Molise & Abbruzzo

Molise/Abruzzo 10-Day Tour

Our Cooking Courses are a hands-on experience. A mix of food, culture, and practical lessons. An experience allowing you to fully immersive yourself in the cuisine and culture of Molise. Learn to make dishes which you can easily reproduce at home. You will amaze yourselves and your friends by creating fresh pasta, traditional Central Italian dishes and of course pizza!!

The dishes are those of traditional Abruzzo / Molisane, such as Pallotte Cacio e Uova with Tomato Sauce, Cantucci Biscuits, Wine Biscotti and a Chocolate Wine Cake since this is a wine region. Wine for everyone!!

Molise produces 60% of all the truffles in Italy, therefore, we have of course added several truffles recipes for you to tackle.

We Can Also Personalize Your Tour To Your Hobbies & Interests!

 

Schedule

Day #1 – Airport Transfer + Welcome Dinner


Free Airport pick up (Rome or Naples).

Drive from the aiport towards Molise and onwards to Montenero di Bisaccia. There you will be dropped at your accomodation, Agriturismo Il Quadrifoglio surrounded by the beautiful vineyards of Cantina Terresacre. Once you’re settled there will be a briefing on your tour followed by a Welcome Dinner.

Day #2 – Agnone Bell Foundry + Cheese Tasting + Cooking Class


Morning

We’ll leave for Agnone, the center for important archaeological vestiges of the old Oscan-Samnite civilization. Agnone is sometimes called “the Athens of the Sannio” due to the large number of ancient ruins of the Samnitic culture. According to the tradition, the name of Agnone derives from the old city of Aquilonia that was destroyed by the Romans.

Agnone also lays claim to the most important ancient Molise document: the so-called “Oscan Tablet” (“Tabula Osca”), a bronze inscription written in the Oscan alphabet that dates from the 3rd century BC and now kept in the British Museum.

The first visit will be the Marinelli Bell Foundry. The Pontificia Fonderia Marinelli is an ancient factory for bells which has been operating in Agnone for nearly a millennium. It ranks as one of the oldest companies in the world, where the Marinelli family has run the foundry for the last 1000 years.

After the foundry we’ll visit the The “Francesco Gerbasi” Museum of Copper, one of the last places where you can learn about the ancient art of copper making.

The final visit of the day will be the Di Nucci Cheese Makers renown for their aged Caciocavallo di Agnone. The visit will include the chance to taste some of these beautful  cheeses for yourself.

Lunch will be at La Panonda where you be treated to some of the best cuisine the local area has to offer.

Afternoon

After a drive back the days there will be some free time to relax before our Cooking Class.  After class we’ll settle down for Dinner

Day #3 – Pietrabbondante + Truffle Tasting + Wine Tasting


Morning

In the morning we’ll drive to Pietrabbondante, a city whose’s earliest known inhabitants were the Samnites that became part of the Roman colony located in Sannio, as documented by Pliny the Elder. The Romans called the town “Bovianum Vetus”. Although little is known about its beginnings. It became a center of vital importance – when the Romans conquered the Samnites, Pietrabbondante became a place of reference for checking the Alto Molise.

A guide will take us around this amazing town rich in history. We will visit the Samnite Theatre as well as having the opportunity to see how Truffles are transformed and, of course, a Truffle Tasting! Lunch will be at Taverna dei Sanniti who offer traditional cuisine from locally sourced producers.

Afternoon

After lunch will be an opportunity for Wine Tasting with sommelier and food pairing with the dishes that will be made at the Cooking Class

That evening we’ll meet for an Aperotivo before heading for Dinner.

Day #4 – Old Port Fish Market + Cooking Class On Beach + Larino Roman Amphitheater + Wine Tasting


Morning

After breakfast we are off to Termoli to visit the Old Port buy fish that will be used in our cooking class. At 11:ooam we’ll take our fresh fish to the day’s Cooking Class on the Beach.

Afternoon

After Lunch we will take a short drive to Larino, a city of approximately 8,100 inhabitants. The city of Larino has been continuously inhabited for millennia. Originally settled by the Samnite and Frentani tribes of Southern Italy, the city came under the control of the Oscan civilization. In 217 BC, the Romans defeated Hannibal here, and it was later incorporated into the Roman Empire.

We will visit the Roman Amphitheater with a dedicated guide. The elliptical amphitheater was built in the 1st century AD by a prominent citizen of Larino who had made his fortune in far away Rome. The arena could comfortably seat 12,000 spectators.

After we’ll head over to Palazzo Zappone which was probably originally built as a Norman castle.

The day will also include a visit to the Civic Museum and Larino’s Cathedral, which is considered to be one of the finest in Italy.

Then off to Cantina Tenimenti Grieco whose grapes come from fields overlooking the Adriatic coast at altitudes above 150 meters. Here we will enjoy wine tasting and a visit the wine cellar with a sommelier

That evening we’ll meet for an Aperitivo followed by Dinner.

Day #5 – Relaxing Day on Tremiti Islands


The day will be spent relaxing & sunbathing on Tremiti Island. The Island is located a short ferry ride from Termoli. Tremiti is known for it beautifully clear waters.

We will also visit the Island of San Nicola.

After a day of sun and sea we’ll catch the ferry back to Termoli for Dinner.

Day #6 – Travel to Abbruzzo + Vasto + Chieti


Morning

We’ll kick-off the Abbruzzo leg of our tour by driving up to the beautiful city of Vasto. There we will visit the Palazzo D’Avolos and enjoy the stunning views of the coast. After we’ll head down to Vasto Marina for an aperitivo, shopping and a stroll along the beach before sitting down to Lunch.

Afternoon

After lunch, we head off to Chieti and settle into our rooms at the B&B-Locanda Tre Pini, where we will be staying for the rest of the tour. Chieti is amongst the most ancient of Italian cities. According to mythological legends, the city was founded in 1181 B.C. by the Homeric Greek hero Achilles and was named in honour of his mother.

After a relaxed afternnon we’ll meet for Dinner.

Day #7 – Civitella Del Tronto + Cooking with Saffron


Morning

After breakfast drive to Civitella del Tronto (Teramo), a remarkable cliff-top town in the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga, a National Park of Italy. It is home to the largest fortress in Italy and the second largest in Europe which we will visit as well as “La Ruetta“, the smallest street in Italy.

Lunch will be at Restaurant Colle Santamaria with beutiful views of the surrounding area.

Afternoon

After lunch, we will drive to Navelli, which is famous for Italy’s best and most fragrant saffron, and stroll through Borgo Medievale. The saffron grown here has been awarded EU DOP status, as well as winning the international saffron ‘Golden Atom’ award.

Dinner will be a Cooking Class with this authentic Saffron dishes. Will also taste the very unique Gelato al Saffron!

Day #8 – Chieti + Wine Tasting + Coffee Tasting


Morning

After breakfast, we will have a guided tour of Chieti, the capital of Abruzzo, including its beautiful churches, Roman Temple and Archaeological Museum.

The morning will also include a Vineyard visit and wine tasting at Maligni vineyards followed by a visit Palazzo de Mayo.

Lunch will be at La Tavernetta with local digestivi.

Afternoon

After lunch, we will continue our tour of Chieti with its many shops and special points of interests. We will also have a chance to visit Mokambo Caffe and learn how they make and toast their coffee beans … and have an Italian coffee tasting!!

Followin you’ll have some free time to enjoy the Street food or stop in a local Enoteca.

Day #9 – Sulmona + Local Sweets


Morning

After breakfast, we will drive to Sulmona, the capital of “confetti”. Sulmona is a charming town located at the foot of the Majella and surrounded by mountains, where ancient history and a strong tradition for colorful sweets live together making it one of the most famous villages in Abruzzo. It is famous for being the capital of sugared-coated almonds, known as “confetti” in Italian. Its streets are adorned with colorful confetti bouquets, which you can buy in any innovative flavors like nutella, tiramisu, ricotta and pear, fruits of the forest, hazelnut, and more!

We will visit the famous Confetti Pelino for an overview and tasting, and have lots of opportunity to shop for beautiful confetti, among other things, in Sulmona.

Lunch will be at the famous Sulmona market and include an aperitivo and delicious local porchetta!

Afternoon

You’ll have the afternoon to relax and that evening we’ll celebrate your final night with Pizza, music and laughter..

Day #10 – Airport Transfer


The final we will provide a transfer back to the airport.

Attention!

Tour #1  is from March 1st until October 31st the same tour from May 15th until September 30th will have one day less cooking class, but one full day at Tremiti Islands (fish and wine included).

Tour Includes

Accomodation
Airport Transfer
Food & Drink
Personal Tour Guide

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