Taste of Abruzzo in 4 days - Gastronomy, Culture & Nature

4 days dipping into the real traditions of this unique region in central Italy. Get a taste of Abruzzo, let us show you authentic Italian traditions, excellent food, wine, nature and more.
From €916/person
4days-3nights Max 8 Guests 5-8 December 2019 / 7-10 May 2020 / 10-13 September 2020* Exclusive Wine & Truffle GIFTS for bookings made before December 2019

*If you can’t find a suitable date, just drop us an email and we can try to accomodate you.

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Travellers reviews

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 as tour-guides has presented a whole new Italy to me.

Highlights

  • Traditional welcome dinner.
  • Wine tasting experiences at an internationally acclaimed winery.
  • Private truffle hunt in the woods of the National Park & truffle lunch with wine
  • Visit to the largest fortress of Italy & more historic towns.
  • Private tour of 3000 years old Necropolis (ancient cemetery) with a local archaeologist.
  • Marino’s knowledge, local stories of the territory and his food & wine expertise.
  • Flexibility & time to relax.
  • Goodbye traditional pasta cooking class.

Suggested Itinerary

When we design our tours, we always try to be in your shoes, taking care of the minimum details and leaving extra time for spontaneous things that might happen along the way, such as spending more time talking with a winemaker, attending a local festival or while sharing a caffè and a good chat between us. Hence, the itinerary is flexible & might receive small changes.

Meals Included: B (breakfast) – L (lunch) – A (Aperitivo) – D (dinner) – T (Tastes)

Meet your Cicerone Marino with a Buongiorno at Rome Fiumicino Airport. 
We will drive directly to Abruzzo through the scenery of the Gran Sasso and Monti Della Laga National Park before settling into the magic of one of the most beautiful hamlet in Italy and the stunning landscape around. 
For the next 3 nights, we will be staying inside the old city of Civitella del Tronto with the narrowest street of Italy and its famous fortress. Built by the Spanish and now holding the primate to be the largest fortress of Italy. A relaxing and peaceful atmosphere immersed in a pristine nature.
After your check-in we will meet up and have a guided relaxing visit to discover the secrets of the medieval Borgo ad the stunning fortress of Civitella del Tronto.
 
At night, we will enjoy together our first traditional dinner with a glass or two of the Montepulciano D’Abruzzo wine.
 

(L, D)

You will be surprised to know that more than 70% of Italians truffles come from Abruzzo!? Truffles indeed are a precious treasure for traditional gastronomy in Abruzzo. The flavour and the diversity in options for recipes make the truffle object of desire for everyone. Tasting the truffle is an experience for the mouth but founding them and understanding the way they grow it is 100 times better. Meet the truffle dogs Luna & Piccola and get ready for a private truffle experience in the woods of the ‘Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga’ National Park.  Together we enjoy a full 4 courses truffle meal with wine from the region.
 
The province of Teramo will never stop surprising us! Thanks to Marino’s ‘Nonno’ (Grandpa) that today we can visit one the most important pre-italic Necropolis of Italy. We will have an insider story with Marino & the local archaeologist while walking over tombs & roads of ancient populations who were here 800 years before the Romans arrived.
 
Your evening is free. Order some salami & cheese to enjoy on the panoramic piazza, sipping a glass of Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo (The first rosè wine with DOC recognition in Italy).
 
TIP. Truffles are believed to be aphrodisiac, it’s your responsibility to keep your partner tranquil.

(B, L)

Time to chill and relax as an Italian. We will experience one part of the ‘bella vita’, tasting the best local Organic wines & visiting one of the most ancient wineries of Abruzzo.
The owners will welcome us to their cantina giving us a private tour of the vineyards and telling about their philosophy before settling in for our wine tastings. Relax, breath and enjoy a spectacular view of the Twin mountains, rolling hills & view of the sea, all in between and the most peaceful surroundings. We will taste at least 3 local Organic wines, such as the Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Trebbiano, Cerasuolo while enjoying a talk with the winemaker and tasting their home-made extra virgin olive oil & other traditional delicatessens.
 

The second part of the day is left to us for spontaneous things that might happen along the way, such as participating at a local festival, spending more time in a place or drinking an extra glass of wine.

 
(B, T, L, D)
This is the ‘Gran Finale’ of our Abruzzo experience and what better than a traditional cooking class & meal together with my Nonna Amina. We prepare the most traditional dish of Abruzzo, ‘la Chitarra Teramana‘ with its ‘Pallottine’ (tiny meatballs) and share a special Italian meal with my family and we take some time to share all the memories we got in this experience of la Bella Vita.
 
No one likes to say goodbye, so we say Arrivederci!
Around 4 pm we depart to Teramo bus or train station.
 
Meals included: Breakfast & lunch

Reserve now this unique taste of Abruzzo and discover the real secret of la 'Bella Vita'

DISCOUNTED prices* starting by 916€ per person for group travel:
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*All Prices are based on double occupancy. Single room supplement applies

4 Real Days with activities & departure at 4pm on the last day

  • 3 nights in selected 4-star boutique Hotels / B&B (using sustainable practises where possible)
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 6 meals with wine, coffe & dessert included
  • Escorted tour by your friendly 100% local Abruzzese tour Leader Marino, and local professional guides
  • Private transportation
  • Private pickup from Rome Fiumicino Airport (11am)
  • Guided visits to castles, untouched medieval villages, necropolis, old churches, monasteries, Holy stair and with almost 40% of Abruzzo’s areas being protected, your eyes and your camera will explode.
  • All entry fees for the activities listed in the itinerary
  • Assistance on planning the pre and post trip connections
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance (but recommended),
  • Return transfer from Abruzzo to Rome or elsewhere, (can be arranged for a fee)
  • Snack/Drinks not listed on the itinerary (an extra bottle of wine, or a sandwich for example)
  • Anything not described in ‘what’s included’

On the departure day, you will be welcomed by our Founder & Culinary Expert, Marino, at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 11 am*. Together you will embark on a panoramic drive to Abruzzo and the stunning Civitella del Tronto.

In case your arrival or departure doesn’t coincide with our departure time mentioned above, we can assist you in booking the most suitable transfer at an additional cost. Please get in contact with us and we will help you find the most suitable option to arrive at your destination.

If you need assistance in planning your pre and post trip connections from other parts of Italy than Rome, please just get in contact with us and we will be happy to assist you.

*You as the traveller are responsible for arriving at the meeting point in time for your tour. Please read our Terms & Conditions for additional details, and please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us if you have any concerns.

On the last day of the tour you will be dropped off to the Bus or Train station of Teramo city. 

From here, regular train and bus schedules depart to Rome City, Rome Airports, Ancona, Naples, Milan and other main cities of Italy. Just get in contact with us and we will be happy to assist you further.

Private transfers to airports or other parts of Italy can be arranged upon request for an additional cost.

If you desire to plan the rest of your stay in Italy, we can help you connect with like-minded tour operators around Italy & Europe.

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Why Travelling with us?

You will get the chance of going directly inside friends’ private buildings visiting and experiencing restricted places, food & drinks. You will hear stories & recipes the locals carry on from generations to generations.

You will see, touch and live the real Abruzzo’s life as locals would do. We might be invited inside people’s home for a caffè, you might hear loud Italian conversing in ‘piazza’, people horning on the cars,  there might be surprises like this along the way,  nothing planned, just real Abruzzese’s life & hospitality. Are you ready for the real Italian ‘Vita’ (life)?

Travel on REAL small groups of a maximum of 8 like-minded people. Our tours are all about quality and we take care of each of you as we would do with our friends.

We are 100% local Abruzzesi, we live ‘La Bella Vita’ in this beautiful & peaceful part of Italy. We partner with 100% professional local guides who speak fluently the local Abruzzese Dialect, Italiano, English & Español.

We do strongly believe in this project as a driving mean to support the local economy of these small fascinating hamlets that are threatened to disappear forever. We hope our project will inspire other young passionate locals to move back to the towns and keep their traditions alive with the help of tourists like you. We are and will be creating projects & initiatives with local communities, associations & scholars by giving 10% of our profits away.

For our experiences, we personally select our collaborators who are enthusiastic as we are about our region and sharing the local culture and heritage.

Most importantly you will arrive as a guest and leave as a friend, hoping you will:
have enjoyed every single moment of your stay 
be inspired to come back to discover more
take some aspects of the ‘Bella Vita’ home

Why 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!).

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 bearswolfs, chamois and golden eagles to mention few. Water springs, narrow valleys and ancient hamlets, sweet hills and graceful sunsets. You are in Abruzzo! Read more…

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