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Learn how to make pasta and seasonal sauces

Essence of Abruzzo

Learn how to make pasta and seasonal sauces
Retreat to the beautiful region of Abruzzo during this fantastic, 7-day food and wine tour. If you want to escape the crowds, bustling cities and learn the secrets of Italy cuisine, this is the perfect tour for you.
Food & Wine
Bespoke small groups


Seasonal specialties and activities such as hands-on cooking classes to discover Abruzzo’s gastronomic heritage

Tour of the Abruzzo region as per itinerary

Discover Italy’s best-kept secret, the Abruzzo region during this fabulous, 7-day escorted tour. Abruzzo is in central southern Italy featuring diverse landscape from the Gran Sasso d’Italia in the west and the beaches in the east. This region is the perfect destination if you want to learn the secrets of Italian cuisine through this fantastic cooking holiday. This tour combines exploring the highlights of the region and learning how to make authentic Italian dishes. Each hands-on lesson is accompanied by tastings of local seasonal specialties together with carefully selected examples of Abruzzo wines. This cooking holiday unique seasonal theme such as salami, tomato passata sauce or gelato making, participating in the grape or olive harvest, joining an exciting truffle hunt.

2020 Departure Dates

  • Salami Making - 16 February
  • Easter Experience - 9 April
  • Truffle Hunting - 17 May
  • Walking - 7 June & 6 September
  • Gelato Making - 13 August
  • Tomato Passata Sauce - 5 July
  • Grape Harvest - 27 September
  • Olive Harvest - 1 November
  • Christmas Dishes - 6 December
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6-night accommodation in a 3-star hotel
All meals as per itinerary
Cooking classes as per itinerary
Cooking booklet and apron
Daily excursions
English-speaking tour guide
Transport from/to Rome


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Day 1
Rome – Vasto

Afternoon group transfer from Rome Fiumicino airport to the ancient Roman town of Vasto. Check in to the charming family run hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner

Day 2
This morning, visit Vasto's colourful market and enjoy a cooking class with Mamma to learn how to make fresh pasta and seasonal sauces. After lunch, explore Vasto and meet some local artisans. Dinner tonight is at leisure
Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Punta Aderci Nature Reserve – Rocca San Giovanni

Weather permitting, enjoy a special fish cooking class on a trabocco, a wooden fishing hut constructed from acacia wood and iron railway sleepers unique to Abruzzo. Afternoon visit to the enchanting Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere. Dinner tonight is in a traditional restaurant.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

Travel to Lentella, deep in the forest, for an exciting truffle hunting session with an experienced truffle hunter and dogs. Enjoy a truffle cookery demonstration using the truffles collected followed by lunch. This afternoon is at your leisure. (

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5

After an early breakfast, visit a sheep and cow farm. Learn how to prepare ricotta cheese and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch including warm just made ricotta cheese. This afternoon, explore Abruzzo’s captivating castle in the sky in Roccascalegna

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6
Near Vasto

Visit the La Selvotta Olive Grove, which has been farmed by the Giovanni family for three generations to produce DOP olive oils and enjoy an olive oil tasting. Continue to the award-winning winery of Fontefico situated between a marine park and the mountains, for a wine tasting paired with local cheese and salami and tour of the vineyard and cellars. After lunch, enjoy a pizza cooking class including traditional bruschetta and tiramisu.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Vasto - Rome

After breakfast, depart for Rome's Fiumicino airport on a group transfer.


Additional information

Official language
6 nights
from AUD3,302
per person, twin share
16 February - 6 December 2020
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Important notes

  • This itinerary is an example of the truffle hunting tour and is a guideline only. Each tour itinerary will differ slightly to incorporate the relevant theme, particularly on day 4, and is subject to change at any time.
  • Minimum of 2 guests and maximum of 16 guests


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