Discovering ancient traditions in Abruzzo - Italy


Eco-sustainable tourism 


Experiences with a gastronomic tour on the Trabocchi Coast with cooking classes in 8 days.



Come and experience a seven-day guided tour on the Trabocchi Coast, with the renowned international chef Antonella Barbella. Discover the ancient crafts, history, art, culture and cuisine of an area still untouched by mass tourism and unspoilt by over-development. You will immediately be made to feel at home by the hospitality of the locals with their conviviality and pride in the traditions, culture, food and the wine of great quality from this remarkable area - Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.



Click here for the video of the D’Annunzio promontory



What are the trabocchi

 The trabocchi, defined as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, are wooden constructions anchored on rocks, found only on the Adriatic coast.  They were used by local fisherman as a method of catching fish without going out by boat. Today, some have been converted into charming little restaurants on the water.



The territory


 The Trabocchi coast, named after these ancient fishing systems, is located halfway down the eastern coast of Italy, 250 km across from Rome, in an area still untouched by mass tourism.

The coast itself is wonderfully varied, with idyllic sandy beaches giving way to pebbles and even cliffs.

The area inland is known as the Green Region thanks to its three national parks,

where the brown bear and grey fox are among the protected species.

Soft rolling hills lead to two mountains which are home to the source of multiple rivers and spectacular waterfalls, to be seen during the spring melts. The mountains - Gran Sasso and Maiella are hosts to skiing sports in winter and this gives the locals an opportunity to share their pride in the region with winter sports enthusiasts. The Abruzzo is a real jewel of uncontaminated nature!



Benvenuti a casa mia!

My mission is to promote my land of Abruzzo by supporting the local economy of small producers and family businesses, who with great passion tell of ancient traditions, handed down from father to son through their authentic products.

Who is Antonella?

With passion, enthusiasm and an incredible positive energy, so engaging that it is contagious, Antonella will accompany you on an exciting journey made of the flavours and aromas of a land rich in traditions and history, making you feel at home. 

With 20 years of experience in organizing food and wine events and fairs, catering and home cooking, Antonella has applied her gift for story-telling and show-cooking for numerous institutions, and big Italian brands which promote gastronomy in the Netherlands.

She regularly organizes wine and food tours, guiding guests in her land of Abruzzo who want to discover the natural beauty of a still-untouched place, far from mass tourism and rich in traditions, art, history, culture and authentic food and wine. 


Antonella has published a cookbook in the Netherlands about the recipes of 3 generations of mothers in their different styles, and many recipes for the Italie Magazine in Holland, Germany and Belgium.



Discovering ancient traditions in Abruzzo - Italy

Experience a 8-day all-inclusive gastronomic tour on the Trabocchi Coast

with cooking courses


Come and discover the ancient traditions of local producers who have handed down family crafts and customs for generations. Be accompanied to savour local products, including cooking classes and typical restaurants, guided tours of local producers and fantastic excursions in the area between the sea and the mountains of the beautiful Costa dei Trabocchi with the hostess, the international chef Antonella Barbella.


Welcoming hospitality in San Vito Marina in an elegant structure on the seashore, with a breathtaking view of the Adriatic, amid unspoiled views of the nature of the Trabocchi coast, locations with citrus plantations, olive groves, vineyards and fishing bays.

Who are our clients?

Lovers of Italy and Italian cuisine, ideal for family groups, friends or company teams with a passion for food, wine and Italian style. The trips are made for groups of 8 to 15 participants.

It is possible to organize the tour also for couples or larger groups, and with customization based on the customer's request.


From early April to late October. The program changes according with the saason.


Airport Rome Fiumicino – 2,5 hours from Destination with Shuttle bus

Airport Pescara – 30 min from Destination with Shuttle bus



Professional courses of traditional Abruzzo cuisine with the international chef Antonella Barbella in exclusive locations with local and seasonal ingredients.


• Discovery of Abruzzo: exciting guided tours among wineries, farms and local producers, markets, ancient villages, castles and churches, encompassing history, art, culture, traditions, between sea and mountains.


• All-inclusive. Leave the wallet at home!

The days begin with croissants and cappuccino, reinforced by hearty breakfasts of local products, followed by lunches and dinners with local wine and drinks included, guided excursions, entrance fees to museums, churches and castles, coffee breaks in fun Italian bars and tastings at local producers. Transfer to and from the airport by shuttle bus. Flight excluded (flights can be arranged upon request).



• Residence in a splendid hotel, overlooking the sea of the Trabocchi Coast, with a magnificent terrace overlooking this beautiful area. Elegant rooms with attention to detail, sea views, a swimming pool immersed in a citrus garden, 30 minutes from Pescara airport or 2.5 hours from Rome. 4 Stars, recently renovated: La Chiave dei Trabocchi, Contrada Portelle, Marina di San Vito CH, Italia

PROGRAMME: from Saturday to Saturday


Saturday - Day 1

Reception at the airport (Rome or Pescara) and departure by shuttle bus to the hotel

Arrival at the hotel with welcome and dinner at a typical restaurant


Sunday - Day 2

Trabocchi coast, San Giovanni in Venere Abbey, Lanciano with historic village and underground excavations of Roman sites


Monday - Day 3

Cheese farm, from milking to cheese. Cooking course with fresh cheese


Tuesday – Day 4

Between the sea and the mountai nThe castle of Roccascalegna, truffle hunting and cooking class with truffle


Wednesday – Day 5

From the bay to the fishermen's house, cooking course of Adriatic fish, from the catch. In the cowntryside to pick our veggies to cook with the fish


Thursday – Day 6

Vineyards and winery , biscuits cooking class with Montepulciano (in September-October  according of the weather harvest in the vineyard) 


Friday – Day 7


Extra virgin olive oil production and cooking class with it

Gala dinner with Diploma with Antonella Barbella's cooking school


Saturday – Day 8

Departure with the shuttle bus for the airport and return home



Sometimes, due to bad weather, some changes may have to be made to the programme.


The addition of seasonal excursions is always a possibility. (Check the list on arrival) 

Available dates 2019





21-28 September



26 October-2 November (Olive oil edition)



On request dates for groups of minimum 6 people

Possibility to add extra days with excursions in Rome


€ 2.900 p.p.


Discount van 30% for booking before 25 October 2019


You pay € 1.999 instead of € 2.900 p.p.




The fee includes:

7 nights in a double room, with breakfast, hotel 4 stars with big terrace sea view

Lunches and dinners with wine and drinks

Coffee breaks during excursions

Cooking classes with diploma

Tastings at the local producers

Guided excursions and entrance fees to museums, castles and churches

Shuttle bus to and from the airports, excursions and beach visits for the exclusive use of the group

In summer, beach umbrellas and deckchairs on the beach


The fee does not include:

Personal insurance

The flight

Extra and personal tips


For information and reservations:

Tel & WhatsApp 0031 619 73 0063

Request a quote and get the complete programme

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Click on the video ad have a look at the view from our hotel

Looking forward to meet you in Abruzzo!!!