The 7 day Abruzzo Tour is similar to the 5 Day Abruzzo Tour – Abruzzo Appetiser, with the addition of the area of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Campo Imperatore and Rocca Calascio.
We meet at Pescara Centrale Railway Station/Bus Station, board our comfortable minibus and enjoy the stunning countryside as we head to our characteristic agritourismo accommodation in Roccamorice.
After a picnic lunch, we will walk through the Majella National Park to the Hidden Hermitage of San Bartholomeo, carved into the rocky mountainside.
Today we will leave the mountains and foothills behind and head to the coast. With the glittering Adriatic Sea, and rolling hills lined with olive groves and vineyards and the Majella Mountains on our right, the drive is simply stunning!
Our first destination is the seaside town of Vasto. Here, we will visit the roman baths and the boulevard overlooking the Adriatic Sea. We will stop at a delicatessen to try the local specialty, ventricina, which is a type of salami and a pasticciera (bakery).
We will then travel along the 15 km of pebbled coastline, known as the Costa dei Trabocchi (Trabocchi Coast). All along the coastline are the traditional fishing houses that sit out over the water, called Trabocco, or Trabocchi (plural). They are unique to this stretch of coastline in Abruzzo and some have also been made into restaurants.
Lunch today will be a truly unique experience, as we will dine on our favourite Trabocco restaurant and enjoy a seafood feast, on the trabocco itself. After a demonstration of how the trabocchi are used to catch seafood, we will enjoy traditional dishes such as Brodetto di Pesce (light seafood stew) served in earthenware dishes and fritto misto (fried seafood such as calamari, scampi and small fish).
After lunch, we will visit the “Fountain of Wine”, where the wine flows free for all!
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Today, we will venture into the olive groves and vineyards. We will visit Penne and Loreto Aprutino, two charming hilltop villages that are bustling with life. In Penne, we will enjoy a short tour of this village known as “the city of bricks”.
Loreto Aprutino, famous for its exceptional quality extra virgin olive oil, is where Marco and Katri have their home in Italy. Here, we will visit a museum to see the most extensive collection of Castelli Ceramics, and a centuries old fantoio (olive oil factory) with a distinct gothic facade.
During the month of October, we will travel just out of town to visit a local frantoio, to see how olives are collected and pressed to make olive oil. If you are like us, you will find the aroma intoxicating!
We will eat lunch like real locals today, by enjoying incredibly delicious porchetta panini, a type of sandwich made with crusty bread and filled with slow-roasted pork, flavoured with herbs and spices, from a local vendor in the main piazza.
This afternoon will be spent as afternoons should, sipping wine at a local winery. We will learn about the production of the typical wines: Trebbiano D’Abruzzo, Pecorino and the renowned red wine, Montepulciano, explore the grounds and taste some exceptional examples of of these varieties.
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This morning we will leave the Agritourismo and drive to Sulmona. It is market day in Sulmona and we can see all the local produce available, including the renowned Sulmona garlic and an Abruzzese specialty, porchetta. The market is held as it has been since medieval times, in Piazza Garlibaldi, which is a beautiful Piazza, with mountains in the background and a Roman aqueduct and fountain. We will take a tour of the main part of Sulmona and see the renowned Sulmona confetti (sugared almonds).
After lunch, we will visit Pacentro. Here we will visit Caldora Castel and a tiny house which has remained the same for hundreds of years and shows what it was like to live in an Abruzzese village in the past.
This afternoon we will drive to Santo Stefano di Sessanio. We will stay in Santo Stefano di Sessanio for the next 3 nights in “Difuso” accommodation, which are little houses located throughout this charming ancient village.
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This morning we are met by our local guide who will take us through the village and speak of the history of Santo Santo Stefano di Sessanio. We will visit the stores to meet the local artisans for a firsthand look at the wonderful crafts and food produced in the area. Most notably are the production honey, farro, chickpeas and a smaller version of brown lentil, for which this region is famous. The production of wool has been an important commodity on the area for thousands of years and we will meet local heros carrying on the traditional way of dying the wool using natural means.
At lunchtime, we will dine in a characteristic restaurant where we will taste the delicious lentil soup amongst other typical dishes.
After lunch, we will visit the spectacular Rocca Calascio, one of the highest forts in Italy at 1,460 metres (4,790 ft). From here we have 360 degree views of the surrounding mountain range. Meraviglioso!
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This morning we leave Santo Stefano di Sessanio for the day and head into one of the highest pastures of Europe, the alpine meadow of Campo Imperatore, known fondly as Italy’s “Little Tibet”. Here, at 1800m above sea level, we can see the highest peak in the Apennines, The Corno Grande. Campo Imperatore is home to one of Italy’s oldest ski resorts and its hotel was once Benito Mussolini’s prison until he was found and freed by German commandos in 1943.
We will enjoy an alfresco lunch in the plateau, of Abruzzo’s most famous dish, arrosticini (sheep’s meat skewers) at an old set used to film “Spaghetti Westerns”. While they cook over the coals, we can gaze at the shepherds and their maremma sheep dogs tending to their flocks, at the wild horses and the beautiful array of wildflowers out over the plateau.
In the afternoon we meet Marinella and Alessandro at their farm in Castel Del Monte. They will speak with us about their lives on their farm and their struggles to keep their flock and pigs safe from the Abruzzese Wolves. A short drive will take us to their store in the village where we will be served a selection of their salumi and cheeses and local wine.
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Today we leave the mountains of Abruzzo behind and return to the economic capital, Pescara, where we will visit the centre of Pescara, the Pescara Riviera and share our last meal in Abruzzo together.
If we are sharing a tour of Sicily together, we will make our way to the train station in Pescara and we are bound for Catania and Mount Etna! Or, if we are departing today, we will say farewell to each other at the Abruzzo Airport or Pescara Centrale Railway Station in Pescara.
Note: This is an example itinerary, the composition of your tour is unique and may vary.
7 Day Tour Pricing
from $4,200 AUD per person twin share
from $3,5000 USD per person twin share
from €2,650 EUR per person twin share
from $350 USD
from €265 EUR
Commences and departs at Pescara Centrale (Bus/Train Station)
Inclusions: Fully escorted tour, local English speaking tour guides, bus/train station transfers, private air conditioned minibus/van, charming and well appointed accommodations, all meals and drinks with meals including table wine, entry fees and activities.
Prices exclude airfares.