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Italy, Abruzzo – Explore Vincenzo’s Abruzzo

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Dreaming about heading to Italy but dreading crowds and tourist food? Why not embark upon an intimate 100% authentic experience where you eat, drink and explore alongside the locals while seeing sights even wilder than your imagination?

Internationally renowned Italian food blogger and home cook Vincenzo’s Plate together with his family have created the Italian tour of a lifetime. Join us in this Abruzzo Tour, the greenest region in Europe, where you will see and taste the wonders of this secret gem, which boasts the best of the Adriatic sea and the mountainside.


Home-cooked welcome dinner at Nonna’s house where you will taste the traditional flavours of the Abruzzo Region

Overlooking the 3 highest mountains in Abruzzo in all of their glory while enjoying a meal from the rooftop of one of the most internationally acclaimed B&B’s in Italy

A full day exploring the incredible Tremiti Islands on a private yacht while enjoying fresh seafood and swimming in crystal clear waters.

Wine tasting at family-owned winery Zaccagnini, where you get close to the grapes and master winemakers, while enjoying a meal overlooking the vineyard

Fresh seafood meal in an historical fisherman’s hut (Trabocco) while overlooking the Adriatic sea

Learning the art of cheese-making from a veteran who will share the secrets to making fresh pecorino, ricotta and more

Exclusive music & art live performances in surprising locations with uninterrupted views

This exclusive Italy tour is reserved for a maximum of 10 guests (per tour) as it has been especially curated for the Summer so that you can enjoy best what Italy has to offer. This is one of the most unique tours of Italy you can ever experience.

Pick up in Rome, Beach Day in Pescara & Dinner at Nonna’s

You will be picked up in Rome (at 9am) for private transfer to the coastal city of Pescara. First stop? Your very own private villa for the afternoon, which has a breath-taking view and a pool just for the group. You’ll be welcomed by family and be introduced to an aperitivo, or really, a light lunch!

It’s time to get to know one another and be at one with your surroundings and the group. Today is designed so you stop, take a deep breath, and be prepared for a week full of fun, emotions, food and incredible landscapes.

You’ll then check-in to your centrally located hotel (which also has spa services) for a short rest before the big event at night.

For the official welcome, your first evening is spent at Vincenzo’s Nonna’s house enjoying a hearty home cooked meal of authentic Abruzzo cuisine which she will prepare especially for you and some of our wonderful family members.

TIP: Unbutton your pants, it’s going to be a FEAST!

Overnight Pescara

Meals L, A, D

Art of Making Cheese & Vibrant Pescara City

Visit to an organic farm immersed in a green landscape of extraordinary natural beauty overlooking the Sagittarius Gorges where you’ll learn about protecting the land and the ancient art of producing cheese. It is located in the heart of three national parks, right in the mountainside.

For lunch, you’ll taste a variety of salty and sweet cheeses made on the location (and a fresh one made by you!) alongside several mouth-watering specialties taken from paddock to plate.

It’s the slow food movement experience of a lifetime. The afternoon is spent exploring where you are based for the week – Pescara; a modern Italian city, with one of the biggest marinas in the region. It is a bustling seaside resort with lots of delicious cafes, fantastic shops and of course a seemingly endless coastline.

Here you will enjoy an aperitivo – right on the beach under your very own umbrella – traditional of the area so you can familiarise yourself in the surroundings and local vibe.

Overnight Pescara

Meals B, L

Sailing the Adriatic by Private Yacht

After an early breakfast, you will be escorted to a private port for a unique Yacht tour for the day. Once on board of the Yacht, the journey to one of the most picturesque Islands in Italy begins.

While travelling toward Tremiti island for the day, you will be spoilt with views of endless blue, grottos of varying sizes and enjoy a fresh, homemade seafood lunch, as well as fresh dishes that will have your taste buds dancing .

Take a dip and savor the moment, the crystal clear waters are mesmerizing. Sail, swim, eat, repeat is the motto for the day!

Overnight Pescara

Meals B,L,D

Shopping at the Market in Sulmona & Wine Tasting at Zaccagnini Winery

First stop is the famous market of Sulmona where you have the chance to taste and touch fresh produce from the region including cheese, truffles, seasonal fruit, vegetables, one-of-a-kind red garlic and…PORCHETTA!

After a stroll around the beautiful city filled with history and art, you will then be led to a hidden B&B that has the most priceless view of the 3 surrounding national parks and their mountains. It was awarded a place in the top 3 best B&B’s in Italy and is literally a secret gem that will take your breath away…

Next, it’s off to family owned winery, Zaccagnini for an intimate wine tasting and tour before you taste a selection of Vincenzo’s Dad’s notorious seafood dishes paired with the perfect wines to get your palette dancing (and you might just end up dancing too while you enjoy your favourite drop of wine and watch the sun go down over the vines).

Overnight Pescara

Meals B,L,A

City of Pescara & Dinner on a Trabocco

After a few busy days, guests will be happy to enjoy a sleep-in with a free half day to enjoy the city of Pescara, do some shopping, maybe go for a walk along the divine coast, have lunch on the beach, or even go for a swim.

In the early afternoon we will visit the city of Ortona where we will visit the beautiful Castello Aragonese, a Renaissance castle, overlooking the Adriatic Sea and with a panorama combining Abruzzo’s diverse terrains.

The next stop on this Italian tour will seem like a dream so get your cameras ready, as you’ll want to look back! It is a scrumptious seafood dinner (with ingredients fished the same day) in the most unforgettable setting of a fisherman’s hut overlooking the infinite Trabocchi Coast.

These form one of the most precious stories of Abruzzese history and proud owners of the one we visit love to share not only their family history but also their hearts on a plate with the salty flavours of the Adriatic . The structure alone, will take your breath away…and these are of course unique to Abruzzo..

Overnight Pescara

Meals B, D

Santo Stefano di Sessanio & Rocca Calascio

The day starts on escort to Rocca Calascio, a castle, dating back to the year 1000 that has been selected as one of the top 10 most beautiful by National Geographic. You will be taken to the top of the castle where you will be in absolute awe of the view from the several vantage points – make sure your phone is charged!

From there we will venture to Santo Stefano di Sessanio, one of the most striking and closely preserved villages in central Italy.

Lunch will be served at Hotel Sextantio, one of the most talked about locations in the picturesque village, not only because of its beauty but also thanks to its unique layout as guests stay in rooms spread throughout the town.

Before nightfall, guests will check-in to an exclusive B&B equipped with a spa and pool overlooking the picturesque Abruzzo mountainside and coast. It is a private villa, and you will stay there undisturbed for 2 nights.

Overnight Santo Stefano di Sessanio

Meals B,L,D

Opera Concert & Truffle Lunch

On the second last day you will wake up to a beautiful view and have the chance to enjoy some quiet time by the pool as you start the day a little slower following a very busy week!

From the pool to one of the most coveted mushrooms in Italy – engross yourself in a world of truffle. Guests will arrive in the town of Campli known for it’s endless supply of truffles and lunch will be served at a restaurant specialising in truffle for a gourmet meal certain to invigorate all of your senses – from savoury to sweet, the flavours will surprise and delight!

For the last night of our Abruzzo tour, we will all come together at night to share our favourite parts of the week and enjoy a demonstration of how to make pizza dough before devouring some (made fresh) in front of guests for dinner.

There will also be an exclusive opera performance at some point in the day so you can take in the sights and really feel at one with the culture and the land – not to mention it’s bound to give you goose bumps!

Overnight Santo Stefano di Sessanio

Meals B, L D

Porchetta & Departure

The best is saved until last! The Abruzzo tour comes full circle for the grand finale: “Porchetta Day” with Vincenzo and his wonderful family.

After stopping at renowned Pastry shop “Pasticceria Merlini” to taste the age-old sweet, “Pizza Dolce”, you are invited to feast at the table with Vincenzo’s family, in the town his great grandparents’ were from, and demolish a scrumptious lunch with wood-fire handmade porchetta, homegrown tomatoes, Pappardelle with cinghiale ragu and local antipasti…

Drop – off service to Rome where you will arrive around 7.00 pm.

Meals B, L

  • Five nights quality hotel in a centrally located hotel in vibrant Pescara

  • Two nights quality hotel in Santo Stefano di Sessanio

  • Pick-up and drop-off from and to Rome (Day 1 + Day 8)

  • Private transfers by minibus throughout the tour

  • Seven breakfasts, six lunches and five dinners

Departure Dates
25 June 2023

09 July 2023

27 August 2023

10 September 2023

25 August 2024

08 September 2024

Please note that prices are indicative only, subject to availability for your travel dates and the exchange rate.

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Please note that prices are indicative only, subject to availability for your travel dates and the exchange rate.
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