Discovering ancient traditions in Abruzzo - Italy


Experiences with a gastronomic tour on the Trabocchi Coast with cooking classes in 7 days


Seven days guided tour on the Trabocchi Coast, with the international chef Antonella Barbella, 

to discover the ancient crafts and the natural beauty of a place still untouched and far from mass tourism.

The family atmosphere and the cordiality of the inhabitants tied to the original traditions will involve you making you feel at home, among traditions, history, art, culture, food and wine of the highest quality.

What are the trabocchi

The Trabocchi, defined as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, are wooden constructions anchored on rocks, present only on the Adriatic, formerly used as fishing machines by peasants to get fish without leaving the coast.  Recently refurbished they have been converted into charming restaurants on the water.


The territory

The Trabocchi coast, so named because it is dotted with these ancient fishing systems, is located in central Italy, 250 km from Rome, in an Italian area still untouched by mass tourism, set between the blue sea and the rich green of the coast, 30 minutes from the Maiella mountain where in winter you can ski on the snow slopes. Lush land inhabited by friendly people, always intrigued by visitors from other cultures, proud to share their traditions and their passion for the homeland.

Located in the central area of Abruzzo, with an extraordinary morphology it also welcomes soft hills, several lakes and two large mountains: Gran Sasso and Maiella from which several waterfalls are born to be admired during the melting of snow, between spring and summer. It is also known as the Green Region of Italy for its 3 national parks, where the brown Bear and the gray Fox are protected in nature reserves.


With 131 km of extremely varied coastline, among sandy beaches, pebble beaches and cliffs overlooking the sea, the Abruzzo region can be defined as a jewel of uncontaminated nature.

Take a look in the video at the view of the Promontorio Dannunziano!


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?

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, it is the story-telling with show-cooking for numerous institutions and big Italian brands that promote gastronomy in the Netherlands.


She constantly 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, authentic food and wine.



Antonella has published a cookbook in the Netherlands, which talks 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

Experiences with a gastronomic tour on the Trabocchi Coast with cooking courses

in 7 days all-inclusive


Come and rediscover 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.


Accogliente ospitalità a San Vito Marina in un’elegante struttura in riva al mare, con vista mozzafiato sull’Adriatico, fra scorci di verde incontaminato della natura della costa dei Trabocchi, caratterizzata da piantagioni di agrumi, uliveti, vigneti e baie di pescatori.

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


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

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

Airport Pescara – 30 min from Destination with Shuttle bus




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


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


• All-inclusive. Forget the wallet at home!

The day begins with the typical croissant and cappuccino, reinforced by a hearty breakfast of typical local products, followed by lunches and dinners with local wine and drinks included, guided excursions, entrance fees to museums, churches and castle, coffee breaks in typical Italian bars and tastings at local producers. Transfer to and from the airport by shuttle bus, Flight excluded (on request we can also arrange the flight).



• Residence in a splendid hotel, overlooking the sea of the Trabocchi Coast, with a magnificent terrace where to look at the beauty of the area and the blue of the sea, elegant rooms with attention to detail with 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

PROGRAM: 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 on the Trabocco

Sunday - Day 2

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

Monday - Day 3

10 min from the hotel cheese farm, from milking to cheese. Cooking course with fresh cheese

Tuesday – Day 4

The castle of  Roccascalegna, between the sea and the sea the mountain, with truffle hunting

Wednesday – Day 5

At the fishermen's house, cooking course of Adriatic fish, from the catch to the table

Thursday – Day 6

Vineyards and winery , cookies cooking class with Montepulciano (in September-October also harvest in the vineyard) and tour in the mountain to the farm of pasta guitar

Friday – Day 7

Season-based program:

Spring-summer: The Rio Verde waterfalls

Autumn: Olive harvest and extra virgin olive oil production

Saturday – Day 8

Departure with the shuttle bus for the airport and return home



Sometimes due the bad weather is possible to have some changes in the program


Possibility to add more excursions according with the season (List to check a the arrival) 

Dates available 2019


JUNE 2019

8-15 June

15-22 June


JULY 2019

29 June-6 July

20-27 July



27 July-6 August

10-17 August (Special edition with Ferragosto)



31 August – 7 September

7-14 September (special week with Le feste di settembre lancianese)

21-28 September



12-19 October (Special edition winery)

19-26 October


26 October – 2 November (Special edition with oil mill)

The fee includes:

7 days in a double room, sea view with breakfast

Lunches and dinners with wine and drinks with meals

Coffee breaks during excursions

Cooking classes con diploma

Tasting by the local producers

Guided, excursions and entrance fees to museums, castles and churches

Shuttle bus to and from the airport of Rome, excursions and beach, for the exclusive use of the group

In summer, beach umbrella and deckchairs on the beach


The fee does not include:

Personal insurance

The flight

Extra and personal tips

Everything not included in the note includes


Request for a quote and the complete program

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Arrivederci in Abruzzo!!!