Old castle Castello Araognese in Ortona in the Abruzzo region of Italy

Gastronomic Traditions of Italy Tour: Cheese Making, Olive Oil Pressing & More

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Ortona, Pescara, Chieti, Guardiagrele...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

Encounter a side of unseen Italy in the undisturbed region of Abruzzo. Medieval castles remain strong, overlooking a valley of lush vines. The Apennine Mountains form extraordinary backdrops to historic hillside towns. Fishermen continue using ancient fishing techniques along the coastline. Shepherds traverse the undulating landscape, faithfully following their flock. Farms produce an abundance of flavorful cheeses, and vineyards make inspiring wines. Your custom tailored Italy tour immerses you...

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Trip Highlights

  • Relish the chance to interact with local farmers of Abruzzo, with a cheese-making tutorial followed by a cheese tasting
  • Indulge in the specific tastes of Abruzzo with a private cooking session taught by a local chef using only regional ingredients and traditional flavors
  • Experience the process of winemaking during a harvesting tour of a traditional Abruzzo vineyard, where you can participate in the harvest
  • Explore the ravine basin en route to the preserved remains of a medieval monastery situated along the layers of the bordering cliffs
  • Discover the traditional methods of producing olive oil during your visit to a celebrated olive grove farm
  • Relish the white sand beaches and clear turquoise water of the Adriatic Sea along the Trabocchi Coast

Detailed Description

In autumn, the emerald leaves of the Abruzzo forest turn auburn. The olives in the groves grow plump. The grapes on the vines turn ripe. Your 8-day Italy tour of Abruzzo is best experienced during the harvest season. The hot sunshine over the Adriatic and the cool mountain air of the Apennines provide the best combination of coastal beauty and alpine allure. Your immersion into the culture of Abruzzo begins with your arrival at Rome Fiumicino airport. Your private transfer escorts you from the airport to your tranquil, lavish accommodation in the heart of Ortona, a town set alongside the Adriatic Sea.

The following morning, you enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside en route to Loreto Aprutino. Visit the Olive Oil Museum before embarking on the first of many tours of Italy, beginning with a tour of a local olive grove where you can help harvest and press the olives into the celebrated oil. Visit the medieval church and relish the local artistry. Then, you venture to Pescara, the largest town in Abruzzo. Explore the fabulous Museum of the Abruzzi People and stroll through the historic artisan town of Navelli.

Enjoy the chance to visit a local winery to participate in the harvest experience. You travel to the town of Chieti, located on a hilltop. Tour the elegant medieval streets. Your day continues with a discovery of the Trabocchi Coast, a long stretch of the Adriatic coastline filled with stunning culture and historic charm. Then, you trek through a marvelous gorge, making your way to a 9th-century monastery. In the afternoon, you indulge in the flavors of Abruzzo with a private cooking tour instructed by a local chef. The following day takes you into Pennapiedimonte, a town carved into the cliffs.

Continue to explore the majesty of the landscape from the antique streets of Guardiagrele. The next day takes you along the edges of Maiella National Park to visit a cheese farm. Learn how the locals make their cheese with a hands-on tutorial and a delicious sampling. Following your cheese tour, you make your way to extraordinary Roccascalegna, a town perched on a cliff with the Apennines in the background. On your final day, your private transfer meets you at the hotel after breakfast and escorts you to Rome Fiumicino Airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$2,195 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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