PRIVATE ESCAPE 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
The Abruzzo and Rome, a match made in heaven
We were inspired by Niko Romito to create a seven-day trip in his region and throughout the irresistible duo that are Rome and the Abruzzo.
The austerity of Abruzzo traditions and the joyous aura of the Eternal City blend together as the main influences of the three Michelin-starred Chef.
In this grandiose landscape, home to the highest summits of the Apennines, the old vine vineyards of Montepulciano in Abruzzo produce an intense red wine with notes of flower and spices. There, Niko Romito expresses his talent with a simplicity stemming from the region’s sheepherding past.
Picturesque stone villages and medieval fortresses inspire his cuisine as much as the small towns of the Adriatic Coast and their salty air.
Upon the Costa dei Trabocchi, old fishmonger homes on stilts have become fashionable seafood restaurants where one can experience a more aquatic side of the Abruzzo.
Finally, it is in Rome, a centre of art and power, that all of Niko Romito’s influences come together. The Chef launched his Spazio concept restaurant in the capital, with a menu of gourmet dishes meant to be shared with friends. A casual cuisine that perfectly embodies the Eternal City.
“Our land is beautiful but also tough and full of contrast. Here, the summers are blazing hot and the winters freezing cold.” That is how Niko Romito describes his region, located near the Abruzzo national park.
The Abruzzo and Rome
by Niko Romito
The three Michelin-starred Chef invites you to discover “his” Abruzzo. Because he loves his land and knows every village, vineyard and producer, he exclusively shares for L'Hedonist clients his favourite places and secret spots, that inspire him endlessly. As a student, Niko Romito walked the streets of Rome, which are so close to his home. You will discover the capital through his eyes.
An immaculate monastery of utmost sobriety, walls covered with artworks from Ettore Spalletti, exceptional wines chosen by the sommelier Gianni Sinesi, every ingredient’s powerful taste exalted by the genius of Niko Romito and his brigade, service smoothly run by Cristiana Romito, a delicious breakfast: all this marks your unforgettable experience in the Romito family’s universe.
Leonardo only sells his nectars to happy-few sommeliers. As a friend of Niko Romito, he accepted to open his cellar for you, for a very private tasting session, pairing with outstanding cheeses from Scanno, another one of the Chef’s favourite suppliers.
The founders of Sextantio, where you will sleep, made it their mission to recover ancestral recipes by asking the elders of Santo Stefano di Sessanio village for their secrets. Chef Niko Romito created the menu of the restaurant. Time seems to have stopped in the medieval kitchen where you will join in cooking your exceptional meal.
Enjoy a private wine-tasting in the estate of a Bulgarian family who has been growing vines since 1853. In 2004, Chiara took over the property to produce powerful and woody wines. A spot that the Chef’s Sommelier has exclusively shared with L’Hedonist.
This breathtaking village with its ochre stone houses perched atop the hills is famous for its saffron production. Discover the secrets of its production in the local cooperative. Chef Niko Romito uses Abruzzo saffron in his delicate cuisine.
Vincenzo and his son Antonio are the very last masters of glazed ceramic in Castelli. Meet them in their workshop to discover the art of maiolica that has made this town famous since the Middle-Ages.
on the Adriatic
The Adriatic Coast is strewn with old fishmonger houses built on stilts – the trabbocchi – most of which are now restaurants. There’s nothing like having a meal right above the sea!
Speakeasy gastro lounge
An inspired Chef turned a closed pasta factory into the first gastronomic speakeasy in Rome, a delight for pasta specialists!
The Vatican to yourself
The most visited City-State in the world opens its gates to clients of L’Hedonist before the flow of tourists, for an exceptional and spiritual visit.
Spazio Niko Romito
Bar e Cucina
With Spazio, Niko Romito has developed an all-new restaurant concept whose brigades are freshly graduated from his own Cooking school. The dishes are simple, light and impeccably cooked. You will have the pleasure of tasting his famous “Bomba” in Rome.
. Arrival in Rome, pick-up of your car at Fiumicino airport
. Journey to the Aquila
. Lunch and free time to visit the Abruzzo capital city
. Continue on to Navelli for an experience around the saffron spice in a cooperative
. Next stop is the medieval village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio to settle at the Sextantio hotel
. Dinner at leisure
. Morning hike to Rocca Calascio castle (around two hours, easy level, map included)
. Gourmet picnic at the foot of the fortress with a spectacular view and products selected by Niko Romito
. Visit of a wine cellar and private tasting of the Chef’s choice of montepulciano and trebbiano wines as well as selected cheese and charcuterie
. Exclusive cooking class at the Sextantio followed by a dinner of your own cooking
. Journey to the small town of Castelli and visit of a remarkable maiolica ceramic workshop
. Next stop: the lovely village of Loreto Aprutino and its ochre stone houses
. Private tasting in the oldest wine estate in the Chieti province before reaching the village of San Vito Chietano
. Arrival to the sea on the Costa dei Trabocchi where you settle at your hotel
. Dinner in a traboccho (to be paid locally)
. Free morning to enjoy the beaches of the Adriatic coast
. Car ride to Sulmona, famous for its “confetti” sugared almonds and free visit of Pelino Museum
. In Pescocostanzo, meet an artisan of filigree jewellery
. Arrival in Castel di Sangro where Cristiana and Niko Romito’s restaurant is located
. Gastronomic dinner at the Reale restaurant where the three Michelin-starred Chef works with his brigade and exceptional sommelier, Gianni Sinesi (drinks to be paid locally)
. After an unforgettable breakfast at Casadonna, you stop at ALT Stazione del Gusto, an all-new concept by Niko Romito where you’ll be able to purchase and bring home some of the Chef’s products, as well as taste his famous fried chicken, delicious, crunchy, healthy and served in no less than ten minutes! (to be paid locally)
. Road back to Rome and drop-off your rental car in the city centre
. Settle in the hotel and free afternoon to walk around the Eternal City
. For dinner, L’Hedonist recommends the restaurant Pierluigi, which will we happily book in advance for you (to be paid locally)
. Wake-up early in the morning for a unique experience: to visit the Vatican before opening hours. You will have breakfast there with your personal tour guide (transfer by car)
. Lunch and early afternoon at leisure
. Late afternoon, cooking class at the first “gastronomic speakeasy” in Rome, followed by the dinner you have prepared
. Private transfer back to your hotel
. Meet with your private tour guide for a visit of the Galleria Borghese and its masterpieces
. Lunch at Spazio Niko Romito Bar e Cucina located right next to the Galleria (to be paid locally)
. Walking tour to the Coppedè neighbourhood to the discover the more Art Deco side of Rome with an architecture specialist
. Time at leisure
. Gourmet dinner at the Aroma, a Michelin-starred restaurant with a unique view on the Coliseum (drinks to be paid locally)
. Private transfer to Rome Fiumicino airport according to your flight departure time
Clients are advised to drink responsibly.