This morning we will meet at Pescara Central Train/Bus Station, or at your accommodation in Pescara. We will then drive in our comfortable minibus to our charming and characteristic agriturismo accommodation, near Roccamorice. Upon arrival, you can settle into what will be home for the next 4 nights. That’s right, you only have to unpack and pack once!
Once you have settled in and freshened up, we will experience why Abruzzo, Italy is known as the greenest in Europe. We will take a leisurely walk into the Majella National Park, to find the hidden hermitages; the Hermitage of San Bartolomeo, and The hermitage of Santo Spirito a Majella. In amongst the hills and wildflowers we will come across the incredible hermitages built into the side of rocky cliff-faces and enjoy a picnic lunch.
In the late 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! (The cooking class is optional).
Today, we head inland, to the large town of Sulmona. In the spectacular piazza, Piazza Garibaldi which is overlooked by mountains, we will enjoy the theatrics of the local farmer’s market and check out the local produce, such the renowned platted garlic, called Aglio Rosso di Sulmona.
We will be guided by our local English speaking guide, through the streets with confetti (sugared almonds) on display, and refill our water bottles from the main fountain near the piazza. The water is brought down from the mountains by the Aqueduct that was built back in Roman times.
After we have explored Sulmona, we will make our way to Pacentro. Pacentro has been a mountain retreat since Roman times and more recently, it is known for being the birthplace of (the singer) Madonna’s grandparents. We will visit 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 many nook and crannies. Make sure you have your camera ready, 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.
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Today, we will venture into the olive groves and vineyards. The scenery along the way is gorgeous, with rolling foothills, a backdrop of mountain peaks and striking glimpses of the Adriatic sea.
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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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.
Then we will travel along the 15 km of pebbled coastline between Vasto and Ortona, 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).
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This morning we will leave our accommodation in Roccamorice and venture to the economic 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. Then, we will take a leisurely stroll along the promenade and make our way to Marco’s family’s resort, where we will enjoy an alfresco lunch with lovely views of the beach. After lunch, you can take a walk along the beach, take a swim, 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.
5 Day Tour Pricing
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Commences and departs at Pescara Central Train/Bus Station or your hotel in Pescara.
Fully escorted tour, local English speaking tour guides, bus/train station transfers, private air conditioned minibus/van, accommodation in charming and well appointed agritourismo, all meals and drinks with meals including table wine, entry fees and activities.
Prices exclude airfares.