Italian Cooking & Culture Holiday in Abruzzo (Choose your Itinerary)

Highlights

  • Let your guide, Fabrizio & his friends and family, show you their beloved Abruzzo
  • Learn to cook regional specialties using the best locally sourced ingredients
  • Meet the local producers and gain insight into farming, wine and cheese production, and more!
From £1714 pp
  1. Choose the number of people in your group
  2. Select either truffle hunting, gelato making, e-cycling, grape harvesting, olive harvesting, cooking and walking or the Easter experience under 'TYPE'
  3. This will determine your activity on day 4 of your itinerary, as well as your start date
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What you'll do

Overview

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Experience Abruzzo, Italy’s best kept secret, on this 6 night cooking holiday, where the weather is warm, people are friendly, and you will get to experience a variety of gastronomic delights from cheese & wine to fish & pasta dishes - this is an experience no foodie should miss!

If you’re looking for an immersive culinary holiday adventure, where you really get to know the food, region and people, Fabrizio, together with his family & friends, has put together the perfect Italia...Read All

Arrival & welcome to Abruzzo dinner

– Arrive in Rome, where you will be collected at the airport and taken to Vasto (transfers depart at 2:30pm)
– Check in, relax, meet your guide and fellow guests, and enjoy a welcome dinner and discuss the plans for the week

Market visit, cook pasta with Mamma & explore Vasto

– Start the day with a trip to the colourful Vasto market
– Enjoy your morning in a local’s kitchen and learn to cook some regional dishes, followed by the beautiful lunch you have just prepared
– After lunch you’ll head out to explore a medieval coastal town, complete with castle and cathedral, then meet some local artisans
– In the evening you are free to try one of the many local restaurants of Vasto

Exploring Punta Aderci Nature Reserve & trabocco fishing house

– After breakfast you’ll explore the Abruzzo coast line, with a short and easy walk inside Punta Aderci Nature Reserve, one of the 10 most beautiful Italian beaches according to the British Daily Telegraph
– Next you’ll visit a trabocco that is constructed mostly from acacia wood and railway iron sleepers
– Weather permitting, host Rinaldo will show you how to fish from the trabocco, and tell you the secrets and history behind Abruzzo’s unique fishi...Read All

Visit a trabocchi fishing house (February and November dates only)

– Following breakfast, you will get hands-on learning traditional stuffing dishes, including stuffed vegetables and ravioli (amongst others!) and then enjoy lunch
– Your afternoon is based by the sea, discovering the “Trabocchi” (fishing platforms typical to Abruzzo), try your hand at fishing, and enjoy a seafood aperitif
– Dinner will be at your choice in Vasto

Speciality day

– The morning of day 4 focuses on the specialty dish of the week; depending on your course, you may be focusing on either salami making, truffles, gelato, passata making, the grape harvest, oil harvest, or Christmas.

Please note that the different courses are held on specific dates throughout the year marked on the calendar.

– Enjoy a free afternoon/evening to focus on what you love; if you would like some help planning, your host will be happy to help. This is the p...Read All

Cheese making at a local farm & Roccascalegna Castle

– After breakfast, you’ll make your way to a farmhouse where hosts Pina and Berardino will reveal the secrets of farming – letting you immerse in an authentic slow food experience.
– You can relax in the beautiful Abruzzo countryside, or feel free to join in and milk the sheep or cows, and bake a regional bread
– After collecting some organic wine from their winery, you’ll all have an aperitif and taste some of the farm’s production: cheeses, ...Read All

Olive oil & wine tasting and learn to make pizza and tiramisu

– After breakfast you’ll head out to an olive farm and learn all about the production, followed by an olive oil tasting
– Next you’ll be whisked off to an award winning winery where you’ll enjoy wine tastings paired with local salamis and cheeses
– The afternoon will be filled making Italian classics such as pizza, bruschetta, and tiramisu, followed by a fantastic meal

Goodbye

– After breakfast, you will set off for the airport (around 9:30 am) complete with new skills, recipes, and hopefully some local delicacies

*Please note dishes may be altered according to seasonal availability

What's included

Included

  • 6 nights 3-star hotel accommodation in a twin/double room with ensuite bathroom
  • Prices are person and there are no single supplements for solo travellers
  • Various hands-on cooking lessons, tastings and cultural excursions every day with an English speaking tour guide for the duration of the holiday
  • 8 meals (food, water, house wine) in selected restaurants, farmhouses, private homes, wineries based on traditional regional dishes
  • Breakfast daily and lunches with occasional dinners (some evenings are free for you to explore the town yourself)
  • Personalized cooking booklet and apron
  • All cooking classes and ingredients
  • Transfers to and from Rome Fiumicino airport
  • Check in any time between 11am - 8pm on day 1 and check out by 9.30am on day 7
Your local host

Fabrizio and friends

Fabrizio is your tour guide and host extraordinaire on his Italian gastronomy holidays. Native to the region of Abruzzo in central Italy, he is immensely proud of its history and heritage. Fabrizio’s passion for keeping everything local also means that guests on his holidays will be joining his family for cooking lessons, meeting local producers and using only locally sourced products.

This is not your typical cooking school or indeed cookery holiday. All cooking activities and gastronomic experiences take place in the local’s homes, on local farms, or in the hills on the lands of local suppliers and families. There is no “professional chef” on this holiday – you are learning from housewives, mothers, fat... Read All

Fabrizio is your tour guide and host extraordinaire on his Italian gastronomy holidays. Native to the region of Abruzzo in central Italy, he is immensely proud of its history and heritage. Fabrizio’s passion for keeping everything local also means that guests on his holidays will be joining his family for cooking lessons, meeting local producers and using only locally sourced products.

This is not your typical cooking school or indeed cookery holiday. All cooking activities and gastronomic experiences take place in the local’s homes, on local farms, or in the hills on the lands of local suppliers and families. There is no “professional chef” on this holiday – you are learning from housewives, mothers, fathers, brothers, farmers and fisherman, as well as wine makers, olive producers. Pretty much everyone in the community and what you’ll learn, see and experience are not taught it in schools but refined and passed down through the generations.

Location

Set in the central region of Abruzzo, which boasts the Adriatic sea to the east and a lush mountainous landscape to the west, this unique Italian cooking holiday will prove to be a culinary adventure through your host Fabrizio’s home region. Based in his hometown of Vasto, a charming seafront town, you are perfectly placed to experience the tastes, culture and people of the area, where you will learn to cook in local kitchens or farms during the day, and have the nights to explore the city.

Nearest airports:
Roma Fiumicino Airport (around 3.5 hours away)

Return airport transfers:
Free airport transfers to and from Roma Fiumicino are included in the price.

What our travellers are saying...

So good that we came back! Thanks to a recommendation, we first took a tour of Abruzzo with Fabrizio in Spring 2019. It was our first time to Abruzzo after many years of coming to Italy. Fabrizio custom planned our 4 day trip and he did not disappoint in the least. We learned so much about the region, the food and how lovely the people are. We had wine/oil/cheese tastings, a cooking class, a boat trip to the Tremiti islands and an excursion to S

K Faustin

If you travel to Abruzzo you must spend time with Fabrizio and friends! Not like your typical large group tourist groups that I cannot imagine enjoying. Fabrizio and his family and friends make this small group trip beyond memorable. There is not much English spoken in this part of Italy so if you don’t speak Italian you will be especially glad of Fabrizio’s help. My grandparents are from Vasto and he also tracked down information on them �

Jan P

An absolute must! Fabrizio’s tour was fantastic. Having travelled to many places, often as part of an organised group, this one certainly didn’t disappoint. One of the attractions for me personally was that whilst it included food and drink, it wasn’t a ‘sterile’ cooking holiday, in fact as far from that as you could wish for, and that is exactly what I wanted. The holiday was an experience of life in Abruzzo region. Meeting Fabrizi

Katie C

I would recommend this tour to one and all. Fabrizio, the owner and guide, was very solicitous of us. The welcoming and warm people, the great food and wine, what can I say!?! This tour made for a very memorable week in Vasto, Abruzzo, Italy.

A Andres

FAQs

Who is it suitable for?

- Suitable for all levels and experience of cooking
- Minimum age 18 with no upper age limit (under 18s accepted accompanied by an adult)
- All classes are taught in both Italian and English
- Perfect for solo travellers and even families are welcome
- Each holiday offers a different foodie experience on the fourth day depending on the arrival date

What can I do in my free time?

- The lovely coastal town of Vasto is very walkable, with plenty of restaurants, shops, and medieval gems
- Don’t hesitate to ask the hotel staff for a bike rental for the day
- Beaches and a nature reserve are also nearby
- If there is anything you would like to see or do during your time in Abruzzo, please let your host know and he can help you plan

Features

- Cook and spend time with local producers, farmers, Italian mothers, fisherman and families in the region
- Learn first hand about the production of olive oil, wines, cheeses, and fishing from generations old family farms
- Have a personal guide and translator with you for the week, who is native to the region
- This holiday provides you with the rare opportunity to be invited into homes and farms, as well into the daily lives of locals
- Stay in a lovingly cared for, modern family-run hotel right in the historic centre of Vasto
- All rooms are twin/double ensuite, with air-conditioning, TV and WiFi
- Around 3.5 hours from Rome Fiumicino airport, your transfers are included in the price
- Close to gorgeous, quiet beaches and a nature reserve for lovers of the outdoors
- Perfect for the whole family

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