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Abruzzo: Historic Cellar Wine Tour and Tasting

1. Abruzzo: Historic Cellar Wine Tour and Tasting

After a brief overview of the vineyards and olive groves, and some info about the winery's history from your guide, head down to the cellar and learn about the methods of vinification. Have the opportunity to see the largest barrel in Europe. Then continue with the tasting: 5 wines that represent the Abruzzo tradition, but always with an eye towards innovation and sustainable quality, accompanied by an aperitif with bruschetta and oil, plus local cold cuts and cheeses. Finish with Abruzzo Cantuccini, the perfect pairing with one of the most representative sweet wines of Abruzzo, Vino Cotto.

L'Aquila of the Mysteries: 3-Hour Walking Tour

2. L'Aquila of the Mysteries: 3-Hour Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour of L’Aquila’s historic center. Although the city suffered severe damage from the earthquake of 2009 you’ll still see the splendor of the Baroque and Renaissance architecture of this ancient city built on a hill. On this 3-hour tour you’ll learn about the mysterious foundations of the town, with a mix of history and legend, Knights Templar, and figures such as Frederick II and Pope Celestino V. Start out at the mysterious Fountain of the 99 Spouts, and then head to the Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio. Reach the highest point in L’Aquila at the Spanish Fort, and stop to admire the views. From the Fort you’ll continue walking through the Piazza Palazzo, Piazza Duomo, and to the Basilica di San Bernardino.

Pescara: Private Home Cooking Demo with a Four-Course Meal

3. Pescara: Private Home Cooking Demo with a Four-Course Meal

Visit a local host's home and watch an exclusive cooking demo of authentic regional recipes. See how to prepare a four-course Italian meal which includes a starter, pasta dish, main course, and dessert. Dine with your host and taste the finished dishes accompanied by a selection of local wines. Hear fascinating stories about the local culture and cuisine and experience the warmth of Italian hospitality.

Abruzzo: Ladyhawke Day Tour with a Local Guide

4. Abruzzo: Ladyhawke Day Tour with a Local Guide

Explore Abruzzo and discover its popular historical sites with the help of a local guide. Experience the film "Ladyhawke" as you visit the movie's filming locations, too. After meeting your guide, embark on a journey to the National Park of Gran Sasso and the Laga mountains through the ancient route of Tratturo Magno. Arrive at Campo Imperatore, known for its moon-like landscape. Reach the top on admire the view at 2000 meters above sea level. Take a photo of the place in which Mussolini was imprisoned during the Second World War. Have lunch in a hut in the middle of nowhere where you can buy arrosticini (sheep) and cook it yourself on the outdoor grill. Afterward, head over to the Castle of Rocca Calascio, which dates back to the year 1380 and is also one of the shooting locations for the movie "Ladyhawke." Next, stop in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, one of the most beautiful Medici-owned villages in Italy. Explore the village and see the traditional arts and crafts shops where you can buy authentic Italian products. Shop for saffron from L'Aquila, the red gold, local lentils, and traditional cheese, honey, and jam. Once you're done exploring, your guide will take you back to your preferred drop-off point.

Pescara: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

5. Pescara: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

Make a beautiful meal and a beautiful memory with a market tour and home-cooked dinner hosted by a local chef. Arrive at the home of your expert cook. Explore the market and shop like a local. Learn how to recognize the best produce. Afterward, return to your host’s home and enjoy a private cooking demonstration. Gain insight into Italian cuisine as your host reveals the secrets of her family’s cookbook. Watch as a delicious meal is prepared before your eyes. Once the food is ready, sit down at an authentic Italian dinner. Enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, and dessert. Chat with your host as you share a delicious meal together. Enjoy a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, as well as an after-dinner coffee. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Pescara: Authentic Cooking Class at a Local's Home

6. Pescara: Authentic Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Get lost in the magic of a genuine Italian cooking experience. Learn the secrets of how to make real Italian cuisine as a local cook teaches you from the comfort of their kitchen. Taste your wonderful creations while sipping on local wines. Watch as your host reveals how to make three authentic local recipes. Put your cooking skills to the test under the instruction of a master. Relax, as your host will ensure you are equipped with everything you need to make some extraordinary food. Enjoy all the food you have made with some wines that have been selected by your host. Take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for a lifetime, and forge a real connection with a local cook.

Pescara: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class, and Dinner

7. Pescara: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class, and Dinner

Immerse yourself in the rich culinary culture of Pescara, a picturesque city on Italy's Adriatic coast. Meet your guide and home chef and head to the market to shop for food like a local. Learn how to recognize the best products and meet some of the sellers. Then head to your guide's home for a cooking class using the products you found at the market. During the lesson, your host will walk you through the steps for preparing three authentic local recipes. Feel like a real Italian chef at your workstation equipped with utensils and all necessary ingredients. Afterwards, taste everything you prepared during a sit-down dinner with your host. Enjoy several glasses of red and white local wine with your meal. Treasure your newfound cooking skills and genuine connection with a local Italian family. 

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What people are saying about Abruzzo

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Discovery of L'Aquila with guide Carla

We were curious about the state of L'Aquila 10 years after the earthquake. Some churches and palazzi have already been rebuilt, just beautiful! But there is also the other side. Many buildings are still in the scaffolding and there is a lot of activity. Then you have to know where you can walk safely and you do need a guide for that. Carla is a passionate storyteller, has been guiding in this city for 30 years, and knows better than anyone how in one night the city changed from a rich shopping city to a total ruin, and how she is now slowly starting to live again. A fascinating story. I would recommend it to everyone. We only booked 2 days before and everything went smoothly.

It was an extraordinary experience with the winemaker Marco. He explained everything and answered our questions. The wines were delicious and it was really fun to taste the different nuances. To match, there was regional food such as salami and cheese. The whole tour followed by a tasting was a highlight of our vacation in Abruzzo. Thank you for that!

We enjoyed the tour of L'Aquila and learned a lot of new information. Vanessa, our guide, always captivated us with her stories and patiently answered all our questions.

Vanessa did this very well and lively. Great city.