La Panarda in Abruzzo


JUNE 8 - JUNE 15,  2020

Venture down roads less traveled in this still very untouched region of Southern Italy; Where shepherds wander through the hills with their flocks, and folklore and legends abound.


Savor the local cuisine... porchetta, warm sheep's milk ricotta, chocolate and chili peppers, and the unbelievable "maccheroni alla mugnaia", the longest single strand pasta in Italy.   


The culinary highlight of this tour is La Panarda, a 40 course feast cooked by Chef Joe Cicala.  
In addition to 6 nights in Sulmona, you will spend one night at Il Castelluccio, an ancient restored ruin of a castle, situated on the edge of the magnificent Parco Nazionale della Majella, where the La Panarda dinner will be served.  






Your home in Abruzzo, B&B Il Marchese del Grillo, Sulmona, Italy

A few steps from the main piazza in Sulmona, BB Il Marchese del Grillo offers air conditioned rooms with free WiFi, private bathroom and shower, and flat screen satellite TV. Housed in an 18th century building, it features a panoramic terrace, elegant décor and wooden or terracotta floors. 


Served in the breakfast room or on the terrace in fine weather, guests enjoy a sweet and savory breakfast every morning. A fully equipped kitchen, library and reading room are also available on site. 









Welcome to Italy!


  • Pick up at Roma Fiumicino Airport.     

  • Enjoy the scenery on our drive to Sulmona where we will check into B&B Il Marchese del Grillo.

  • Meet for aperitivo and welcome dinner in Sulmona at Il Vecchio Muro.









  • Visit Porta dei Parchi organic farm in Anversa.  Cheese tasting and lunch. (Walk through the countryside with the shepherd and his sheep optional.)  

  • Explore ancient village of Scanno.  Visit the antique jewelry workshop and hunt for local specialties such as Centerba or Genziana liquors, artisanal pastas, and baked goods at shops tucked away in the stone alleys.  

  • Dinner in Sulmona.







  • Ursini olive oil tasting, lunch, wine tasting at Cantina Frentana Winery. 

  • Explore coastal village of Vasto.

  • Seafood dinner with wine pairing along the Adriatic Sea on a historic "traboccho", (Abruzzese fishing shack"), a World UNESCO site.














































  • Morning food crawl in Sulmona.  Taste the products of the local shops and meeting the owners. 

  • Enjoy the rest of the day and evening free in Sulmona.      


  • Morning free. In the afternoon we head to La Bilancia the town of Penne for pasta demonstration of the 8 foot long, maccheroni all mugnaia and dinner.





  • La Panarda 40 course dinner!  Pack a small overnight bag to spend the night at Il Castelluccio! 

  • Our private driver will pick you up at the B&B in Sulmona and bring you to Il Castelluccio, a restored portion of a castle, which is situated on the edge of the Majella National Park. It was built upon a pagan temple and still houses a terracotta cistern dating back to the year 400

  • Enjoy breakfast on the terrace in the morning before heading deeper into Parco Nazionale to Campo Imperitore.


Welcome to Il Castelluccio!  Check into your room and join the other guests for aperitivo before dinner.









































































































  • BBQ Italian style at Abruzzese "arrosticini shacks" on the Campo Imperitore.  We will purchase the best cuts of meat from the local butcher at Ristoro Mucciante.

  • Visit the artisan shops and get a bird's eye view of valley below from atop the mountain village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio.   

  • Return to B&B in Sulmona.  Farewell dinner together. 








Morning transport back to Rome for departure. Until next time! 








Abruzzo 7 night tour rate


$4,400.00 per person, double occupancy

Included in price:

  • 6 Night Accommodations at B&B Il Marchese del Grillo in Sulmona.  1 Night Il Castelluccio in Lecce Nei Marsi.

  •  Double Room, Queen size bed,  air condition,

  •  En-suite private bath, TV, Wi-Fi. 

  •  Breakfast daily.

  •  4 Lunches & All  Dinners. 

  •  Wine included with all meals. 

  •  La Panarda 40 course feast.             

  •  Private transportation throughout the tour.

  •  All entrance fees and tours.

  •  All taxes and gratuities.

  •  Airport transfers to and from Rome.


  Not Included: 


  •  International Airfare 

  •  Travel insurance

              Reserve your spot for

                 Abruzzo 2020

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(443) 440-0473 between 10am-5pm EST










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