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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

Book with flexible conditions

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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.  

No pottery experience is necessary to join this tour and this tour is your opportunity to enjoy pottery and authentic Italian lifestyle. In Vasto area you will experience 3 creative hand building sessions working with an acclaimed sculpture and ceramic artist. (Please note that we will not use the potter’s wheel, but we will learn how to make art pottery works that you can replicate at home without needing the potter’s wheel).

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

HIGHLIGHTS

ITINERARY

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, pottery demonstration, 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

AM

  • 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 a pottery demostrantion 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 (you can help to produce a piece)

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

PM

  • Traditional lunch in a Castelli trattoria
  • After a few more time to finalize your pottery activity in Antonio and Vincenzo’s studio, 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

AM

  • 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, at other times we will have lunch in Vasto center)

PM

  • After a short break, 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 (creative handbuilding session, we will not use the potter’s wheel, but we will learn how to make art pottery works that you can replicate at home without needing the potter’s wheel)
  • 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

AM

  • 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

PM

  • 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)

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

AM

  • 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

PM 

  • 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 (creative handbuilding session, we will not use the potter’s wheel, but we will learn how to make art pottery works that you can replicate at home without needing the potter’s wheel).

After the big family lunch, based on our many years of experience, we know that nobody is looking for a rich dinner, so our travelers usually enjoy spending time like a local trying a simple aperitif, a gelato or a pizza. Obviously Fabrizio will suggest you his favorite places

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

AM

  • 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

PM

  • 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 (creative handbuilding session, we will not use the potter’s wheel, but we will learn how to make art pottery works that you can replicate at home without needing the potter’s wheel
  • 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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NOTE ABOUT YOUR ITINERARY 

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.

PRICE

* 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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CONTACT OUR POTTERY TOURS SPECIALIST IN USA 

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

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

WHY US?

WE ARE PROUD TO BE LOCAL

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

ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME TRIP

  • 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

SUSTAINABILITY AND PASSION

  • 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

FAQ

Italia Sweet Italia (ISI) is a small incoming tour operator specialized in organizing vacations around Abruzzo Italy, our home. ISI is a fully licensed company covered by insurance policy no. 4378340 by Europe Assistance Italia S.p.A. band 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 and other Italian regions have to offer, we organize 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.

ABRUZZO TOURS

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.

ABRUZZO AND PUGLIA TOUR

Yes, Fabrizio will be happy to guide you for the first 5 days of the tour to let you discover his Abruzzo although there may always be some unforeseen event that may make it necessary to replace Fabrizio with another experienced and trusted Abruzzese guide who has worked with Fabrizio for many years. In Puglia there will be Katia, an enthusiastic local guide who share our philosophy and we prefer to have people that love and know everything (or almost) about their region just like Fabrizio does for Abruzzo. It’s best to have the knowledge of a local to appreciate all that is local. Rest assured that we designed the tour together and Fabrizio has personally met the local suppliers to make sure they share Italia Sweet Italia’s philosophy and style to create new and unique trips to support small local businesses and sustainable tourism.

TOURS IN OTHER ITALIAN REGIONS

No, Fabrizio won’t personally lead these tours. We prefer to entrust our trips to enthusiastic local guides who share our philosophy. While it would be wonderful to have Fabrizio accompany the tour, we believe in giving space to individuals from the area who have a deep love and knowledge of the region. Nonetheless, Fabrizio has worked closely with local suppliers to ensure they align with Italia Sweet Italia’s values and style. This collaboration allows us to create new and unique trips while supporting small local businesses and sustainable tourism.

Here are some general information, please read in the final part of the tour brochure that you can download by clicking on the Download free brochure button (button you will find on the page you are reading) all the details about the pick up time, drop off, the duration of the transfer to and from the hotel and the meeting point which is very simple.

Pick up

For all the small group tours listed in our calendar, the pick up is planned at 12:30 pm on day 1 at Rome Fiumicino airport  for tours in Abruzzo and Le Marche, at 2:30 pm at Bologna and Palermo airports for tours in Emilia Romagna and Sicily, at 1:00-1:30 pm or at 4:00-4:30 pm at Bari airport or Train station for the 7-day Puglia tour (see details in the brochures).

Drop-off

For the drop-off we usually leave the hotel at 9:00 am after breakfast.

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

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.

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 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 the indicated time. Those who are unable to be on time will not be guaranteed a transfer from the airport and will have to seek other arrangements to participate in the remainder of the tour. Anyway, don’t worry, in most cases, there are public buses or trains that connect the airport with our locations. 

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 which needs to be quoted as an extra cost.

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 inItaly. 

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.

For arriving in Italy (Rome or other airports) from abroad, we recommend allowing an average of 1.5 to 3 hours before our meeting.

This timeframe accounts for the time needed for the customs clearance process, baggage retrieval, and reaching our meeting point.

Our travelers typically take between 40 minutes and 1 hour to complete these procedures.

Arriving early will allow you to manage any delays and complete the checks without rushing.

As for returning from Italy ((Rome or other airports) to your Country, we suggest arriving at the airport at least 2 or 3 hours before the scheduled departure time of your international flight.

This additional time is necessary for check-in, security screening, and customs checks for international flights.

Please note that these times are indicative and may vary depending on passenger flow and the efficiency of checks at the time of travel.

Therefore, it’s advisable to plan with some extra time to avoid stressful situations.

To book your flights and check available schedules, we recommend using the website www.skyscanner.com.

This tool allows you to compare different flight options and find the best solution for your travel needs.

  • 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

The booking process with Italia Sweet Italia is very simple. All you have to do is follow the 2 easy steps. At any stage you are welcome to contact us and we will help you with any doubts or problems:

  1. To Pay a deposit of 25% per person by:
  2.     Credit card using the book now button on the tour page
  3.   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. Motivation of the payment: Deposit for Tour… to add name of the tour, month and year). Please inform your bank to make it directly in €.

  1. You pay the 75% balance within 45 days before arrival

You can pay the balance by Bank Transfer or Credit card (you will receive an automatic email from our booking platform).

Tours booked less than 45 days before their start date must be paid in full

Welcome to Italia Sweet Italia, where each day blends cultural immersion, scenic beauty, and culinary delights. Arriving at Rome Fiumicino airport, our team whisks you away to Sulmona or Vasto amidst the stunning Abruzzo landscape. After settling in, explore at your leisure before a warm welcome briefing with our guide. Indulge in authentic Italian cuisine at local eateries, with flexibility to accommodate preferences. From optional activities to leisurely strolls, every moment promises an unforgettable Italian adventure. Read more 

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