The Real Italian Experience | Food, Art & Nature in Abruzzo & Le Marche

10 days immersed in the real traditions of this unique Italian region. Discover Abruzzo best-kept secrets, live an authentic Italian experience with locals. Cook, taste, explore nature & art of the greenest region of Europe.

From €2284/person
From 0 to 2388 meters above the sea 10days-9nights Max 8 Guests 6 - 15 June 2020 / 23 - 31 August 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

What our visitors say?

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-guide has presented a whole new Italy to me.

Highlights

  • Welcome traditional dinner.
  • Two wine tastings experiences at 2 internationally acclaimed organic wineries.
  • A visit to Italy’s most famous ceramics ‘Maestri’ (Experts)
  • Exclusive tasting & pairing of unspoken 50+ years old wines from Abruzzo.
  • Luxury seafood dinner experience on a Trabocco, one of the most wonderful places on earth. A sensational dining experience cuddled by the breeze of the Adriatic
  • Tastings at one of the best delicatessen of Italy.
  • Private truffle hunt in the woods of the National Park & truffle lunch with wine
  • Private Cheesemaking experience at a local shepherd
  • Private tour of 3000 years old Necropolis (ancient cemetery) with a local archeologist
  • Flexibility: time for relaxingshopping & extra activities.
  • Visit to the largest fortress of Italy & more historic towns.
  • Visit & tastings at a local farmer’s market, tasting the best porchetta of Abruzzo.
  • Traditional pasta cooking class with my Nonna (grandma) Amina. 
  • Marino’s knowledge, local stories of the territory and his food & wine expertise.

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 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 6 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, you will have time to recover from your jet lag and relax with a welcoming drink.
 
At night, we will enjoy together our first traditional dinner with a glass or two of the Montepulciano D’Abruzzo wine.
 
(B, L, D)

You will be surprised to know that more than 40% 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 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.

With a guide, we will visit Civitella del Tronto, one of the most beautiful town of Italy, 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.

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)

Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Louvre in Paris, and other international museums collect the Castelli majolica ceramic, one of Italy’s most important ceramic traditions. We are going to visit the workshops of some of the fifty Artigiani, as well as the ceramic museum and the stunning ‘Sistine Chapel’ of Castelli, a whole church covered by hand-made ceramic tiles from the 15th & 16th century.

The day continues with a visit to a secret winery, who only opens their door to few people, to have a luxury tasting & food pairing of an ancient Abruzzese sweet wine, the ‘Vino Cotto‘.

(B, L, D)

Do as the ‘Abruzzesi’ do during the weekly farmers’ markets! During this day, you will raise your tasting-bar up to the sky. You will learn how to appreciate and recognise the best food in any markets. I’ll introduce you to the Abruzzo region, our culture and our traditional delicatessens. We will walk around Abruzzo’s most beautiful medieval towns to meet the local artisans, taste their culinary treasures as well as admiring the architectural and artistic beauties.

We will also stop by a local Salumeria recognised by Gambero Rosso, as one of the best delicatessens of Italy.

Before returning at our accommodation, we will stop by Antonio, the local beekeeper. He will show us how the honey is extracted and watch closely the bees inside their hives. Do not worry! we will also taste his organic honeys!

Free Evening.

 

(B, L, A)

After a beautiful short panoramic drive (and a bumpy road) we will get to the countryside, at Giuseppe’s farm.  We will start with the cutting of the curd and then onto moulding and making the famous pecorino cheese shapes! After this fun and challenging experience, we will have a taste of our cheeses, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and other home-produced delis.

While we wait for the ricotta to arrive to temperature, we will go and see the animals of the farm: Sheep, goats, cows, veals, Pastori Abruzzesi (Abruzzo shepherd’s dog) and hangs. As well as the beautiful panorama of the ‘Gran Sasso & Monti Della Laga’ National Park and its ancient hilltop medieval villages.

After a nap at our accommodation, the evening we will drive shortly and have a stroll to the old city of Ascoli Piceno in Le Marche region. There will be also time to taste the local food treasures, ‘Olive Ascolane’, Ascoli’s fried panned olives filled with a delicious secret filling.

After some shopping, we will enjoy an Italian aperitivo on one of the most beautiful piazzas of Italy. how can you say no!

(B, L, A)

Time to chill and relax as an Italian. We will experience one part of the ‘bella vita’, tasting the best local Organic wines & visiting 2 organic wineries. We will taste wines from 2 different winemaker’s philosophy and also different areas.
The first one, to be among the most ancient wineries of Abruzzo and the other a surprising internationally recognised winery. 
 
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 in each winery, 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.
 
We take it slow, the ‘BellaVita’ way and before visiting the other winery, we enjoy a traditional meal at a local restaurant.
 
We end the day with a walk along the old port city of Giulianova, enjoying an artisanal Gelato.
 
(B, T, L)

Is time to relax and have some private time for yourself. This day is left to you to enjoy as you best wish. Take a walk in the National Park, ask your guide to arrange mountain bikes, meditate or just enjoy an aperitivo on the piazza.

in the evening we will drive to Pescara city, our accommodation for the next 3 nights.

(B)

Visiting the south of Abruzzo and getting into the culture and local traditions, still unchanged today.
In this chapter, we go back to history and appreciate the importance of the art, the architecture and the gastronomy of these places reflected in the daily life of the locals.

After a stunning panoramic drive, we visit Ovid’s city and taste the traditional products of Sulmona, like ‘confetti’ (almond coated sweets ), currently exported all around the world. Here we meet the local ‘Sulmonese’ guide who will show us the secrets of the city and let us enjoy a spectacular panoramic aperitivo from the highest rooftop in the city.

After we will head back to Pescara where you will have the evening free. Now is the perfect time to head out for a Passeggiata (stroll) along the Corso or lungo mare or grab an evening Gelato. Ask your Cicerone Marino for tips of where to get the best ones.
(B, L)

Put sunscreen and get your best summer dress, we are heading to the beach! The morning is for you to relax, snorkel, sip fresh cocktails and sunbath at the beach.

Abruzzo isn’t just mountains and little towns, it has 129 km of coast. Enjoy Pescara, like a ‘Pescarese’ (person from Pescara). You will have the morning to explore Pescara, the most vibrant city of Abruzzo and its “lungo mare” (seafront), offering shops, bars, pizzerie,  gelaterie (Ice-cream makers) and all kind of activities. 

At dinner time, we end the day enjoying the food in one of the most wonderful places on earth, ‘Il Trabocco’. An ancient fisherman hut, now converted into a luxury  dining experience on top of the sea. Your senses will be totally immersed and you will never forget this experience.

(B, D)

No one likes to say goodbye, so we say Arrivederci!

After a goodbye breakfast together, you will be dropped off at Pescara airport or station.

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.

Still waiting? With just 220€ a day, you can be guided through the best food & drinks and live these unforgettable 10 days like an 'Abruzzese' in the greenest region of Italy.

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*All Prices are based on double occupancy. Single room supplement applies

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

  • 9 nights in selected 4-star boutique Hotels & B&B (Sustainable where possible)
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 14 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 Pescara 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.

unloading truffle found during the truffle hunt
most beautiful towns of abruzzo
making the pasta dough from scratch
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Videos of the Tour

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

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