Discover central Italy’s unsung countryside, tucked away in the grand Apennine mountains. What the area lacks in manmade wonders like a Colosseum or a David, it makes up for with true-to-tradition cuisine and pristine landscapes. Unscathed by urban architecture, the secluded Marche and Abruzzo regions are dotted with vineyards woven into rolling hills, castles fused onto rocky spurs and trabocchi (traditional fishing huts) intertwining wood and water. The regions’ cuisine is untouched by foodie fads and fine-dining demands; here, locally grown ingredients and word-of-mouth family recipes take the spotlight.
- Marvel at centuries-old Renaissance architecture and stroll through ancient piazzas
- Learn the ropes of traditional cooking techniques in medieval mountain towns
- Tour the pristine wilderness hidden within the spectacular Apennine mountains
This off-the-beaten-path tour features 10 nights of luxury accommodations (3 nights in Ancona, 2 nights in Ascoli Piceno, 2 nights in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, 3 nights in Casacanditella) in 4 star hotels or historic mansions, with full buffet breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners. With Ancona as the arrival point and Rome as the departure point, this small group tour (for 6-20 participants) includes private transfers by deluxe van (with an English-speaking driver). Also included are private English-speaking guides, entrance fees to attractions and professional assistance for the duration of the tour.