Abruzzo – Le Marche: Stunning Landscapes and Authentic Flavours

Abruzzo – Le Marche: Stunning Landscapes and Authentic Flavours

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Abruzzo – Le Marche: Stunning Landscapes and Authentic Flavours

From Civitella del Tronto, a stunning village included in Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park we will move to Le Marche to enjoy postcard – views from Smerillo and visit Ascoli Piceno, one of the most monumental medieval towns in Italy also known as “the town of one hundred towers”. Our tour will be slow, to enjoy the Nature and the spirt of this places. It will be also the best chance to discover the best quality and authentic food and wine of this area: from Emidio Pepe Winery to the cured meats of “Salumificio Monterotti”, ending to “Migliori” Laboratory to learn how cooking the best “olive all’ascolana”.

May - June / September - October
  • Included
    5 senses
1st Day: Glimpse of Abruzzo and natural wines tasting
We’ll transfer to Civitella del Tronto in the Teramo province, close to the border of Le Marche. The village is included in the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park, and it’s dominated by the "Twin Mountains" in which the Salinello River flows through. The Fortezza, an outstanding military building that stands above the town centre, on the top of a travertine cliff, is the most visited monument of all the Abruzzo Region. We will conduct an English guided tour of the Fortezza, already famous in the Middle Age for its unforgettable siege. From Civitella, we will move onto Torano Nuovo to visit Emidio Pepe winery. In the most Northern part of Abruzzo, there is a strip of land between the Adriatic Sea and the Gran Sasso Mountains, which provides the perfect microclimate to allow the vines to grow and produce grapes of outstanding quality. Emidio never used any chemicals throughout his process, as his main focus was to have enriched soil that produced wines with a natural energy, which brought them to life – no selected yeast to start the alcoholic fermentation, and no enzyme to enhance the flavours. Just sulphur, copper water and biodynamic formulation. Emidio Pepe winery uses the most traditional methods of winemaking, from the field to the glass: picking, selection and destemming of grapes are done by hand, crushing is also still done by foot. These techniques allow the wines to adapt to aging. On the tour, we will taste Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC, an ancient indigenous variety from Abruzzo; and Pecorino Colli Aprutini IGT, a traditional wine from Southern Marche, Northern Abruzzo and Montepulciano.  

Passionate ★★

6/7 hours walking, Lenght 19 km, 700 m gain.
2nd Day: Stunning Panorama on “Marche Rooftoop” and homemade cured meats
We will then make a transfer to Smerillo, Fermo Province, a village of 200 inhabitants, sheltered on a cliff, 800m above sea level. Smerillo is well-known as “Marche Rooftop” due to its incredible panoramic lookout. From the green Sibillini Mountains, to the blue of the Adriatic Sea. From the Tenna valley, to Abruzzo’s coast. From the sweet hills on one side, to Mt Conero on the other. Walking through its alleys it is easy to get taken back to when the whole town was a castle. Smerillo host also a natural area, that ever since the 70’s has been protected; it’s called Smerillo Forest. Due to its geographic position between the sea and the mountains, it hosts an abundance of rare animals and plant species. We will then walk on the Fessa Trail, a canyon that was formed 3.5 million years ago on the typical sandstone that hosts many fossils (45 minutes walking, 70m difference in altitude, easy ring route). We’ll then make our transfer to Sarnano to visit “Salumificio Monterotti”, specialised in the production of cured meats. Pigs are the only animal that are bred in the area; they are fed with cereals, farmed by the company itself. They are still using the traditional chimney for aging products, burning only wood that comes from the Sibillini Mountains; “Coppa di testa”, “Ciauscolo” and “Pancetta”, are just some of the delightful cuts of pork that we will be tasting together.

Passionate ★★

6/7 hours walking, 21 km lenght, 400 m gain.
3rd Day: Let’s make “Olive all’ascolana” in the “One hundred towers town”!
We’ll then meet with a local tour guide to discover the beauties of Ascoli Piceno. It is considered one of the most monumental medieval towns in Italy. It is known as “the town of one hundred towers” for its many belfries and towers that stand out from the rooftops. At the centre of the town, you’ll find “Piazza del Popolo”, undoubtably the main square of the town, where the most important building overlooks: Capitani del Popolo Palace (XIII sec.), Caffè Meletti, San Francesco Church (XIII – XVI sec.) and Loggia dei Mercanti. “Olive all’ascolana” is the traditional dish from this town, famous all over the world; green pitted olives stuffed with meat, and then deep fried. Not only will we get a chance to taste them, but we’ll also be shown how they are traditionally cooked in the “Migliori” laboratory. It is a family-owned business involved in agribusiness since the 50’s; it’s a perfect testimonial of Ascoli Piceno culinary tradition. N.B. The activity order and contents can change in order to the Guide decision, in case specific circumstances occur.

Passionate ★★★

6/7 walking, 23 km Lenght, 850 m gain.
Difficulty code
Physical training level: is this tour fitting you? Read our difficulty code:


Itineraries on road or large track that don’t require specific training or bearing skills. However, it is necessary to don’t have reduced mobility or cardiovascular disease. 200 m maximum gain and 3 h maximum walking (break excluded)

Difficulty ★☆☆☆



Itineraries on easy to find tracks. They need a minimum of training and equipment. 400 m maximum gain and 4 h maximum walking (break excluded)

Difficulty ★★☆☆



Itineraries on easy to find tracks, also in snowy area with moderate slope. They need a minimum of equipment and bearing skills, walking training in mountain condition for few hours. 600 m maximum gain and 5 h maximum walking (break excluded)

Difficulty ★★★☆



Itineraries not well marked. They need a reasonable mountain knowledge and absence of vertigo. Physical training should be appropriate to a full day walking. 600 m maximum gain and more than 5 h walking (break excluded).

Difficulty ★★★★


Tour info

Luggage and backpacks: A good level of physical training is required. We will walk the entire route on foot with a small backpack. Luggages will be moved from one accomodation to the other.
Allergies and specific diet: Don’t forget to inform us about your specific dietary need. Last minute request may not be accepted. On the route could be difficult to find detail food like gluten – free. For this reason we higly recommend to bring your own food.

Single bedroom: On request with extra cost.



Travel Agency Il Ponticello Coop. a r.l.
Strada della Chiusa 4/11, 61122 Pesaro (PU)
Tel: +39 0721 482607 (lun/ven 9,30-18,30)
Cell. +39 338 7145465 / 3703028464
E-mail: info@ilponticello.net
IBAN – IT19J0882613300000010102092
Indicate on the payment description:
  1. Name of the activity
  2. Date and place of the activity
  3. Number of participants
C.F./P.I./R.I. 02442890410
REA Number: PS 182058
Capitale sociale € 10.000 versato € 10.000
Iscrizione Albo Cooperative n. A211782


The price includes:

  • 5 nights in double or triple bedroom with private bathroom and breakfast included;;
  • Transfer from/to the hotel fro/to visited places;
  • AIGAE Certified Nature and Walking Guide;
  • Guided Tour of Ascoli Piceno Dei route;
  • Guided Tour of Civitella del Tronto Fortress;
  • Tour and Wine Tasting of Emidio Pepe farm;
  • Tour and Tasting at “Salumificio Monterotti;
  • “Olive all’ascolana” cooking lesson and tasting.

The price does not include

  • Personal insurance;
  • Packed lunches (you can buy directly in the accomodation);
  • Personal extras;
  • Anything not indicated in “The prices includes


Coverage: Polizza Europassistance Viaggi Nostop Gruppi

On request, we can activate: BASE Insurance Policy It should be requested together with the tour booking because it has to be issued within 24 hours from the booking confirmation. Payment has to be done together with the deposit specifying on the payment description “Deposit and BASE Insurance Policy”. Alternatively, it is possible to activate the TOP Cancellation Policy with 15 days before the departure.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation within 30 days before the departure: 25% loss of the total cost;
  • Cancellation from 29 to 16 days before the departure: 50% loss of the total cost;
  • Cancellation from 15 to 6 days before the departure: 75% loss of the total cost;
  • Cancellation within 5 days before the departure: 100% loss

Same penalty are applied to everybody lacking of valid ID or Passport.