TOUR DATES

This exclusive Italian tour is reserved for only 10 guests (per tour) as it has been especially curated for the Summer so that you can enjoy best what Italy has to offer. Simply press on the Book Now button to reserve this once of a lifetime opportunity to explore Italy in great company.

Italy Unexplored with Vincenzo’s Plate

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.

THE REAL ITALY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE!

This 8 day/7 night Abruzzo Tour begins at Vincenzo’s Nonna’s table, where you will enjoy a home-cooked meal prepared especially, and the highlights don’t end, with 60% of Italian truffles found in Abruzzo and some of the most acclaimed wine and extra virgin olive oil on the planet, you will visit and uncover a culinary world of hidden treasures…with a view.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 5 nights’ accommodation in a centrally located hotel in vibrant Pescara, moments’ walk from the beach
  • 1 night accomodation in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, a Medieval experience that will take you back in time
  • 1 night accommodation in Isola del Gran Sasso, the highest mountain in Abruzzo
  • Pick-up and drop-off from and to Rome.
  • Private transfers by minibus for all the length of the tour
  • Included meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Italy Unexplored Tour
  • Home-cooked welcome dinner at Nonna’s house where you will taste the flavours of the 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 Tremiti Islands on a private boat
  • 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
  • Pecorino cheese making class located in one of “The most beautiful cities” Italy on a farm that is fully immersed in the traditions of shepherds and protecting the land
  • 2 scrumptious cooking classes with Vincenzo’s Plate where you will cook and eat some of his favourite Abruzzo dishes
  • Exclusive music & art live performances in surprising locations with uninterrupted views

PROPOSED ITINERARY

The itinerary may be subject to slight changes according to weather conditions and availability

B (breakfast) – L (lunch) – A (aperitivo) – D (dinner)

Day 1 Sun.

PICK-UP IN ROME, BEACH DAY IN PESCARA AND DINNER AT NONNA’S (L, A, D)

italian dinner party

You will be picked up in Rome (at 8.30am) for private transfer to the coastal city of Pescara and check-in to the hotel. First stop? Basking in the sun while overlooking 11km of divine coast and devouring fresh pizza’s – so good they’re famous in the city. All while lying under a giant beach umbrella. In the early evening, enjoy a divine Aperitivo in the middle of the city before heading to Vincenzo’s Nonna’s house and enjoying a home cooked meal of authentic Abruzzo cuisine which she has prepared especially for you!

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

limoncello recipe

Day 2 Mon.

SCANNO AND THE ART OF MAKING CHEESE IN ANVERSA DEGLI ABRUZZI (B, L)

cheese making abruzzo

Visit to a farm immersed in a green landscape of extraordinary beauty overlooking the Sagittario Gorges where you’ll learn about protecting the land and the ancient art of producing cheese. For lunch, you’ll taste a variety of salty and sweet cheeses alongside several mouthwatering specialties taken from paddock to plate. It’s the slow food movement experience of a lifetime. The afternoon will then be spent in the historical village of Scanno, where you will see elderly women in traditional dress and observe one of the most ancient forms of jewellery making before taking a relaxing walk along the seemingly neverending lake of Scanno known has the lake of love because is shaped like a love heart.

scanno abruzzo

Day 3 Tue.

SAILING THE ADRIATIC BY PRIVATE BOAT (B,L)

tremiti islands

After breakfast, you will be escorted to a unique boat tour. Once on board, 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 and enjoy a fresh, homemade seafood lunch. Take a dip and savor the moment, the crystal clear waters are mesmerizing.

tremiti islands

Day 4 Wed.

SHOPPING AT THE MARKET IN SULMONA AND WINE TASTING AT ZACCAGNINI WINERY (B, L, A)

sulmona market

First stop is the infamous market of Sulmona where you will taste and touch all the fresh produce of the region including cheese, truffles, seasonal fruit, vegetables and one-of-a-kind red garlic. Then for lunch you will be led to a hidden B&B that has a 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… Then it’s off to family owned winery, Zaccagnini for an intimate wine tasting before you taste a selection of Vincenzo’s Dad’s notorious seafood dishes paired with the perfect wines to get your palette dancing.

cantina zaccagnini

Day 5 Thur.

CITY OF PESCARA AND DINNER ON A TRABOCCO (B, D)

abruzzo tour

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, go for a walk along the divine coast, have lunch on the beach or go for a swim. In the early afternoon we will visit the Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere located on a hill facing the Adriatic Sea and with a panorama combining all of Abruzzo’s diverse terrains. The next stop on this Italian tour is one sure to be shared on social media as it will seem like a dream and 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 hut overlooking the infinite Trabocchi Coast. These “huts” are one of the most precious parts of the Abruzzese history and proud owners love to share not only their history but also their heats on a plate with flavours that will dance on your tastebuds.

trabocco abruzzo

Day 6 Fri.

SANTO STEFANO DI SESSANIO AND ROCCA CALASCIO (B, L, D)

rocca calascio

The day starts on escort 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. Late afternoon guests venture 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. At the top of the castle, you will be amazed by a Medieval show, and then enjoy a light dinner with wine and an exclusive live music performance while overlooking the Gran Sasso mountains with the most amazing sunset you have ever seen.

At nightfall, guests will return to the infamous Hotel Sextantio in Santo Stefano for a night cap in the Cantinone and to sleep in this unique accommodation.

rocca calascio

Day 7 Sat.

THE MAGICAL STIFFE CAVES AND TRUFFLE LUNCH (B, L, D)

grotte stiffe

On the second last day you will visit one of Italy’s top caves, Grotte di Stiffe. In this fresh, cool setting, a special guide will take us through gorgeous caverns with stalactite and stalagmite formations. The highlight in the cave is definitely the stunning waterfall which pours out into a small lake.

From caves to one of the most coveted mushrooms in Italy – engross yourself in a world of truffle. Guests will arrive 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, your hotel is situated mountainside where you will and enjoy a dinner of famous arrosticini and other Abruzzese local specialties before an early night in preparation for the Grand finale…!

abruzzo tour

Day 8 Sun.

PORCHETTA DAY AND DEPARTURE (B, L)

pasticceria angelo merlini

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 Merlinito taste the age-old sweet, “Pizza Dolce”, you are invited to feast at the table of Vincenzo’s great grandparents’ home and demolish a scrumptious lunch with wood-fire porchetta, handmade prosciutto and local cheese.

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

End of service.

porchetta day

TOUR DATES

This exclusive Italian tour is reserved for only 10 guests (per tour) as it has been especially curated for the Summer so that you can enjoy best what Italy has to offer. Simply press on the Book Now button to reserve this once of a lifetime opportunity to explore Italy in great company.

PRICE PER PERSON

Double room € 2900 per person  (double room based on double occupancy)

Single room supplement € 180

Double room single use supplement € 330

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