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Grande Turismo Tour

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Day 1    Airport pick-up, Arrival & Welcome dinner and tour briefing
On your arrival date, we pick you up at Rome (FCO or CIA) or Pescara (PSR) airport and drive you across the Apennine mountains to your hotel in Vasto. After you are settled in, you enjoy a welcome dinner and a briefing about the tour.
Day 2    Trabocchi, Lanciano, Vasto tour, Shopping
Day 2 starts with an excursion to a trabocco, which is an 19th century fishing rig on the Adriatic coast. It is very unique because it exists only in Abruzzo. We proceed to Anxanum, now known as Lanciano, home of the “Eucharistic miracle”. We return to Vasto for lunch at the best seafood restaurant in town where a sampling feast will be served. After lunch, a guided tour of Vasto and shopping for those who are interested.
Day 3    Agnone, Bell Foundry, Cheese Manufactory, free afternoon
Agnone, just across the border in the region of Molise, is famous in the area for its quality cheese. We visit a family-run business where you can watch the production of mozzarella, ricotta and cacio cavallo cheeses. We also pay a visit to an antique bell foundry where church bells are still made by hand for the Vatican and other churches around the world. This is a museum with a very interesting demonstration of the bell making process. After lunch, there are no planned activities so you are free to go shopping, sunbathing, walking, and more.
Day 4    Santo Stefano di Sessanio and Rocca Calascio
We dedicate day 4 to inland Abruzzo, with visits to two unique villages in the province of L’Aquila.
Santo Stefano di Sessanio, a truly medieval village, has undergone amazing renovations that are delightfully tasteful. Sights to see include intriguing narrow streets and a watchtower open for anybody to climb. The town overlooks a breathtaking valley with spectacular views.
After lunch, we proceed to Rocca Calascio, a 10th century mountaintop fortress, built of stone and masonry. Exclusively for military purposes and intended only to accommodate troops, the fortress overlooks the Plains of Navelli from one of the highest points. This area is popular among movie directors and has been chosen for many “spaghetti westerns” with Clint Eastwood and other popular actors.
Day 5    Carunchio, Abruzzese Cuisine cooking lesson, Salami Manufactory, Olive oil press
Carunchio is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Abruzzo and is also home to Palazzo Tour d’Eau, a renovated historical residence. This is where you attend a cooking class and learn the secrets of Abruzzo cuisine and traditional desserts. Lunch is served at the palace, based on local products such as truffles, mushrooms, Ventricina and saffron. After lunch, we visit a local salami production plant to learn how this incredible product is made and what distinguishes Abruzzo's salami from the rest. Then we go to an Olive press and learn all about olive oil production.
Day 6    Sulmona and Scanno
Sulmona, home of the historic Roman writer and poet Ovidio, famous for his "Ars amatoriae" tales of a generous land that produced great olive oil and precious wines, is a beautiful city from an architectural point of view and is surrounded by breathtaking views. Here we visit one of the most famous manufacturers of "confetti" (sugared almonds) in the world, which uses traditional recipes from over 2 centuries ago. From Sulmona, across the Gole del Sagittario natural reserve, we make our way to Scanno, a village that historically subsisted solely on the creation of products from the once precious black wool. Now it is famous for its original designs in fine jewelry and filigree work. Here in this land of flavours we can taste the cheeses paired with local chestnut honey and strong and lively wines.
Day 7    Lemoncello class if departure times allow, back to airport
             

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