Our Italian cultural and culinary vacations in the Roman coastal town of Vasto in Abruzzo, just 3 hours east of Rome in central Italy, are perfect for foodies and Italian culture lovers. Especially aimed at those who want to develop their passion for Italian food through an informal Italian food, wine and cultural trip, each hands-on lesson is accompanied by tastings of local seasonal specialities alongside carefully selected examples of Abruzzo wines.

Authentic Heirloom Recipes

At Italia Sweet Italia we believe that the oldest and most authentic Italian recipes are best learnt from those who have a direct link to the origins & traditions involved and deeply love the Italian food culture; therefore, our Italian cookery classes could include:

  • Lessons at home with ‘Mamma’ to learn how to make homemade pasta, pizza and traditional desserts
  • Cooking on board Abruzzo’s unique trabocchi fishing platforms
  • Visiting Abruzzo’s acclaimed wine makers
  • Learning how to make ricotta cheese
  • A visit to an olive mill and olive harvesting
  • Tomato passata sauce making
  • Gelato making
  • Truffle hunting with our local experts

Each Italian and Abruzzese recipe we share is a carefully prized gastro heirloom, passed down from generation to generation, guaranteeing that what you learn is completely authentic.

Italy’s Best Kept Secret

Our delicious Italian cooking vacation tour explores Abruzzese cuisine through Abruzzo’s multifaceted soul: its unspoilt coasts, lakes and mountain landscape that contains Italy’s largest number of national parks to make it Europe’s greenest region. Rated in Italy’s Top 3 regional cuisines, home to the oldest Italian cookery school and arguably Italy’s most famous pasta, De Cecco, this culinary landscape is Italy’s best kept secret. Abruzzo wines also take advantage from this diversity, with the region’s wines winning 15% of last year’s world wine awards – several of which you will get to taste during the course.

Knowledgeable and Local Guides

A particular dish that you would love to learn to prepare? Italia Sweet Italia will do its utmost to ensure that you go back home as the ‘hostess with the mostest’, knowing exactly how to prepare it for your friends.  We’ll be with you all the time during the lessons in our capacity as translators & guides, arranging your itinerary to include visits to local markets and specialist producers, inspiring excursions to National parks, medieval villages and enchanting castles, mouthwatering restaurants, comfortable and spacious accommodations and transfers from the airport.

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The Abruzzo, Puglia & Matera experience

12 Days | 14-25 April 2024 | 12-23 May 2024 | 16-27 June 2024 | 15-26 September 2024 | 13-24 October 2024 | 10-21 November 2024

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