Maple is the symbol of Canada. Saffron is Abruzzoâ€™s one.
Alessia is half Canadian, Fabrizio is 100% from Abruzzo.
Maple represents Alessia, language teacher, grown up in Italy with a love for taste and traditional food.â€¨Sheâ€™s been traveling since she was 12, but she always goes back to her first love, Abruzzo! Making gnocchi with her â€śnonnaâ€ť since she was 5, she loves cooking and travelling, discovering new places and their gastronomic traditions; she believes a good meal can change your entire life forever.
Saffron is the best-known symbol of Abruzzo in Italy; itâ€™s the symbol of its gentle but strong heart, one of the emblems of its tasty and genuine cuisine! Saffron represents Fabrizio, professional musician with a deep love for jazz, a past as sous-chef and a passion for travels. World-wide spirit, after 20 years of trips around the world, he met Alessia and together they kept deeply exploring Abruzzo and Italyâ€™s best kept secrets.
â€śWhy not join us for a trip you will never forget?â€ť
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
areÂ private,Â small tours
includeÂ all meals (breakfasts, lunches and dinners as indicated in each tour description)
include all beveragesÂ (as indicated in each tour description)
include all tastings (as indicated in each tour description)
include all visitsÂ to attractions
includeÂ land transportation, in private air-conditioned buses, from the moment you arrive till the day you leave
haveÂ four-star accommodationÂ throughout the tour
give you the ease of unpacking only once and feel at home in your hotel room
have beenÂ experienced by usÂ before taking you there, choosing the most stunning places and selecting theÂ best foodÂ you could get from our local cuisine
will be personallyÂ escorted by us, fluent Italian, French and English speakers, so you will only have to worry about having fun and enjoying your stay.
â€śAll our tours have a different and unique tasteâ€ť
Abruzzo, the place we both come from and where anyone would wish to buy a house and settle in when they visit it! Its traditions, its history and food will overwhelm you! Just two hours from Rome, Abruzzo has a central position in Italy, which makes it a perfect place to travel around the country. This almost-unknown gem between the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea has a history which goes back in centuries: Greeks and Romans have left their traces and traditions, enriching the Abruzzo culture with their monuments, churches and old towns. Its old little villages, where time seems to stand still; its green and rich hills, where olive groves and vineyards generously give their fruits every year; its beautiful mountains, which still keep the ancient traditions alive. Walk through its medieval towns and castles, dive into history and legends; be enchanted by its incredible landscapes, that run from the high peaks of its National Park to the gold sand shores of the Adriatic coast.
Get a taste of its exquisite and various traditional dishes, learn how olive oil and cheese are made while you sip its awarded wines.
â€śTake the Abruzzo road with us, wherever you stop is a unique experienceâ€ť
Abruzzo region has the most stunning and dreamy locations for an unforgettable wedding! Whether you wish to tie the knot where your grandparents did or youâ€™re looking for a unique location, you just need to make a wish andâ€¦ weâ€™ll take care of everything! Check our wedding section and choose the perfect wedding services for you!
Do you have relatives in Abruzzo? Do you want to discover your heritage? Come and learn about your Abruzzese roots! We will guide you through an itinerary that will show you how your family used to live, show you the places your family came from and we will be at your disposal to help you find your relatives, contact and visit them wherever they are in Abruzzo!
"We continue to talk about our fabulous days with you in beautiful Abruzzo. Thank you so much for the wonderful visit. Thank you much more, Alessia and Fabrizio, for creating one of the most wonderful travel experiences we have ever had. You could not have made our too brief visit more spectacular than it was.â€ť
â€śTraveling with Maple and Saffron was a fabulous experience. We cannot imagine more helpful, intelligent, warm hosts than Alessia and Fabrizio. The sites we visited in Abruzzo and the spectacularly wonderful food made our visit so memorable."
Michael e Marsha P. (Maine, US)
"I have a bucket list and on that list was a trip to Italy. Through some friends I found this tour company â€śMaple and Saffron Toursâ€ť â€¦so I googled. And what I found fit my dream of visiting Italy and actually experiencing the cultureâ€¦NOT in big cities but in an area that is not known to manyâ€¦Abruzzo. Maple and Saffron afforded me the opportunity to experience so many fantastic sights and tastes of Italy that I truly felt a part of the culture. I was treated to the history of the area as they are both so well versed in this area and then we would stop at vantage points that were absolutely breathtaking! The food experience was unbelievableâ€¦they had obviously spent copious amounts of time to find the very best of the Italian experience for their guestsâ€¦. I dug for truffles, had an amazing truffle filled lunchâ€¦and had pizza high up in the mountains that was beyond my expectations! We had fine dining in a very small restaurant that was magical with incredible tastes of that region. I think my most memorable was climbing high up in the mountains to this wee little village of stone homes and flowers abound to a restaurant that was at the top. In we went and you felt so at home. In the kitchen we saw the shepherdâ€¦who had delivered the milk for the cheese we had at lunch! Each area is known for a product and the food is so pure it just melts your taste buds. I truly felt at home with these lovely people and would highly recommend you check them out!!! If you wish to truly experience Italyâ€¦without the tourist trappingsâ€¦then this is the way to go! For what you yourselves wish to seeâ€¦and I can only sayâ€¦that to travel with Maple and Saffron is the essence of Italy."
Linda W. (British Columbia, CA)
Months prior I read a heartfelt review & contacted Maple and Saffron tours. Now at Pescara we were greeted by Alessia and Fabrizo the best guides in all of Italy! We went off to a â€śtraboccoâ€ť for lunch. Alessia and Fabrizo took us to all parts of the region, from seaside to mountain top towns. We ate our way through having some of the best cheeses, tender arrosticini and creative pizzas. Alessia and Fabrizo showed us the immediate area of my ancestors: Teramo.â€ť
â€śWeâ€™re still smiling about our wonderful time with you two!
Wayne and Valerie (Pennsylvania, US)
â€śYou two are the very Best Abruzzo Guides!!!! We had a wonderful time with you!!! We are blessed to have met you both!"
Diana and Rick W. (California, US)
â€śThank you so much for a wonderful day! We both enjoyed it so much, definitely made a special memory for our anniversary. You are both such lovely, welcoming people and we felt so relaxed throughout the day. We will definitely recommend you to our friends and family. We will also be in touch for our future visits to Abruzzo for you both to show us some more hidden treasures! Also please tell Nonna we had the gnocchi for dinner and it was absolutely delicious!â€ť
Aimee and Jordan O. (south of London, UK)
â€śYou made the time in Abruzzo like visiting friends for the weekend! Adoro! Sieti degli ambasciatori di Abruzzo fantastici! Non aspettavo di trovarmi cosĂ¬ bene, non me li scorderĂ˛ mai i bei ricordi del tour di Abruzzo con voi, grazie infinite!â€ť