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ABRUZZO ITALY 6 DAY TOUR

The Primo Tour

Overview of activities

  • best things to see and do in Abruzzo
  • travel off the beaten path
  • meet the local people and artisans
  • roam untouched villages
  • scenic routes
  • authentic dining
  • leisurely pace
  • charming accommodation
  • cooking classes with local produce
  • ancient olive oil mill oil tasting
  • wineries & wine tasting
  • seafood lunch on trabocco
  • alfresco lunch in alpine plateau
  • farmer’s market
  • hidden hermitages
  • farm visit
  • national parks
  • castels & forts

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 - Winery > Wine Tasting > Loreto Aprutino

Come along for this small group tour of Abruzzo where we are going to show you the best things to see and do in Abruzzo Italy!

At 11:30am Marco and Katri will pick you up from The Pescara Central Train Station in Pescara. There are many coaches to Pescara leaving Fiumicino Airport and Termini Train Station in Roma on a daily basis and you can enjoy the stunning scenery along Italy’s most picturesque motorway. We recommend staying the night before in Pescara to enjoy the city centre and the seaside promenade.

We will begin our Abruzzo tour at a very special winery near Loreto Aprutino which prides itself on producing wines which showcase Abruzzo’s native grape varieties including the infamous Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

After a tour of the vineyard and cantina we will enjoy lunch paired with their finest wines.

After our leisurely lunch you can settle into your family run “agritouismo” accommodation just outside the village of Loreto Aprutino.

Loreto Aprutino is renowned for its quality extra virgin olive oil, in fact you will see the olive trees in abundance all around this area.

This afternoon you can enjoy exploring the village and visit the ancient olive oil mill with a gorgeous gothic facade and check out the local Castelli ceramics display.

Dinner tonight can be enjoyed in the comfort of your accommodation where everything served is from the family’s own farm.

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Loreto Aprutino
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The accommodation on our 4 & 6 day tours of Abruzzo
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The accommodation on our 4 & 6 day tours of Abruzzo
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The dining room at our accommodation on our 4 & 6 day tours of Abruzzo
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The accommodation on our 4 & 6 day tours of Abruzzo
DAY 2 - Cooking Class with Italian Family > Olive Oil Tasting > Enoteca

Today we will visit our friends for a fun pasta and sugo cooking class and enjoy a tour of their gardens where they grow vegetables to make and their artisan food products.The best part is enjoying the fruits of our labour for lunch!

Rest back at your accommodation before we head out again tonight.

This evening we will visit our friend in another hilltop village for some extra virgin olive oil tasting in her family’s own medieval olive oil mill where we will learn how to tell the difference between a good and bad extra virgin olive oil.

Meander through the village with us and descend the stairs into an enoteca hidden inside an ancient cellar. Our charismatic host will guide us through tasting some of Abruzzo’s best wines while we sample their salumi and formaggio and other delicacies for dinner.

B, L, D

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Inside the enoteca for wine and salumi tasting
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Inside the medieval olive oil mill
DAY 3 - Trabocchi Coast > Seafood Dining Experience

After a late night enjoy a late start to the morning before we head off for a scenic drive along the Trabocchi Coast, one the things to see and do in Abruzzo which is a must!

Trabocchi are wooden fishing huts set on little jetties out over the water which are now UNESCO world heritage sites unique to Abruzzo and are one of the main sights to see in Abruzzo.

The Abby of Saint Giovanni in Venere is a great lookout spot over the coast and we will visit the Abby and take in the views.

Lunch today is a special experience.. we will enjoy a long and leisurely seafood feast onboard a trabocco on the water. We will sip some local pecorino or cerasuolo wine with the freshest locally caught seafood and enjoy the views of the Adriatic Sea all around.

Dinner tonight will be… joking, you won’t be able to eat dinner!

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Trabocchi Coast
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Trabocco on the Trabocchi Coast
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Seafood lunch on the Trabocco
DAY 4 - Farmer's Market > Caldora Castle > Santo Stefano di Sessanio

This morning we say goodbye to Loreto Aprutino and head into the mountains to visit Sulmona.

It’s market day in Sulmona and we will soak up the atmosphere of the market in the piazza overlooked by mountains.  Take time to explore Sulmona and purchase some confetti (sugared almonds) which have been made here for centuries.

A short drive up into the mountains is the gorgeous little village, Pacentro. Here, we will climb the stairs of the Castle to take in the stunning views.  There is also a little house to find which has been unchanged since before electricity and you can see what village life used to be like!

Lunch today will be at a Michelin recommend restaurant with a great view overlooking the plateau of Sulmona.

This afternoon we will journey into the Gran Sasso Mountains. Our next stay is in the medieval village, Santo Stefano di Sessanio. Of all the things to see and do in Abruzzo Italy, spending a few nights in Santo Stefano di Sessanio is definetly a must. Settle into your own apartment accommodation within the walls of the village, just like a local.

Marco and Katri can recommend some great dinner options in the village.

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The piazza in Sulmona
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The view from the top of the castle in Pacentro
Day 5 - Alpine Plateau > Rocca Calascio

Really soak up that Italian lifestyle with a slow and easy start to the day. There’s some great craft and local produce stores in Santo Stefano to check out. Santo Stefano is renowned for their particular variety of lentils, honey, and saffron from Navelli down on the plateau below Santo Stefano.

Before lunchtime we will drive up to the plateau on the Gran Sasso mountain. It’s a scenic drive with fresh mountain air and bells playing on the necks of the grazing cattle.

We will have lunch today with the locals alfresco style! We will bbq our own Abruzzese specialty… arrosticini!! (or you can just watch us do it)!  Arrosticini is something you must eat while in Abruzzo, it’s what the Abruzzese people are famous for. Some family or friends like to meet us up here and join us for lunch.

In the afternoon we will take an easy hike up to the 10th century fort of Rocca Calascio 1,460 meters above sea level and the hexagon shaped Abbey of Santa Maria in Pietà along the way.

For our last dinner together we will meet up  at one our favourite restaurants which is really something special and celebrate the local produce!

B, L, D

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Cooking arrosticini in the Gran Sasso mountains
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Rocca Calascio fortress
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Gran Sasso plateau
Day 6 - Santo Stefano di Sessanio > Roma

Take time this morning to enjoy the village and reflect on your journey through Abruzzo.

Our last adventure will be to visit the village of Castel Del Monte where we will enjoy a special tour through the village and it’s history.

Return to Pescara Central Train Station around 1pm.

Buon viaggio!

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Please note: This is an example itinerary.  Although every effort is used to stick to the advertised itinerary, some experiences may be shuffled around or replaced with simular experiences when it is necessary to do so.

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Store owner in Santo Stefano di Sessanio
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Santo Stefano di Sessanio

Reviews

  • Fabulous experience- every detail lovingly looked after and the food is to die for. Kathryn and Marco are outstanding hosts.

    Kathryn Miller
  • To experience the real Abruzzo you need to be with passionate people like Katri & Marco that alone is an experience !!

    Enza Centorame

Upcoming Tour Dates

Pricing & Info

July Tour Pricing
$3,480 AUD per person twin share
$2,400 USD per person twin share *

Low Cost Single Supplement
$348 AUD
$240 USD*

*USD displayed are a guide for our USA guests, payment will be taken in AUD.

Departs:

Termini Train Station in Rome.

Duration:
6 Days

Inclusions:
Fully escorted tour by English speaking tour leaders Marco & Katri, private air conditioned minibus/van or SUV, charming and well appointed accommodations with private ensuite, 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners and drinks with meals including table wine, entry fees and activities. Vegetarian meals and food allergies can be catered to.

Exclusions:
Air fares, travel insurance, food and beverage outside of meal times unless stated in itinerary, personal purchases, personal phone calls, personal travel costs, personal laundry.

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