Hidden Secrets of Italy - Abruzzo

Italy is full of treasures to be uncovered, and the Abruzzo region is definitely one of its best-kept secret. Travellers don’t know what they have missed, until they come and experience Abruzzo, at a just 1h drive from the eternal city of Rome (yes one hour!).

The Bella Vita Experience was probably one of my best choices so far. I've been to Italy before, but mostly to the well-known touristic places. But this trip to Abruzzo, with Marino and Jenifer as tour-guides has presented a whole new Italy to me.

Benvenuti in Abruzzo, where the 130 km of the Adriatic coast overlook the majestic Gran Sasso and Majella mountains. Just at few kilometers away from the sea we step into the real mountains. The mountains of the Parks, natural reserves, where nature offers extraordinary encounter with bears, wolfs, chamois and golden eagles to mention few. Water springs, narrow valleys and ancient hamlets, sweet hills and graceful sunsets. You are in Abruzzo! 

Don’t miss the incredibles sunrises on the sea and sunsets on the Apennines. Sandy golden beaches, cliffs, rocky creeks and occasional encounters with dolphins are waiting for you. Wherever you step in this land, there is history, nature, culture and food awaiting to be uncovered. 

 

Greenest region of Europe. Did you know?

Also known as the Greenest Region of Europe, you can find 75% of all the European plants and animals, concentrated just in this small region. It means you can hike up to 3000mt high mountains and cultivate saffron,  go down to the picturesque curvy hills covered with olive trees and grapes and pick truffles (just as like Tuscany) to finish your journey to one of the 130 km of the coast and taste delicious fresh fish & seafood.

Ah! This slow journey from the mountains to the beach it just takes 30 minutes if you ever want to rush. However, for our slow-paced Italian lifestyle, it would be a huge shame if we don’t stop along the way to an ‘agriturismo’ or ‘trattoria’.  In most of them, everything is homemade like Nonna used to do. In fact, often, Nonna still makes it. On the other side, Michelin starred restaurants sprouts with gourmet meals based on revised traditional recipes. You can’t imagine the rest…you have to come here and experience it in first person!

The vicinity to both mountains and the sea has different effects on the people, and the agriculture. First of all, you will feel the ‘sbalzo termico’ or temperature drop at night, meaning that even in the hottest summer you will enjoy a cool fresh climate on the hills. After all, this is what makes our grapes so sweet and this is just one of the secret that makes the Montepulciano D’Abruzzo red wine so excellent.

Abruzzo once a land of shepherds, is rich of history, arts and old traditions, for example, you’ve probably heard of the internationally recognised Maiolica Ceramic of Castelli, for not mentioning all the beautiful medieval hamlets, castles and monasteries.

Life here has not changed much over the years, just a short drive from the main cities, as the vibrant Pescara and you will be immersed in untouched nature. It is a unique opportunity to come, relax and discover this pristine culture and hidden spots of this unique region. Learn how to cook from a Nonna and experience the REAL Italy with the welcoming and warm Abruzzesi, know as strong and kind people.

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Interesting Fact?​

Probably you know this song, right??

Dean Martin was born from an Italian father, who was a barber originally from Montesilvano, in Abruzzo. Like many children from Abruzzo, included myslef, Martin’s first language was Abruzzese (our local dialect) and he did not speak English until he started school at the age of five.

If you think can survive or better thrive with this hand gesture in Abruzzo you’re wrong. As Abruzzese being our first language and with the most beautiful hamlets scattered along the mountains, English is far away for most of the inhabitants. If you want to explore the little towns and get lost in Abruzzo, is great if you speak Italian, but is even better if you’re with a local friend.

My tours are very personal and exclusive, reserved for a maximum of 10 guests per tour so that we can be as a little group of friends and don’t look too dull when drinking wine and singing loudly That’s Amore…

Join now this once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the authentic secrets of Abruzzo in great company.

My wife and I recently attended a cooking class with Marino and his Nonna Amina. What a wonderful day with his amazing family. It was a great mix of fun, surprises and amazing food! We cannot recommend it highly enough!!! Hope to visit again soon for more experiences in Abruzzo.

Discover the secrets of Italy!! Check out the itinerary of the Real Italian Experience Tour – Food, Art & Nature in Abruzzo

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With Amore From
Marino Cardelli
Abruzzo, Italy

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