“Marino is an amazing tour guide with tremendous knowledge and enthusiasm for Abruzzo. He not only ran a great cooking class with his grandmother, visit to a salumeria, and a truffle-hunting expedition, but also recommended a complete itinerary with hotels, stays in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, visit to Rocca Colascio, Scanno, Pacentro... Wow - what a wonderful way to see this unexplored and authentic part of Italy!”Steve GedeonCanada, Toronto
Abruzzo Unspoken Food Tours – Your Private Culinary Guide
“We started in Campli, where we tasted amazing local food like porchetta (pork roasted for nine hours with rosemary and garlic) along with cheeses and sausages from Lucia (market stall owner). Marino knew everybody and was super proud to show us his town. We'd already been to a couple of villages on our own, but having someone who knew the local culture made everything so much better.Matt B.London
It was everything we could have wanted from an Abruzzo experience - great food, great wine, great company.
Marino was really knowledgeable, super friendly and went out of his way to make sure we had a nice time. We can't recommend him highly enough.”
“The Abruzzo region has plenty of delicious food and wine, and Marino was kind enough to show us a lot of it. He knew so much about the region and we had a great time with him and his family. We're excited to try the other experiences next time!”Marie-LuiseAUSTRALIA, Melbourne
Mouth-watering gastronomic & cultural tours behind the scenes of the greenest region in Europe, Abruzzo. Let (me) surprise you and take you above and beyond the backdoors of Abruzzo.
Experience Abruzzo with a real local!
Ciao! I'm Marino
I’m a native of Abruzzo, I love to cook and I’m very picky when it comes to food & drinks. I’m always looking for the best quality and eating experience.
With the quality of the restaurants in Abruzzo, it is not hard to have an average good meal, but trust me! it gets hard when you look for the BEST.
I’m increasing my culture and wine knowledge attending a 3y Sommelier course at the Italian Sommelier Federation (FIS). On all the FIS events, I’m able to invite my guest to join exclusive tastings, as well as having personal connections with most of the wineries & family-owned business & restaurants in Abruzzo.
I will be your friend in Abruzzo, taking you beyond the backdoors of Abruzzo, to taste secret local dishes & drinks in EPIC locations.
Are you curious? Do you love good food? Then this is the right place for you!
Together we will discuss what you like and each time I will take you to a special location, town, osteria, trattoria, my or foodies’ friends house.
I will show you places close to the public that even locals don’t know. We will sit in and taste local craft-produced meals and drinks you have never tasted before.
I’ll share with you exclusive tips on our culinary traditions, history and methods of preparations of all the meals served.
We will walk around the town and I will introduce you to our territory.
Looking for suggestions for your own itinerary?
Cultural & Culinary Guided Tour
While walking around the ancient towns and small streets of Abruzzo, I’ll give you tips and explanations about the area. Furthermore, I’ll share with you exclusive tips on traditions, history and methods of preparations of all the products we’ll taste.
Possibility to arrange pickup & drop-off from Airport/Hotel. All the other transfers included so you don’t worry about drinking an extra glass of wine.
Access to undisclosed locations
Locations might include family owned small trattorie, unveiled restaurants and friends’ taverns. It would be hard to find those on the web.
“Marino is so passionate about his region and there is no better way to experience Abruzzo than with him! He will show you the best his region has to offer!!!”Michael L.American expat living in Italy
“You can't say you have experienced Italy if you have not experienced Abruzzo. Let Experience Bella Vita guide you through its beauties and great food, but be prepared to shed a tear when you'll have to go home.”Vito L.Italy, Abruzzo
How Does It Work?
You can custom make your itinerary if you want to visit a special village or have specific interests. My aim is to make your holiday a remarkable authentic life-time experience.
Get in contact with me, communicate any food preferences* if you have already some, or just let me surprise you. Let me know the amount of days you want to stay, if you need transport and also remember your food requirements and allergies. Anything I can do to help you and make your stay in Abruzzo better, will be done. Be aware I can’t transform water into wine yet 😂
*Remember, we want to keep your experience authentic, so our partners are carefully selected and work only with seasonal products. For this reason, not all the meals might be available all the time as some of them are seasonal (i.e. wild game & some traditional desserts).
Exclusive Sweet Wine Pairing
A dining experience might be a local food & Vino Cotto pairing. Vino Cotto is an ancient sweet wine, produced by the must of Montepulciano grapes, reduced by 1/3 in a copper pot and then blended with 50+ years old vintages. Following the same process as the balsamic vinegar. Best served after a meal with some homemade ‘biscotti’ or ‘cantucci’.
Traditional Handmade Pasta
One more experience could be to savour the traditional ‘chitarra’, the ‘timballo’ (similar to lasagne but made with italian crepes), the ‘ceppe’ pasta, exclusively handmade around my area…Sipping local organically produced Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Red Wine, surrounded in a medieval atmosphere, taking you back in time.
Arrosticini, Abruzzesi’s Favourite Food
Savour the best ‘Arrosticini’. Tasty lamb skewers, cooked on a special charcoal burning brazier. Those are Abruzzesi’s favourite food. It’s hard to find the good ones, I spent more than 30 months and went over 23 different places before finding the perfect Arrosticini.
Formaggio Fritto & Craft Beer Pairing
Let’s visit the local internationally recognised brewery, learn about their remarkable success, their awesome beers and taste their creative meals made with their beers. Formaggio fritto literally ‘fried cheese’ is a typical dish from Abruzzo. it’s made with a young cow cheese, dredged with a special batter and then fried. So damn Tasty.
White & Black Truffle Gourmet Dine In Teramo
Let’s enjoy a delicious 4/5 courses meal made with white or black truffles, and paired with local wines from Abruzzo.
Savour the local wild game of Abruzzo in a small family owned restaurant. Courses includes: wild boars, pheasant, deer & hare. Everything served with the king of the wines, the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.
Abruzzo Saffron – The King of the spices
Did you know in Abruzzo we produce saffron? It’s real, even the best chef in the world source saffron from Abruzzo. Abruzzesi saffron meals range from the classic risotto rice to second courses with sheep, desserts and liquors too.
Abruzzo Classic Antipasti Platter
Ventricina, Prosciutto, Salami & Pecorino Cheese, mortadella di Campotosto & Capilommo. Those are the Antipasti platter you must try if you’re in Abruzzo!!
Porchetta – The Queen Of Abruzzo
4000y old culinary tradition. Porchetta it’s a whole pig seasoned with garlic, pepper, salt and rosemary. Then is marinated for 24h and slow cooked for 8/9h in a wodden fired oven. Crunchy crust on the outside and tender juicy mean on the inside