Authentic Abruzzo Cooking

Stay at a working agriturismo surrounded by nature parks during this rustic and relaxing getaway to the heart of Abruzzo. Run by a lovely couple, the organic farm offers a true farm-to-table experience, as they raise bees, sheep, chickens, and pigs. Learn how to make authentic regional dishes with your hosts, and explore one of the most beautiful places in all of Italy – Abruzzo!

There are many reasons we love Abruzzo. Consider its beautiful Adriatic coastline, or the gorgeous peaks of the Appenine Mountains. There is also an undiscovered, untouched, and magical quality to Abruzzo, whether due to its authenic and “untouristy” vibe or many national parks and natural reserves that protect the region’s vegetation and wildlife. Experience authentic Abruzzo on a culinary vacation that includes visits to local food producers, a fishing hut, an olive oil mill, a candy factory, and more.

Authentic Abruzzo Cooking Itinerary

Day One

Depending on specific dates booked and the weather itinerary details may vary.

  • Transfer from Rome FCO airport at 3 p.m., or from the Pescara train station.
  • Arrive at the agriturismo, check in to your room, and take some time to explore.
  • Meet your hosts this evening for a welcome drink and a short introduction to the week, followed by a delicious welcome dinner made by your hosts.
  • Overnight.

Day Two

  • Breakfast
  • Start your day with a local market visit where you will select fresh produce and ingredients for your afternoon cooking lesson.
  • Next, visit a local, family-run olive mill to see how olives go from tree to being one of the most commonly used ingredients in Italian gastronomy. End the visit with an olive oil tasting.
  • Return to the agriturismo for a light lunch and time to relax on your own.
  • Around 3:00 p.m., start your first cooking class in the main kitchen. Learn how to prepare various antipasti (appetizers) and primi piatti (first courses such as pasta, soup, and rice).
  • Enjoy your efforts for dinner with local wine.
  • Overnight.

Day Three

  • After breakfast, enjoy a half-day excursion to the Adriatic coast, where you will see a traditional “trabocco,” a fishing hut. Typically a trabocco will have two long wooden arms that stretch above the water with a fishing net suspended from them that catches the fish swimming near the deep waters of the coastline. The “trabocchi” are celebrated in the region both for their craftsmanship and for their respect of the environment.
  • Next, visit the Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere with its Bourgogne-style architecture and lovely panoramic coastal views.
  • Enjoy the local seafood for your lunch at a nearby restaurant and then return to the farm.
  • Your second cooking lesson will start around 4 p.m. and will focus on “secondi piatti” (meat or fish main dishes) and contorni (side dishes).
  • Dinner is based on your efforts, served with local wine.
  • Overnight.

Day Four

  • After breakfast, depart on a full day excursion starting at the Abbey of San Clemente. The church is dedicated to Pope Clement I.
  • Continue on to the medieval town of Sulmona. Visit a famous candy factory known for its “confetti,” which are tasty sugar-coated almonds given out at Italian weddings, and also famously used to construct intricate designs and candy sculptures.
  • Weather permitting, enjoy a picnic lunch at the beautiful San Domenico Lake.
  • In the afternoon, head to Scanno, an old town known for its traditional goldsmiths.
  • Return to the farm for dinner.
  • Overnight.

Day Five

  • Following breakfast, visit and tour a local winery and dairy that produces regional cheeses.
  • Stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
  • In the afternoon, free time to relax at the agriturismo. Perhaps explore the property, or simply relax with a book!
  • Around 3:30 p.m. start your third cooking class, which will focus on traditional bread and pizza.
  • Enjoy your efforts for dinner with local wine.
  • Overnight.

Day Six

  • Breakfast.
  • Depart for Castel del Monte, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its medieval military background. The town reflects a mix of many architectural influences, including Muslim, northern European, and classical antiquity.
  • Next, head to Campo Imperatore, a breathtaking 17-mile long basin that is a popular location used in films, and that is home to the Alpine Botanical Garden and CINEOS Observatory.
  • Stop for a special lunch while you are out.
  • In the afternoon, see the old hilltop towns of Santo Stefano di Sessanio and Bominaco, and then stop by a local saffron farm for a visit.
  • Return to the agriturism to rest before your farewell dinner.
  • Overnight.

Day Seven

  • Breakfast.
  • Return transfer to the Pescara train station or Rome FCO airport.

Day One

Depending on specific dates booked and the weather itinerary details may vary.

  • Transfer from Rome FCO airport at 3 p.m., or from the Pescara train station.
  • Arrive at the agriturismo, check in to your room, and take some time to explore.
  • Meet your hosts this evening for a welcome drink and a short introduction to the week, followed by a delicious welcome dinner made by your hosts.
  • Overnight.

Day Two

  • Breakfast
  • Start your day with a local market visit where you will select fresh produce and ingredients for your afternoon cooking lesson.
  • Next, visit a local, family-run olive mill to see how olives go from tree to being one of the most commonly used ingredients in Italian gastronomy. End the visit with an olive oil tasting.
  • Return to the agriturismo for a light lunch and time to relax on your own.
  • Around 3:00 p.m., start your first cooking class in the main kitchen. Learn how to prepare various antipasti (appetizers) and primi piatti (first courses such as pasta, soup, and rice).
  • Enjoy your efforts for dinner with local wine.
  • Overnight.

Day Three

  • After breakfast, enjoy a half-day excursion to the Adriatic coast, where you will see a traditional “trabocco,” a fishing hut. Typically a trabocco will have two long wooden arms that stretch above the water with a fishing net suspended from them that catches the fish swimming near the deep waters of the coastline. The “trabocchi” are celebrated in the region both for their craftsmanship and for their respect of the environment.
  • Next, visit the Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere with its Bourgogne-style architecture and lovely panoramic coastal views.
  • Enjoy the local seafood for your lunch at a nearby restaurant and then return to the farm.
  • Your second cooking lesson will start around 4 p.m. and will focus on “secondi piatti” (meat or fish main dishes) and contorni (side dishes).
  • Dinner is based on your efforts, served with local wine.
  • Overnight.

Day Four

  • After breakfast, depart on a full day excursion starting at the Abbey of San Clemente. The church is dedicated to Pope Clement I.
  • Continue on to the medieval town of Sulmona. Visit a famous candy factory known for its “confetti,” which are tasty sugar-coated almonds given out at Italian weddings, and also famously used to construct intricate designs and candy sculptures.
  • Weather permitting, enjoy a picnic lunch at the beautiful San Domenico Lake.
  • In the afternoon, head to Scanno, an old town known for its traditional goldsmiths.
  • Return to the farm for dinner.
  • Overnight.

Day Five

  • Breakfast.
  • Return transfer to the Pescara train station or Rome FCO airport.