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Abruzzo Presto! Day Tours

Pescara, Italy
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Intimate, undiscovered, Italy. Private tours of beautiful Abruzzo. Let us take you on an Italian trip that you've up to now only dreamed about!
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mlg wrote a review Nov 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
This 8-day tour with hosts Michael and Nancy Morizio and culinary expert and food writer Domenica Marchetti was a trip of a lifetime and dream come true! You will learn about the beauty and richness of the region, people and cuisine of this incredible part of Italy; however, most of all, you will be expertly and warmly guided throughout by hosts Michael and Nancy who well researched the area and made genuine and long-lasting connections where you will feel like you are 'at home.' The energy and enthusiasm that this dynamic and professional trio exude throughout the trip is highly noteworthy and most of all.....you will make new and lasting friendships. Also, hats off to our extremely professional and friendly driver of the van! Bravo!!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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dnicholl09 wrote a review Oct 2019
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions1 helpful vote
This was a life-changing experience for us and made all the more significant for the astonishing hospitality, friendship and knowledge of Michael, Nancy and Domenica. We were part of an eight-day tour of the Abruzzo region run by Michael and Nancy from AbruzzoPresto. Domenica Marchetti the cook and food writer also accompanied us. During the eight days we had a full itinerary of visits to small, boutique food producers, small, out-of-the-way trattoria, hill-top towns, and cultural sites that had been lovingly curated for us by Michael, Nancy and Domenica. We sampled an enormous range of local foods and wines, and everything had been hand-picked and, in some cases, put on especially for us. Every day was packed with different experiences, and the team were careful to cater for a wide range of tastes. What was perhaps most telling were the small touches and gestures of kindness and quality that the three tour leaders showed us. From gifts in our rooms at the end of the day, to small surprises when we found a food or drink that we really loved. Everywhere we went was a producer or provider that either Michael, Nancy and Domenica knew, and their ability to speak fluent Italian helped us make purchases and find new culinary treats. And they never stopped. Throughout the whole week they were happy and smiley, courteous and helpful, always going out of their way to be hospitable. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience if you enjoy Italian food and are keen to explore a surprisingly unspoiled and little-known part of Italy. We would heartily recommend this tour and AbruzzoPresto to anyone. You will not be disappointed!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Carmela V wrote a review Oct 2018
Washington DC27 contributions3 helpful votes
We had a personalized tour for 3 of us organized by Michael. After listening to us about what kinds of things we wanted to do and what we were interested in, Michael created a tour that met our desires. And he was very flexible in adjusting his proposed tour when we wanted to make an adjustment. It was a great tour. Michael and Nancy could not be the tour guides because we went in August when they were on their vacation, but they arranged for another tour guide from Abruzzo, Antonio, who was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the art, architecture, geography, history, culture, food and wine of the region and he was very conscientious. And Michael who was supposed to be on vacation in the US, kept checking in with our tour guide to make sure that everything was all right and was even checking on the weather so that he could adjust the tour if the weather was not good. Abruzzo is beautiful and we were taken to wonderful, special places. We travelled from interesting cities and villages, to the mountains where we cooked skewers of a special cut of lamb (an Abruzzo specialty) outside on the mountainside and where we visited a small artisanal cheese maker. We visited unspoiled villages where we saw artisans make lace, jewelry and ceramics which they have been making for centuries. We visited churches and chapels with fine frescoes and architecture. We visited a 12th abbey and its tiny oratorio commissioned by Charlemagne in the 9th century with magnificent 12th century frescoes. We visited a Roman ruin. We ate wonderfully - small trattorias and restaurants, a cheese farm, an agriturismo, to a Michelin one star restaurant. And all the food was homemade - the pasta, the bread, the pastry and cakes, the jams, the olive oil, etc. and much was organic. We visited cheese makers, a saffron grower, an olive oil producer, had a tour of pastry making from a well-known pastry maker, and had other culinary tours. We stayed in a beautiful B&B and a wonderful agriturismo. The host and hostess at both places were friendly and helpful, as everyone we met in Abruzzo was. The breakfasts were varied with homemade cakes and jams, local cheeses, prosciutto, and other local food products. Everyplace we went, they spoke about Michael and Nancy with fondness. It was a great tour.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Tgrangran wrote a review Oct 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio11 contributions4 helpful votes
Wow! The Abruzzo portion of our Italy vacation was extraordinary. Our tour hosts, Michael and Nancy Morizio, and culinary expert and author, Dominica Marchetti were organized, professional, flexible, fun, and caring. This small group (eight guests total) adventure is off the beaten path and affords the traveler to be totally immersed in TRUE Italian culture. As our group traveled via a 20-seat luxury van, through the Apennine mountains and Majella National Park from Sulmona to Pescara, we soaked in the beautiful scenery, learned the history and geography of the region, watched shepherds with their sheep, and caught glimpses of ancient shepherd huts, medieval villages tucked into mountain sides, and ruins of bygone fortresses, towers, and walls. Striving to accommodate their guests, our hosts expertly showcased the Abruzzo area they love so much. From a gourmet, alfresco picnic to a family feast that we helped create, we wanted for nothing: being wined, dined and pampered throughout our trip. Activities were numerous and varied- never having to sit too much on travel days, we would stop every hour or so to hike to medieval villages, tour churches, or venture through small gorgeous towns and shops. Throughout our trip, we were privileged to meet talented artisans, farmers, and vintners who were eager to demonstrate their skills and teach us about their family owned businesses and passions. The farm to table, freshness, and “slow food” experience was a fabulous change of pace and “lesson learned.” At the alfresco picnic, numerous restaurants, a family home, and at our hotel and B & B we had the opportunity to sample a plethora of delectable Abruzzo entrees and fabulous wines. Our hosts speak Italian; so, they would efficiently place our food orders, translate for artisan presenters, and communicate with and/or translate for us as we attempted to communicate with artisans or business owners, and restaurateurs. Finally, Domenica treated us to fabulous cooking demonstrations and afforded us hand-on cooking experiences that we will remember forever. This was a fabulous trip, and a 5 out of 5 rating just doesn’t seem high enough! Bravo!
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Date of experience: September 2017
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donovanconnie wrote a review Sep 2017
Okemos Michigan39 contributions51 helpful votes
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Presto Abruzzi - custom tours in Abruzzi My friend and I just finished a 6 day culinary tour with Abruzzo Presto operated by Nancy & Michael Morizio and cookbook author Domenica Marchetti. Usually Nancy and her husband Michael lead the group. Unfortunately Michael had health issues which took him away for most of the trip. This is much more than a culinary tour: we toured many medieval cities, visited ceramicists, jewelers, a bakery, a cheesemaker and learned pasta making "the Italian way" from a resident of San Tommaso followed by dinner that featured fresh pasta created with our own hands. With fourteen people at their family table, our hosts poured wine from their cellar and cooked several delicious pasta dishes with homemade meatballs and sausages ending with glorious piping hot donuts and a digestive liqueur to ease us out the door. This is just one amazing meal- we had many of these throughout this week. Over the course of our six days we ate at many small chef-owned restaurants throughout Abruzzi. We tasted regional cheeses, learned about olive oil from an olive oil sommelier, toured an artisanal pasta factory, a saffron grower and a wonderful vineyard with wine pairings and lunch. Each night we received wrapped gifts from the vendors and artists we had visited that day. The attention to detail, Nancys gracious manner and the Morizio's connections to many unique sites made this trip seamless. Domenica's knowledge of Italian cuisine and culture helped us to understand important Abruzzese food and customs. Walking through towns, piazzas, farmers markets, Roman and medieval cities and churches made this tour memorable in every way. We traveled each day in a 12-16 passenger bus. Everything was included- 3 meals a day, wine, snacks and behind the scene tours. Hard to describe this amazing week and our great hosts! Abruzzi Italy is a gem on the brink of discovery by tourists-don't wait!
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Date of experience: September 2017
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