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Cappadocia: Hiking & Undergroud City Tour

1. Cappadocia: Hiking & Undergroud City Tour

After pick up from the hotel and meeting a guide you are ready to explore an amazing Cappadocia with your hiking and underground city tour. First of all you are going to visit Red valley which is one of the most spectacular valleys of Cappadocia. It will surprise you with its different shape of rock formations in rose, red, yellow and orange colors. The total distance on your hike through the colorful and breathtaking fairy chimneys of Red valley is 4 km. You can also expect to visit some cave churches, cave houses and cave tunnels. Next place you will go is an old Greek village Cavusin which is very famous for the rock cut churches. You can hike around the ruins exploring the structures left centuries ago by the village’s former Greek inhabitants, and walk up the hill to visit rock cut churches. Then you will stop at a local restaurant for a delicious lunch. After the lunch you will visit the largest underground city of Cappadocia - Kaymakli underground city. It was opened to visitors in 1964 and consists of 8 levels (only 4 are open). You will walk through the narrow corridors and discover numerous rooms and storages carved from the soft volcanic stone. You will see rolling-stone doors, deep wells and ventilation shafts. It will be an unforgettable memorable experience. After Kaymakli underground city you will visit Pigeon valley which is named for the many pigeon houses or dovecotes carved into the rocks. The last stop will be Ortahisar rock castle, the biggest fairy chimney of Cappadocia. General view over the Ortahisar town will remain in your memory for a long time. It is looking like a truly fairytail town with a huge rock towering over it.

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Abruzzo: Historic Cellar Wine Tour and Tasting

2. Abruzzo: Historic Cellar Wine Tour and Tasting

After a brief overview of the vineyards and olive groves, and some info about the winery's history from your guide, head down to the cellar and learn about the methods of vinification. Have the opportunity to see the largest barrel in Europe. Then continue with the tasting: 5 wines that represent the Abruzzo tradition, but always with an eye towards innovation and sustainable quality, accompanied by an aperitif with bruschetta and oil, plus local cold cuts and cheeses. Finish with Abruzzo Cantuccini, the perfect pairing with one of the most representative sweet wines of Abruzzo, Vino Cotto.

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L'Aquila of the Mysteries: 3-Hour Walking Tour

3. L'Aquila of the Mysteries: 3-Hour Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour of L’Aquila’s historic center. Although the city suffered severe damage from the earthquake of 2009 you’ll still see the splendor of the Baroque and Renaissance architecture of this ancient city built on a hill. On this 3-hour tour you’ll learn about the mysterious foundations of the town, with a mix of history and legend, Knights Templar, and figures such as Frederick II and Pope Celestino V. Start out at the mysterious Fountain of the 99 Spouts, and then head to the Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio. Reach the highest point in L’Aquila at the Spanish Fort, and stop to admire the views. From the Fort you’ll continue walking through the Piazza Palazzo, Piazza Duomo, and to the Basilica di San Bernardino.

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Pescara: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class, and Dinner

4. Pescara: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class, and Dinner

Immerse yourself in the rich culinary culture of Pescara, a picturesque city on Italy's Adriatic coast. Meet your guide and home chef and head to the market to shop for food like a local. Learn how to recognize the best products and meet some of the sellers. Then head to your guide's home for a cooking class using the products you found at the market. During the lesson, your host will walk you through the steps for preparing three authentic local recipes. Feel like a real Italian chef at your workstation equipped with utensils and all necessary ingredients. Afterwards, taste everything you prepared during a sit-down dinner with your host. Enjoy several glasses of red and white local wine with your meal. Treasure your newfound cooking skills and genuine connection with a local Italian family. 

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Pescara: Authentic Cooking Class at a Local's Home

5. Pescara: Authentic Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Get lost in the magic of a genuine Italian cooking experience. Learn the secrets of how to make real Italian cuisine as a local cook teaches you from the comfort of their kitchen. Taste your wonderful creations while sipping on local wines. Watch as your host reveals how to make three authentic local recipes. Put your cooking skills to the test under the instruction of a master. Relax, as your host will ensure you are equipped with everything you need to make some extraordinary food. Enjoy all the food you have made with some wines that have been selected by your host. Take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for a lifetime, and forge a real connection with a local cook.

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Pescara: Private Home Cooking Demo with a Four-Course Meal

6. Pescara: Private Home Cooking Demo with a Four-Course Meal

Visit a local host's home and watch an exclusive cooking demo of authentic regional recipes. See how to prepare a four-course Italian meal which includes a starter, pasta dish, main course, and dessert. Dine with your host and taste the finished dishes accompanied by a selection of local wines. Hear fascinating stories about the local culture and cuisine and experience the warmth of Italian hospitality.

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Pescara: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

7. Pescara: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

Make a beautiful meal and a beautiful memory with a market tour and home-cooked dinner hosted by a local chef. Arrive at the home of your expert cook. Explore the market and shop like a local. Learn how to recognize the best produce. Afterward, return to your host’s home and enjoy a private cooking demonstration. Gain insight into Italian cuisine as your host reveals the secrets of her family’s cookbook. Watch as a delicious meal is prepared before your eyes. Once the food is ready, sit down at an authentic Italian dinner. Enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, and dessert. Chat with your host as you share a delicious meal together. Enjoy a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, as well as an after-dinner coffee. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

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What people are saying about Abruzzo

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based on 2 reviews

Discovery of L'Aquila with guide Carla

We were curious about the state of L'Aquila 10 years after the earthquake. Some churches and palazzi have already been rebuilt, just beautiful! But there is also the other side. Many buildings are still in the scaffolding and there is a lot of activity. Then you have to know where you can walk safely and you do need a guide for that. Carla is a passionate storyteller, has been guiding in this city for 30 years, and knows better than anyone how in one night the city changed from a rich shopping city to a total ruin, and how she is now slowly starting to live again. A fascinating story. I would recommend it to everyone. We only booked 2 days before and everything went smoothly.

Breathtaking

What we saw you n this tour is specific for Cappadocia I don't think there is any other place like it. The underground city is one of a kind, the red valley is fantastic and so picturesque. The combination of natural colours just fantastic. The guide was very nice, friendly and informative . We got to know allot about the history of the region. He as well made sure that we all were comfortable and accounting for all our requirements. Thank you Moustapha . The driver, Hassan was very professional passing through very narrow and challenging places

It was an extraordinary experience with the winemaker Marco. He explained everything and answered our questions. The wines were delicious and it was really fun to taste the different nuances. To match, there was regional food such as salami and cheese. The whole tour followed by a tasting was a highlight of our vacation in Abruzzo. Thank you for that!

We enjoyed the tour of L'Aquila and learned a lot of new information. Vanessa, our guide, always captivated us with her stories and patiently answered all our questions.

Vanessa did this very well and lively. Great city.