Abruzzo: Learn Italian, Gastronomy & Culture – 7 days small group escorted tour

7 Days

Join this small group of max 12 people, and it will let you discover the authentic Italy in a balanced mix of experiences, relax, adventure and learning. Everyday you’ll have a couple of hours of funny Italian language class -in different original locations, not in a school- that will introduce you to the experiences and visits that you’ll do that day or the following so that you could be fully able to interact -and practice- with the local community during our guided tours and visits that will be in Italian (we’ll speak slowly and our teacher will help you with eventual needs of translation). The highlight of this tour is the chance to practice Italian in a different way during authentic experiences surrounded by amazing sceneries among the mountains, the seaside and historical sites


  • Living like a local and sleep in a charming ancient Roman town on the Adriatic Sea
  • Learning Italian language in a different and funny way
  • Interacting in Italian with the local community
  • Enjoying amazing landscapes that spread out from the seaside to the mountains
  • Preparing homemade pasta a with local women
  • Discovering the fascinating trabocchi fishing huts
  • Exploring enchanted castles
  • Visiting Abruzzo’s acclaimed wine makers
  • Small group up to 12 people
  • Solo welcomed - very small single supplement


Day 1 :

Rome Fiumicino airport pick up at 2:30 pm and transfer to the ancient Roman town of Vasto on the Adriatic Coast after crossing beautiful Abruzzo mountains looking at amazing landscapes. After checking at charming and family run Hotel San Marco (or a similar accommodation) in the historical downtown, get to know your guide and learn more about the 7-day Italian cookery holiday and enjoy a welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto.


After breakfast we will visit an award winning winery that lies between a marine park and the mountains in Vasto. We will have our first “funny” Italian language class (a couple of hours) where we will discuss about food, olive oil, and Italian wines; we will learn how to ask these information in a restaurant/bar or in any situation where you need to know how to speak in Italian about food and wine. In the following day we will also visit olive oil and wine producers where we will use Italian to interact directly to the owners as well as during the cooking class and the market visit in order to buy local products .We will tour the vineyard and cellars with winemakers Emanuele and Nicola and we will then enjoy wine tasting and lunch with pairings from local cheeses and salami.
After a short break to relax, in the afternoon we will explore Vasto historical center: Loggia Amblingh, a promenade overlooking the fascinating crescent-shaped coastline, the old town with its medieval Castle, charming lanes, a tower, the Cathedral and Piazza Rossetti, dedicated to Gabriele Rossetti, a poet from the town and father of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Before having a break free timing, we will meet some local artisans or artists.
In the evening you may experience dinner on your own in one of the various restaurants of Vasto.

(After lunch together, based on our long years of experience, we know that nobody is looking for a rich dinner, so our travelers usually enjoy spending time like a local trying a simple aperitif, a gelato or a pizza so that you could practice some Italian by yourself. Obviously, we will suggest you our favourite places)

Breakfast, Lunch

We will walk and visit Vasto’s colourful market to get seasonal products. Here you will have the possibility to practice a little bit of Italian. Next we will drive to the beautiful countryside of Vasto where we will meet Fabrizio’s family to have an exclusive cooking class with them (we will speak Italian) and we will learn how easy it is to make fresh pasta and we will be introduced to Abruzzo’s sauces preparation. A sample menu based on Fabrizio’s family recipes includes bread with meat sauce, Pasta alla chitarra with meat sauce and polpette (meatballs) and Tarallucci (typical biscuits from Abruzzo).
Lunch with the scrumptious dishes that we prepared in the morning, while enjoying the relaxing family atmosphere. We will visit an Olive Grove that has been farmed by Giovanni’s family (we’ll speak in Italian) for three generations to produce DOP olive oils. He will unfurl the secrets of what Homer described as “liquid gold” and we will finish with an olive oil tasting. In the evening you may experience dinner on your own in one of the various restaurants of Vasto.

Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast we will explore the famous Trabocchi coastline. We will start with a short and easy walking inside the “Punta Aderci” Nature Reserve, one of the 10 most beautiful Italian beaches- according to the British daily “The Telegraph”- from where you can also admire snow-capped mountains. During this day, depending on the weather, we will take our Italian course (a couple of hours) right here, surrounded by nature, a relaxing atmosphere and the colours of the seaside. We will speak about Trabocchi, the seaside, the fish world, natural parks, and Mediterranean vegetation. We will visit (in Italian) a trabocco (the symbol of the area), mostly built with acacia wood and railway iron sleepers. Depending on the weather, Rinaldo -our host- will show us how to fish from Trabocco, the secrets and history hidden behind Abruzzo’s unique fishing platforms that have been featured in the BBC TV show: Escape to the Continent.
His wife- Maria- will prepare fish from the Adriatic Sea for our exclusive lunch above the ocean. In the afternoon feel free to relax or to take some great photos of the surrounding beautiful marine scape. Free afternoon for your own activities, which could be: going to one of the beaches around, biking, taking part into some extra activities/ excursions or whatever you prefer to do. In the evening, you may experience dinner on your own in one of the various restaurants of Vasto.

Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, we will make our way to a farmhouse where Pina and Berardino will reveal farming secrets, immersing you in an authentic slow food experience. After our Italian course (a couple of hours) in the agriturismo about rural life and medieval castles and history, you could relax in the beautiful Abruzzo countryside or take part in some or all of these experiences:

  • We will milk a cow
  • We will learn how to make a special bread called “pizza scima – stupid pizza”, a pizza without yeast
  • After collecting some organic wine from their winery, we will have an aperitif including a taste of their production: cheeses, salami and extra virgin olive oil
  • Next, we will learn how to prepare ricotta cheese
  • Finally, we will collect the fresh vegetables from their garden that will be used for our farm-to-table lunch

A delicious traditional farm-to-table lunch will be prepared and served.  Almost everything we will eat is produced on the farm (wheat for producing the organic flour to make different kinds of bread, cookies and fresh pasta together with eggs from their hens, organic extra virgin olive oil, wines, liquors, juices, jams, cheeses, a lot of variety of salami, meats and vegetables). In the afternoon, immersed in nature and surrounded by amazing sceneries, we will drive inland to explore the enchanting Abruzzo’s castle in the sky in the charming village of Roccascalegna- ranked by Condé Naste Traveler as one of the 9 Most Beautiful Hilltop Towns in Italy.  After a big lunch at the farm, in the evening, you may enjoy a dinner or aperitif on your own in one of Vasto’s many restaurants and wine bars.

Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, we will drive to the little hilltop village of Lentella at Ettore’s “Fattoria d’Arte” (Art farm). Surrounded by an amazing landscape with a stunning view of the seaside, mountains, hills and small towns, we will have our last Italian language class (a couple of hours) about Italian art, flowers and plants. Next, you can enjoy an artistic experience with Ettore, which will let you create your postcard with natural colours produced while mixing leaves and flowers that you can pick at Ettore’s property. We will have an aperitif and a traditional farewell lunch with Ettore and his wife, Barbara. Free time to relax and pack or for doing a “last minute” shopping

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 :

After breakfast departure (generally at 09:00 am) for Rome Fiumicino airport or your next destination (3,5 hours driving from hotel to Rome Fiumicino airport)

NOTE: Your itinerary is a guide to your activities during the week. However, sometimes we modify the final itinerary to take advantage of the season and the weather. Our goal is to ensure that everyone has a fabulous time, which sometimes means tweaking the schedule even after your arrival. Your guide will provide suggestions during the week, and the group will decide if any modifications are desired. I want you to know that only enhanced experiences are ever considered.


The Cost Includes

  • 6 Nights accommodation at Hotel San Marco in the historical centre of Vasto or similar accommodation
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • 4 Italian lessons (2 hours per lesson) in different locations with a certified Italian language teacher + Italian language experiences during the tour activities
  • Preliminary test and Certificate of Attendance
  • Course materials
  • 6 meals (food, water, house wine) in selected restaurants, a farmhouse, a private home, a winery, an art form and a trabocco fishing hut based on traditional regional dishes. The evenings are free for you to explore the town by yourself and practice Italian
  • 2 x hands-on, authentic Abruzzo cooking classes and associated food costs
  • Art experience with a local artist
  • A farmhouse experience
  • Daily trips, experiences and excursions
  • Pick up and drop off at Rome Fiumicino airport or city centre on request in an air-conditioned minibus or car (transfers to and from Rome are included only if there are at least 4 participants, with fewer, we will pick you up and take you to the Vasto bus station where many buses arrive/depart from/to Rome Fiumicino or downtown)
  • Personalised cooking booklet and apron
  • All transport for daily trips and excursions in an air-conditioned minibus or car
  • All entry fees for excursions, tours and wine, olive oil and cheese tastings
  • English-speaking tour manager throughout the vacation

The Cost Excludes

  • Flights
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Hotel tourist taxes (where required)
  • Insurance and everything not listed as “Included.”

Tours in English guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people to a maximum of 12 people

Tour is confirmed with the COVID-19 requirements and social distances


Hotels & B&Bs in the Historical Centre, by the Sea, by the mountains or a simple farmhouse
A select choice of Vasto hotels, B&Bs and agriturismo (farmhouses) are offered to our guests whilst on vacation in this unique part of central Italy. They all have in common: they are family-run, provide a high standard of service, are meticulously clean, and are equipped with modern conveniences and free wi-fi.

Hotel San Marco***recently renovated, is the perfect setting for your stay in Vasto. In their practical and elegant ambience, you can relax with all the modern comforts and in absolute tranquillity.

Upgraded charming boutique accommodations: With an extra price, you could sleep in boutique residences located in the heart of Vasto (each has beautiful en-suite rooms,  free WiFi, TV, minibar, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, and more):

Residenza Amblinghan 18th-century mansion with 4 bedrooms, located on the Amblingh promenade overlooking the Adriatic Sea, 2 minutes walking from Vasto main square

La Dimora di Histona fascinating and small B&B (with just 2 bedrooms) set in the 15th century Castello Caldoresco in the main square of Vasto

C’è posto per te, a charming and beautiful B&B with 4 bedrooms, 2 minutes walking from Vasto main square

Payment and Cancellation

Payment: deposit of 25% per person within 7 days of confirmation and balance 60 days before departing from Australia


  • cancellation received 45 working days or more before departure: deposits will not be refundable.
  • cancellations made from 44 to 30 working days before departure: 40% of the payments will be not refundable.
  • cancellations made from 29 to 15 working days before departure: 70% of the payments will be not refundable.
  • cancellations made from 14 to departure: 100% of the payments will be not refundable.


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Abruzzo: Learn Italian, Gastronomy & Culture – 7 days small group escorted tour