Where is Carunchio?
Abruzzo is an authentic part of Italy situated due east of Rome on the Adriatic coast. It offers miles of seaside and pristine beaches, medieval villages perched on hilltops and in valleys. The town of Carunchio, is considered an ancient borgo perched on the top of a hill in southern Abruzzo. It is among the "100 Most Beautiful Villages in Italy" because of the beauty of its spectacular location and its architectural quaintness.
The church being the most important structure in the life of most Italians, it shares the summit of the hill with both Palazzo Castelli and Palazzo Tour D'Eau, the latter of which was built by a prestigious French noble family in the early 1700's. After airport pick up in Rome, we will drive across the Abruzzo mountains towards the Palazzo Tour d'Eau in Carunchio, where we will be staying for the week.
After you are settled in, we'll meet for a cocktail and a briefing of the week. A multi-course welcome dinner will kick-off our Italia Retreat.
What type of excursions will we be going on?
The Abruzzo region has so much natural beauty to offer from the Adriatic coastline to the Apennines mountain range. We will explore the region and visit an organic olive oil press; a Trabocco ‘a traditional fishing house’; window shop in the beautiful coastal town of Vasto for shoes and clothing. We will travel to Agnone, in the region of Molise, where we will watch the production of authentic Italian cheese. Then, we will visit a historic artisan bell foundry which still makes church bells manually for the Vatican. There will plenty of time to leisurely explore the village of Carunchio and plenty of time to relax!
Other highlights include:
- Cooking classes with local chefs to explore old world Abruzzo cuisine
- An olive grove excursion
- A visit to an artisan bell foundry (where the bells of the Vatican are made)
- Adriatic Sea boat excursion to rustic islands (Summer Retreat)
- Thermal Spa excursion in Apennine Mountains (Autumn Retreat)
- Taste your way through a family owned cheese factory
- Explore the coastal town of Vasto
- Daily yoga/movement classes
- Sacred self-care rituals
- An optional evening in Rome
…and much more
What types of cooking classes will we have?
Our interactive cooking classes include traditional Abruzzo cuisine, all made with local and seasonal ingredients
We have traveled on retreats to Abruzzo in 2015, 2016 and 2017.