[...] For our small group, travelling through Abruzzo offers a snapshot of authentic village life. From the seaside town of Vasto to the hilltop villages surrounding the Apennine Mountains and across the vineyards and silver olive groves of Pescara, there is variation here that we hadn't experienced in Italy before.
With a history dating to 1300BC, Vasto has a mix of Benedictine, Spanish and Roman architectural influences.
We visit the fishing hamlet of Rocca San Giovanni, where curious wooden contraptions called trabocchi are used by locals to catch fish and prawns.
Dinner is a fresh catch of fish. Our chef does little more than lightly batter the scampi (shell on) and flash-fry the calamari with lemon, garlic and oil. It is the best I've ever had. [...]