Timeless Rome + Rustic Abruzzo

June 4 - 12, 2016

8 nights

Timeless rome

Nights 1 - 3

Our Rome is the Rome of open air markets, asparagus and artichokes, cacio e pepe, sipping espresso as wizened old men play checkers nearby. We'll stroll the Via Margutta, peruse the flea markets, and feast on cheese, wine and bread. It's a day at the beach for food lovers. Relaxed, refreshing and rejuvenating.



  • Campo dei Fiori, a pizza bianca and a gelato at one of the few open-air markets still operating in Rome
  • Roscioli, for salume and cheeses at their source. And the bread! And wine! 
  • Learn the magic and secrets of typical Roman cuisine in a hands-on cooking class
  • Sip hot chocolate as thick as pudding at Caffé della Pace
  • Or coffee with a secret at Caffé Sant'Eustachio in Piazza Sant'Eustachio close enough to the Pantheon to pop in for a visit
  • Relax with a Campari Spritz at sunset at the Piazza del Popolo, duck into Santa Maria del Popolo to see two Caravaggios without the crowds
  • Dinner and nighttime tour of the Trastevere district

rustic abruzzo

Nights 4 - 8

Poverty, rough terrain and being last on Italy's Unification to-do list caused mass exodus from Abruzzo in the 20th century. The good news? Those who remain are steadfastly invested in sustaining Abruzzo's unique culinary and wine traditions. We'll have the time, resources and connections to explore them all -- from the mountain villages to the seaside fish piers. It's Italy the way it used to be.



  • Accommodations include the Santo Stefano di Sessanio, a luxe albergo difuso and the lovely family-owned Il Marchese del Grillo in Sulmona
  • Tastings at two family wineries, including the iconic Antica Casa Pietrantonj
  • All-day cooking class, dinner and farm tour at Sapori di Campagna
  • An afternoon at the incredibly picturesque hilltop town of Scanno (the "pearl of Abruzzo")
  • Explore the Campo Imperatore, known as Italy's 'Little Tibet,' including a visit to a rosticceria
  • A day trip to the seaside, including dinner at a trabocho

  • Guided personally by Linda
  • All accommodations as per the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, dinners and some lunches as noted in the itinerary
  • All wine at dinners
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing as described in itinerary, including entrance fees and services of professional local guides
  • Lifelong memories, endless photo ops


  • International air travel
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Personal items and alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities to your guides, drivers, porters and hotel service
  • Anything ordinary, boring or run of the mill

What's not included:


Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy. This trip is limited to 10 people.


Dates:  June 4 - 12, 2016

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