Abruzzo Gourmet Cookery & Discovery


September 25th  – October 1st  2023


October 2nd – October 8th 2023


October 23rd – October 29th 2023


November 6th – 12th 2023


€2500 pp



(7 days / 6 night: Monay-Sunday)


Programme & Itinerary






DAY ONE - Monday


Rome Airport  – Gourmet Experiences – Villa Danilo Hotel


  • 10:30am: Meet in Rome, either at Rome FCO Airport with Host or Rome centre in front of the Atlantico Hotel on Via Cavour (near Termini Station)
  • Our journey of discovery starts with a very scenic drive along the Autostrada dei Parchi as we head into the Abruzzo region along the most beautiful Autostrada in Italy through the Gran Sasso mountain Range
  • Our first stop will be in the fascinating medieval town of Celano, dominated by its dramatically impressive Castello Piccolomini, a former Fortress the foundations of which date back to the XII century
  • Gourmet lunch in the shade of the Castello, as we talk about the regional wines and the intriguing history of this town that spans centuries and includes Roman Emperors and Popes
  • Then we set off to reach the lovely Hotel Villa Danilo in Gamberale, in the Maiella National Park
  • En-route stop along our journey for Michelin Star Gourmet dessert experience
  • Welcome drink aperitif at hotel and check-in
  • Exquisite dinner at Villa Danilo
  • Good night’s rest


DAY TWO - Tuesday


Gourmet Appetizers – Fresh Pasta Masterclass – Authentic Truffle Hunt

 Gourmet Truffle Dinner


  • This morning…sleeves up for our hands-on cooking class with Mamma and Chef to disclose the secrets of fresh pasta, truffle pasta, ravioli, lasagna, tomato sauces and the very best of fine Abruzzese and Italian cuisine
  • Our Executive Chef will also guide you through the preparation of a series of gourmet appetizers that will impress your guests back home!
  • Lunch to sample the fruits of our labour
  • This afternoon, an authentic truffle hunt in the woods with our local truffle hunter Primiano along with his precious truffle gold diggers “Ruby” and “Miss”
  • Our destination will be our host’s most secret spots in Abruzzo to unbury the precious underground delicacy… let’s cross fingers for good luck!
  • Back to Villa Danilo and time at leisure to enjoy a bit of relax at Villa Danilo’s charming Grottino Spa
  • Truffle based gourmet dinner…we’ll hopefully have our own fresh truffles!



DAY THREE - Wednesday


Vegetarian class at “Il Mulino” Agriturismo - Elements of Meat or Fish Masterclass


  • This morning we set off to reach the nearby Agriturismo Il Mulino in the hilltop village of Roio Del Sangro, where our hosts Chef Alessia, Chef Mirella and Pino will entertain us in a hands-on unique Veggie Cookery Masterclass
  • Our lesson will cover the preparation of vegetarian specialties using the best local produce, greens, wild mushrooms, spontaneous and healthy herbs and vegetables
  • After a lovely lunch surrounded by Il Mulino’s idyllic setting, return to Villa Danilo for a bit of relax and afternoon at leisure
  • Back to Villa Danilo to tackle some more typical Italian recipes with our Executive Chef, which might include a main course as fish, agnello (lamb), wild boar or a fresh bread Masterclass
  •  Dinner and evening at Villa Danilo


DAY FOUR – Thursday


A Day of Discovery: Costa dei Trabocchi – XI century San Giovanni in Venere Abbey - Lunch with Wine Tasting – Olive Oil Tasting - Pizza Class in the Pescara Countryside

  • After a leisurely breakfast, we take on a lovely drive towards the beautiful and unique Costa dei Trabocchi, the most pristine stretch of coast along the Adriatic Sea
  • Our destination will be the town of Fossacesia and its XII century Abbey of S. Giovanni in Venere overlooking the stunning Golfo di Venere and the oldest olive tree in Abruzzo
  • Today’s lunch will be special, as we reach a famous nearby winery just off the coast for a guided Wine Tasting of indigenous Abruzzo wines nearby to learn all about Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Trebbiano, Pecorino, Cococciola, etc paired with tantalizing fish courses
  • After lunch, return to Agriturismo La Rustica for a bit of relax
  • Later this afternoon, a Cookery Masterclass nearby and in the countryside with Mamma Naira…a traditional Masterclass on an Italian classic dish, homestyle Pizza and more!
  • Dinner with Chef Naira at her lovely home
  • Return to Agriturismo La Rustica for a good night’s sleep


DAY FIVE – Friday


Mozzarella Making and A Day of Discovery: Pescara and/or Chieti

The Underground City & The Abruzzo Archeological Museum

  • After a leisurely breakfast, we will reach a nearby local dairy farm where waiting for us will be our local cheese maker to make your own mozzarella and unveil the secrets of cheese making and ricotta!
  • Lunch will be in the heart of Pescara with an introduction of its Decadent History, its pristine sandy beaches and Liberty Style Villas
  • After lunch, a chance for shopping in the centre or join us on a fascinating Underground Tour of nearby Chieti and visit to the Abruzzo Archeological Museum
  • We then return to the nearby Agriturismo La Rustica for a typical dinner and a good night’s sleep



DAY SIX – Saturday


Roman Sulmona – Market Day – “Saffron Valley” & Saffron Masterclass Medieval Santo Stefano di Sessanio – Sunset at Rocca Calascio



  • After breakfast, we head toward the classically beautiful Italian town of Sulmona, world renowned for its confetti
  • A leisurely stroll through this historical village to visit its shops and its market in Sulmona’s busy Piazza Garibaldi towered by the historical Roman Aqueduct
  • We recommend a stop at Fernanda and Giovanna’s pretty honey-shop by the Piazza for a sweet honey-tasting and a chance to purchase lovely and tasty special gifts
  • As the buzz of Sulmona’s “passeggiata sul Corso” winds down, we will reach one of Sulmona’s best restaurants for lunch
  • After lunch, we head towards the Navelli Plateau  in Abruzzo’s “Saffron Valley”, where our hosts in the XII century village of Prata D’Ansidonia will be awating us in the fields to guide us through the secrets of mastering this very precious spice, from its delicate blossom to dressing our Risotto
  • Saffron Masterclass with lunch accompanied by an Olive Oil Tasting under the guidance of our Chef & Olive Oil Sommelier
  • After lunch we head to the fascinating medieval hamlet of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, on the majestic Gran Sasso d’Italia
  • Check-in at our Hotel and time to explore the intricate alleys of this fascinating village before carrying on towards the nearby impressive medieval Fortress of Rocca Calascio to enjoy some stunning views as the sun is setting just before dinner


DAY SEVEN – Sunday


Transfer to Rome…Arrivederci Abruzzo!


  • After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to Rome….arrivederci Abruzzo!!



Abruzzo Gourmet & Discovery

7 days / 6 nights

A special combination of highlights and unique culinary experiences!

Group size: min 4 - max 6

Active all-year-round



For further information please contact Leonardo at:


+39 328 4838954 (also WhatsApp)





Hotel Villa Danilo **** - Gamberale



Agriturismo La Rustica – Costa dei Trabocchi



Santo Stefano di Sessanio - Gran Sasso National Park -  Campo Imperatore






Highlights & What's included for

“Abruzzo Gourmet & Discovery Cookery Holiday – The Harvests”


€2500 Eur / $2850 USD 

  • Guests: 6
  • Starting point:Rome Airport or Rome  @ 10:30am on Day One (please contact us for arrangements)
  • Ending point: Rome on Day Six (please contact us for arrangements)
  • Fully escorted by our Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Accommodation 7 days / 6 nights:
    • 3 nights at the beautiful Hotel Villa Danilo in the Maiella National Park
    • 2 nights at the lovely Agriturismo La Rustica in the sweeping hills of the Pescara countryside
    • 1  night in the fascinating medieval village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio
  • An exciting and unique journey of discovery through the very best of Abruzzo
  • Hands-on Cookery Classes at our highly selected venues under the guidance of our Executive Chefs
  • Foodie Experiences:
    • Hands on Pasta & Sauces Making with Mamma and Chefs
    • Dessert Masterclass
    • Olive Oil Tasting
    • Pizza Masterclass home-style
    • Fish lunch along the stunning Costa dei Trabocchi
    • Veggie Masterclass in a stunning 15th century Watermill
    • Authentic Truffle Hunting in the woods
    • The Saffron Experience: saffron fields & saffron Cookery Masterclass
    • Wine Tastings
    • Farmers’ Food Market  in the Roman Town of Sulmona
    • Exclusive Abruzzo1.com Add-ons available on request
  • Visit to medieval villages and Fortresses
  • All restaurants and venues are highly selected and offer the most special Abruzzo1 & ItaliaSpeciale Experiences!
  • All meals included as per the program with highly selected wines from Abruzzo as part of the Abruzzo1 Experience
  • Note: itinerary may be subject to change or slightly modified due to unexpected circumstances that may occur beyond our control.

Not included

  • Flights
  • Entrance Fees (Museums, Exhibitions etc), although we would be pleased to arrange
  • Gratuities


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