2018 Guest Comments

  We spent a delightful week at this villa, where we were spoiled with fabulous views, delicious food and great Italian wine. The staff were very attentive, and our tour drivers took us all over Abruzzo. Not having to drive ourselves was a real treat. Jake and Lisa, our hosts, have put a lot of thought into the best way to ensure a worry free sojourn in this beautiful part of Italy. Cathie Mostowyk

We spent a delightful week at this villa, where we were spoiled with fabulous views, delicious food and great Italian wine. The staff were very attentive, and our tour drivers took us all over Abruzzo. Not having to drive ourselves was a real treat. Jake and Lisa, our hosts, have put a lot of thought into the best way to ensure a worry free sojourn in this beautiful part of Italy. Cathie Mostowyk

  We thought we would send a message telling you what a fantastic week we had at your beautiful Villa. Each and every detail was looked after for us, and we were treated like part of a huge family. Abruzzo is an amazing region to tour with so many historic sites, and Luca & Guiseppe are extremely knowledgeable about each location and also very proud of their country. Eva was wonderful and greeted us each day with a warm welcome and explained what event was planned for that day. She was always smiling and so helpful with anything that was asked of her. Cesidia & Angela are truly amazing chefs, and the food was absolutely delicious. Again they interacted with us constantly which was so much fun. We also had Orazio who had many stories to tell with funny twists and turns but very interesting. We loved going to visit his village on the Friday before we were to return home. The location of the picnic and all the fantastic food cooked by Angela was so wonderful, it made us very sad when we had to say goodbye. We were truly spoiled for the whole week, and it was hard to get back to reality when we returned home. It was a wonderful experience, and we appreciate being looked after so well. We will certainly pass on an excellent recommendation to our friends and family. You both should be so proud of everything you have accomplished, you got everything right for all the guests to have a very happy holiday. Thank you so much. Carmel & Ken Conlin

We thought we would send a message telling you what a fantastic week we had at your beautiful Villa. Each and every detail was looked after for us, and we were treated like part of a huge family. Abruzzo is an amazing region to tour with so many historic sites, and Luca & Guiseppe are extremely knowledgeable about each location and also very proud of their country. Eva was wonderful and greeted us each day with a warm welcome and explained what event was planned for that day. She was always smiling and so helpful with anything that was asked of her. Cesidia & Angela are truly amazing chefs, and the food was absolutely delicious. Again they interacted with us constantly which was so much fun. We also had Orazio who had many stories to tell with funny twists and turns but very interesting. We loved going to visit his village on the Friday before we were to return home. The location of the picnic and all the fantastic food cooked by Angela was so wonderful, it made us very sad when we had to say goodbye. We were truly spoiled for the whole week, and it was hard to get back to reality when we returned home. It was a wonderful experience, and we appreciate being looked after so well. We will certainly pass on an excellent recommendation to our friends and family. You both should be so proud of everything you have accomplished, you got everything right for all the guests to have a very happy holiday. Thank you so much. Carmel & Ken Conlin

2017 Guest Comments

  Jake and Lisa: Our recent visit to your villa was one of the best travel experiences we have ever had, maybe the best. Your staff made us feel very welcomed, were so caring and friendly and went over the top to make our time there so rewarding. You have raised the bar regarding excursions by which we will judge any excursion we take in the future. We wish you much success, and we hope to be returning someday. Bill and Carol Bobo.

Jake and Lisa: Our recent visit to your villa was one of the best travel experiences we have ever had, maybe the best. Your staff made us feel very welcomed, were so caring and friendly and went over the top to make our time there so rewarding. You have raised the bar regarding excursions by which we will judge any excursion we take in the future. We wish you much success, and we hope to be returning someday. Bill and Carol Bobo.

  Saying goodbye to Abruzzo and our wonderful hosts and guides was very sad. We have had many terrific trips in recent years (South Africa, Japan and India/Sri Lanka) but our two weeks at the Villa d’Abruzzo have to count as one of our very best travel experiences. What we discovered was a fascinating region, in parts like the rolling hills and fields of Tuscany but also with soaring mountains, deep valleys and high plains. We learned that it is not terribly well-known, even to Italians, and found it — blessedly — unplagued by hordes of tourists. It is old Italy in many ways, but not buried in the past. In my postings to family and friends back home, I tried to portray the charm of the hilltop villages, the wonderful vistas, the faces filled with character and the great food and wine (Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Pecorino, new favourites!). But I’m sure I failed. You just have to come yourself and live it. By seeing the heart of Abruzzo over two weeks, I think we did begin to live it, even if only in the smallest way. And it was rich. Above all else, this trip was a people experience beyond that of any of our other trips. It began and ended with the wonderful folk of Villa d’Abruzzo who made us feel like family in so many ways. But it continued well beyond with the other village and country folk we met along the way. How can you not be moved by simple farm people who show you their vines, orchards and fields with pride, who invite you into their kitchens to taste what they have just harvested, who take the time to show you how to prepare their best Sunday pasta and who insist that that glass of limoncello not be your last? You just don’t find that very often, and we felt so fortunate for it. Abruzzo will be with us for a long time, and that’s entirely thanks to Lisa, Jake, Luca, Giuseppe, Nora, Eva, Cesidia, Angela and Orazio — surely the best team we have ever encountered! On behalf of Nicole and myself, a thousand thanks! Dan

Saying goodbye to Abruzzo and our wonderful hosts and guides was very sad. We have had many terrific trips in recent years (South Africa, Japan and India/Sri Lanka) but our two weeks at the Villa d’Abruzzo have to count as one of our very best travel experiences. What we discovered was a fascinating region, in parts like the rolling hills and fields of Tuscany but also with soaring mountains, deep valleys and high plains. We learned that it is not terribly well-known, even to Italians, and found it — blessedly — unplagued by hordes of tourists. It is old Italy in many ways, but not buried in the past. In my postings to family and friends back home, I tried to portray the charm of the hilltop villages, the wonderful vistas, the faces filled with character and the great food and wine (Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Pecorino, new favourites!). But I’m sure I failed. You just have to come yourself and live it. By seeing the heart of Abruzzo over two weeks, I think we did begin to live it, even if only in the smallest way. And it was rich. Above all else, this trip was a people experience beyond that of any of our other trips. It began and ended with the wonderful folk of Villa d’Abruzzo who made us feel like family in so many ways. But it continued well beyond with the other village and country folk we met along the way. How can you not be moved by simple farm people who show you their vines, orchards and fields with pride, who invite you into their kitchens to taste what they have just harvested, who take the time to show you how to prepare their best Sunday pasta and who insist that that glass of limoncello not be your last? You just don’t find that very often, and we felt so fortunate for it. Abruzzo will be with us for a long time, and that’s entirely thanks to Lisa, Jake, Luca, Giuseppe, Nora, Eva, Cesidia, Angela and Orazio — surely the best team we have ever encountered! On behalf of Nicole and myself, a thousand thanks! Dan

  We chose to go to Abruzzo (pronounced ‘a-BRUT-zo’) because of what we read here about Villa d'Abruzzo. When people describe it as the best vacation they’ve ever had, it’s easy to see why. Lisa & Jake have created something special, and they’ve recruited a top-notch team that makes the week fabulous. The food and tours are amazing – and the scenery is better that Tuscany. We’re telling all our friends to do this. Rosey & Creighton Hooper, April 2018

We chose to go to Abruzzo (pronounced ‘a-BRUT-zo’) because of what we read here about Villa d'Abruzzo. When people describe it as the best vacation they’ve ever had, it’s easy to see why. Lisa & Jake have created something special, and they’ve recruited a top-notch team that makes the week fabulous. The food and tours are amazing – and the scenery is better that Tuscany. We’re telling all our friends to do this. Rosey & Creighton Hooper, April 2018

  Without a doubt our week at Villa Abruzzo was amazing. It was like visiting family…if your family included your lovely niece Eva always making sure you had a drink in hand, your aunts Cesidia and Angela serving you the most delicious multi-course meals, your cool uncle Orazio schooling your children in Foosball and your charming nephews Luca and Giuseppe patiently showing you the hidden secrets of Abruzzo all in the beautiful villa of your cousins Lisa and Jake. After a few days in Rome, my husband, our two teenage sons and I arrived in the oasis of Villa Abruzzo. We checked out the sights of Abruzzo by day. There an incredible variety of things to do in close proximity to the villa that meet the varying interests of our family. We would then return to the villa to relax by the pool and spend lovely evenings, eating incredible food and chatting for hours with our fellow guests. Lisa and Jake are the most gracious hosts and have created a truly special experience. I have been very lucky to have done a fair amount of travel in my life but Amazing Abruzzo Tours stands out in the crowd.Thank-you so much for a truly unforgettable experience including making our son’s Max’s 16th birthday so special. Laura Rhodes

Without a doubt our week at Villa Abruzzo was amazing. It was like visiting family…if your family included your lovely niece Eva always making sure you had a drink in hand, your aunts Cesidia and Angela serving you the most delicious multi-course meals, your cool uncle Orazio schooling your children in Foosball and your charming nephews Luca and Giuseppe patiently showing you the hidden secrets of Abruzzo all in the beautiful villa of your cousins Lisa and Jake. After a few days in Rome, my husband, our two teenage sons and I arrived in the oasis of Villa Abruzzo. We checked out the sights of Abruzzo by day. There an incredible variety of things to do in close proximity to the villa that meet the varying interests of our family. We would then return to the villa to relax by the pool and spend lovely evenings, eating incredible food and chatting for hours with our fellow guests. Lisa and Jake are the most gracious hosts and have created a truly special experience. I have been very lucky to have done a fair amount of travel in my life but Amazing Abruzzo Tours stands out in the crowd.Thank-you so much for a truly unforgettable experience including making our son’s Max’s 16th birthday so special. Laura Rhodes

  I had a memorable and magical week at Villa d'Abruzzo. It was, in a word, perfect. The villa is luxurious, the tours were interesting and fun, the meals delicious and everyone at the Villa made us feel so welcome. It was like a week-long house party! I enjoyed it so much that I cannot wait to return next June with my husband. Ciao. Joy Bennett. Ottawa

I had a memorable and magical week at Villa d'Abruzzo. It was, in a word, perfect. The villa is luxurious, the tours were interesting and fun, the meals delicious and everyone at the Villa made us feel so welcome. It was like a week-long house party! I enjoyed it so much that I cannot wait to return next June with my husband. Ciao. Joy Bennett. Ottawa

  It was at our first dinner that was part of our Amazing Abruzzo experience this summer when I realized we had made the perfect decision. We were sitting at a long table with another half-dozen guests, including our son Chris and his partner J. Plates of food prepared by chef Cesidia and her assistant Eva kept coming. A river of wine flowed. There was loud conversation, laughter, kids, grandparents like us, younger folks with their children, even a pair of fellow Edmontonians. It probably sounds like a cliche, but it felt a lot like family. And that feeling persisted. Jake and Lisa, the expat Canadians who left promising careers in Ottawa to become resort owners, made us feel at home from the first moment we arrived. They had arranged tours of Abruzzo, a somewhat overlooked part of Italy on the Adriatic, that opened up new experiences for us. Their tour guides - Giuseppe and his brother Luca - are lifelong residents of Abruzzo and are proud to show you why they love it so much. That they managed to keep up an informative narrative while navigating roads that seemed perilously narrow on perilously precipitous cliffs is a tribute to their driving skills and their passion for Abruzzo. Equally memorable, of course, is the remarkable Cesidia. Unflustered and elegant in her string of pearls, she prepares outstanding dishes twice a day. (A hint: always leave just a little on your plate. Cesidia takes a clean plate as a challenge. It MUST be refilled immediately.) On their days off, Cesidia and Eva are replaced by Angela and Orazio. They both spent years in Australia and while their accents are a happy, unique blend of Abruzzo and Aussie, their food is rich, saucy and unabashedly Italian. This was simply an amazing place. As our week came to an end, I seriously thought of asking Jake and Lisa if they would consider adopting us. After all, it really did feel like family. Marc and Miriam Horton, Edmonton.

It was at our first dinner that was part of our Amazing Abruzzo experience this summer when I realized we had made the perfect decision.
We were sitting at a long table with another half-dozen guests, including our son Chris and his partner J. Plates of food prepared by chef Cesidia and her assistant Eva kept coming. A river of wine flowed. There was loud conversation, laughter, kids, grandparents like us, younger folks with their children, even a pair of fellow Edmontonians. It probably sounds like a cliche, but it felt a lot like family. And that feeling persisted. Jake and Lisa, the expat Canadians who left promising careers in Ottawa to become resort owners, made us feel at home from the first moment we arrived. They had arranged tours of Abruzzo, a somewhat overlooked part of Italy on the Adriatic, that opened up new experiences for us. Their tour guides - Giuseppe and his brother Luca - are lifelong residents of Abruzzo and are proud to show you why they love it so much. That they managed to keep up an informative narrative while navigating roads that seemed perilously narrow on perilously precipitous cliffs is a tribute to their driving skills and their passion for Abruzzo. Equally memorable, of course, is the remarkable Cesidia. Unflustered and elegant in her string of pearls, she prepares outstanding dishes twice a day. (A hint: always leave just a little on your plate. Cesidia takes a clean plate as a challenge. It MUST be refilled immediately.)
On their days off, Cesidia and Eva are replaced by Angela and Orazio. They both spent years in Australia and while their accents are a happy, unique blend of Abruzzo and Aussie, their food is rich, saucy and unabashedly Italian.
This was simply an amazing place. As our week came to an end, I seriously thought of asking Jake and Lisa if they would consider adopting us. After all, it really did feel like family. Marc and Miriam Horton, Edmonton.

  We went not knowing what to expect, but we left as family/friends forever. True story!! It was such a pleasure to meet everyone and we can't wait to return...we miss you!! Carolyn and Joe Esposito

We went not knowing what to expect, but we left as family/friends forever. True story!! It was such a pleasure to meet everyone and we can't wait to return...we miss you!! Carolyn and Joe Esposito

  This trip really was amazing - totally unlike anything I have done before! I felt like I was visiting the lovely home of very good friends who had thought of absolutely everything to make the perfect holiday. The days started with smiles and cappuccinos from Cesidia or Angela and Eva, then breakfasts that were both beautiful and delicious. Every day was an adventure, from climbing to an ancient fortress to learning to make pasta. Lunching on local specialties was a highlight as well - and then there were the dinners - masterpieces! The staff members were all friendly and knowledgeable, and obviously loved being part of this team. Perfect combination. In fact, the people of Abruzzo were amazing - proud of their region and happy to show it off to those of us lucky enough to find ourselves there. Lisa and Jake, you have truly succeeded in creating a memorable holiday in an amazing environment. Thank you so, so much. I can't wait to return - as soon as budget and travelling companions allow. There! And I used the word "amazing" only 3 times, although I wanted to use it in every sentence! Marilla Caines and Myra Jones

This trip really was amazing - totally unlike anything I have done before! I felt like I was visiting the lovely home of very good friends who had thought of absolutely everything to make the perfect holiday. The days started with smiles and cappuccinos from Cesidia or Angela and Eva, then breakfasts that were both beautiful and delicious. Every day was an adventure, from climbing to an ancient fortress to learning to make pasta. Lunching on local specialties was a highlight as well - and then there were the dinners - masterpieces! The staff members were all friendly and knowledgeable, and obviously loved being part of this team. Perfect combination. In fact, the people of Abruzzo were amazing - proud of their region and happy to show it off to those of us lucky enough to find ourselves there. Lisa and Jake, you have truly succeeded in creating a memorable holiday in an amazing environment. Thank you so, so much. I can't wait to return - as soon as budget and travelling companions allow. There! And I used the word "amazing" only 3 times, although I wanted to use it in every sentence! Marilla Caines and Myra Jones

2016 Guest Comments

  After a month of touring and visiting with family, I ended my time in Italy with a stay at Villa D'Abruzzo. The Abruzzo team made me feel like I was surrounded by friends and family, with amazing food (thank you Cessidia!), stimulating conversation, and lots of laughs. The tours took us to many beautiful hidden treasures from the Trabocchi coast to the beautiful historic town of Scanno. No other vacation has both taught me so much and left me feeling so refreshed and relaxed. Mikaela Gallinger

After a month of touring and visiting with family, I ended my time in Italy with a stay at Villa D'Abruzzo. The Abruzzo team made me feel like I was surrounded by friends and family, with amazing food (thank you Cessidia!), stimulating conversation, and lots of laughs. The tours took us to many beautiful hidden treasures from the Trabocchi coast to the beautiful historic town of Scanno. No other vacation has both taught me so much and left me feeling so refreshed and relaxed. Mikaela Gallinger

  Our 8 days in beautiful Abruzzo were unbelievable..we had beautiful Italian weather and our hosts were so gracious. The staff, the excursions, our accommodations, the meals, of course the "vino" were all outstanding. Many thanks for such beautiful memories. Sincerely, Heather Wilson (Ottawa) and Sharon LLoyd ( Moncton) May-June 2017

Our 8 days in beautiful Abruzzo were unbelievable..we had beautiful Italian weather and our hosts were so gracious. The staff, the excursions, our accommodations, the meals, of course the "vino" were all outstanding. Many thanks for such beautiful memories. Sincerely, Heather Wilson (Ottawa) and Sharon LLoyd ( Moncton) May-June 2017

  The week spent with you and your staff was truly the Amazing adventure it was advertised to be and more. We did gamble on our vacation, booking before you opened, but it paid off big-time. Personally, I think it was the best vacation week I've ever had. We are all still talking about the most amazing week we had with you - your villa is absolutely aptly named. Sue Sheffield

The week spent with you and your staff was truly the Amazing adventure it was advertised to be and more. We did gamble on our vacation, booking before you opened, but it paid off big-time. Personally, I think it was the best vacation week I've ever had. We are all still talking about the most amazing week we had with you - your
villa is absolutely aptly named. Sue Sheffield

  We loved our daily “very happy hours” by the pool with scenic views! Jan Sterling and 9 pals

We loved our daily “very happy hours” by the pool with scenic views! Jan Sterling and 9 pals

  Amazing Abruzzo was everything and more than we could have hoped for…right from picking us up in Rome to filling every day of our stay with fabulous meals, fun and interesting day trips and evenings spent getting to know our fellow guests in our beautiful villa setting. Lisa and Jake are superb hosts, Luca and Guiseppe take care of every need while they take you to wonderful gems throughout Abruzzo and Cesida, Eva, Angela and Orazio make sure you get to sample the best cuisine Abruzzo can offer. We would highly recommend Amazing Abruzzo to anyone wanting a stress free engaging trip to Italy. Jane Fjeld and Stan Lipinski

Amazing Abruzzo was everything and more than we could have hoped for…right from picking us up in Rome to filling every day of our stay with fabulous meals, fun and interesting day trips and evenings spent getting to know our fellow guests in our beautiful villa setting. Lisa and Jake are superb hosts, Luca and Guiseppe take care of every need while they take you to wonderful gems throughout Abruzzo and Cesida, Eva, Angela and Orazio make sure you get to sample the best cuisine Abruzzo can offer. We would highly recommend Amazing Abruzzo to anyone wanting a stress free engaging trip to Italy. Jane Fjeld and Stan Lipinski

  Our week in Abruzzo was a dream vacation. It is difficult to say only "a few words” about such an all-encompassing travel experience. We felt embraced by your whole team and given such a privileged view of a truly spectacular aspect of a country that has come to be defined by Rome, Florence and Venice. Not that those places aren’t worthy of visiting but at the villa, we were shown a completely different aspect of the country by people who were born and raised there, and of course, you our hosts who have adopted this region as your own.mWe’ll surely be back! All the best. Sharon and Tony Moren

Our week in Abruzzo was a dream vacation. It is difficult to say only "a few words” about such an all-encompassing travel experience. We felt embraced by your whole team and given such a privileged view of a truly spectacular aspect of a country that has come to be defined by Rome, Florence and Venice. Not that those places aren’t worthy of visiting but at the villa, we were shown a completely different aspect of the country by people who were born and raised there, and of course, you our hosts who have adopted this region as your own.mWe’ll surely be back! All the best. Sharon and Tony Moren

  Bonjour Lisa, Jake and all your extraordinary team, Our stay at the Amazing Abruzzo was scheduled as our last week in Italy and it was the best one for us. When we arrived we were met by Lisa and Eva who made us feel at home with relatives and friends. Everyone went out of their way to make our stay the most memorable and enjoyable. Lisa and Jake, you and your team are fantastic and we hope you will continue to share the beauty of the Abruzzo Region for many years to come. Love you all and Bonne et Heureuse Année! Marielle et Richard

Bonjour Lisa, Jake and all your extraordinary team, Our stay at the Amazing Abruzzo was scheduled as our last week in Italy and it was the best one for us. When we arrived we were met by Lisa and Eva who made us feel at home with relatives and friends. Everyone went out of their way to make our stay the most memorable and enjoyable. Lisa and Jake, you and your team are fantastic and we hope you will continue to share the beauty of the Abruzzo Region for many years to come. Love you all and Bonne et Heureuse Année! Marielle et Richard

  Our comment would be Pete's comment to everyone he sees: 'My holiday in Abruzzo was the best holiday of my life." I definitely confer. Previous to this trip, he had stated that due to health conditions, his travel days were over and he was content to remember the past. Wow, Lisa and Jake and the most caring, talented, knowledgeable, loving and fun staff, plus the sights second to none and the menus to die for changed his mind. You are the reason for his enthusiastic love of Abruzzo and appreciation for it's beauty in every way. Also, you are the reason why we're already counting the days till September 2019 and Pete's 80th birthday. As he says, "If given the opportunity, where else would I even consider celebrating my 80th." Nancy and Peter Gagne

Our comment would be Pete's comment to everyone he sees: 'My holiday in Abruzzo was the best holiday of my life." I definitely confer. Previous to this trip, he had stated that due to health conditions, his travel days were over and he was content to remember the past. Wow, Lisa and Jake and the most caring, talented, knowledgeable, loving and fun staff, plus the sights second to none and the menus to die for changed his mind. You are the reason for his enthusiastic love of Abruzzo and appreciation for it's beauty in every way. Also, you are the reason why we're already counting the days till September 2019 and Pete's 80th birthday. As he says, "If given the opportunity, where else would I even consider celebrating my 80th." Nancy and Peter Gagne

  Thank you both so much for such an enjoyable stay at Villa Aburzzo. I enjoyed myself in every way; food, accommodation, location, hospitality and more. Thank you and your amazing staff for attending to all our needs with such care and enthusiasm. It truly made our stay extra comfortable and memorable. My best wishes to you. Arrivederci! Franca Gopaul

Thank you both so much for such an enjoyable stay at Villa Aburzzo. I enjoyed myself in every way; food, accommodation, location, hospitality and more. Thank you and your amazing staff for attending to all our needs with such care and enthusiasm. It truly made our stay extra comfortable and memorable. My best wishes to you. Arrivederci! Franca Gopaul

  From the moment Lisa threw open the door welcoming us to Villa d'Abruzzo to the time we bid a sad farewell, we enjoyed an absolutely amazing time in beautiful Abruzzo. We can't say enough great things about Jake and Lisa and the way they and their wonderful staff treat their visitors. We quickly became as passionate about Abruzzo as their informative tour guides, Luca and his brother, Giuseppe. Both were young gentlemen any mother would be proud of! The outstanding Cesidia and Angela and Angela's loving husband, Orazio, had us rolling out of Italy with our stomachs bursting from all the outstanding meals. Angela gave a whole new meaning to the word 'picnic'!! We have missed the amazingly cheerful Eva every single morning since we've been home! There is no way we could have picked a better place to create lasting memories celebrating a special anniversary. Jake and Lisa, our Canadian hats are off to you for the incredible experience of a special place in Italy. So many thanks - ciao! Doug and Betty Poaps

From the moment Lisa threw open the door welcoming us to Villa d'Abruzzo to the time we bid a sad farewell, we enjoyed an absolutely amazing time in beautiful Abruzzo. We can't say enough great things about Jake and Lisa and the way they and their wonderful staff treat their visitors. We quickly became as passionate about Abruzzo as their informative tour guides, Luca and his brother, Giuseppe. Both were young gentlemen any mother would be proud of! The outstanding Cesidia and Angela and Angela's loving husband, Orazio, had us rolling out of Italy with our stomachs bursting from all the outstanding meals. Angela gave a whole new meaning to the word 'picnic'!! We have missed the amazingly cheerful Eva every single morning since we've been home! There is no way we could have picked a better place to create lasting memories celebrating a special anniversary. Jake and Lisa, our Canadian hats are off to you for the incredible experience of a special place in Italy. So many thanks - ciao! Doug and Betty Poaps

  Our decision to visit Abruzzo came about after we read the articles in the Travel section of the Ottawa Citizen describing the trials and tribulations about the decision of Jake and Lisa to move to Abruzzo and build a travel business. We booked about a year in advance of our trip and were very excited as our trip got closer early in 2017. After our flight to Rome we were met at the airport by Orazio and enjoyed our ride to Abruzzo. We were immediately impressed by all the staff and the others in our group. Each day was a new adventure as we visited historic sites, the local winery that makes the wine for the Abruzzo Villa, or the nearby seaside town of Pescara. In this Internet and Google Maps age, it is possible to visit many parts of the world from your own home, but that would deny you two of the best parts of our trip to Italy and Abruzzo: the people we met, and the wonderful local food we ate. We can say that without a doubt the entire week was amazing and beyond our expectations. Chris and Barb Porter

Our decision to visit Abruzzo came about after we read the articles in the Travel section of the Ottawa Citizen describing the trials and tribulations about the decision of Jake and Lisa to move to Abruzzo and build a travel business. We booked about a year in advance of our trip and were very excited as our trip got closer early in 2017. After our flight to Rome we were met at the airport by Orazio and enjoyed our ride to Abruzzo. We were immediately impressed by all the staff and the others in our group. Each day was a new adventure as we visited historic sites, the local winery that makes the wine for the Abruzzo Villa, or the nearby seaside town of Pescara. In this Internet and Google Maps age, it is possible to visit many parts of the world from your own home, but that would deny you two of the best parts of our trip to Italy and Abruzzo: the people we met, and the wonderful local food we ate. We can say that without a doubt the entire week was amazing and beyond our expectations. Chris and Barb Porter

  We had a wonderful week in Abruzzo. Our hosts were excellent, the food was superb and the tours that were put on for us were really outstanding.. I know that all eight of us would go back in the drop of a hat it was that outstanding. And we have decided to go back in 2019 for two weeks this time. We are already booked. The weather was hot, the wine of the region was excellent, the pool was a welcome sight at the end of the day as were the nightly gatherings on the back, upper deck for drinks and music. Three of the four couples were celebrating 50th Anniversaries and when I told Jake and Lisa about this they told me not to worry, they would look after it. And, WOW, did they ever do up a great, last evening for everyone. Jim and Maria McConkey

We had a wonderful week in Abruzzo. Our hosts were excellent, the food was superb and the tours that were put on for us were really outstanding.. I know that all eight of us would go back in the drop of a hat it was that outstanding. And we have decided to go back in 2019 for two weeks this time. We are already booked. The weather was hot, the wine of the region was excellent, the pool was a welcome sight at the end of the day as were the nightly gatherings on the back, upper deck for drinks and music. Three of the four couples were celebrating 50th Anniversaries and when I told Jake and Lisa about this they told me not to worry, they would look after it. And, WOW, did they ever do up a great, last evening for everyone. Jim and Maria McConkey

  There are not enough superlatives in the English language to adequately describe how much I enjoyed my week at the Villa d'Abruzzo. Lisa & Jake are the most gracious hosts & they make all their guests feel as if theyare part of their family. Our guides, brothers Luca & Giuseppe, introduced us to some of the most beautiful& interesting sites in Abruzzo. (Theyare so adorable that I wanted to stuff them in my suitcase & bring themhome with me!) Cesidia & Angela, our cooks, prepared outstanding meals of regional specialties daily. Orazio, Eva, Rosetta couldn't do enough to insure that all the guests were comfortable & happy. I highly recommended vacationing at the Villa d'Abruzzo if you are looking for a unique experience. I'm putting in my request for next year verysoon. I can hardly wait to return. Monica Dalton, St. Petersburg, Fla .

There are not enough superlatives in the English language to adequately describe how much I enjoyed my week at the Villa d'Abruzzo. Lisa & Jake are the most gracious hosts & they make all their guests feel as if theyare part of their family. Our guides, brothers Luca & Giuseppe, introduced us to some of the most beautiful& interesting sites in Abruzzo. (Theyare so adorable that I wanted to stuff them in my suitcase & bring themhome with me!) Cesidia & Angela, our cooks, prepared outstanding meals of regional specialties daily. Orazio, Eva, Rosetta couldn't do enough to insure that all the guests were comfortable & happy. I highly recommended vacationing at the Villa d'Abruzzo if you are looking for a unique experience. I'm putting in my request for next year verysoon. I can hardly wait to return. Monica Dalton, St. Petersburg, Fla.

  For the better part of a year, some of my high school friends and I had been contemplating how best to celebrate our collective 60th birthday and, when we read about Amazing Abruzzo in Jake’s twelve-week newspaper series last year, it seemed the perfect fit. So, we gathered together five couples, and booked for the end of April, early May 2017. We decided to precede our week at the villa with a few days in Rome, followed by a bus tour that took us to Tuscany and Cinque Terre, then to Tivoli. It was an interesting and fun week, but it didn’t come close to comparing with the awesome time we had at Jake and Lisa’s villa in amazing Abruzzo, and touring that region! In fact, I would categorize a week at the villa as the perfect antidote for a hectic week of touring. My friends and I agreed that the hardest part of writing this review was going to be keeping it brief. We could go on and on about how wonderful our week was. So, what follows are just the highlights. Part of what made our week so spectacular was all the attention to detail that Jake and Lisa incorporated into our “all inclusive”. To call the venue “all inclusive” somehow doesn’t do it justice because of all the unexpected extras that were included. This was most certainly a five-star experience. The night we arrived, Jake pulled out his guitar, and handed another one to one of our group members, Verlin, (apparently, Verlin had already scouted that out before-hand). You would never know that those two fellas had never jammed together before, and what followed was one of the most fun evenings of my life, filled with laughter, singing, dancing and, oh yes, a little wine. If anyone had a headache the next day, it was totally worth it. Speaking of the wine, we were so surprised to find that, at the villa, “all-inclusive” means very good quality wines and other delicious libations available at all times. At happy-hour, we were treated to lovely drinks mixed up by Cesidia and Eva, and yummy snacks to help tide us over till what most Canadians think of a rather late dinner (7:30). The atmosphere at the villa was incredibly relaxing though, so the late dinner hour seemed absolutely perfect. Nothing is rushed at the villa. Everything is done with care and precision…… yet somehow, they all manage to create a real family-like environment. I am in awe of Cesidia and her wonderful cooking and baking. She makes cooking for a large group look easy. And Eva made sure that each one of us had exactly what we needed at all times. They both sent us off each day with the affection of a family member. When they and our tour guides were on well-deserved days off, we were cared for by Angela in the kitchen, and her husband, Orazio, on the road. The bedrooms are all lovely, and I didn’t object when my friends let my husband and me have the one where I was able to open my eyes in the morning, and look up at the beautiful rolling hills. One thing that we really appreciated was that, being ex-pat Canadians, Jake and Lisa know exactly what creature-comforts North Americans appreciate….. like a big cup of coffee! Our touring was always relaxed and comfortable, and we found that Luca and Giuseppe were fonts of information concerning the Abruzzo area. They were fun to be with, and it was interesting getting an understanding of how different lives are for young people in Italy, compared to North America. The day we went to Gran Sasso Massive, Lucca brought his guitar, and we were treated with him playing for us at the top of the world. The most difficult thing of our week? Leaving the villa, and the wonderful individuals who made our stay there so awesome. If I could ever relive a week of my life, it would be that one. Hands-down. Cathy Tait

For the better part of a year, some of my high school friends and I had been contemplating how best to celebrate our collective 60th birthday and, when we read about Amazing Abruzzo in Jake’s twelve-week newspaper series last year, it seemed the perfect fit. So, we gathered together five couples, and booked for the end of April, early May 2017. We decided to precede our week at the villa with a few days in Rome, followed by a bus tour that took us to Tuscany and Cinque Terre, then to Tivoli. It was an interesting and fun week, but it didn’t come close to comparing with the awesome time we had at Jake and Lisa’s villa in amazing Abruzzo, and touring that region! In fact, I would categorize a week at the villa as the perfect antidote for a hectic week of touring. My friends and I agreed that the hardest part of writing this review was going to be keeping it brief. We could go on and on about how wonderful our week was. So, what follows are just the highlights. Part of what made our week so spectacular was all the attention to detail that Jake and Lisa incorporated into our “all inclusive”. To call the venue “all inclusive” somehow doesn’t do it justice because of all the unexpected extras that were included. This was most certainly a five-star experience. The night we arrived, Jake pulled out his guitar, and handed another one to one of our group members, Verlin, (apparently, Verlin had already scouted that out before-hand). You would never know that those two fellas had never jammed together before, and what followed was one of the most fun evenings of my life, filled with laughter, singing, dancing and, oh yes, a little wine. If anyone had a headache the next day, it was totally worth it. Speaking of the wine, we were so surprised to find that, at the villa, “all-inclusive” means very good quality wines and other delicious libations available at all times. At happy-hour, we were treated to lovely drinks mixed up by Cesidia and Eva, and yummy snacks to help tide us over till what most Canadians think of a rather late dinner (7:30). The atmosphere at the villa was incredibly relaxing though, so the late dinner hour seemed absolutely perfect. Nothing is rushed at the villa. Everything is done with care and precision…… yet somehow, they all manage to create a real family-like environment. I am in awe of Cesidia and her wonderful cooking and baking. She makes cooking for a large group look easy. And Eva made sure that each one of us had exactly what we needed at all times. They both sent us off each day with the affection of a family member. When they and our tour guides were on well-deserved days off, we were cared for by Angela in the kitchen, and her husband, Orazio, on the road. The bedrooms are all lovely, and I didn’t object when my friends let my husband and me have the one where I was able to open my eyes in the morning, and look up at the beautiful rolling hills. One thing that we really appreciated was that, being ex-pat Canadians, Jake and Lisa know exactly what creature-comforts North Americans appreciate….. like a big cup of coffee! Our touring was always relaxed and comfortable, and we found that Luca and Giuseppe were fonts of information concerning the Abruzzo area. They were fun to be with, and it was interesting getting an understanding of how different lives are for young people in Italy, compared to North America. The day we went to Gran Sasso Massive, Lucca brought his guitar, and we were treated with him playing for us at the top of the world. The most difficult thing of our week? Leaving the villa, and the wonderful individuals who made our stay there so awesome. If I could ever relive a week of my life, it would be that one. Hands-down. Cathy Tait

  This was an unforgettable experience for both of us and allowed us to discover a yet undiscovered part of Italy. We were treated with first-class service and made to feel at home! Highly recommended. Claire and Claude Goyer

This was an unforgettable experience for both of us and allowed us to discover a yet undiscovered part of Italy. We were treated with first-class service and made to feel at home! Highly recommended. Claire and Claude Goyer

  A slice of paradise. We had a wonderful holiday in Abruzzo. It's place like no other with friends who felt like family. Thank you Jake and Lisa. Bev & David.

A slice of paradise. We had a wonderful holiday in Abruzzo. It's place like no other with friends who felt like family. Thank you Jake and Lisa. Bev & David.

  Abruzzo is gorgeous! It's our favourite place in Italy! Rome, Florence , Venice fill your eyes and brain with Art and Culture. Abruzzo fills your heart and soul. Laurie Bednarek and family.

Abruzzo is gorgeous! It's our favourite place in Italy! Rome, Florence , Venice fill your eyes and brain with Art and Culture. Abruzzo fills your heart and soul. Laurie Bednarek and family.

  Thanks very much to    Lisa Grassi Blais    and Jake Rupert for hosting us. Their staff are lovely folk and this new business venture of their's is high quality, and in my opinion every one of you should put Italy and Abruzzo on your to visit list. Rosemarie Ferguson

Thanks very much to Lisa Grassi Blais and Jake Rupert for hosting us. Their staff are lovely folk and this new business venture of their's is high quality, and in my opinion every one of you should put Italy and Abruzzo on your to visit list. Rosemarie Ferguson

  We had a fantastic trip and will always remember the incredibly welcoming and exciting ambiance that you have created in a beautiful part of Italy. We will return. Dan Senior

We had a fantastic trip and will always remember the incredibly welcoming and exciting ambiance that you have created in a beautiful part of Italy. We will return. Dan Senior

  For our week in Abruzzo, we didn’t have to chart our journey, drive the roads or worry about reservations. We just enjoyed the sunshine, the people, rugged beauty and historic places of this region. We had a carefree holiday in June 2016 at Jake and Lisa’s beautiful and truly comfortable inn. We toured with the highly knowledgeable and gentlemanly Luca and marvelled at the daily culinary wonders served by the always enthusiastic and skilled chef, Cesidia. We spend a quite magical day in the mountains with Angela and Orazio, eating lunch beside the spectacular Lago San Domenico with its blue-green water and its blue butterflies. Through the week, Jake and Lisa warmly welcomed us. Clearly, they have found their calling. Thanks for a unique, relaxing and memorable vacation. Patrick and Deirdre

For our week in Abruzzo, we didn’t have to chart our journey, drive the roads or worry about reservations. We just enjoyed the sunshine, the people, rugged beauty and historic places of this region. We had a carefree holiday in June 2016 at Jake and Lisa’s beautiful and truly comfortable inn. We toured with the highly knowledgeable and gentlemanly Luca and marvelled at the daily culinary wonders served by the always enthusiastic and skilled chef, Cesidia. We spend a quite magical day in the mountains with Angela and Orazio, eating lunch beside the spectacular Lago San Domenico with its blue-green water and its blue butterflies. Through the week, Jake and Lisa warmly welcomed us. Clearly, they have found their calling. Thanks for a unique, relaxing and memorable vacation. Patrick and Deirdre

  Abruzzo is possibly the most beautiful place on earth. Catharine Vandelinde

Abruzzo is possibly the most beautiful place on earth. Catharine Vandelinde

  One cold, bleak day in February, I impulsively booked a trip to Abruzzo for early in May, 2017. After my rash act, I proceeded to pour over the Amazing Abruzzo website trying to reassure myself that I had made a good decision. We were completely delighted! Every aspect of the entire experience has been carefully considered and planned. The tours to the various sites were well organized and both Luca and Giuseppe were well-informed, caring, considerate guides who made each day so interesting and such fun. It is impossible to decide which excursion was the highlight of the trip! The region of Abruzzo is spectacular! There is a great variety of things to see and do, it is not crowded, and it is so very authentic. The villa is as beautifully restored and comfortable as it appears on the website. Eva was the warmest, most considerate server anyone could wish for. She was consistently cheerful, kind, generous, and thoughtful. Cesidia’s cooking was indescribably delicious! And she, too, was warm, welcoming and friendly. And did I mention her cooking?! Angela and Orazio generously hosted us for a fabulous meal in their home and showed us around one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Villalago! My husband and I stayed in the Townhouse. It is located just steps up the street from the Villa and the quick walk back and forth was very pleasant both in the morning and evening. The Townhouse would be a great place for two couples to share or for a family. Lisa and Jake were the consummate hosts. They were warm, friendly and shared lots of great information. They ensured that the entire experience was memorable. Thank you both for a marvellous and memorable experience! Kelley and Gord, Ottawa

One cold, bleak day in February, I impulsively booked a trip to Abruzzo for early in May, 2017. After my rash act, I proceeded to pour over the Amazing Abruzzo website trying to reassure myself that I had made a good decision. We were completely delighted! Every aspect of the entire experience has been carefully considered and planned. The tours to the various sites were well organized and both Luca and Giuseppe were well-informed, caring, considerate guides who made each day so interesting and such fun. It is impossible to decide which excursion was the highlight of the trip! The region of Abruzzo is spectacular! There is a great variety of things to see and do, it is not crowded, and it is so very authentic. The villa is as beautifully restored and comfortable as it appears on the website. Eva was the warmest, most considerate server anyone could wish for. She was consistently cheerful, kind, generous, and thoughtful. Cesidia’s cooking was indescribably delicious! And she, too, was warm, welcoming and friendly. And did I mention her cooking?! Angela and Orazio generously hosted us for a fabulous meal in their home and showed us around one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Villalago! My husband and I stayed in the Townhouse. It is located just steps up the street from the Villa and the quick walk back and forth was very pleasant both in the morning and evening. The Townhouse would be a great place for two couples to share or for a family. Lisa and Jake were the consummate hosts. They were warm, friendly and shared lots of great information. They ensured that the entire experience was memorable. Thank you both for a marvellous and memorable experience! Kelley and Gord, Ottawa

  Had a fantastic time at Villa d'Abruzzo in October 2016. I can honestly say that it was probably the best vacation I have had. Everything, from the villa to the company to the staff, was truly amazing. The staff has gone above and beyond to ensure that their guests are comfortable, well fed, intrigued, and happy. I'd go again in a heartbeat! Giedre Abromaitis

Had a fantastic time at Villa d'Abruzzo in October 2016. I can honestly say that it was probably the best vacation I have had. Everything, from the villa to the company to the staff, was truly amazing. The staff has gone above and beyond to ensure that their guests are comfortable, well fed, intrigued, and happy. I'd go again in a heartbeat! Giedre Abromaitis

  Wonderful week in stunning Abruzzo, Italy. Made some lovely new Canadian friends, saw some breathtaking sights courtesy of the delightful    Luca Santovito   , had a great picnic with the lovely Angela and Orazio,and was privileged to eat delicious food cooked every day by the talented and beautiful Cesidia. Thank you so much    Lisa Grassi Blais    and    Jake Rupert   - you have a truly amazing villa and are the best hosts ever!! We'll be back. Tanya Horeck

Wonderful week in stunning Abruzzo, Italy. Made some lovely new Canadian friends, saw some breathtaking sights courtesy of the delightful Luca Santovito, had a great picnic with the lovely Angela and Orazio,and was privileged to eat delicious food cooked every day by the talented and beautiful Cesidia. Thank you so much Lisa Grassi Blais and Jake Rupert- you have a truly amazing villa and are the best hosts ever!! We'll be back. Tanya Horeck

  We had a marvellous week at Amazing Abruzzo Tours because everything was so perfect: the beautifully renovated villa, the tours, and picnics with Luca, who made us know and love beautiful Abruzzo. Cesidia's meals were always delicious, appetizing and diverse. Jake and Lisa, we really appreciated your hospitality and your joy of life. We could not ask for anything more. Rejeanne and Bernard Fleury

We had a marvellous week at Amazing Abruzzo Tours because everything was so perfect: the beautifully renovated villa, the tours, and picnics with Luca, who made us know and love beautiful Abruzzo. Cesidia's meals were always delicious, appetizing and diverse. Jake and Lisa, we really appreciated your hospitality and your joy of life. We could not ask for anything more. Rejeanne and Bernard Fleury

  This photo taken on one of our tours during our week-long vacation at Villa Abruzzo in June 2016 . From right: Janet and Caroline, two sisters from the UK., with Brian, Sandy and Annabelle, new found Canadian friends. We were so happy that a random google search looking for a tour in Abruzzo guided us to your website. We enjoyed everything about the whole experience, though one of our highlights was going to the truck stop for porchetta sandwiches for lunch - much to the amusement of the truckers - and buying fresh cherries from the roadside fruit stall as dessert, all washed down with ice cold beers. Perfetto in every way. Thank you Lisa and Jake for letting us share your little slice of paradise. Janet Whitehead and Caroline Garnett

This photo taken on one of our tours during our week-long vacation at Villa Abruzzo in June 2016 . From right: Janet and Caroline, two sisters from the UK., with Brian, Sandy and Annabelle, new found Canadian friends. We were so happy that a random google search looking for a tour in Abruzzo guided us to your website. We enjoyed everything about the whole experience, though one of our highlights was going to the truck stop for porchetta sandwiches for lunch - much to the amusement of the truckers - and buying fresh cherries from the roadside fruit stall as dessert, all washed down with ice cold beers. Perfetto in every way. Thank you Lisa and Jake for letting us share your little slice of paradise. Janet Whitehead and Caroline Garnett

  Our experiences and travel in Abruzzo with Jake & Lisa was nothing less than spectacular. Everyday was a new adventure! The food, the wine, the beautiful sights and the amazing hospitality made our trip extremely memorable. We cannot wait to return in 2018. Lisa Bonin & Bill Bray

Our experiences and travel in Abruzzo with Jake & Lisa was nothing less than spectacular. Everyday was a new adventure! The food, the wine, the beautiful sights and the amazing hospitality made our trip extremely memorable. We cannot wait to return in 2018. Lisa Bonin & Bill Bray

  We have no words to express how wonderful our time was with Amazing Abruzzo Tours. You and "your family" have exceeded beyond all expectations. The amazing hospitality with all the comforts of home. The food of such quality and quantity to satisfy the most fastidious of tastes. And the vast knowledge of the history of your beautiful Abruzzo to share with you visitors. Luca was so patient and accommodating. He answered all our questions and always made sure we were comfortable, particularly so for Greg and myself. He stole our hearts! Cesidia took such pride in making our meals and attended to our every need. She is an amazing cook. She melted our hearts. What a beautiful and gracious couple are Orazio and Angela. They are amazing and how fortunate for us that they have extended their friendship and hospitality to your guests. We must not forget Eva and Ilenia who were most helpful and delightful. Please give them all our best wishes. Lisa, your smile and calm reassurance is a treasure. Jake, keep singing and playing guitar. What a gift. Many blessings. Lina and Greg Peddie

We have no words to express how wonderful our time was with Amazing Abruzzo Tours. You and "your family" have exceeded beyond all expectations. The amazing hospitality with all the comforts of home. The food of such quality and quantity to satisfy the most fastidious of tastes. And the vast knowledge of the history of your beautiful Abruzzo to share with you visitors. Luca was so patient and accommodating. He answered all our questions and always made sure we were comfortable, particularly so for Greg and myself. He stole our hearts! Cesidia took such pride in making our meals and attended to our every need. She is an amazing cook. She melted our hearts. What a beautiful and gracious couple are Orazio and Angela. They are amazing and how fortunate for us that they have extended their friendship and hospitality to your guests. We must not forget Eva and Ilenia who were most helpful and delightful. Please give them all our best wishes. Lisa, your smile and calm reassurance is a treasure. Jake, keep singing and playing guitar. What a gift. Many blessings. Lina and Greg Peddie

  My wife and I and our two young children (5 and 7 years old) had been traveling for a few weeks before coming to Villa D'Abruzzo and were somewhat ragged. From the moment we arrived, the warmth and attentiveness of Jake, Lisa, and all the staff couldn't be more evident. The villa had everything that adults and kids could need, including a great pool, meals catering to both, and plenty of room for the kids to do their own thing while adults lingered in the dining room savouring incredible Italian dinners. Amazing Abruzzo Tours was also able to balance our daily tours so that they were of interest to everybody while not testing the limited patience of our young kids. Our time in Abruzzo was definitely the highlight of our five weeks in Europe. Derek Mahoney

My wife and I and our two young children (5 and 7 years old) had been traveling for a few weeks before coming to Villa D'Abruzzo and were somewhat ragged. From the moment we arrived, the warmth and attentiveness of Jake, Lisa, and all the staff couldn't be more evident. The villa had everything that adults and kids could need, including a great pool, meals catering to both, and plenty of room for the kids to do their own thing while adults lingered in the dining room savouring incredible Italian dinners. Amazing Abruzzo Tours was also able to balance our daily tours so that they were of interest to everybody while not testing the limited patience of our young kids. Our time in Abruzzo was definitely the highlight of our five weeks in Europe. Derek Mahoney

  Our stay in Abruzzo was the highlight of my entire Italian trip! The region is GORGEOUS, every view is a postcard. We spent our days road tripping, hiking and exploring; Jake provided us with great advice on what to see and do with our time and based on our interests. We were deliciously fed and expertly taken care of by all of the staff. The personal attention is really exceptional. The villa itself was beautifully and carefully renovated; the view from the pool is stunning and our guests rooms were spacious and comfortable with Italian character. Without hesitation I give Amazing Abruzzo Tours my highest recommendation. -Melynda Szabototh

Our stay in Abruzzo was the highlight of my entire Italian trip! The region is GORGEOUS, every view is a postcard. We spent our days road tripping, hiking and exploring; Jake provided us with great advice on what to see and do with our time and based on our interests. We were deliciously fed and expertly taken care of by all of the staff. The personal attention is really exceptional. The villa itself was beautifully and carefully renovated; the view from the pool is stunning and our guests rooms were spacious and comfortable with Italian character. Without hesitation I give Amazing Abruzzo Tours my highest recommendation. -Melynda Szabototh

  Mary and I thoroughly enjoyed your stay with you. The villa was wonderful, Cesidia put together 5 star meals every night and every day Luca escorted us on the most wonderful day trips. The Abruzzo area has to be the best kept secret in Italy. Mary and I found the whole area full of interesting and uncrowded history that was so well documented by yourselves and Luca. We couldn't recommend Amazing Abruzzo highly enough and several friends have booked with you already. Our plan is to get back to visit in 2018. Have a very enjoyable and successful 2017. Jim Bowen

Mary and I thoroughly enjoyed your stay with you. The villa was wonderful, Cesidia put together 5 star meals every night and every day Luca escorted us on the most wonderful day trips. The Abruzzo area has to be the best kept secret in Italy. Mary and I found the whole area full of interesting and uncrowded history that was so well documented by yourselves and Luca. We couldn't recommend Amazing Abruzzo highly enough and several friends have booked with you already. Our plan is to get back to visit in 2018. Have a very enjoyable and successful 2017. Jim Bowen

  Tremendous tours. Fabulous food. Gregarious guests. Wonderful wine. Simply: sumptuous. Annabel Buckley

Tremendous tours. Fabulous food. Gregarious guests. Wonderful wine. Simply: sumptuous. Annabel Buckley

  This vacation was amazing! I would recommend it to anyone. There was so much variety – we were never bored and always looked forward to the next adventure. After a fun day of guided tours, we would lounge around the pool drinking local beer and wine while our top-notch chef (Cesidia) prepared an amazing dinner. And when the dreaded “shopping day” came, those who didn’t want to go were offered a hike and picnic in a nearby gorge. Always lots to do, eat, drink and experience. Having such interesting people show us around and share their experiences really made this a once in a lifetime trip. Colin Dell

This vacation was amazing! I would recommend it to anyone. There was so much variety – we were never bored and always looked forward to the next adventure. After a fun day of guided tours, we would lounge around the pool drinking local beer and wine while our top-notch chef (Cesidia) prepared an amazing dinner. And when the dreaded “shopping day” came, those who didn’t want to go were offered a hike and picnic in a nearby gorge. Always lots to do, eat, drink and experience. Having such interesting people show us around and share their experiences really made this a once in a lifetime trip. Colin Dell

  When planning your trip to Europe please leave Amazing Abruzzo till last. We started our journey there and it turned out to be the pinnacle of a month long European visit. Lisa and Jake have built a world class experience that feels like home but dazzles the senses in every way imaginable. Food to die for, a rainbow of wines, atmosphere galore, comfy beds with linen thread-counts beyond my reckoning, a staff that couldn't have been sweeter, fascinating tours. History, art, music, evening strolls for gelato, value galore and over-all attention to detail that goes above and beyond. The rest of Europe was nice but Abruzzo was AMAZING! Randall Prescott    We found out about Jake & Lisa's "Amazing Abruzzo" while reading the travel section of the Ottawa Citizen. My husband quickly had me reading along to their weekly blogs. The journey they went through to uproot, sell their home, give up jobs and leave families, learn Italian and jump at the chance on buying/renovating a villa, is a true testament to their spirit and drive. Their villa is so welcoming and comfortable and a perfect size to accommodate guests and still feel like a home. Our guide Luca was a patient and knowledgeable historian and chef Cesidia provided incredible food from the region, espresso in the morning and lots of smiles. Her touch is obvious in little details like ironed sheets, embroidered wash clothes, and hand made table linens.We stayed with Amazing Abruzzo Tours during only its third week of operation and you would have thought they had been running this business for years. We can't say enough good things about Amazing Abruzzo. Personally for me, it's all about the people and Lisa, Jake and their team really made this trip for us. Tracey Brown-Prescott

When planning your trip to Europe please leave Amazing Abruzzo till last. We started our journey there and it turned out to be the pinnacle of a month long European visit. Lisa and Jake have built a world class experience that feels like home but dazzles the senses in every way imaginable. Food to die for, a rainbow of wines, atmosphere galore, comfy beds with linen thread-counts beyond my reckoning, a staff that couldn't have been sweeter, fascinating tours. History, art, music, evening strolls for gelato, value galore and over-all attention to detail that goes above and beyond. The rest of Europe was nice but Abruzzo was AMAZING! Randall Prescott

We found out about Jake & Lisa's "Amazing Abruzzo" while reading the travel section of the Ottawa Citizen. My husband quickly had me reading along to their weekly blogs. The journey they went through to uproot, sell their home, give up jobs and leave families, learn Italian and jump at the chance on buying/renovating a villa, is a true testament to their spirit and drive. Their villa is so welcoming and comfortable and a perfect size to accommodate guests and still feel like a home. Our guide Luca was a patient and knowledgeable historian and chef Cesidia provided incredible food from the region, espresso in the morning and lots of smiles. Her touch is obvious in little details like ironed sheets, embroidered wash clothes, and hand made table linens.We stayed with Amazing Abruzzo Tours during only its third week of operation and you would have thought they had been running this business for years. We can't say enough good things about Amazing Abruzzo. Personally for me, it's all about the people and Lisa, Jake and their team really made this trip for us. Tracey Brown-Prescott

  Five stars. Just returned from an incredible week with Lisa, Jake and all the warm and wonderful people at Villa d'Abruzzo. Cesidia had us in awe of her cooking. Luca kept us active, both physically and mentally, with his great tours. Thanks to all. Debbie Davis, Ottawa

Five stars. Just returned from an incredible week with Lisa, Jake and all the warm and wonderful people at Villa d'Abruzzo. Cesidia had us in awe of her cooking. Luca kept us active, both physically and mentally, with his great tours. Thanks to all. Debbie Davis, Ottawa

  A five star experience indeed! Jake and Lisa provide a top notch holiday experience you won't forget. Excellent tours with a warm and knowledgeable guide Luca. His love of Abruzzo draws you in to the history and culture of this part of Italy. The meals by Cesida are fabulous and give the flair of Abruzzo. Indeed a holiday that will always remain in our hearts. Cheryl Spotswood

A five star experience indeed! Jake and Lisa provide a top notch holiday experience you won't forget. Excellent tours with a warm and knowledgeable guide Luca. His love of Abruzzo draws you in to the history and culture of this part of Italy. The meals by Cesida are fabulous and give the flair of Abruzzo. Indeed a holiday that will always remain in our hearts. Cheryl Spotswood

  Sad to have left our "famiglia Italiana" at    Amazing Abruzzo Tours   . A huge thank you to    Jake Rupert    and    Lisa Grassi Blais    for an unforgettable experience. I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed our week at your villa. Kristine Hollington

Sad to have left our "famiglia Italiana" at Amazing Abruzzo Tours. A huge thank you to Jake Rupert and Lisa Grassi Blais for an unforgettable experience. I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed our week at your villa. Kristine Hollington

  Lisa and Jake: It is difficult to fully express our heartfelt thanks to you both and your Villa d'Abruzzo family for what we feel was a trip of a lifetime! From our pick up in Rome to our drop off in Pescara, our daily excursions and time spent with new friends made us feel like we had truly seen and experienced the 'real' Italy! Cocktails by your beautiful pool were thoroughly enjoyed too! You have created a beautiful Italian retreat where we were able to see incredible sites and savour the finest Italian food and wine. Lisa and Jake, you welcomed us into your home and we are forever thankful. We look forward returning to Villa d'Abruzzo soon! Barbara and Tom Baker

Lisa and Jake: It is difficult to fully express our heartfelt thanks to you both and your Villa d'Abruzzo family for what we feel was a trip of a lifetime! From our pick up in Rome to our drop off in Pescara, our daily excursions and time spent with new friends made us feel like we had truly seen and experienced the 'real' Italy! Cocktails by your beautiful pool were thoroughly enjoyed too! You have created a beautiful Italian retreat where we were able to see incredible sites and savour the finest Italian food and wine. Lisa and Jake, you welcomed us into your home and we are forever thankful. We look forward returning to Villa d'Abruzzo soon! Barbara and Tom Baker

  Brian and I truly enjoyed our time at the villa. The entire cast of characters that made the eating, touring and getting to know Abruzzo a pleasure and rounded out the experience. Jake and Lisa's enthusiasm was palpable. Lynne Keller

Brian and I truly enjoyed our time at the villa. The entire cast of characters that made the eating, touring and getting to know Abruzzo a pleasure and rounded out the experience. Jake and Lisa's enthusiasm was palpable. Lynne Keller

  This place has it all. If you want access to historical sites, live a different cultural experience, connect with nature or simply relax by the beach or pool, this is the ideal destination. The only thing this place doesn't offer is a stressful environment...and I'm ok with that! Lisa and Jake are awesome hosts and have truly found their calling. Just wish they were closer! Alain Gonthier

This place has it all. If you want access to historical sites, live a different cultural experience, connect with nature or simply relax by the beach or pool, this is the ideal destination. The only thing this place doesn't offer is a stressful environment...and I'm ok with that! Lisa and Jake are awesome hosts and have truly found their calling. Just wish they were closer! Alain Gonthier

  Our holiday at the villa was incredible, and started on the right foot with pick up in Rome - much appreciated! The prevailing at home feeling in the villa was quite unique and rare in our travels. As there were few travellers staying with us, we experienced the personal touch from everyone of the staff, who are indeed all humble stars. The atmosphere was laid back and friendly, and we were not hurried on the tours. Loved the varied food, wine and aperitifs, great conversations at the table. Torre de'Passeri is a small old Italian town which is wonderful to visit. It's a refreshing change from the metropolitan cities but still filled with history. We would not hesitate to return for another stay with Lisa and Jake, our superb hosts. Thank you for making our holiday memorable! Denise and Len

Our holiday at the villa was incredible, and started on the right foot with pick up in Rome - much appreciated! The prevailing at home feeling in the villa was quite unique and rare in our travels. As there were few travellers staying with us, we experienced the personal touch from everyone of the staff, who are indeed all humble stars. The atmosphere was laid back and friendly, and we were not hurried on the tours. Loved the varied food, wine and aperitifs, great conversations at the table. Torre de'Passeri is a small old Italian town which is wonderful to visit. It's a refreshing change from the metropolitan cities but still filled with history. We would not hesitate to return for another stay with Lisa and Jake, our superb hosts. Thank you for making our holiday memorable! Denise and Len