A Taste of Abruzzo Culinary Vacation
A Taste of Abruzzo Culinary Vacation1-800-390-3292
Cooking and Dining the Abruzzi Way in an Historic Hilltop Village
7 days | 6 nights
Pricing: $3,295 (For One Person, Double Occupancy)
Availability: March through October
- Palazzo Tour d'Eau - For One (Dbl Occ)
- Round-Trip Rome to Abruzzo Transfers | Welcome Dinner
- Old Town | Salame Maker | Truffle Hunting | Cooking Class
- Homemade Pasta Extravaganza | Wine Pairing Class | Sommelier
- Vasto Excursion | Trabocco Fishing House | Taste of the Adriatic Lunch
- Peasant Food & Biscotti Class | Afternoon for Hiking or Mosaic Class
- Agnone | Bell Foundry & Cheese Making Tour | Porchetta | Pizza Making
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A Taste of Abruzzo - Cooking Vacation in Historic Carunchio
Abruzzo wines will amaze you with their body, Abruzzo food will surprise you with its bold flavors, and Abruzzo extra virgin olive oil will impress you for its sweetness and smoothness. This region will also astonish you for its hospitality, the old-fashioned artisan products and much more. The region is green and untouched. In a way, it's a shame that Italy's greenest region does not get a lot of international recognition; but on the other hand our guests enjoy the non-touristic feel when they come to visit. Enchanting and majestic, Abruzzo is Italy's best-kept secret. Step back in time and discover truly traditional, non-commercial Italian cooking in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains. Surrounded by hills and valleys as rugged and peaceful as the people living in them, you will learn to cook in the timeless tradition deeply embedded in the hearts of the locals. It is truly a unique experience working with ingredients so authentic and flavors so delicately preserved.
Palazzo Tour d'Eau - For One (Dbl Occ)
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, immerse yourself in the art of cooking with professional chefs, and taste the hypnotic flavors of Abruzzese cuisine.
Round-Trip Rome to Abruzzo Transfers | Welcome Dinner
You will be greeted at the Rome International Airport, then traverse the Apennine Mountains on your 2.5-hour journey through 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. This tour is designed as a full-immersion culinary adventure that is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime. Schedules run 7 days, 6 nights throughout the year. Simply choose your preferred dates when making your reservation, and we will verify availability.
Old Town | Salame Maker | Truffle Hunting | Cooking Class
Your morning will start as always with a delicious Italian breakfast, after which you will head out for truffle hunting in a secret spot with our truffle dogs, where you will find an abundance of truffles. We will then visit the home of the truffle hunter and enjoy a wonderful dish made with our freshly-collected truffles. You will then pay a visit to the local salame maker and enjoy a sampling of their special salame made with a unique spice. 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!
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. You will be amazed by the variety: pasta alla chitarra, gnocchi, cavatelli, stuffed pasta and more. 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.
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.
Peasant Food & Biscotti Class | Afternoon for Hiking or Mosaic Class
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. You may instead choose to attend a mosaic class. A local artist, known as “the David,” will be helping you make a small mosaic piece to take home and treasure as a souvenir.
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.