The Abruzzo, Puglia & Matera experience

7-day / 6 nights
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HIGHLIGHTS

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The Abruzzo, Puglia & Matera experience - Enquiry and Booking Form

To get more info and for booking enquiries, select your preferred starting date, add your personal data and I'll get back to you with a confirmation accordingly as soon as I can! Thanks, Fabrizio
  • *Prices are per person and land only, with accommodation in a twin/double room with ensuite bathroom. Airfare and travel insurance are not included. Single occupancy supplement: + € 165
  • Number of adults (13+) wishing to attend our Italian Cultural & Culinary Tour
  • Not necessary, only fill in if you don't mind us getting in touch over the phone
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Fabrizio-Lucci-2020

Fabrizio Lucci

Founder & Tour Guide of Italia Sweet Italia

Start Your Journey By Contacting Fabrizio

The Abruzzo, Puglia & Matera experience - Enquiry and Booking Form

To get more info and for booking enquiries, select your preferred starting date, add your personal data and I'll get back to you with a confirmation accordingly as soon as I can! Thanks, Fabrizio
  • *Prices are per person and land only, with accommodation in a twin/double room with ensuite bathroom. Airfare and travel insurance are not included. Single occupancy supplement: + € 165
  • Number of adults (13+) wishing to attend our Italian Cultural & Culinary Tour
  • Not necessary, only fill in if you don't mind us getting in touch over the phone
    I authorise the processing of personal data transmitted pursuant to the Italian & EU law on privacy 679/2016
Fabrizio-Lucci-2020

Fabrizio Lucci

Founder & Tour Guide of Italia Sweet Italia

Fully escorted small groups tour up to 12 travelers

18-27 May 2021

15-24 June 2021

13-22 July 2021

14-23 September 2021

5-14 October 2021

9-18 November 2021

5-14 Apr 2022

17-26 May 2022

14-23 Jun 2022

5-14 Jul 2022

13-22 Sep 2022

4-13 Oct 2022

8-17 Nov 2022

Book with flexible conditions

Need to cancel your trip due to COVID-19? You can reschedule your booking free of charge or receive a credit for your non-refundable deposit and re-book anytime. Find out more here about our FLEX AND SAFE Booking Policy

Why a small group of travelers and a local tour operator

Here’s why we believe that traveling with a small group of people and a local tour operator as we are can really make the difference:

We love our region – Attention to details – Local knowledge and experience – Live like a local – Feel part of a big family – Make new friends – Explore on your own – Everybody feels at home – Small groups tour up to 12 travelers. Click here to learn more!

Join us on a 10-day unique Italian cultural and culinary escorted tour to visit 3 of the most stunning Italian regions: Abruzzo with its charming mountain villages, 3 National Parks and the fascinating trabocchi (special fishing structures, a symbol of the area), Puglia with its UNESCO sites, castles, beautiful medieval towns and coastal villages, and Basilicata with the enchanting Matera, elected European capital of Culture for 2019.
For anyone eager to live an immersive adventure in the Italian culture and traditions, where you really get to know the food, region and people, your hosts and local guides Fabrizio and Katia, together with their families & friends, have put together amazing experiences that combine passion, beautiful places and locals to show you the best of Abruzzo & Puglia. This is a fully escorted tour that will give you the insights to daily life, food & wine, culture and production and will let you discover the authentic Italy in a balanced mix of experiences, relax, adventure and learning.
The highlight of this tour is the chance to discover and experience different local cultures that have in common the warm hospitality of local people, great food and wine traditions.

HIGHLIGHTS

Live like a local and sleep in the historical center of 3 charming ancient towns
Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Castel del Monte, Matera and Alberobello
Enjoy amazing landscapes that spread out from the sea to the mountains
Prepare homemade pasta and focaccia with local women
Discover the fascinating trabocchi fishing huts
Explore enchanted castles
Make your own souvenir with a local artist

ITINERARY

ITINERARY

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

PM

  • Rome Fiumicino airport pick up at 2:30 pm, transfer to Sulmona, the town of the Roman poet Ovid, the most illustrious son of Sulmona
  • Get to know your local guide and Italia Sweet Italia founder Fabrizio and learn more about this 10-day Italian cultural vacation
  • Check in, relax and welcome dinner at Hotel Ovidius in the heart of Sulmona

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

After a leisurely traditional breakfast made of freshly baked bread, whole fruit country-style preserves, cake, pastries, coffee, tea and freshly squeezed juice:

AM

  • Visit of the Confetti (sugar-coated almonds) Museum,where you can see a wide display of old-fashioned confectionery machines and equipment, memorabilia and precious, rare objects relating to the ancient Sulmonese art of confectionary
  • After a confetti tasting we’ll discover Sulmona and see the Medieval aqueduct on Piazza Garibaldi and the Church of Santa Maria Annunziata with its majestic bell tower
  • We’ll have a wine tasting in the centre of Sulmona and learn all about Abruzzo wines
  • You’ll taste 3 different wines from local vineyards, with pairings from local cheeses, salami and other specialties

PM

  • We know that not every minute of your time must be packed with organised events, this way you will be able to explore on your own and actually live like an Italian
  • So today you’ll have a free afternoon for your own activities, which could be: visit Sulmona’s museums and art galleries, take part into some extra activities/excursions, to have a SPA experience in the Hotel wellness center (to book in advance) or just do some shopping visiting artisans or have a walk in the “piazza” to enjoy the relaxing Sulmona atmosphere
  • In the evening you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants of Sulmona. Obviously Fabrizio will suggest you his favorite places

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

AM

  • After check out, we’ll drive across the wonderful Abruzzo mountains and National Parks to the ancient Roman town of Vasto on the Adriatic Coast, where you will be staying for the next 3 nights
  • On the way to Vasto, we’ll visit the enchanting Hermitage of San Domenico in Villalago and the village of Scanno (one of the most beautiful villages of Italy) on the mountains

PM

  • Lunch in a traditional restaurant in Scanno
  • Transfer to Vasto, check in at Hotel dei 7 in the historical downtown
  • After a short break, we’ll go on a guided visit of Vasto’s historic center. We’ll explore 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
  • Group dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

AM

  • We’ll walk and visit Vasto’s colorful market to get seasonal products. Here you’ll have the possibility to practice a little bit of Italian even if you don’t speak any of it
  • Next we’ll drive to the beautiful countryside of Vasto where we’ll meet Fabrizio’s family to have an exclusive cooking class with them and we’ll learn how easy it is to make fresh pasta and we’ll be introduced to Abruzzo sauces
  • An example menu based on Fabrizio’s family recipes, includes Bread with meat sauce, Pasta alla chitarra with meat sauce, polpette (meatballs)  and a dessert

PM

  • Lunch with the scrumptious dishes that we prepared in the morning, while enjoying the relaxing family atmosphere
  • Free afternoon for your own activities, which could be: go to one of the many beaches, visit Vasto’s museums and art galleries, take part into some extra activities/excursions, or just do some shopping visiting artisans or have a walk in the “piazza” to enjoy the relaxing Vasto atmosphere
  • In the evening you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants of Vasto. After the big family lunch, based on our many 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. Obviously Fabrizio will suggest you his favorite places

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

AM

  • After breakfast we’ll explore the famous Trabocchi coast. We’ll start with a short and easy walk inside 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
  • Next we’ll visit a trabocco (the symbol of the area), mostly built with acacia wood and railway iron sleepers
  • Weather permitting, Rinaldo our host will show us how to fish from it and the secrets and history 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 on the ocean

PM

  • After a short break at the hotel,we’ll 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 sea, mountains, hills and small towns, you can enjoy an artistic experience with Ettore, which will let you create your own Abruzzo souvenir (a postcard made with natural colors produced at the moment mixing leaves and flowers that you can pick at Ettore’s property)
  • We’ll have an aperitif and a traditional dinner with Ettore and his wife Barbara
  • If we’re lucky we could help Ettore’s wife make risotto with truffle that grows in Ettore’s land

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

AM

  • After check out, we’ll move to Puglia where we’ll meet the local guide Katia and we’llhave a guided visit of the beautiful town of Trani: the little fishing port, the Church of the Templar Knights, the historical quarter

PM

  • Free time and lunch on your own in one of the many restaurants of Trani
  • Guided tour of Castel del Monte: a UNESCO protected site and a symbol of Puglia
  • Transfer to Conversano and check in at Hotel Corte Altavilla in the historical downtown (possibility to have a SPA experience in their wellness center to book in advance)
  • Guided walking tour in Conversano: ancient town with its medieval Castle and Romanesque cathedral
  • Welcome to Puglia group dinner in traditional restaurant in the heart of Conversano

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

AM

  • Guided tour of of Polignano a mare and its wonderful sea
  • Transfer to an ancient masseria (typical Apulian farmhouse) in Monopoli and cooking class with traditional recipes

PM

  • Lunch will consist of the scrumptious dishes that have been prepared in the morning
  • Guided tour of the UNESCO site of Alberobello: walk among the trulli, visit to the trullo “sovrano”and its museum
  • Free time and dinner at your leisure in one of the many restaurants of Conversano

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

AM

  • Guided tour of Bari: San Nicola’s church, Frederick II’s castle and the city center
  • Guided tour of a family-run winery and lunch with tasting of the wines and the famous mozzarella cheese of Gioia del Colle

PM

  • Visit of a small olive oil mill in the country side of Gioia del Colle where we’ll have an extra virgin olive oil tasting
  • Free time and dinner at your leisure in one of the many restaurants of Conversano

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

AM

  • Focaccia tasting in a very old bakery with a wood burning oven in Altamura, town famous for its DOP bread
  • Guided tour of spectacular Matera and its Unesco’s site“the Sassi” (cave houses and rocky churches where time seems to stop)

PM

  • Free time for lunch and explore the city on your own
  • Farewell dinner at Hotel Corte Altavilla

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

  • After breakfast departure (normally 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)

NOTE ABOUT YOUR ITINERARY

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, and that 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. Be assured that only enhanced experiences are ever considered.

INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

18-27 May 2021: € 2.545,00*
15-24 June 2021: € 2.545,00*
13-22 July 2021: € 2.545,00*
14-23 September 2021: € 2.545,00*
5-14 October 2021: € 2.545,00*
9-18 November 2021: € 2.545,00*
5-14 April 2022: € 2.595,00*
17-26 May 2022: € 2.595,00*
14-23 June 2022: € 2.595,00*
5-14 July 2022: € 2.595,00*
13-22 September 2022: € 2.595,00*
4-13 October 2022: € 2.595,00*
8-17 November 2022: € 2.595,00*

*Prices are per person and land only, with accommodation in a twin/double room with ensuite bathroom. Airfare and travel insurance are not included. Single occupancy supplement: + € 165.

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Start Your Journey By Contacting Fabrizio

The Abruzzo, Puglia & Matera experience - Enquiry and Booking Form

To get more info and for booking enquiries, select your preferred starting date, add your personal data and I'll get back to you with a confirmation accordingly as soon as I can! Thanks, Fabrizio
  • *Prices are per person and land only, with accommodation in a twin/double room with ensuite bathroom. Airfare and travel insurance are not included. Single occupancy supplement: + € 165
  • Number of adults (13+) wishing to attend our Italian Cultural & Culinary Tour
  • Not necessary, only fill in if you don't mind us getting in touch over the phone