Calling all passionate cooks and foodies!  Please join us for an immersive week of cooking, eating and exploring in wild, beautiful Abruzzo, Italy. We’ll visit farms and local food producers and learn traditional techniques and recipes passed down through generations.  This is a one-of-a-kind experience for travelers who long to live their culinary dreams amidst the majestic mountains, serene coastlines and rambling countryside of Italy’s greenest, most undiscovered region.

Trip Highlights:

STAY at an agriturismo that produces ancient grains

TRAVERSE the paths of shepherds & make pecorino cheese

FORAGE for wild herbs

COOK on a trabocco overlooking the Adriatic Sea

LEARN secret family recipes

SAVOR fine local wines in the bucolic countryside

FEAST on a soup made of 50 ingredients served on

SHOP at a local market in a medieval piazza


DATES…Sunday, April 28th to Saturday, May 4th, 2019

WHO SHOULD COME … Serious cooks, foodies and eaters!

WHERE WE’LL STAY … Your home for the week is Agriturismo Pietrantica a farm-stay/inn owned by the warm and loving Sanelli family that also produces indigenous Solina wheat and farro grains. Have you ever traveled somewhere and wished you had a local friend with whom you could stay and have dinner?  Well, that’s what staying at Pietrantica is like – for a week, you live at the home of your Italian friends in a village in which it feels as if time has stood still.  Pietrantica is located in Decontra, a tiny hamlet at 900 meters above sea level, in the heart of the Majella National Park.  The complex is composed of old barns carefully restored using local stones, wood and terracotta.  You’ll experience family-style homemade breakfasts and farm-to-table dinners using organic ingredients from the farm and from other local producers. Marisa’s cooking matches her personality – filled with warmth, nurturing and humor. But be warned – she might make you sing for your supper!

COOK + TREK TOUR 2019 RATE: $2999.00 per person, in double occupancy room.**


  • Double occupancy room with private bath for six (6) nights**
  • Breakfast daily
  • All except for two lunches/dinners (wine included)
  • All ground transportation via private coach and drivers
  • All cooking classes
  • All hiking excursions
  • Any entrance fees, tours, tastings and local guides
  • Transfers between Abruzzo and Piazza Bologna in Rome
  • Taxes and service charges
  • Gratuities (however, at the conclusion of the tour, if you are pleased with the hospitality and service of our local partners, additional recognition at your discretion is appreciated)


  • Airfare
  • Trip insurance
  • Two meals
  • Optional activities during free time
  • Gifts and personal purchases including refreshments during “free time” or during spontaneous stops along the way

**Single supplement of $500.00 applies.

Number of Participants: A minimum of five (5) participants is required for the program to occur. The maximum number of participants for the program is 12.

Getting To & From Abruzzo – Our private coach and driver will pick you up and drop you off in Rome’s Piazza Bologna, a “real” a Roman neighborhood brimming with locals and students. From there, we’ll whisk you off to Abruzzo in a private coach bus.  We strongly recommend that you arrive in Rome at least one day before the start of the tour to ensure that you’ll meet the group on time (with the added benefit of sleeping off the jetlag and wandering the Eternal City for an evening.)  We’d be happy to suggest a few of our favorite places to stay, things to do and foods to eat! ­

Deposit; Terms & Conditions:  A 50% deposit (the “Deposit”), payable to Three Little Guys LLC (D./B/A Majella Home Cooking) (hereinafter, “MHC”), of which $500 is non-refundable for administrative fees, is required at the time of the reservation of the program (hereinafter, “the Program”) for each participant (“Participant”).  Upon payment of the Deposit to MHC, the Participant expressly agrees to be bound by the Terms & Conditions set forth in the following link: 


 Here’s What Our Guests Have to Say About Our Trips…

From Razia, Washington:
Michelle, thank you for providing an accessible trip for me to make visiting Abruzzo possible! It couldn’t have been made better through and through from start to finish – with the opportunities to explore so many magical places (I can’t forget those fireflies on our night hike!), and taste so many pieces of heaven – the saffron lasagna, Marisa’s amazing ravioli, and the zucchini blossoms, and all the cheeses, and everything! It was heavenly and I miss every minute of it every single day – it was such a gift to be able to partake in every daily adventure.

From Shirley, Maine:
Thank you for sharing your passion for Abruzzo with us. We all felt the fact that you are authentically in love with the place. Your wide eyed wonder for the simplicity of this motherland wrapped us in humility for the simple blessings of the earth. When folks ask how my trip was I found that my reply has been… It was just like going home! Again… grazie!

From Becca, Boston:
I am still talking non-stop about our trip. I loved it more than I can explain. Thank you so much for everything. My two friends are contacting you as we speak to sign up for next year! Can’t wait to join you for another adventure in Abruzzo!

From Linda D, New York:
You really outdid yourself in the planning and execution of our week in the Majella. We could not have asked for a better tour. Marisa and staying at Pietranica was a delight and our daily journeys were adventurous (to say the least!) and educational, not to mention DELICIOUS. I am so grateful that I was a part of your “maiden tour” of [la] Majella and Decontra. … MANY, MANY, THANKS for an amazing, unforgettable vacation.