Rome & Abruzzo Cooking Holiday

An authentic wine & cooking holiday "off the beaten path"

You will be part of a small group of people (up to 16 pax) and will be able to develop your culinary and wine skills and discover the region’s off-the-beaten-track secrets.

You will explore the magic of “trabocchi” fishing houses on the Italian Adriatic coastline and will have the unique opportunity to cook with fishermen; will learn to make sheep’s ricotta cheese at a small local artisan farm; will relax with wine and olive oil tasting at a small local producer and will learn all the secrets of the hand-made pasta!

Fixed Group Departure 2017: 8 April, 20 May, 03 June, 17 June, 01 & 15 July, 26 August, 9, 16 & 27 September, 10 & 14 October, 4 November

Day 1: Rome, Evening walking tour with Aperitif

Arrival in Rome, transfer to hotel 4* centrally located.

In the evening enjoy a relaxing walking tour of major sights including the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and Pantheon, among others.

An intimate tour of 15 people or fewer which will give you the chance to see Rome from a different perspective – illuminated for the evening with less crowds and traffic.

At the end of the walk, enjoy an authentic Italian 'aperitivo' as the locals do, with a nice glass of wine (or another beverage, as you choose) and an assortment of mouth-watering appetizers in one of Rome’s most charming neighborhood wine bars.

You will have then free time for a Roman dinner in one of the many typical “osterias” of the city centre (we suggest the lively area of Trastevere)

Return to the hotel for the overnight.


Day 2 - Pick up in Rome and welcome to Abruzzo dinner!

After breakfast, you will have some free time to continue exploring Rome by your own or for some shopping.

Pick up at 02:30pm and transfer to the ancient Roman town of Vasto on the Adriatic Coast after crossing beautiful Abruzzo mountains looking at amazing landscapes.

After checking at charming and family run Hotel in the historical downtown, get to know our local buddy-guide and learn more about the 7-day Italian cookery holiday and enjoy a welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto.



Day 3 - Cooking pasta, exploring Vasto’s historic centre, meet the Artisans

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

In the morning learn how easy fresh pasta is to make with a cooking class and an introduction to seasonal sauces, an example menu includes Bruschette with meat sauce, Pasta alla chitarra with meat sauce and polpette (meatballs), Cavatelli with vegetables and Tarallucci (typical biscuits from Abruzzo) – naturally this depends on seasonal availability

Lunch will consist of the scrumptious dishes that have been prepared in the morning

n the afternoon 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 PreRaphaelite Brotherhood

Before dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto, we’ll meet some local artisans.


Day 4 - A fish cookery class on a trabocco, visit C6th Abbey

Weather permitting, we’ll have a special fish cooking class on a trabocco that is constructed mostly from acacia wood and railway iron sleepers

Our host will show us how to fish from it and the secrets and history behind Abruzzo’s unique fishing platforms

His wife who comes from a family of well-known cooks will give us our fish cookery class sourcing fish from the Adriatic where possible – Marinated fresh anchovies | Mariner’s-style clams | Octopus in tomato sauce with polenta | Stuffed mussels | Fish soup and Pizzelle (typical sweets from Abruzzo) with home-made fruit conserve

In the afternoon after relaxing and trying our hand at fishing, taking some photos of the surrounding beautiful marine panorama.

To close the day we’ll visit the enchanting San Giovanni in Venere Abbey that sits on a hill dominating the coastline, surrounded by orange, olive, oak and pine trees

Dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto.


Day 5 – Free morning and Thematic Activity  

Free morning for your own activities, which could be: to go to one of the many beaches, visit a natural reserve, biking, take part to some extra activities/excursions or whatever you prefer. Lunch at your leisure.

The afternoon will be dedicated to a special activity depending on the chosen tour( Handmade Gelato making class, Grape /Olive Oil Harvest, Truffle Hunting, Tomato Sauce cooking class etc)

Dinner and overnight.

Day 6 - Learning to make sheep’s ricotta cheese at a small local artisan farm with its own creamery and Roccascalegna Medieval Castle

After an early breakfast we’ll make our way to the farm where the farmers will reveal the secrets of sheep farming to us and guide those that would like to learn how to milk a sheep ready for pecorino cheese

After a snack of cheese, we’ll learn how to prepare ricotta cheese in their creamery

A delicious traditional lunch will be prepared and served. This will be the time to savor just made warm ricotta cheese

We’ll explore the enchanting Abruzzo’s castle in the sky in Roccascalegna

Dinner in a traditional restaurant in the heart of Vasto. Overnight.

Day 7 - Olive oil tasting, wine-tasting, pizza cooking class &tiramisù

Following breakfast we’ll visit an Olive Grove that has been farmed by a family for 3 generations to produce DOP olive oils. They will unfurl the secrets of what Homer described as “liquid gold”and we will finish with an olive oil tasting

Next we’ll visit an award winning winery that sits between a marine park and the mountains. We’ll have a wine tasting with pairings from local cheeses and salami and tour of the vineyard and cellars by owners

After lunch we’ll have an homemade pizza cooking class that includes the teaching of traditional bruschette and tiramisù.

Dinner and Overnight.

Day 8 - Goodbye

It's time to say Goodbye!

After breakfast departure for Rome Fiumicino airport. You can decide to extend your holiday with a relaxing seaside holiday on Abruzzo coasts or proceed with a tour of Italy from Rome. Just ask us for a tailor-made proposal!



Price from 1995 euro per person 

The price includes:

  • 1 night in hotel 4* in Rome centrally located in double room with breakfast
  • Private transfer from Rome airport/railway station to the hotel and from the hotel to the starting point of the Cooking tour
  • Evening walking excursion with Aperitif (small group tour in English language , max 15 pax)
  • 6 Nights accommodation in hotel in the historic centre of Vasto
  • All meals and breakfasts (food, water &wine) in selected restaurants except lunch on day 4 during the Abruzzo cooking tour
  • 4 hands-on cooking classes and associated food costs
  • Daily trips and excursions as per programme including the “Thematic Activity” of the chosen tour
  • Pick up and drop off in Rome 
  • All transport for daily trips and excursions
  • All entry fees for excursions, tours and wine, olive oil and cheese tastings
  • English-speaking tour manager throughout the duration
  • VAT


The price does not include:

  • Local city tax (to be paid on the spot)
  • Flights
  • Snacks/Drinks between meals, or any meals not listed on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (not obligatory, but recommended)
  • Drinks not listed in the itinerary
  • The cost of additional excursions or activities
  • Everything not listed under the item “The price includes”