ABRUZZO CULINARY VACATION
7 Days | 6 Nights
Available Early April through Early November
Enjoy cooking and dining the Abruzzo way in the historic hilltop village of Carunchio, where the Abruzzo wines will amaze you with their rich, full body. The food will surprise you with its bold flavors, and the extra virgin olive oils will impress you with their sweetness and smoothness. The hospitality and old-fashioned artisan products will astonish you.
Day 1 – Round-Trip Rome to Abruzzo Transfers | Welcome Dinner
You will be met at the Rome International Airport, and then traversed into the Apennine Mountains as you travel through Lazio and Abruzzo on your way to Palazzo. After you have settled in, you will all meet for cocktails and a briefing regarding your tour. A welcome dinner will follow, where you will enjoy a multi-course meal in the town of Carunchio.
Palazzo Tour d’Eau (Hotel)
Completely restored in 2002, Palazzo d’Eau is the ideal place to stay for anyone looking to experience the simplicity and beauty of this historic and luxurious residence. It is perched on the very highest point of the village’s rocky hill, where you will see spectacular views of the whole valley. You will spend your week exploring historic villages, witnessing organic products at the hands of local artisans, enjoying cooking with local chefs, and tasting fantastic flavors of Abruzzese cuisine.
Day 2 – Olive Oil Mill Tour, Demonstrations and Tastings | Hands-On Cooking Class
Your morning will begin with a delicious Italian breakfast, and then head out for a visit to an award-winning Olive Press, to learn sampling techniques of a variety of olive oils. You can wander through the olive grove learning how the olives are picked, and then see how they are processed to obtain the extra virgin cold press olive oil. After you take a short break, you will begin your first hands-on cooking class, to explore the basic ingredients of Abruzzo cuisine. You will be creating delicious appetizers that highlight the region, a main course based on vegetables, and a decadent dessert. The theme for this class is quick and healthy homemade meals, recipes and techniques you will be able to replicate at home. You will then dine on these tasty creations in traditional Italian style, slowly and in good company.
Day 3 – Homemade Pasta Making Class | Wine Pairing Class | Sommelier
This morning you will learn just how much fun and delicious making homemade pasta can be, in a variety of colors and shapes. Highly experienced chefs will teach you all the tricks of the trade, so that it turns out great every time. The kind of pasta you make in this lesson will be dependent upon seasonality, ensuring the freshest ingredients are used in the preparation of the chosen pasts dish. After you revel in your creation and take a short break, it will be time for a wine pairing class. You will be sampling more than a few great Abruzzo wines, and then learn how to pair them with different foods – led by the Palazzo’s own sommelier.
Day 4 – 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 is 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 have time to relax at the best restaurant in town, where you will be served a seafood sampling feast.
Day 5 – Peasant Food and Biscotti Class | Afternoon Hiking or Watercolor Class
You will learn peasant food recipes of the old world – what was once considered lowly fare is now super-gourmet. You will help create a tantalizing vegetable 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 enjoying the peaceful environment in the village of Carunchio, or you may enjoy a hike on a trail close by. You may also choose to attend a watercolor class, with a local artist, who will help you make an artistic piece to take home to treasure as a souvenir of your time here.
Day 6 – Agnone | Bell Foundry and Cheese Making Tour | Porchetta | Pizza Making
You are on your way on 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 cheeses, especially caciocavallo, which is a gourmet version of provolone. Next you will visit an historic bell foundry where you will learn about each phase of manufacturing these unique bells that are still created for Vatican City. Your lunch will be gourmet street food, a porchetta sandwich paired with a fine Italian beer. After a leisurely lunch, you will then learn how to make pizza with a variety of vegetables, meats and cheeses – the Abruzzo way. Stretch the pizza dough, top it with fresh ingredients, and throw it into an artisan wood-fired oven. The result will be a crunch, thin-crusted, flavorful pizza. Taste and discover how these ingredients are a big part of the Abruzzese cuisine.
Round-Trip Rome Airport Transfers
6 Nights Palazzo Accommodations
6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Olive Mill Tour and Pasta Cooking Class
Sommelier’s Wine Pairing Class
Vasto Tour and Trabocco Fishing Houses
Peasant Food and Biscotti Baking Class
Cheese Making and Porchetta
Pizza Making Farewell Dinner Class
For more information email moc.l1508264936evart1508264936yrova1508264936sdnat1508264936eews@1508264936nerak1508264936 or call 903-686-0134