recommend that you arrive in Rome at least one day before the start of the tour to ensure that you’ll meet the group on time (with the added benefit of sleeping off the jetlag and wandering the Eternal City for an evening.) We’d be happy to suggest a few of our favorite places to stay, things to do and foods to eat!
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: