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Sample Itinerary

*details are subject to change

DAY 1

We’ll pick you up in Rome (location TBC) at 1:30 PM and drive you to Abruzzo. You’ll have time to unpack and relax in a restored monastery, where you will stay for the next three days. After settling in, we will have a welcome aperitif and dinner.

DAY 2

In the morning, we will head to visit the Castle of Bominaco and the frescoed Oratory of San Pellegrino, then have a picnic-style lunch with local produce. Afterwards, we will hike to Rocca Calascio, a medieval fortress and visit the hill town of Santo Stefano, where we will have dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 3

In the morning, we will go truffle hunting with a local and learn the tricks and secrets of the trade. We’ll enjoy the truffles we find with our lunch. In the afternoon, Anya will teach a vegetarian cooking class, and we’ll enjoy the prepared dishes for dinner.

DAY 4

After breakfast, we’ll move to our next location, a small hamlet in the mountains where we’ll spend the next three nights staying in a restored farm. Once we arrive, our host Marisa will take us on an herb foraging walk. She’ll show us how to cook with the herbs we find, and we’ll get to cook with ancient grain flours such as solina and farro, grown right on Marisa’s farm. We’ll have lunch after the cooking class. In the afternoon, we’ll visit an olive oil mill for an olive oil tasting and a picnic-style dinner in an olive grove.

DAY 5

We’ll explore the stunning town of Sulmona on a food tour. After lunch, you’ll have free time for a leisurely walk in the town and souvenir shopping. In the evening we will head to the mountain village of Pacentro for dinner.

DAY 6

We’ll begin the day with a visit to two local wineries to taste their exquisite wines. After lunch, we will collect wild herbs and flowers to make cocktails (or mocktails!) combining century-old local traditions with modern techniques.