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Palazzo Tour d'Eau - Abruzzo Cibus

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Looking for a new kind of holiday? Are you considering culinary travel? Why not explore the rich history, natural beauty, and culinary delights of the most authentic and captivating region in central Italy? Enjoy a relaxing gourmet vacation experience in a beautiful destination! Savor the wine and cuisine of the Adriatic side of the Mediterranean! In our opinion, the best way to discover a region is through food. That is why we created the Abruzzo Cibus Culinary Tours. Cibus in latin means food. Our goal is to show people why Abruzzo is one of the world's finest foodie destinations!
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Chris & Betsy wrote a review Oct 2022
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We don’t get to travel internationally as much as we’d like. So, when we do, we prefer to *do things* rather than just see "touristy" things. We wanted to experience Italy; I mean REALLY EXPERIENCE Italy! We feel so fortunate that my mother-in-law gifted us a trip to the beautifully restored mountaintop Palazzo Tour d’Eau with its spectacular views: You can see snowcapped mountains in one direction and the Adriatic in another. Thanks to Massimo and the palazzo’s dedicated team, we had what seems like a month’s worth of experiences in only a week! Enjoyed fresh seafood over the Adriatic at Vasto. Prepared fresh Abruzzese meals daily with Chef Dino in the palazzo’s kitchen classroom. Hunted truffles in the nearby woods (which we tasted at dinner that night!). A massage at the spa overlooking the valley. A sommelier session on fine Montepulciano. Ate local cheese right off the production line. Learned what proper olive oil should taste like. Observed the artisanal crafting of bells at a thousand year old foundry in Agnone. I could go on. My only regret is that we didn’t keep a journal of all the amazing meals. We’ll definitely be returning to the palazzo as part of an extended tour of Abruzzo as soon as we can. One very minor complaint: the bed was a bit stiff and could’ve used a pillow top or something.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Departure25452422138 wrote a review Oct 2022
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Great accommodations, food and a weeklong cooking class. All were excellent. The tours to Vasto and Agnore were very interesting. The last night featured how to make an extremely good thin crust pizza in a wood burning pizza oven. We must have made 10 kinds. A musician came half way through the night and played Italian songs and then the staff did “Carunchio’s Got Talent”. Great singing voices. Very enjoyable and hope you can join Mossimo and his staff at Plazzo Tour D’Eau.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Bets & Bill wrote a review Jul 2022
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Where to begin..... We had an amazing time at Abruzzo Cibus!! Massimo is the absolute BEST host and went out of his way to try and accommodate everyone. Dino is an outstanding chef as well as a great historian who keeps you entertained the entire time. And unexpectedly, we found out he is quite a good singer too (Friday night pizza night - so fun)!!! The cooking classes were great and tons of fun and the food was delicious (whether we cooked it in the class or Dino cooked it for us). The excursions were great. Our favorite was the day in Vasto with Massimo as our tour guide and the lunch over the water. Just beautiful. Massimo is also a sommelier and gave a super informative wine tasting class. Speaking of wine......there is lots of it!!!! We tried our best to drink it all, but I think we left a little behind for the next group!!! The Palazzo is magnificent, and hearing about how it was restored is amazing. We stayed in the "honeymoon suite" (although we have been married 12 years)!! It was wonderful as it is a separate cottage right next door to the palazzo so gives you a little more privacy and an amazing view. If you want to spend a week in a palazzo in a beautiful part of Italy, learn how to cook and eat lots of delicious meals, experience lots of new things, meet lots of super nice people, drink lots of wine, and have lots of fun (that's a lot of lots!!!), then this is definitely the place for you!!! Thank you Massimo for an amazing trip! Betsy and Beeeeell will be back!!!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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nbc707 wrote a review Jun 2022
Northern California42 contributions11 helpful votes
We participated in the Carunchio cooking school in May 2022. We had a small group as it was one of the first classes after Covid restrictions began to be eased. It was a fantastic experience which I highly recommend. After the three- and one-half-hour ride from Rome, during which we were informed of the history of the Abruzzo region, we were introduced to Christina who would be our hostess for the week. She was personable, knowledgeable, and a great tour guide who saw to our every need. The accommodations were splendid, and the meals were superb, whether we helped prepare them or not. The palazzo sits atop a steep hill which gave us ample opportunity to walk off the calories on hikes to the village. Dino, the master chef and instructor, showed us how to cook Abruzzo style with fresh local produce, cheeses, and meats. His instruction was clear and entertaining. Chiara assisted with preparation and serving and kept us hydrated at the bar. Isabella also assisted and made sure our rooms were refreshed daily. The wine-tasting, led by certified sommelier Massimo, the palazzo owner and brother of Christina, was well presented and extremely informative. While Massimo’s preference is for red wines, the information he presented was applicable to whites as well. His light-hearted, humorous presentation style made the time go by too quickly. The tours to an olive oil processor, cheese maker, bell foundry and the coastal region were a pleasant experience led by Christina. She was a great driver and kept us well informed of the sites we visited. Thank you to all the staff for making our visit so enjoyable.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Margaret S wrote a review Oct 2021
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Dino is a world class chef who is also a historian/renaissance man with a wealth of knowledge about the Abruzzo region and its food. His recipes are simple, flavorful and elegant geared for the home cook. The Criscio family makes every effort to accommodate and provide the best experience. Christina and the staff are cordial, friendly and knowledgeable providing a cultural experience above and beyond what I was expecting. The Palace is grand in old style elegance with modern updates that are very comfortable. The vista is glorious from every window and if you like to hike...bring comfortable shoes. This village is not geared to tourists...which makes it so special. I was able to schedule a massage at a Spa that is next to the palace owned and operated by the Criscio family....Jennifer is a masseuse worth traveling to Abruzzo for...she is an expert and wholistic in her approach to massage. As you can tell I and my friends loved this trip to Italy. Thank you Christina, Tony, Kiera and Dino. Ciao!!!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Fearless376591 wrote a review Oct 2021
Ridgefield, New Jersey1 contribution2 helpful votes
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This was by far the most organized and hospitable and accommodating cooking trip I have ever been on , and I’ve been on many !!!! The Palazzo was magnificent and the rooms were suburb!!! Cristina was so informative as our hostess and our guide for the week . We all learned so much about the region and what it produces. Also the excursions were an experience in itself !!! I highly recommend this trip !!!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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JSCochrane wrote a review Oct 2021
Carthage,IN6 contributions3 helpful votes
The Abruzzo Cibus Cooking School is a wonderful balance of cooking and small-town sightseeing. Compared to other Italian "tours", which might go from one big city attraction to another, this is a relaxing way to enjoy rural and small-town Italy with a staff of truly wonderful, gracious, and friendly people. In addition to several side trips, there is plenty of downtime to enjoy a massage in the new spa or just walk around the ancient town of Carunchio, take a nap, or relax with a book. The food, which you create or which is cooked for you, is 10-star! The lodging is spacious and most unusual. I have returned to this experience after 4 years and loved it all over again. This is a most unusual and satisfying way to experience Italy.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Texas Traveler wrote a review Jul 2021
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Such an incredible place. We came with a large group and the staff was prepared for everything we needed. Christina and her team are top notch. If you are looking for a week of adventure, fun, food and wine search no further. They know how to take care of their guests and the palace is fabulous. The food was incredible and so fresh. Chef Dino was the best, a true renaissance man. Pizza night is an evening you won't forget.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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MM C wrote a review Feb 2021
Oakland, California1 contribution2 helpful votes
Confession: this review is seriously overdue by a few years. In fact, we stayed here for a cooking class week not long after the 8/2014 TA review posted by another guest. I came across this review in my old PC while sifting thru files. (Yes, "Procrastinate" is my middle name.) I can only hope the owners have improved since then -- especially in being more forthcoming in disclosing hidden extra charges; as well as being less parsimonious in the meal offerings (see below). Judging from recent reviews, however, it seems they've made some adjustments. Palazzo Tour d'Eau is at the top of a very steep, sleepy, nowhere-to-go/nothing-to-see hill town. Sketchy wifi. Nice basement kitchen class set-up but there was not that much hands-on experience offered. Dino the Chef Lecturer is very enthusiastic and cheerful. As mentioned by another reviewer, Cristina's somewhat bossy, lack of warmth and sincerity is offputting. Our specific gripes with Palazzo Tour d'Eau: 1. Our bathroom constantly had a sewage smell emanating from the toilet. This was only partially minimized by keeping the lid down and the door closed. 2. The room was unbearably hot. The stone walls released the day's stored heat through the night. We asked for a fan and was given a standing fan that could barely move the air. 3.Breakfast everyday was bread, cheese, cold cuts and some fruit that tended to be unripe. This was mostly fine but one egg would've been nice. We practically had to beg. (This was an all-American group that week.) A frittata was served on the last morning for all to share. 4. The Abruzzo region is known for its seafood and sheep. There was never any lamb or seafood served. In fact, meals were mostly vegetables in some form or another. It was delicious but no meat, no fish. (Except during the "fish and gelato" day trip at a "trabocchi" there was fish and breaded, fried clam bits. As mentioned by the other reviewer, the post-lunch gelato was not included). CORRECTION: We did have chicken at one dinner: one small chicken leg per person with some tomato sauce. 5. All wine was supposed to be included. Not. Only red wine was offered. Two ladies asked for white wine and were charged an extra 15€ a bottle. (We saw the same wine in town for 5€/bottle.) 6. At the first-day welcome meeting, after we had presented a few gifts from the US that we thought she and her brother might enjoy, Cristina asked if we'd like a drink or cocktail. We accepted of course, especially after the long 3-4 hr road trip from Rome. The proffered drinks (Campari & sodas) later showed up on our bill as a charge which was never disclosed. 7. A "local market" of area goods was displayed in the dining room one day. The goods were mostly cooking items such as vanilla powder, ground red pepper spice etc. They came packed in small ~30g plastic bags for about 5€. (On a subsequent day trip into another town we found the spicy red pepper in big 250g bags for 10€ (an 8x markup). 8. Yes, the more animated brother Massimo came once to deliver his wine "class". Almost his first words were to declare that white wines are flawed and overrated. His reasoning? As white wines must be chilled to be enjoyed, they are therefore flawed and inferior. (Their family produces red wines.) This is coming from the mouth of a self-described "professionally-trained Sommelier"? Really? No white wines were, in his opinion, worthy of great consideration --even some of the best world-reknown, highly respected, great white burgundies -- Montrachet, Champagnes, etc., -- are all "flawed". 9. What really caused us great incredulity and left us with an uncomfortable "Huh?" was the "Truffle Hunt" excursion (an extra 40€/per person). First "huh?" was that it was scheduled in the afternoon after lunch. (To the best of our knowledge, truffle hunts are held in very early morning hours -- at least they are in France.) The Hunt, which was held conveniently just down the hill from the Palazzo practically in the backyard, was led by 2 local gentlemen with their 2 dogs. Miraculously, the dogs found a few truffles -- exactly where their owners directed them. (Frankly, judging from the little Italian we understand, we got the distinct impression the dogs were being directed by the owners to certain locations to "find" truffle treasures.) Pre-planted nuggets? The "freshly found" treasures, however, were not beautifully pungent as they should've been. Later at dinner Cristina offered some shavings of one of the truffles onto our dinner pizzas. Nothing. Nada. Niente. These truffles were old, dried "dead" -- shells of their former selves. They no longer imparted any trace of the heady, sublime, intense, earthy essence for which are so highly prized. Too cynical? Whatever. Palazzo did not inspire any interest for a return visit.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Diane R wrote a review Dec 2019
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We were 9 girlfriends most of who have been friends since high school (almost 45 years). Our trip to Abruzzo was planned almost 2 years ahead as one of our group had previously visited and just knew we would enjoy it....and we did! The moment we arrived in the comfortable van from Rome airport, we were greeted by Massimo with drinks and snacks. We were given a brief introduction to our week and then escorted to our rooms There were a total of 19 guests at the palazzo as we were joined by a group of 10 from Florida All of the reviews for Abruzzo Cibus Carunchio are giving 5 stars and I know if 10 stars were available, that's what the rating would be. Every moment of the week was memorable and very thoughtfully planned and executed by our wonderful hosts - Massimo, Dino, Tony, Sarah and Cheryl "We are walking" was the phrase used by Massimo all week to get us moving/corral us as we visited an olive grove/the town of Vasto where we enjoyed lunch overlooking the Adriatic Sea/the town of Agnone where we saw mozzarella being made and toured a bell foundry Mention should be made of the cooking part of the trip! What fun! It was so relaxed and full of laughs. Dino, Tony, Sarah and Cheryl circulated through the group helping us when we needed it. We left with a cookbook of the recipes we made (along with some others) and inspiration to cook at home Now I'm not a big traveller and most often am counting the days until I can go home. This trip was very different in that I didn't want to leave! I felt so at home and welcomed at the palazzo and the surrounding area of Abruzzo that it was hard to depart on the following Saturday However....I'm going back, yes I am! Another trip this year on my own but will be with some of my new friends from the Florida group. People have said it won't be the same the second time, and to that I say....great! More to love and experience in the most beautiful place on earth I cannot recommend coming to this cooking school enough. It will be an experience that you will never forget!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Nearby attractions include Castello Marchesale (3.1 miles), Santuario di Santa Maria Mater Domini (2.2 miles), and Eremo di San Michele (2.9 miles).
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
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Conveniently located restaurants include La Volta Buona, Ristorante Pizzeria Da Francesco, and La Vecchia Quercia.
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Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Carunchio.
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Many travelers enjoy visiting Casa Natale del Beato Angelo (6.9 miles), Castello Ducale di Carpineto Sinello (6.4 miles), and Chiesa Di Santa Lucia In Gissi (7.1 miles).
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