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A Taste of Abruzzo Culinary Vacation

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$3,598 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
7 days | 6 nights

An Italian Cooking and Cultural Vacation
Hilltop, Medieval Villages to Abruzzo’s Coastal Adriatic

As a result of geographic barriers, Abruzzo’s culture had few outside influences to corrupt its uniqueness. Both the agricultural and coastal aspects of this region have contributed to Abruzzo’s authentic cuisine. Renowned for its wines with their fullness of body, its food for its boldness of flavor, and its extra virgin olive oil for its sweetness, the Abruzzi Region ranks among Italy’s best. Step back in time and discover truly traditional, non-commercialized Italian cooking in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains. Surrounded by hills and valleys as rugged and peaceful as the people, you will learn to cook in the timeless tradition deeply embedded in the hearts of local artisans. While your home this week will be the hilltop, medieval village of Carunchio, you will also be exposed to coastal treasures of the Adriatic as you visit the enchanting village of Vasto. There you will discover Trabocco fishing houses, unique to the Abruzzi Region, and taste the sea’s bounty in a way that gives new meaning to freshness. Abruzzo truly is Italy’s best kept secret!

A Taste of Abruzzo Culinary Vacation

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VACATION INCLUSIONS
6 Nights Palazzo Accommodations
6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Round-Trip Rome Airport Transfers
Olive Mill Tour & Pasta Cooking Class
Sommelier’s Wine Pairing Class
Vasto Tour & Trabocco Fishing Houses
Peasant Food & Biscotti Baking Class
Visit to Agnone and Bell Foundry
Cheese Making and Porchetta
Pizza Making Farewell Dinner Class
AVAILABLE DATES
Early April through Early November
SAMPLE ITINERARY
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Day 1
Round-Trip Rome to Abruzzo Transfers | Welcome Dinner You will be greeted at the Rome International Airport, then traverse the Apennine Mountains as you journey through Lazio and Abruzzo on your way to the Palazzo. After you have settled in, you will all meet for cocktails and a briefing of the tour. A welcome dinner will follow, where you will enjoy a multi-course meal in the town of Carunchio.
Day 2
All Meals | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Our premier tours such as A Taste of Abruzzo Culinary Vacation include a full breakfast buffet, lunch with wine and dinner with wine each day. Your time in Abruzzo will be filled with exciting excursions and activities, with the tastes of this region of Italy being a highlight of your stay.
Olive Mill Tour, Demonstrations & Tastings | Hands-On Cooking Class Your morning will start as always with a delicious Italian breakfast, after which you will head out for a visit to an award-winning Olive Press, to learn sampling techniques on how to taste a variety of olive oils. You will walk through the olive grove, learn how the olives are picked, and then see how they are processed to obtain the extra virgin cold press olive oil. After a short break, you will join in your first hands-on cooking class, to explore the basic ingredients of Abruzzo cuisine. You will create one of the delicious appetizers that highlights the region, a main course based on vegetables, and a delightful dessert. The theme for this class is quick and healthy homemade meals, recipes, and techniques you will be able to implement at home. Everyone will dine on these tasty creations in traditional Italian style, slowly and in good company!
Day 3
All Meals | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Our premier tours such as A Taste of Abruzzo Culinary Vacation include a full breakfast buffet, lunch with wine and dinner with wine each day. Your time in Abruzzo will be filled with exciting excursions and activities, with the tastes of this region of Italy being a highlight of your stay.
Homemade Pasta Extravaganza | Wine Pairing Class | Sommelier This morning you will learn how much fun and utterly delicious making pasta at home can be, in a variety of colors and shapes. Experienced chefs will teach you all the tricks so that it turns out great every time. The type of pasta you make in this lesson will be dependent upon seasonality, ensuring that the freshest ingredients are used in the preparation of the chosen pasta dish. After lunching on your creations and taking a short break, it is time for a wine pairing class. You will be sampling more than a few great Abruzzo wines, then learn how to pair them all with food and wine – led by the Palazzo’s own sommelier.
Day 4
All Meals | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Our premier tours such as A Taste of Abruzzo Culinary Vacation include a full breakfast buffet, lunch with wine and dinner with wine each day. Your time in Abruzzo will be filled with exciting excursions and activities, with the tastes of this region of Italy being a highlight of your stay.
Vasto Excursion | Trabocco Fishing House | Taste of the Adriatic Lunch Enjoy a trip to the Adriatic Coast for a guided tour of Vasto and its historical center, shopping, and a sightseeing tour of the coast's unique "Trabocco" fishing houses. Depending on the weather and the season, you may be able to enjoy a fishing experience at the Trabocco, an old fishing house sitting in the middle of the sea – a very special treat. Shoe shopping seems to be a national sport in Italy, and you will find a huge selection in the local boutiques and outlets, along with lingerie, jewelry and more. You will then relax at the best restaurant in town, where you will be served a seafood sampling feast.
Day 5
All Meals | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Our premier tours such as A Taste of Abruzzo Culinary Vacation include a full breakfast buffet, lunch with wine and dinner with wine each day. Your time in Abruzzo will be filled with exciting excursions and activities, with the tastes of this region of Italy being a highlight of your stay.
Peasant Food & Biscotti Class | Afternoon for Hiking or Optional Activities You will learn peasant food recipes of the old world – what was once considered lowly fare is now super-gourmet. You will create a superb vegetarian dish and follow up by preparing the best almond biscotti ever made, with an Abruzzo twist. In the afternoon you are free to walk around town savoring the peaceful environment in the small village of Carunchio, or you may enjoy a hike on a trail close by.
Day 6
All Meals | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Our premier tours such as A Taste of Abruzzo Culinary Vacation include a full breakfast buffet, lunch with wine and dinner with wine each day. Your time in Abruzzo will be filled with exciting excursions and activities, with the tastes of this region of Italy being a highlight of your stay.
Agnone | Bell Foundry & Cheese Making Tour | Porchetta | Pizza Making Get ready for another excursion – a tour to Agnone in the region of Molise, where you can watch old-world production of mozzarella, ricotta cheeses and caciocavallo. Agnone is famous for its quality cheese, especially the caciocavallo, which is a gourmet version of provolone. Then you will visit an historic artisan bell foundry where you will learn about each phase of manufacturing these unique bells that are still created for Vatican City. Lunch will be gourmet street food, a porchetta sandwich paired with a fine Italian beer. After a leisurely lunch and short rest, you will learn how to make pizza with a variety of vegetables, meats and cheeses – in the Abruzzo way. Stretch the pizza dough, top with many fresh ingredients, and throw it into an artisan wood-fired oven; the result is a crunchy, thin-crusted, flavorful pizza. Taste and discover how these ingredients are a big part of the Abruzzese cuisine.
Day 7
Breakfast Our premier tours such as A Taste of Abruzzo Culinary Vacation include a full breakfast buffet, lunch with wine and dinner with wine each day. Your time in Abruzzo will be filled with exciting excursions and activities, with the tastes of this region of Italy being a highlight of your stay.
Check-Out and Departure Time flies when you’re having so much fun, but alas…it is time to check out and depart this delicious, “Edible Destination.” Remember, short excursion packages are often available in nearby cities or historic destinations. Should you desire an extension, please let your culinary travel specialist know prior to check-in. Early in the morning on your departure day, you and your newly acquired friends will be transferred in luxury back to the Rome International Airport in accordance with your travel plans. May your future travels come from sweet dreams, and create tasty memories!
Palazzo Tour d'Eau
Completely restored in 2002, Palazzo Tour d’Eau is the ideal place to stay for anyone looking to experience the simplicity and beauty of this historic and luxurious residence. From its perch on the very highest point of the village’s rocky hill, the palace commands a spectacular panoramic view of the whole valley. You will spend your week exploring historic villages, witnessing the creation of organic products at the hands of local artisans, enjoying the art of cooking with local chefs, and tasting the hypnotic flavors of Abruzzese cuisine.
Carunchio, Italy
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
All prices are quoted in USD. The price quoted on the first page of a tour is always per person, double occupancy.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Our full cancellation policy is stated in the Terms and Conditions when making your reservation. Cancellations with a full refund are allowed up to 31 days or more prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or up to 61 days or more prior to departure for international tours. No refund is allowed 30 days or less prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or 60 days or less prior to departure for international tours.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Should I Purchase Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a Travelex travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click here or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228- 9792 and reference location number 06-0248.

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We had a great trip and loved every minute. Cristina, Sarah, Francesco and Dino were great at their jobs, and lots of fun with all the guests. We loved the recipes and the cookbook, and I am planning to try the stuffed artichokes tonight! We spent four days in Rome before meeting the group for our transfer to Abruzzo.
Janice & Stephen - May 2017
Our week in Carunchio was fabulous! Each cooking class was laid out perfectly from the beginning of the history of the dish, to the explanation of ingredients and purpose of exact preparation, to the final serving/plating. The kitchen is set up perfectly. We are fairly experienced as our neighbors are chefs and also own a vineyard. However, I must say: each dish we prepared, both of us learned new and insightful tips on preparation, purpose of sequencing etc. which was very helpful! We absolutely thoroughly enjoyed the week and are doing another Edible Destinations tour next fall in Spain!
Vicki & Mike - October 2016
The Palazzo far exceeded my expectations. We had such a great time. The accommodations were five stars and so were the cooking classes, meals, and trips. I can’t say enough about it. I hope to sign up again next year.
Lorraine P. - June 2016
I really enjoyed my trip to Abruzzo. What a beautiful place!! We were literally on top of a mountain. The hosts were wonderful. The food and the cooking classes were great.
Dolly - October 2015
This is our last day in Carunchio...on our way to Rome. This week has been a phenomenal experience. The food was fantastic, Massimo and his staff were wonderfully accommodating, the views spectacular and the people in our group were very nice and friendly. I have been to Europe 9x and this culinary trip has been one of the highlights of our travels. Chef Dino and the rest of the staff put on a show for our final evening with lots of singing and laughter. It ended our trip on a very happy note.
Margie - July 2015
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