We will meet in the morning at the Abruzzo Airport or Pescara Centrale Railway Station in Pescara, and drive inland to our gorgeous accommodation in the peaceful setting of Roccamorice. We will have time to settle in and freshen up before heading into the mountains.
First we will visit the beautiful town of Sulmona. It’s market day in Sulmona, so practice your Italian and check out the local produce. At lunchtime we will have our first taste of authentic Abruzzese cuisine at Sulmona’s most renowned restaurant.
After lunch we can enjoy a gelato each as we are guided by our local English speaking guide, through the streets and piazzas. Piazza Garibaldi is a spectacular piazza overlooked by mountains, where people come from all over Europe to watch the jousting re-enactment that is held here every year. We can drink and refill our water bottles with the pure mountain water from the main fountain near the piazza. The water is bought down from the mountains by the Aqueduct that was built back in Roman times!
Sulmona is famous for confetti (sugared almonds) and we will visit the Pelino factory, museum and store. Pelino have been making the finest quality confetti since 1783.
After we have explored Sulmona, we will make our way to Pacentro. Pacentro has been a mountain retreat since Roman times and is also the birthplace of Madonna’s grandparents. We will visit a surprising church, Caldora Castle with its towers that give the village its distinct silhouette, and a little house that has remained unchanged for hundreds of years.
Another scenic drive will bring us to Pettorano Sul Gizio. We can take our time exploring its narrow alleys and its nooks and crannies. Make sure you have your camera as Pettorano Sul Gizio and Pacentro are both awarded with the title “I Borghi più belli d’Italia” meaning that they are amongst the most beautiful villages in Italy. In the main piazza we will enjoy a refreshment or aperitivo.
On the way back to Roccamorice, we will visit the prominent Zaccaninni winery for a tour and tastings.
This morning we will experience why this region is known as the greenest in Europe. We will take a leisurely walk to find the hidden hermitages, the Hermitage of San Bartolomeo, and The hermitage of Santo Spirito a Majella, near Roccamorice. In amongst the hills and wildflowers we will come across the hermitages built into the side of rocky cliff-faces and enjoy a picnic lunch.
In the afternoon we will roll our sleeves up and enjoy a fun and relaxed cooking class. Our friends will show us how to prepare and cook some regional specialty dishes using seasonal produce, while sipping on a glass of montepulciano or prosecco of course!
Today we will venture into the olive groves and vineyards. The scenery along the way is gorgeous, with rolling foothills and striking glimpses of the Adriatic sea. We will visit Penne and Loreto Aprutino, two lovely towns that are bustling with life. Penne is known as “the city of brinks and in its main piazza we will meet with friends and enjoy a coffee and watch the locals go about their everyday lives.
In Loreto Aprutino we will visit two quaint museums. A ceramic museum to see the local Castelli ceramics and an ancient olive oil factory with a gorgeous gothic facade and big, rustic old wooden and stone equipment.
Seasons permitting, we will travel just out of town to visit a typical olive oil producer in full swing and taste their wares.
After lunch in Loreto Aprutino we will visit two well known wineries in the area. We will learn about the production of the typical wines: Trebbiano D’Abruzzo (Katri’s favourite white wine), Pecorino and the renowned red wine Montepulciano. At these wineries we will be able to explore the grounds and taste some exceptional examples of of these varieties.
Tonight we will attend a local festival. The festivals are abundant in Abruzzo and well attended by all ages. Alive with music and a festive spirit, they showcase the essence of the Abruzzese way of life.
Today we will leave the mountains and foothills behind and head to the coast. With the glittering Adriatic Sea on our left, rolling hills lined with olive groves and vineyards, and the Majella Mountains on our right, the drive is simply stunning! The first destination is the lively seaside town of Vasto, which sits high above the beach and offers fabulous views over the Adriatic Sea.
The 15 km of pebbled coastline between Vasto and Ortona is known as the Costa dei Trabocchi (Trabocchi Coast). All along the coastline are the traditional fishing houses that sit out over the water, called Trabocchi. We will visit our favourite trabocco and after a demonstration of how the trabocchi are used to catch fish and seafood, we will enjoy traditional dishes such as Brodetto di Pesce (light seafood stew) for lunch on deck, made with the morning’s catch.
After a visit to the impressive seaside castle Castello Aragonese, in Ortona, we will stop at the hilltop village of Bucchianico. We will enjoy a fun and educational olive oil tasting with a local producer in her family’s own olive oil pressing museum.
A little way down the narrow alley and around the corner, we will descend the stairs into an ancient cellar that has been turned into an enoteca (wine bar). Here we will enjoy an educational wine tasting with the enoteca’s own charismatic host.
This morning we will leave our accommodation in Roccamorice and venture to the capital of Abruzzo, Pescara.
In Pescara we will visit the Museum of the People of Abruzzo. Here we will be joined by our local guide and learn about the rich culture and traditions of the region.
In the city’s centre we can enjoy some shopping and people watching. Then we will take a leisurely stroll along the promenade and the beach resorts with their rows of umbrellas.
We will make our way to Marco’s family’s resort where we will enjoy a seafood alfresco lunch with lovely views of the beach. After lunch you can take a walk along the beach or simply relax under and umbrella.
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.
This is an example itinerary, the composition of your tour is unique and may vary.
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Commences and departs at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport or Rome Termini Train Station.
Airport or train station transfers, transport, accommodation, meals and drinks with meals including table wine, entry fees and activities are all included.
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