Last Autumn I took part in a fantastic press trip to Abruzzo. It is one of Italy’s least known regions and mass tourism has passed it by. Halfway down the Italian peninsula sandwiched between the Apennine mountains and the Adriatic sea its a perfect place for those who love the great outdoors . There are three national parks and 38 nature reserves and is a perfect area to visit if you into hiking , cycling and skiing.
As for the food you are in for a treat. Abruzzo is known for mountain lamb and a speciality is arrosicini -mutton kebabs. Another speciality is pizze fritte -shallow fried pizza dough. The local pasta is macheroni alla chittara, where the dough is rolled over a pasta guitar (chitarra) that slices it into squared strips.
The local wines are the wonderful Montalpulciano d’Abruzzo, but if you prefer white wine the local Pecorino (no, not the cheese!) it is really good too.
We went in search of truffles and after going on a truffle hunt we headed to the Il Tubero d’Oro restaurant in Campli to sample some. I thought I had died and gone to heaven.!!I’m definitely getting a taste for them after all these gastronomic press trips.
I thoroughly recommend a trip to this unique region of Italy.