The regions of Italy have perfected their flavors, turning cooking into a cultural statement. Experience the celebration of Abruzzo cuisine in learning the traditional craft on your custom-tailored Italy culinary itinerary. The nutty aroma of olive oil encapsulates a family-owned olive mill. Wines offer bouquets of strawberry and raspberry. Dramatic castles adorn soaring cliffs and the velvety, light texture of gelato beckons you back for another bite. Fishermen cast their nets into the Adriatic....
Vasto – Arrive in Rome and Transfer to Vasto for a Delicious Dinner
Italy’s central region of Abruzzo retains an unspoiled ambiance accentuated by endless stretches of the Adriatic coastline and the wild, rugged terrain of the Apennines Mountains. Rock walls lead to dramatic peaks. Turquoise waters lap against opulent white, sandy beaches. Historical monasteries and castles rise out of the hillsides with prestigious walls. Your flight lands at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon your arrival. You pass towns that continue to maintain the enchanting look of their medieval facades, while nestled in the isolated hilltops.
The blend of secluded towns and sprouting castles lends credence to the legend that Abruzzo is the ancient center of magic in Italy. The Ruins of Ocre Castle are perched on an outcrop on the foundations of a Roman acropolis. The standing walls wrap around the ruins of a village and lead to a 14th-century church. The steep, craggy cliff overlooks the verdant valley leading to the snowcapped peaks of the Apennines. You reach your gorgeous accommodation at the heart of Vasto, which overlooks the shimmering waters of the Adriatic Sea.
The medieval center reflects the fashion and architecture of the 15th century. The breeze carries hints of the briny aroma of the water blending with the herbaceous grasses on the outskirts west of town. The golden shoreline glints in the fading sunlight and you can see the lighthouse crowning Punta della Penna Harbor. Cafes set out tables and chairs along the cobblestones of the charming center at Piazza Rossetti. Indulge with an introduction to the traditional cuisine of the region at dinner with a multi-course meal, beginning with Mussels of Vasto, which consists of mussels stuffed with breadcrumbs, garlic, and parsley in a blend of olive oil, lemon juice, and tomato sauce.
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Vasto – Enjoy a Pasta Making Class and Explore Vasto at Loggia Amblingh
Vasto – Experience a Seafood Tour of Vasto and a Ricotta Cheese Craft Class
Vasto – Explore Roccascalegna Castle and San Giovanni in Venere Abbey
Vasto – Delight in a Morning at Leisure and an Afternoon Gelato Making Class
Vasto – Delight in an Olive Oil and Wine Tour followed by a Pizza Class
Vasto – Depart for Home
- Learn the art of making the perfect gelato, from which you can add your preferred flavors and toppings
- Indulge in making the iconic pasta of the Abruzzo region under the tutelage of a traditional Italian mother, ready to share her cooking knowledge
- Visit an idyllic trabucco, a fishing platform on the Adriatic Coast, for a demonstration on the historic custom, followed by a seafood cooking class
- Sample the variety of olive oils produced on a family-owned mill to taste the creamy, zesty, and nutty flavors
- Craft delectable pizza dough under the guidance of a professional chef offering you the secrets to creating the celebrated dish
- Travel to a dairy farm in the hills of Abruzzo to visit a farmer who is eager to teach you the art of making ricotta cheese
- Discover the majesty of the hilltops around the region known as the Land of 1,000 Castles to find San Giovanni in Venere Abbey and Roccascalegna Castle
The culinary delights of your 7-day Italy itinerary offer you the chance to learn how to capture the flavors of the refined and timeless cuisine. Your flight lands at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon your arrival. You make your way to the region of Abruzzo, located at the center of Italy along the Adriatic Sea. Your luxurious hotel is located at the heart of Vasto. The small town sits on a hill and overlooks the coastline. Enjoy the inviting comforts of a delicious dinner to introduce you to Abruzzo.
After breakfast the next morning, you partake in a pasta-making class taught by an Italian mother whose skills in the kitchen are locally renowned. Learn the traditional flavors of the town and region before indulging in a lunch of your own making. Continue to the Loggia Amblingh to begin your tour of the quiet medieval lanes and gorgeous architecture of Vasto. Then, you tour the traditional fishing platforms known as trabucco to learn about the history of fishing in the region. Relish a private cooking class that focuses on fresh seafood before traveling into the countryside to visit a dairy farm.
The experienced farmer guide introduces you to the ways of creating delectable ricotta cheese. Relax on the beach in the morning of day four before taking to the grounds of Roccascalegna Castle. Continue into the countryside to visit the Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere for a historical and cultural tour of the Land of 1,000 Castles. The following morning is at your leisure to lounge on the beaches or stroll the lanes of the town. You could also venture to the nearby castles rising out of the landscape.
In the afternoon, your instructor offers you guidance in crafting the perfect gelato for any occasion. Next, you travel to a family-owned olive mill to learn the history and production process of olive oil. Sample an array of flavors before venturing to a vineyard for a wine tour of Abruzzo. In the evening, you step into the kitchen once more with an instructor who is happy to share the secrets of making a delicious pizza. Your private transfer greets you at the hotel on the final day and escorts you to Rome for your flight home.
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