Pottery, Art and Food Experience in Abruzzo

Fabrizio Lucci

Founder & Tour Guide of Italia Sweet Italia

Fabrizio Lucci

Founder & Tour Guide of Italia Sweet Italia

Available on request

Fully escorted small groups tour up to 8 travelers

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Why a small group of travelers and a local tour operator

Here’s why we believe that traveling with a small group of people and a local tour operator as we are can really make the difference:

We love our region – Attention to details – Local knowledge and experience – Support sustainable and responsible travel - Live like a local – Feel part of a big family – Make new friends – Explore on your own – Everybody feels at home – Small groups tour up to 12 travelers.
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Join us on a 7-day Italian pottery, cultural and culinary vacation in Abruzzo, one of the most stunning and culturally rich regions in Italy.

For anyone eager to experience an immersive adventure in the Italian culture and traditions, where you really get to know the food, region and people, your host and local guide Fabrizio, together with his family & friends, has put together amazing experiences that combine passion, beautiful places and locals to show you the best of the region’s off-the-beaten-track secrets.

This is a fully escorted tour (for small groups up to 8 people) that will give you the insight into to daily life, food & wine, culture and production in Abruzzo.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced ceramist, this tour is your  opportunity to enjoy pottery and authentic Italian lifestyle. Follow in the footsteps of Italy’s great ceramicists. We’ve crafted an itinerary for you that perfectly balances unique Italian experiences, relaxation, adventure and learning.   

The inspiration for our pieces will come from nature as well as from our own emotions. During the  workshops we will look at growth and structure in nature, transferring shapes and thoughts into clay.

Who is this tour suitable for?

Like-minded travelers - Pottery lovers - Everybody that travelled enough to know that touristy vacations are just not them - Travelers that appreciate la dolce vita and want to learn something new - Solo travelers - Couples - Group of friends - Families



DAY 1 | Sunday | Rome Airport pick up, transfer to Castelli, Abruzzo’s maiolica capital, check in and welcome to Abruzzo dinner (D)

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

  • Rome Fiumicino airport pick up at 2:30 pm and transfer to the charming, medieval village of Castelli after crossing beautiful Abruzzo mountains with its amazing landscapes, hilltop villages and castles
  • Check in at Agriturismo Il Bivacco del Parco in the countryside of Castelli and relax
  • Get to know your local guide Fabrizio and learn more about this 7-day Italian cultural vacation
  • Welcome dinner
DAY 2 | Monday | Visit the oldest pottery studio of the town, first pottery class, International Ceramics collection, Sistine Chapel of Majolica and Vasto on the Adriatic Coast (B, L, D)

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson


Enjoy a leisurely traditional breakfast of freshly baked bread, whole fruit, country-style preserves, cake, pastries, coffee, tea and freshly squeezed juice


  • We’ll visit the oldest pottery studio of the town and we’ll meet the ceramists Antonio and Vincenzo di Simone (click here to meet Vincenzo)
  • After teaching us about the ancient pottery making story of Castelli, Antonio and Vincenzo will show us their own pieces and their personal collection of ceramics and ancient tools
  • Next we’ll have our first pottery class with them. The exact nature of the class will be determined based on the skill level of the participants. Once you book this tour, you’ll receive a questionnaire to better understand your skill level
  • Anyway, basically, these are some possible activities:

1) use the ancient wheel to produce a vase or a dish or another beautiful piece using ancient molds

2) glaze and decorate another piece at your choice

Besides, you’ll learn about slip, drying, timing and method of baking.

Please consider that their studio is an ancient and small one, so we should coordinate the different activities, considering a maximum number of 8 people, i.e. is not possible to have 8 people that make a piece using the lathe, this depends also on your ability and expertise


  • Traditional lunch in a Castelli trattoria
  • Next, after a few more time to finalize your pottery class, we’ll visit the International Ceramics collection and pottery school and UNESCO candidate Nativity and San Donato Chapel known as the Sistine Chapel of Majolica
  • Transfer to Vasto, check in at Hotel dei 7 in the historical downtown
  • Walk to a traditional restaurant to enjoy a welcome group dinner in the heart of Vasto
DAY 3 | Tuesday | Explore Vasto, lunch on the beach and pottery class in an “Art farm” (B, L, D)

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson


  • After breakfast we’ll explore Vasto historic center: Loggia Amblingh, a promenade overlooking the fascinating crescent-shaped coastline, the old town with its medieval Castle, charming lanes, a tower, the Cathedral and Piazza Rossetti, dedicated to Gabriele Rossetti, a poet from the town and father of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
  • We’ll move to Vasto Marina, by the beach, for a lunch and some free time to relax, have a walk or swim in the blue Adriatic Sea (possible only in summer time)


  • After a short break at the hotel, we’ll drive to the little hilltop village of Lentella at Ettore’s “Fattoria d’Arte”- Art farm (click here to “meet” Ettore)
  • Surrounded by an amazing landscape with a stunning view of the sea, mountains, hills and small towns, you can enjoy your second pottery class
  • We’ll have a traditional dinner with Ettore and his wife Barbara
DAY 4 | Wednesday | Discover the fascinating Trabocchi coast, painting class, seafood lunch on a trabocco fishing hut and free afternoon (B, L)

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson


  • After breakfast we’ll explore the famous Trabocchi coast with a visit to a trabocco (the symbol of the area), mostly built with acacia wood and railway iron sleepers
  • We’ll have an exclusive watercolor class with Antonio, a local painter, with the possibility to paint unique landscapes from this unique point of view on the Adriatic Sea
  • Weather permitting, Rinaldo, our host, will demonstrate how to fish from the trabocco and the secrets and history behind Abruzzo’s unique fishing platforms that have been featured in the BBC TV show: Escape to the Continent
  • Rinaldo’s wife Maria will prepare fish from the Adriatic Sea for our exclusive lunch on the ocean


  • In order to fully feel the Italian culture, you need time to explore on your own. Therefore, you will have some free time scheduled into the tour
  • Some suggestions for you during your free time: enjoy one of Vasto’s many beaches or museums, wander through town and explore the shops and art galleries, or just have a walk in the “piazza” to enjoy the relaxing Vasto atmosphere
  • In the evening you’ll have dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants of Vasto. Obviously Fabrizio will give you suggestions on his favorite places
DAY 5 | Thursday | A visit to the market, make homemade pasta with Mamma, and pottery class in an “Art farm” (B, C, L, D)

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson


  • We’ll walk and visit Vasto’s colorful market to get seasonal products. Here we’ll help you practice a little bit of Italian even if you don’t speak a word of it
  • Next we’ll drive to the beautiful countryside of Vasto where we’ll meet Fabrizio’s family to have an exclusive cooking class with them. We’ll learn how easy it is to make fresh pasta and we’ll be introduced to Abruzzo sauces.
  • An example menu based on Fabrizio’s family recipes includes Bread with meat sauce, Pasta alla chitarra with meat sauce and polpette (meatballs), and Tiramisù


  • After a short break at the hotel, we’ll drive to the little hilltop village of Lentella at Ettore’s “Fattoria d’Arte”- Art farm
  • You can enjoy your third pottery class with the possibility to choose among different activities
  • We’ll have a traditional dinner with Ettore and his wife Barbara
DAY 6 | Friday | Olive oil and wine tasting, pottery class in an “Art farm”, party & farewell dinner (B, T, L, D)
* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson


  • After breakfast we’ll visit an Olive Grove that has been farmed by Giovanni’s family for three generations to produce DOP olive oils. He will unfurl the secrets of what Homer described as “liquid gold” and we will finish with an olive oil tasting
  • Next we’ll visit an award winning winery that sits between a marine park and the mountains. We’ll enjoy a wine tasting and lunch with pairings of local cheeses and salami and a tour of the vineyard and cellars organized by the winemakers Emanuele and Nicola


  • After lunch and some free time to relax and pack or do some last minute shopping, we’ll drive to the little hilltop village of Lentella at Ettore’s “Fattoria d’Arte”- Art farm
  • You can enjoy your fourth pottery class with Ettore
  • In the evening we’ll have a farewell party and last dinner with Ettore and Barbara as an Italian family immersed in the Abruzzo’s countryside
Day 7 | Saturday | Goodbye and transfer to Rome airport (B)

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

After breakfast we will leave (usually at 09:00 am) for Rome Fiumicino airport or your next destination (Rome Fiumicino is about 3,5 hours driving from Vasto) so make sure to get an afternoon flight (after 3:00 pm).

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Your Itinerary is a guide to your activities during the week. However, sometimes we modify the final itinerary to take advantage of the season and the weather. Our goal is to ensure that everyone has a fabulous time, and that sometimes means tweaking the schedule even after your arrival. Your guide will provide suggestions during the week, and the group will decide if any modifications are desired. Be assured that only enhanced experiences are ever considered.


* Prices are per person and land only, with accommodation in a twin/double room with ensuite bathroom. Airfare and travel insurance are not included. Single occupancy supplement: + € 120.

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Please feel free to contact our US representative, Dot Burnworth, with any questions:

+1 860-933-0190, pottery@italiasweetitalia.com



  • Only 100% authentic experiences
  • Deep connections with the people who live here
  • We have a passion for our culture and our communities


  • Read the glowing reviews from our  guests on Tripadvisor
  • We know how to make you feel right at home
  • We keep our groups small so we can  take care of every detail


  • We promote the local culture as a sign of responsible travel
  • We are focused on preserving our way of life
  • We involve small, family-run and passion-driven businesses


Italia Sweet Italia (ISI) is a small incoming tour operator specialised in organizing vacations around Abruzzo Italy, our home. ISI is a fully licensed company covered by insurance policy no. 402485101 by Axa Assicurazione S.p.A. and authorised by the local government to create and sell tour packages from 2011.

Our mission is to show people from all over the world the beauty of Abruzzo and other Italian regions so they can experience our homeland, traditions, arts and folklore in a unique way, also demonstrating the benefits of sustainable tourism to everyone. In order to help you discover everything Abruzzo has to offer, we organise small groups (up to 12 people) escorted tours including cultural, culinary, active, pottery, Italian language and ancestry experiences. We are happy to create a tailored vacation around your wishes. Our tours provide you with the rare opportunity to be invited into homes and farms, as well as into the daily lives of locals.

Pick up

For all the small group tours listed in our calendar, the pick up at Rome Fiumicino airport is planned at 2:30 pm on day 1. Normally it takes 2-2,5 hours to drive to Castelli, our base for teh first night. The duration of the trip depends on traffic (on Sunday, when most of our tours start, usually there is no traffic) and if you need to stop at the motor service along the way for a snack or to go to the toilette. It is a beautiful and relaxing driving crossing three National parks,from where you can see many hilltop villages and the Apennines. A few weeks before the tour starts, we’ll send you a pdf with exact pick-up location and times. Please consider also this information:

  • If you want you can be picked up at an Hotel in Rome, but this service has an extra cost of € 50 that you can pay at your arrival. We’ll come earlier to pick you up at your accommodation (it depends on the exact location, but it is usually 1 hour before the pick-up at Rome F. Airport). Sometimes it could be also after the airport pick-up.
  • When we’ll have all flights and arrival information from all the travelers, if everybody that is joining the tour is supposed to arrive before 2:30 pm, we could anticipate the pick-up time.
  • You can also reach Vasto or other destinations in Italy by bus or train. Please take a look at this page. We’ll organize the taxi transfer from/to Vasto train station (10 minutes driving) or Vasto coach station to/from the hotel in Vasto (3 minutes driving).


For the drop-off to Rome we usually leave the hotel in Vasto after breakfast, at around 09:00 am so that we arrive at Rome Fiumicino airport at maximum 01:30 pm (if there is traffic, but it normally takes 3-3,5 hours). If anybody in the group has an earlier flight, we could leave 1-2 hours before (so at 07:00-08:00) but we make our evaluations from time to time. If there is any specific need, there are also public buses that shuttle from Vasto to Rome Fiumicino (or the city center) earlier in the morning and by night (take a look here). In this case we organize the taxi transfer from the hotel to Vasto coach station (3 minutes driving).

For the drop off to Bari for The Abruzzo, Puglia & Matera experience tour, we have this program: after breakfast, we will leave (usually at 09:00) for Bari airport or your next destination (45 minutes driving from Hotel to Bari airport and 40 minutes to Bari train station). When we’ll have information from all the people who will join the tour (about their programs on that day) we’ll finalize this. If there is any specific need, we can organize a private transfer (before or after the planned one) from the hotel to Bari airport or train station that costs € 90.

Private pick-up and drop-off for group tours

Of course, we are always happy to support you to organize a private pick up/drop off only for you to let you join our small group tours listed in our calendar. Please keep in mind that a private transfer (before or after the planned one) from Vasto to Rome airport or city center costs around € 300.

Connecting to or from another part of Italy

If you are connecting to or from another part of Italy we are happy to assist you in planning your pre and post trip connections. If your planned arrival or departure does not coincide with the specified meeting time we can assist you in booking a private transfer at an additional cost or some extra nights in Vasto or Puglia. .

Once a complete booking is made you may also contact us directly for further details and assistance. We are always here to help and have the insider knowledge and on the ground support to ensure you find the best option available to arrive or depart from your tour.

Make sure to arrive at the meeting point on time but don’t get stressed

Please note that all guests joining our tours are responsible for ensuring they make it to the meeting point by 2:30 pm at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. Those who are unable to be on time will not be guaranteed a transfer from Rome to Vasto and will have to seek other arrangements to participate in the remainder of the tour. Anyway, don’t worry, there are many daily public buses that with less than € 30 connect Rome Fiumicino airport or Roma Termini coach station with Vasto as you can see here.

  • Our tours are suitable for everybody that travelled enough to know that touristy vacations are just not them and long for more authentic travel, ways to truly experience the culture and people they’re visiting
  • Our travellers appreciate la dolce vita and the pleasures of exquisite food, wine, and fellowship with others who share their passions
  • Our guests are not afraid to take bold steps…to learn something new…to explore something completely out of the ordinary
  • The minimum age for pre-arranged tours is 14 (14-18 accompanied by an adult) with no upper age limit. For tailor-made and private tours any age is fine
  • Our tours are perfect for solo travellers (we don’t charge single room supplements for our 7-day tours in Abruzzo), couples, groups of friends and even families are welcomed
  • Our guests don’t need to have any experience in cooking or painting or do pottery or speaking Italian to join our tours. Our experienced course tutors will soon discover your level of knowledge and will adapt their approach accordingly

All classes are taught in both Italian and English so you’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice a little bit of Italian

To book this tour with us, check availability contacting Fabrizio (fill in the form or send an e-mail to fabrizio@italiasweetitalia.com) and go ahead with his instructions to pay by credit card. The booking becomes binding only after the payment of a 25% deposit per person and the confirmation e-mail from Italia Sweet Italia. The 75% balance has to be paid within 45 days before arrival. Tours booked less than 45 days before their start date must be paid in full. 

If you prefer, you can also pay the 25% deposit and 75% balance by Bank Transfer (Italia Sweet Italia Holidays di Lucci Fabrizio,  Account number: 1231254113 IBAN: 

IT21R0526277910CC1231254113 SWIFT: BPPUIT33 Banca Popolare Pugliese – Società  cooperative per azioni, Via XXIV Maggio, 25, 66054 Vasto (CH) – Italy. Headquarter: Via Luigi Luzzatti, 8, 73046 Matino (LE). 

Before the balance is due, we’ll send you an e-mail to remind you about the payment including a link to be used in case you prefer to pay the balance by credit card. 

Yes, Fabrizio will be happy to guide you to let you discover his Abruzzo although there may always be some unforeseen events that may make it necessary to replace Fabrizio with another experienced and trusted Abruzzese guide who has worked with Fabrizio for many years.




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