Food. Wine and olive oil. The scenic and picturesque Italian landscapes.
An Italian gay getaway and gourmet food Christmas holiday – all in one. Scenic. Unspoilt. Abruzzo. A truly traditional Italian region and known as the greenest region in Europe! A place where food is a way of life. The Italian Christmas gay getaway is an adventure designed around everything we believe today's hardworking and busy gay group of friends, dream of. This all-inclusive gay getaway week is designed around living life to the full.
We enjoy the local cuisine and visit a variety of traditional restaurants. We stay active with mountain guided walk with snowshoes / skiing is a must do – with food tastings and relaxing in thermal baths. Visit antique and fresh produce Christmas markets, beautiful old villages and take part in traditional Italian festivals. There is always time to relax with a glass of Prosecco. Every day will be an Italian feast!
Food is a way of life in Italy. In the region of Abruzzo, the food is always local and fresh. From farm to table! Our cooks, be it a ’nonna’ from a nearby village or a chef from one of the finest restaurants are always traditional and yet wildly innovative.
During this week we invite our guests to savour, learn and be inspired through visits to fabulous restaurants, cooking classes in our villa and wine and olive oil tastings at a variety of breweries & distilleries. The week revolves around our love of food and wine, making truly traditional Italian Christmas food, five-star spa treatments, luxury accommodation and everything that Villa Girosole and the Abruzzo region have to offer.
An all-inclusive, truly traditional Italian Christmas getaway to one of the most beautiful and undiscovered regions of Italy: Abruzzo.
Villa Girosole is your Italian home, away from home. Here you decide what you want to do and when you want to do it – and there is SO much to do – no matter what time of the year:
• Explore the numerous hilltop villages scattered along the Italian countryside
• Stop along the way and take photographs for Facebook, Instagram and to show-off to family and friends back home
• Truffle hunting experience
• Visiting ancient hamlets where the locals perform nativity scenes and have impressive and romantic Christmas markets
• Every day will be an Italian feast! Whether at a quaint restaurant in a village, or at a Christmas market – the opportunities are endless.
• Cooking classes and cheesemaking – local “Nonnas” guiding guests on making truly traditional Italian Christmas food!
• Several festivals are taking place during the winter months. As an example:
- 19th December, St. Berard festival in Teramo. – where the whole village are filled with farmers and local artisans from the Abruzzo region – and you get to taste the excellent locally produced products.
- 08 December, “Notte dei Faungni” festival. A typical Folklore Festival. Taverns, squares, museums, shops, bars and restaurants of the gorgeous village of Atri are open for the whole night to celebrate the Fest of the Immaculate with the theme: “Fire”. Excellent entertainment, food and wine to warm the cold nights in one of the most amazing
settings. A great festival to experience.
• Visit breweries and distilleries
• A mountain guided walk with snowshoes / skiing is a must do – with food tastings and relaxing in thermal baths
• Luxury Accommodation in a private villa
Day 1 - Saturday
• Ciao! Touch down in Rome, Italy! Your holiday begins now!
• You will be met by your hosts upon arrival and then transfer from Rome to Villa Girosole in a luxury, airconditioned 12-seater minibus. An easy drive past beautiful Italian villages, scattered along the countryside.
• Welcome to Villa Girosole! Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink while your luggage will be taken care of. A quick tour of the villa...
• Settle in. Make yourself at home. Our home is your home...
• We open up a bottle of Prosecco, sit down to relax and enjoy the breath-taking views with snacks, locally farmed fruit, bread, cheese and olives.
• Time to go up to your room, open your welcome gift and freshen up and spend the rest of the day as you wish.
• Drinks are always available in the ‘cucina’ – help yourself! Lunch and dinner will be served in one of many settings... maybe in front of the fire place?
Day 2 - Sunday
• It’s market day in Abruzzo! We visit the weekly market in the village center of Guardiagrele.
• The journey up to the charming town of Guardiagrele is a beautiful trip with amazing views.
• The town is out and about and going to church and alive with people. Sit outside the large church at a café. Order something to drink: Un cappuccino, per favore and enjoy it while you watch the world go by.
• Then, time for a three-course lunch at the fantastic “Cantina del Tripio” in Guardiagrele.
Start off with the staple antipasti, a mixed cold platter comprising some excellent Pecorino of various ages and a light smooth ricotta-like cheese, Caciocavallo made from cows’ milk, served with a Vino Cotto jelly and an excellent Tartuffe Miele. Also, a wide selection of salami and Prosciutto. After this you will be treated to scrumptious slices of courgette and aubergine in a new, light & peppery warm olive oil.
Main course could be a classic Abruzzo pasta dish, Pasta e Ceci (chickpeas). This may not sound very exciting, but it is the addition of a special Abruzzi’s condiment called Adacciata which brings it alive – this is a combination of garlic, parsley, basil and Prosciutto (in this case smoked) which is added to the pasta and chickpeas as a sort of pesto. It makes for the most amazing dish, part soup, part pasta. A light infused and enthusing delight!
You will also be kindly served with a selection of nuts to crack yourself. Walnuts. Though this will only be a pallet preparer for a course of freshly roasted chestnuts, a huge number… too many to eat… So, feel free to slip some into a serviette and hid them in your pocket to make a Chestnut and Brussel sprout soup later….
Share a traditional Abruzzo-style cake, soaked admirably in alcohol and very consumable.
Day 3 - Monday
• Time to do whatever you please. Let’s explore the region of Abruzzo even further – visit a few villages – or just relax around villa, Prosecco in hand!
• Or visit the only spa set in the green heart of Abruzzo, inside the Majella National Park – dedicated to the natural well-being and thermal treatments: Sulphur waters, steam baths, hydro massages and traditional massages.
• Or what about trying your hand at Gelato making?
• Or maybe you want to be a bit more adventurous and try paragliding?
• Truffle hunting? Skiing? Snow boarding?
• Just SO much to do – seven days might not be enough and you’ll have to return to explore Abruzzo even more…
Day 4 - Tuesday
• A fun-filled day of food and cooking, wine, olive oil, bread and laughter!
• Get ready for the best cooking lesson with local, fresh and healthy products accompanied by special wines from the Abruzzo region! You will be taught all the tricks of traditional Italian recipes.
• Let’s cook and enjoy yourselves. Then, after cooking we will enjoy the meal at our table together!
Your hosts, Annabella and her daughter, Rosario. A mother and daughter team that have always loved to
cook authentic recipes of Abruzzo. Family and friends often gather around their table full of all kind of
goodness, eating and drinking a glass of good local wine. Every meal is rigorously infused with the
passion for tradition. A unique experience of a full immersion in the genuine and authentic cooking
tradition while surrounded by a family atmosphere. They will teach you how to cook the best recipes
as well as tips and tricks that they have learned over the years.
Day 5 - Wednesday
• A visit to the Adriatic coast is an absolute must – and so is a scrumptious lunch on a traditional Trabocchi.
• Discover the unique Trabocchi Coast. A stretch of coastline that lies between Ortona and San Salvo along the Adriatic Sea. The coast is named after the wooden fishing huts, built out over the water, that exist only in Abruzzo. It is the most unique experience that the Abruzzo region has to offer.
• You can also enjoy an “Unspoken Food Tour” – you are taken to small and intimate restaurants around Abruzzo – those type of restaurants that only the locals know about... One of the most amazing experiences: eat like a local!
• We visit one of many Christmas markets. Stroll along several small stall, do some Christmas shopping...
• Enjoy mulled wine while locals perform Christmas carols.
• Also taste every single local Italian dish at the Christmas market, unique to Abruzzo in
• A truly special experience that you will remember for years to come.
Day 6 - Thursday
• Follow the Shepherds into the field and take part in a cheese making class.
• Be a guest at a Bio-Agritourismo – a Bio-organic farm. You will accompany the shepherds on an easy hike into the fields of the national park, to graze their sheep in the fields, breath in the pristine alpine air and enjoy the splendid views of the mountains all around.
• Back at the farm is where the sheep and goats are milked to make first class ricotta and pecorino cheese. The farm’s quality cheese is so revered, that it is used in the best restaurants in New York and even served at the Whitehouse.
• You will each get to make our own cheese, learning at the hands of these masters.
• We will enjoy lunch in the farm’s own restaurant onsite, where they use only their own or local produce. We will sample the farm’s array of Salumi and cheeses. An absolute favorite is the ricotta cheese, lightly smoked with juniper berries. The gnocchi made with wild boar and melted 12-year aged pecorino cheese is an experience in itself!
Day 7 - Friday
• As with any other day - always time to rest and relax - to do as you please.
• Relax in front of the fire place. Drink wine.
• Let's visit a nearby village? Or a drive along the Adriatic coast?
• Or maybe try out your newly acquired Italian cooking skills in our cucina - but most importantly, enjoy yourself, laugh and have fun.
Day 8 - Saturday
• Return to Rome for your flight back home.