What’s Cooking ... The food of Italy is one of the special reasons why we love "il bel paese" so much, so why not treat yourself to a cookery holiday and learn all about the magnificent Abruzzo cuisine… Abruzzo is a region steeped in tradition, with a rich history that dates far back. And for just as long, Abruzzo has had its own style of wine-making, cooking, and olive oil producing. Here, food, wine, culture and tradition is unlike any other in Italy, and in Abruzzo, much of this tradition has remained unchanged and timeless. We invite you to come sit at our table and share our wine for an authentic Abruzzese Experience.

Walking & Cooking - If you enjoy good food, walking in stunning scenery and fancy learning some authentic cooking skills, our walking and cooking holidays have all the right ingredients!

Taught by a local chefs, you’ll get  hands-on cooking lessons for a mouth- watering insight into Italian cooking and culture, with a delicious end result!   All levels of ‘chef’ are welcome - these holidays are all about exploring Abruzzo and delving into its gastronomic secrets!

Here's an Italian walking holiday with lessons in local cooking. Our 'Walking & Cooking' holidays are based at the recently refurbished Antico Borgo B&B in Caramanico Terme or in the Marisa's Farm House in Decontra Village, well known to many for its excellent hospitality. Around there's some excellent walking and on two days we'll return from our walks in the afternoon and head for the kitchen to prepare dinner.

During our stay we'll mix (relatively) easy walking, some sightseeing and some insight into - and practice at - Abruzzo cooking, to provide an active holiday full of local interest.

On one day we'll visit Sulmona -  beautiful city, full of colour, culture, art and architecture.


Tucked away within the Majella National Park is the tiny traditional village of Decontra, its rustic buildings surrounded by meadows and mountains, and perched at the lip of a great gorge.

The Village is ideally situated for walking, with many routes setting out from the village itself. Choose between high mountains, lush meadows or deep gorges.

Decontra Self Catering Accommodation -  'The Hen House' is a 17th Century Cottage. Recently refurbished, in the rustic mountain village of Decontra (830m absl), in the Heart of Majella National Park.

* * * WE RECOMMEND BOOKINGS AT LEAST FOUR MONTHS IN ADVANCE as In high season (from June to September) Accommodation is easily overbooked.


• Sulmona Tour
• Local Wine Tasting  tours
• Hands on cooking classes X 2
• Simple recipes that you can make   again back home, see the BOOK.
• Always small groups of max. 6 people.
• Explore the Majella National Park

PRICE FROM:  £ 795 
(Depending on type of Accommodation and number of people in the party)

Land only Price inclusive of:

* Accommodation in Decontra or Caramanico Terme
* 2 X Abruzzo Cuisine lesson and Dinner with personalised Cook Book for you to take home.
* 2 organised walks.
* Tour to the town of Sulmona
* Picnic Lunch - on Organised Walk days - Delicious Deli Style
*Wine Tasting Tour Half Day
* 24 h Local Manager support


The Majella National Park offers its visitors a scenery of extraordinary beauty in every season:  

late in Spring flowers and trees blossom - this is the best time of the year, together with Autumn, to visit ancient villages and hermitages.
Summer is the best season to walk along the paths. October is enchanting with its multicolored beech woods and it preludes to winter and its suggestive snow-covered landscapes.

Rich nature, old traditions and archeological findings contribute to make the Mount Majella territories a perfect place for excursions and trips.


There are regular flights by Ryanair from Stansted * and worldwide to Pescara in Italy which brings you to within an hour’s drive of the magnificent Majella National Park.

Pescara Airport is now offering direct flights from London, Paris, Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Kiev, Moscow, New York and Toronto as low cost flights.

Rome Ciampino is only a 2.3 hours drive.

From / To Airport Transfers available on request. Additional charge may apply.

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* * * WE RECOMMEND BOOKINGS AT LEAST FOUR MONTHS IN ADVANCE as In high season (from June to September) accommodation is easily overbooked.

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