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Check out unspoiled Abruzzo

WHEN planning a European Summer Escape to Rome, allow a few days to slow down your pace and discover the Italy of old, with a side trip to pristine and uncrowded Abruzzo.

A trip east of Rome across the majestic Apennines to unspoilt Abruzzo is a great alternative.

Abruzzo is just a three-hour drive or train trip east of Rome, but feels a million miles away with its slower pace and traditional Italian lifestyle and food. The area is known for its its mountains, nature, and medieval hilltop villages and local produce - including wine, olive oil, truffles, saffron, pecorino cheeses, and (of course) fresh pasta.

Whether you visit the region for a couple of days, a week, or a month, there is much to explore, and Absolutely Abruzzo Tours can help you experience the tastes, sights and culture of the real Italia without the crowds with its four and eight-day itineraries.

Abruzzo specialists Luciana Masci and Michael Howard personally guide all tours.

Tours prices start from $1980 per person, twin-share, for the four-day (three-night) Gourmet Getaway and Tastes of Abruzzo tours. The tours are all-inclusive providing accommodation, all meals and drinks with meals, wine, private olive oil and cheese tastings, all guiding and activities as well as exclusive performances by international operatic tenor Michael Howard.

Visit absolutelyabruzzo.com or freecall 1800 641 136.

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