USEFUL INFO;   We will be on the East Coast Of Central Italy. The first hotel Villa Susanna in Abruzzo is located on 100 MT above sea level and 4 KM away from the Adriatic shores. The Mountain chain Grans Sasso is 45 km away. Marche is also on the Adriatic. Umbria is considered the heart of Italy. The 3 regions represents what I think is the real undiscovered Italy and I thought you will enjoy this non-tourist part of my country. I know, I still do! Walter

October 1, October 8, 2017 departure from the USA, on Sunday September 30th, 2018 with overnight flight


Day 1, Monday October 1
Morning arrival at Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO)RomeFiumicino. Chef Walter will be waiting for you at the Terminal with our handsome driver Pasquale Di Mattia. We will travel to 
Villa Susanna degli Ulivi in the town of  Colonnella, Abruzzo. The travel time is about 3 ½ hours. Welcoming cocktails followed by check-in. We will give you some free time to enjoy the territory and get acquainted with your surroundings. The dinner in the evening at Villa Susanna will be coordinated by Chef Walter and local Chefs. Overnight lodging at Villa Susanna Hotel

Inclusions: Travel / Welcoming Cocktail Reception / Full Dinner with local wines / Lodging

Day 2, Tuesday October 2
Continental breakfast in the lobby-restaurant. Scheduled departure toward the 
Castle of Semivicoli, located in the Masciarelli winery estate, with approximate travel time of about 2 hours. We will have a sumptuous lunch Called “Habits & Virtues of the Baron”, the lunch will offer 3 Masciarelli wines matched with antipasti, local extra virgin olive oil and other delicacies, and will be held in the in the wine cellar (bottaia). We will then visit the castle of Semivicoli with all of its historical treasures. In late afternoon we’ll depart for Villa Susanna degli Ulivi Hotel. Little break and dinner comprised of surprise menu’ coordinated by Chef Walter and local chefs. Overnight lodging at Hotel Villa Susanna

Inclusions: Breakfast / Travel / Masciarelli Winery Tasting Experience / Lunch Full Dinner with local wines / Lodging

Day 3 Wednesday October 3
Continental breakfast in the lobby-restaurant. We will depart to visit 2 prominent wineries in the territory which have been at the Top Wine list in Italian Guides in the past 10 years. We will stop and see the Lepore Winery located in Colonnella, and the D'Angelo Winery located in Mosciano Sant'Angelo. Degustation of wines, with some great local bread and extra virgin produced locally, followed by travel to the town of 
Mosciano Sant'Angelo, Chef Walters’s birthplace. We will have lunch at  country home Veroni, prepared by the Social Group “ACTIVE LADIES”, a group of female residents who specialize in charity and social activities in the territory. The lunch will feature the cuisine of the town of which I am so proud of and will be followed by a visit to the lovely Middle Ages town. Time permitting will have a presentation of the history of Mosciano, followed by espresso and fine pastry visit to Pastry Emporium Gran Noblesse, to lift our energy. Return to Villa Susanna, followed by a well-deserved break, and specialty dinner in the evening. Overnight lodging at Villa Susanna.

Inclusions: Breakfast / Travel / Wine Tasting Experiences / Lunch / Espresso & Pastry break / Full Dinner with local wines / Lodging


Day 4, Thursday October 4
Continental breakfast in the lobby-hotel. In this history day, we will travel to the city of 
Ascoli Piceno  in the Marche Region, about 40 minutes away. Visit to the Meletti liqueur factory for mid-morning samples of their famed Anisette. The Meletti have been in business for over a century and the first liqueur made in Italy of the style. We will proceed with and historical tour of the old Roman City, followed by lunch Marchigiano style in a typical selected restaurant of Ascoli Piceno. After lunch, departure toward  Civitella del Tronto to visit the old fortress and the ancient borgo. Return to Villa Susanna, break, followed by an Abruzzo-themed dinner. Overnight lodging at Villa Susanna.

Inclusions: Breakfast / Travel / Meletti liqueur Tasting /Lunch / Historic Site Pass Entrance / Full Dinner with local wines / Lodging

Day 5, Friday October 5
Continental breakfast in the lobby-hotel followed by the departure to the sea city of 
San Benedetto del Tronto on the Adriatic shores in the Marche region, about 35 minutes ride. Visit to the maritime city, with a-must-stop to the outdoor market for mandatory shopping. The market is the focal point of reunion for many around the territory, and a place where the art of bargaining began. Lunch in a local restaurant selected by Chef Walter overlooking the Adriatic Sea, and of course based on local fresh Adriatic seafood. In the afternoon we will return to Villa Susanna. Break with the possibility to visit the borgo-town of Colonnella, about 1 mile away, or simply lounge around the Villa Susanna's grounds with a cocktail in your hands. Dinner at hotel with pasta presentation by local experts on fresh pasta and gnocchi, combined with degustation of wines from Abruzzo. Your participation in the class-seminar is optional. You can get your hands filled with flour, or just watch the mastery and rejoin us for dinner. Overnight lodging at Villa Susanna.

Pack your bags and check out…..we are moving tomorrow to Umbria!

Inclusions: breakfast / Travel / lunch / Pasta presentation / Full Dinner with local wines / Lodging

Day 6, Saturday October 6 (Gubbio)
Continental breakfast in the lobby-restaurant. We would like to have you up little earlier because we are moving to another region. Early departure toward the city of 
Gubbio in the Umbria Region  with an approximate travel time of 3 1/2 hours. Check-in at the Mencarelli Properties  Relais Ducale Hotel. Welcome cocktail, followed by a guided tour of the city often named "The Little Florence". Lunch on your own, or just browse the street food scene and pick something light. Free time to explore additional venues and to get acquainted with this truffle saturated city. In the evening you will be treated with a sublime dinner on typical Umbrian specialties and wines at La Taverna del Lupo the Tavern of the Wolf, one the finest establishment in Italy.

Inclusions: Breakfast / Travel / Welcome Reception / Guided Tour / Full Dinner with local wines / Lodging

Day 7, Sunday October 7
Continental breakfast in the lobby of the hotel, followed by the departure to
  Assisi. Visit to San Francis Basilica and its Franciscan surroundings. Here you will admire some of the most emblematic history of the Catholic Church with its frescos and the deep sense of spirituality that permeates in the Holy Town. Afternoon departure toward the historical Borgo-town of  Trevi  which dates back to the 1300. Our lunch break will be at Locanda Castellina, where we will sample all Umbrian specialties. Visit stroll to the historical center. Return to Gubbio for the farewell dinner in late evening.

Inclusions: breakfast / Travel / Lunch / Full Dinner with local wines / Lodging

Day 8, Monday October 8
Breakfast and early departure toward the (FCO) Leonardo da Vinci Airport for the return flights to the USA

Inclusions: Travel to Airport Leonardo Da Vinci (FCO)

Additional Trip Details

Single occupancy available for an additional $250.00 PP / Suite $ 500

Deposit $550 for reservation (non-refundable).

Please read our cancellation policy before making your payment.

The following is included in the price:

All land transportation during tour / including trip from airport and return

For detail 401-273-2652 / we will hold your reservation without deposit for 10 days. A $550 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a reservation for tour at time of reservation. We reserve the right to modify the program based on unexpected factors.


By check payable to: Walter Potenza 286 Atwells Avenue, Providence RI 02903

• Not included your Airfare •

PAYMENT / Payment in full is required at least 90 days prior to departure REFUNDS / In the event that we must cancel a trip, you will be given a full refund of all deposits and payments.

We do not give refunds of deposits or final payments for tours that commence as scheduled, including for unused portions of the tour. We do give credit for cancellations as noted below.

Cancellation policy

In the event you cancel your tour for any reason, we allow credit for payments (but not the non-refundable deposit) in the following way: • 100% credit for future tours given with 90 days notice. • 60% credit for future tours given with notice of 60 to 89 days.

• 30% credit for future tours given with notice of 30 to 59 days. • No credit is issued for cancellation less than 30 days prior to start date of the tour. • All cancellation credits are good for one year from the start date of the originally scheduled tour. We strongly encourage trip insurance. (Contact your credit card company for additional information).

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286 Atwells Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island 02903 / 401.273.2652


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