Tailor made vacation Abruzzo Italy

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Fully escorted small groups tour up to 16 travelers

So many of us dream of a unique Italian holiday that is tailor made to suit both our interests and budget. Italia Sweet Italia offers the chance to have such a holiday experience in the central Italian region of Abruzzo that allows you to create your own holiday without any of the leg-work or research. As well as cooking, painting, pottery and Italian language classes, which include wine tastings and other goodies, there’s a wide choice of other activities to select from to suit the independent traveller and those holidaying with their family.

Something Different on Holiday in Italy

Prices for these classes, excursions and activities including accommodation, guide, all meals, transport, entry fees for excursions  and tastings start at € 180 per day  per person according to the type of accommodation selected, the season,  the number of participants within a group and  the combination of the activities.

Some examples of the activities you can select from on your tailor-made holiday in Abruzzo:

  • A visit to market, cooking pasta with Mamma in a private home | Photos
  • Cooking class on a trabocco (ancient fishing equipment typical of Abruzzo) | Photos
  • Painting class | Photos
  • Pottery class | Photos
  • Visit to a medieval castle | Photos
  • Visit to an hermitage on the mountains | Photos
  • Day trip discovering Tremiti Islands on a private motorboat | Photos
  • Wine tasting class
  • Art experience to create your personal postcard or a little sculpture | Photos
  • Visit to a winery, with wine tasting and tour of the vineyard and cellars | Photos
  • Visit to an olive oil mill and olive grove and extra virgin olive oil tasting | Photos
  • Grape harvest | Photos
  • Gelato making class | Photos
  • Street theater | Photos
  • Olive harvest | Photos
  • Truffle hunting | Photos
  • Cycling along the coast or inland in the Appenine mountains | Photos
  • Walking along the coast or inland in the Appenine mountains | Photos coast | Photos mountain
  • Visit and fishing demonstration on a trabocco (ancient fishing equipment typical of Abruzzo)| Photos
  • Farmhouse experience: milking sheep or cows and cheese making| Photos
  • Forage, Cook & Feast, discover the art of foraging for delicious wild Italian herbs & plants and afterwards learn how to cook them into a traditional feast | Photos
  • Visit to the historic bell foundry of Agnone which still manually makes church bells for the Vatican | Photos
  • Handmade jewelry demonstration | Photos
  • Learning how to conserve tomatoes to last all winter making traditional delicious bottles of passata or pezzetti: the most important backbone to so many Italian dishes including the classic fresh tomato sauce | Photos
  • A day trip to one of Abruzzo’s picturesque mountain villages like Castelli, Scanno, Rocca Calascio or Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Fara San Martino, the region has the most listed in Borghi piu Bella Italia guide | Photos
  • City day trips to Rome, Naples or other destinations
Sun, Sea, Mountains, Good Food & Wine

For nature lovers, Abruzzo is a great place to visit. It’s not overly touristy, but has everything someone looking for culture and relaxation could wish for: sun, sea, mountains, good food and wine. Our  tailor-made holidays are ideal for small groups of friends, a few couples, families, or how about a team building cooking class for your company?

Silence & Colour, Flavours & Perfumes

You’ll hear the silence of Abruzzo, you will get lost among its colours, you’ll remember its flavours and perfumes for a long time and we can guarantee be keen to visit again. It’s difficult to forget the breathtaking views of Abruzzo: from the Adriatic Sea to the Maiella and Gran Sasso – the highest mountains of central Italy – from the reserves and the natural parks to the countryside, from dawn to sunset on the mountains. You will see and meet many Italians – men and women, young and old – but, more importantly, you’ll have new friends who love their region and are proud to tell you about it. You will feel at home with Italia Sweet Italia.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Live like a local and sleep in a charming ancient Roman town on the Adriatic Sea

Experience truffle hunting with dogs

Enjoy amazing landscapes that spread out from the sea to the mountains

Prepare homemade pasta and pizza with local women

Discover the fascinating trabocchi fishing huts

Explore enchanted castles

Visit Abruzzo’s acclaimed wine makers

WHY US?

WHY US?

WE ARE PROUD TO BE LOCAL

  • Only 100% authentic experiences
  • Deep connections with the people who live here
  • We have a passion for our culture and our communities

ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME TRIP

  • We know how to let you feel that at home
  • We keep our groups small to take care of all the details
  • Discover our guest reviews on Tripadvisor

SUSTAINABILITY AND PASSION

  • We promote the local culture as a sign of responsible travel
  • We are focused on preserving our way of life
  • We involve small, family-run and passion-driven businesses

FAQ

FAQ

Who are you and what do you do?

Italia Sweet Italia (ISI) is a small incoming tour operator specialised in organizing vacations around Abruzzo Italy, our home. ISI is a fully licensed company covered by insurance policy no. 402485101 by Axa Assicurazione S.p.A. and authorised by the local government to create and sell tour packages from 2011.

Our mission is to show people from all over the world the beauty of Abruzzo and other Italian regions so they can experience our homeland, traditions, arts and folklore in a unique way, also demonstrating the benefits of sustainable tourism to everyone. In order to help you discover everything Abruzzo has to offer, we organise small groups (up to 16 people) escorted tours including cultural, culinary, active, pottery, Italian language and ancestry experiences. We are happy to create a tailored vacation around your wishes. Our tours provide you with the rare opportunity to be invited into homes and farms, as well as into the daily lives of locals.

How do you organize your group pick up and drop off services?

Pick up

For all the small group tours listed in our calendar, the pick up at Rome Fiumicino airport is planned at 2:30 pm on day 1. Normally it takes 3-3,5 hours to drive to Vasto, our base on the Adriatic Coast for all the tours (except for The Abruzzo, Puglia & Matera experience tour in which we’ll drive for around 2 hours to Sulmona). The duration of the trip depends on traffic (on Sunday, when most of our tours start, usually there is no traffic) and if you need to stop at the motor service along the way for a snack or to go to the toilette. It is a beautiful and relaxing driving crossing three National parks,from where you can see many hilltop villages and the Apennines. A few weeks before the tour starts, we’ll send you a pdf with exact pick-up location and times. Please consider also this information:

  • If you want you can be picked up at an Hotel in Rome, but this service has an extra cost of € 50 that you can pay at your arrival. We’ll come earlier to pick you up at your accommodation (it depends on the exact location, but it is usually 1 hour before the pick-up at Rome F. Airport). Sometimes it could be also after the airport pick-up.
  • When we’ll have all flights and arrival information from all the travelers, if everybody that is joining the tour is supposed to arrive before 2:30 pm, we could anticipate the pick-up time.
  • You can also reach Vasto or other destinations in Italy by bus or train. Please take a look at this page. We’ll organize the taxi transfer from/to Vasto train station (10 minutes driving) or Vasto coach station to/from the hotel in Vasto (3 minutes driving).

Drop-off

For the drop-off to Rome we usually leave the hotel in Vasto after breakfast, at around 09:00 am so that we arrive at Rome Fiumicino airport at maximum 01:30 pm (if there is traffic, but it normally takes 3-3,5 hours). If anybody in the group has an earlier flight, we could leave 1-2 hours before (so at 07:00-08:00) but we make our evaluations from time to time. If there is any specific need, there are also public buses that shuttle from Vasto to Rome Fiumicino (or the city center) earlier in the morning and by night (take a look here). In this case we organize the taxi transfer from the hotel to Vasto coach station (3 minutes driving).

For the drop off to Bari for The Abruzzo, Puglia & Matera experience tour, we have this program: after breakfast, we will leave (usually at 09:00) for Bari airport or your next destination (45 minutes driving from Hotel to Bari airport and 40 minutes to Bari train station). When we’ll have information from all the people who will join the tour (about their programs on that day) we’ll finalize this. If there is any specific need, we can organize a private transfer (before or after the planned one) from the hotel to Bari airport or train station that costs € 90.

Private pick-up and drop-off for group tours

Of course, we are always happy to support you to organize a private pick up/drop off only for you to let you join our small group tours listed in our calendar. Please keep in mind that a private transfer (before or after the planned one) from Vasto to Rome airport or city center costs around € 300.

Connecting to or from another part of Italy

If you are connecting to or from another part of Italy we are happy to assist you in planning your pre and post trip connections. If your planned arrival or departure does not coincide with the specified meeting time we can assist you in booking a private transfer at an additional cost or some extra nights in Vasto or Puglia. .

Once a complete booking is made you may also contact us directly for further details and assistance. We are always here to help and have the insider knowledge and on the ground support to ensure you find the best option available to arrive or depart from your tour.

Make sure to arrive at the meeting point on time but don’t get stressed

Please note that all guests joining our tours are responsible for ensuring they make it to the meeting point by 2:30 pm at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. Those who are unable to be on time will not be guaranteed a transfer from Rome to Vasto and will have to seek other arrangements to participate in the remainder of the tour. Anyway, don’t worry, there are many daily public buses that with less than € 30 connect Rome Fiumicino airport or Roma Termini coach station with Vasto as you can see here.

Who are your tours suitable for?

  • Our tours are suitable for everybody that travelled enough to know that touristy vacations are just not them and long for more authentic travel, ways to truly experience the culture and people they’re visiting
  • Our travellers appreciate la dolce vita and the pleasures of exquisite food, wine, and fellowship with others who share their passions
  • Our guests are not afraid to take bold steps…to learn something new…to explore something completely out of the ordinary
  • The minimum age for pre-arranged tours is 14 (14-18 accompanied by an adult) with no upper age limit. For tailor-made and private tours any age is fine
  • Our tours are perfect for solo travellers (we don’t charge single room supplements for our 7-day tours in Abruzzo), couples, groups of friends and even families are welcomed
  • Our guests don’t need to have any experience in cooking or painting or do pottery or speaking Italian to join our tours. Our experienced course tutors will soon discover your level of knowledge and will adapt their approach accordingly

All classes are taught in both Italian and English so you’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice a little bit of Italian

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