Q: Where are the villa and townhouse located?
A: We are on the outskirts of the town of Torre de'Passeri. You can walk into the hills behind us or the town in front of us.
Q: What is the town like?
A: It is a mix of very old and new with several cafes, a couple restaurants, and shops, including a pharmacy, grocery store, hair stylists, a barber, and more. It is not a tourist town. It is very safe and the people are friendly and helpful.
Q: What are the bedrooms like?
A: The villa has three double rooms, a quad and a triple all with private bathrooms. The townhouse has two double rooms and full bathroom and a half bathroom. We do not book groups that don't know each other into the townhouse because, really, nobody wants to share a bathroom with strangers.
Q: Are all the rooms the same?
A: No. They are all different but equally nice. The two biggest rooms in the villa are usually used for multiple singles or families. Our room that has a private terrace is assigned to the first person who books a particular week.
Q: How many flights of stairs are there in the villa and townhouse?
A: There are two flights of stairs in the villa. One up to three bedrooms on the second floor and another up to the two big rooms on the third floor. Outside there is a flight of stairs down to the pool. The townhouse has two flights of stairs.
Q: What are the beds like?
A: We have European queens (bigger than North American doubles but smaller than North American queens) and singles.
Q: Are there televisions in the bedrooms?
A: No. The vast majority of our guests are English or French speaking and Italian television has very few stations in those languages. Most guests now travel with electronic devices and we have unlimited wifi. There is a television in the lounge with internet television that gets pretty much every channel you can think of.
Q: Do you have hairdryers, curlers and straighteners?
A: Yup. We also have shampoo, soap and basic toiletries.
Q: Can I get distilled water for my CPAP machine?
A: Yes. Not a problem. Just let us know and it will be your room when you arrive.
Q: Do I need to bring plug adapters for my electric and electronic devices?
A: Yes. They look like theses.
Q: What type of food is served at the villa?
A: We feature classic Abruzzese and Italian cuisine at dinner. For breakfast, we serve Italian or American coffee, pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt, and eggs any way you want them and more.
Q: What time are meals?
A: Breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. except on Saturday’s when it is usually a little earlier in order to get guests to the airport in Rome for flights to North America. Dinner usually starts around 7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Q: Can you accommodate special diets?
A: Yes. We have choices for vegetarians, vegans, and people with dietary intlolerances to gluten, lactose, and others. Just let us know before hand so we can make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
Q: Where do we eat?
A: Guests dine Italian style with each other at long tables in our dining room or on the terrace when the weather is nice. During day trips on the all-inclusive package, guests eat in local restaurants or at picnics if the weather is good.
Q: Do you offer premium wine?
A: Yes. The local table wine and national brand beer included in our all-inclusive and self-guided packages are excellent. But if you want to try some premium stuff, we have a wine cellar stocked with local, national and international reserve wines. Extra fees apply. Check out our upgraded wine package.
Q: Do you have other alcohol?
A: Yes. We have a decent selection of spirits.
Q: Is the tap water drinkable?
Q: Do you have laundry service?
A: Yes. Pack light. For 10 Euro, we wash and fold a medium load.
Q: How often do you change the bedding in a week?
A: Once, mid week. However, if you require more, just let us know.
Q: What other services do you offer?
A: We can set you up with a hair dresser or barber, massage therapist, spa treatments, pharmacist, gym, bike rental, and more. Just ask and we will do our best to get you what you want.
Q: Where can we be picked up and dropped off?
A: If you book our all-inclusive package, we will pick you up and drop you off almost anywhere in downtown Rome or the Rome airports (Fiumicino or Ciampino), or Termini or Tiburtina train stations in Rome. We also go to the cruise terminal in Civitavecchia, the Pescara airport and train station on the Adriatic Coast, or to the A1 Autostrada Cassino exit if you are coming from Amalfi/Napoli.
Q: What kind of vehicles do you have?
A: We have a nine-passenger 2015 Fiat Ducato van, a five-passenger 2016 Fiat Doblo van, and a small 2015 Fiat Panda.
Q: On the all-inclusive option, can I choose individual day trip options?
A: If you are part of a group of eight or more, yes. If you are in a group of 7 or fewer, you will be paired up with other guests. In the latter case, we generally follow our sample tour, but we will make every effort possible to accommodate people’s interests.
Q: Is it customary to tip the staff at Amazing Abruzzo Tours?
A: You are under no obligation to tip any of the staff, but most guests do and the staff appreciate it.
Q: How do I go about tipping the staff?
A: There are two ways of doing it. You can give the tip directly to the staff member, or you can give it to Jake or Lisa and they will split it up among the staff members.
Q: How much should I tip?
A: It's up to you, but the normal lump sum tip is about 100 euros per room, which gets split up among the staff members.
Q: Is the water drinkable?
A: Yes. The water in the taps in all of Italy is great. Italians still love the bottled water though.
Q: Do most shops and restaurants take credit or debit cards?
A: No. Big shops in the towns and cities generally do take plastic, but the smaller shops and restaurants, especially in small towns, may not.