A Guest Blog Post from a Happy Client in Abruzzo
The Region Of Abruzzo
Many people are familiar with the term ‘ice-cream shaped space’ which means that no matter how much you think you have eaten, there is always room for ice-cream!
Well, on the travel front, Abruzzo has the same effect!
No matter how well travelled you are, until you go to Italy, you will be unaware that inside us is an Italy shaped space, just waiting to be filled.
There is no better way to find it than by going on an Wine Safari with ‘Unique Wine Safaris’ and from my recent, albeit limited experience of Italy on one, there is no better way to start than in the Abruzzo region.
It probably helped that our whole trip coincided with five days of the most fantastic weather, with not a cloud to be seen, until we got back to Fiumicino airport for the flight home, and never a breath of wind.
The Local Delights, Restaurants and Our Hotel
All ones energy could therefore be devoted to the serious business of wine tasting, sampling the delights of the local cuisine with all it had to offer, which included some meals at some exceptional restaurants and absorbing the fantastic scenery that surrounded us constantly.
The accommodation was comfortable and, because of the rural setting, very quiet. The surrounding country was very pleasant and it was lovely to be able to spend time on the balcony next to our rooms, quietly soaking up the atmosphere. (Also watching the full moon rise on a couple of evenings while we were there)
Breakfast was abundant with a wide range of delectable items to choose from, all home baked and prepared.
Because of the glorious weather, we were able to have it ‘al fresco’ too. Other meals, whether back at our Agriturismo ‘La Rustica’ or elsewhere, ranged from ‘memorable’ to ‘absolutely fantastic’!
The Wine Tour.
Obviously the ‘business’ of the tour was the visits to the wineries and the wine tasting. It was a privilege to be able to visit the varied and various wineries, to meet the winemakers, see and hear how they went about making their wines, appreciating their passion for their livelihood, not forgetting of course, the sampling of the fruits of their labours, so lovingly and skillfully crafted.
Most tastings were accompanied by samples of local produce, much of it simple, but all of the best quality and this combination made for many memorable experiences.
There was so much else to enjoy on the trip; meeting, sharing experiences and learning from the other members of our small and friendly group.
Whilst travelling, there was always the fantastic scenery to admire.
Also, Leonardo, the local guide of ours, was always on hand and willing to impart his knowledge and enthusiasm of the region.
There was so much of interest to see and learn and he was excellent at pointing it all out.
The Abruzzese People
The local people of Abruzzo are immensely proud (with very good reason) of their area and readily point out that Abruzzo is the ‘Green Heart of Europe’.
It is also possible to ski in the local mountains in the morning (except in the height of summer!) yet, within 40 minutes, you can be at the coast enjoying lunch on the beach!
The Abruzzo trip with ‘Unique Wine Safaris’ is a wonderful way to be introduced to a fascinating region of Italy, with abundant opportunity to taste excellent wines and sample fantastic food, all in the most enjoyable of surroundings and company.
It all comes fairly close to being in paradise, for the ‘all to short’ duration of the trip.
Given the right weather (and in some cases not!) which we were blessed with, it is an unforgettable experience.
In Conclusion, only one thing needs to be said –
JUST DO IT!
From – Dr Stuart Barnes, Hastings, Kent, UK
Dr Barnes was an attendee on one of our exclusive trips to the Abruzzo region of Italy in 2016 and this is a genuine copy of his experience, written in his own words.
He wanted to let us know how his wine tour with ‘Unique Wine Safaris’ was for him and to share his experience with others and his gratitude for such a great experience.