Culinary-Themed Italian Vacation - Abruzzo, Italy

Seven-Day Culinary Tour in Abruzzo with Accommodations, Meals, and Culinary Classes from Epitourean

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Hands-On Cooking Classes and Guided City Tours in Abruzzo Region

Along Italy’s central eastern coast lies the Abruzzo region of Italy, known for its artisanal cheeses and full-bodied wines. On this seven-day, six-night trip from Epitourean, you’ll stay in the quaint town of Carunchio, nestled in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains near the Adriatic Sea. Each night, you’ll turn in at the Palazzo Tour d'Eau, a 19th-century mansion turned hotel perched on the town's highest hilltop. Your days will be filled with gourmet meals, hands-on cooking classes, and sightseeing excursions throughout the Italian countryside.

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Culinary-Tour Highlights

Cooking classes: During a pasta-making class, you’ll learn to craft your own gnocchi, cavatelli, and chitarra. Later on, the Palazzo's sommelier will conduct a lesson on the art of pairing food and wine. Chefs will also demonstrate preparations for classic Italian sauces, and during a dessert-making class, you’ll enjoy sweet bites alongside regional liquors. Last but not least, you will also make authentic Abruzzo-style pizza and appetizers.

In the peasant food and biscotti class students learn old-world recipes. In addition to a vegetarian dish you'll create an almond biscotti.

Truffle hunting and salami-plant tour: The group will learn how salami is made on a tour of the plant. Truffle-sniffing dogs assist in a morning truffle hunt.

Excursion to Vasto: On a day trip to Vasto, an ancient settlement on the Adriatic coast, the tour swings through the historical center of Vasto, stops at Piazza Rossetti for shopping, visits a unique Trabocco fishing house, and is topped off with a “Taste of the Adriatic” seafood lunch.

Cheese-making tour: During an afternoon excursion to the inland town of Agnone, you’ll observe the artisanal techniques used to make mozzarella, ricotta, and caciocavallo cheeses.

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What You Get

$1,898 for a seven-day/six-night stay in Abruzzo with culinary classes (up to a $3,295 value). Valid for Travel with a Friend packages (two Groupons required), or pay an additional fee to travel solo. Read about package structures here.

Single supplement fee: $600

Book by: 3/15/13
Travel by: 12/31/13



Included with this stay:

  • Accommodations in Palazzo Tour d’Eau
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day
  • Roundtrip airport transfers between Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) in Rome and Abruzzo
  • Several cooking classes in topics such as pairing wine and making pizza, pasta, and desserts
  • Several sightseeing tours

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 3/15/13 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 12/31/13
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts
  • Limit 1 per visit.Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $75 fee
  • 21-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • $600 fee to travel solo
  • 10% tax and airfare not included.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

  • Standard occupancy: 2, including children and infants
  • Maximum occupancy: 2, including children and infants
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: smoking rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 161 miles (259 km) from Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) in Rome
  • By shuttle: roundtrip transfers between FCO and Palazzo Tour d’Eau included with this Groupon

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