Travel Deeper, Be Bolder in Undiscovered Abruzzo, Italy

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"While navigating Italy can often feel like retracing the footsteps of countless others…Abruzzo still retains a mystery and promise of discovery.” – Conde Nast Traveler


Join Katie Fogarty of Reboot + Michelle DiBenedetto-Capobianco

of Majella Cooking & Abruzzo Tours

 
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Settle into Castle Life

LIVE like an Italian, luxuriously, fully, beautifully

IMMERSE yourself with locals (we'll translate)

EXPERIENCE the Italy of your dreams

RELAX for 7 days / 6 nights in a restored castle

SAVOR local farm-to-table food and wine

CONNECT with amazing and inspiring women

 

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Push the Pause Button

 

Create What's Next

LEARN invaluable personal branding tools

BECOME a more powerful advocate for your work and life

LEAVE inspired, with motivation & memories that fuel your life

ENJOY the rare, delicious treat of time to rest & recalibrate

REFLECT on your professional story

UNLOCK a new way of thinking about your life & career


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Meet Michelle.

 

Italian insider & passionate guide

Michelle DiBenedetto-Capobianco is the daughter of Italian immigrants and a corporate lawyer-turned-private chef in New York. She's spent 12 summers exploring, savoring, meandering, hiking, cooking and dreaming in Abruzzo and cultivating relationships with its artisans, food and wine experts, and cultural cognoscenti. Michelle organizes creative, small group tours of her beloved yet little-known region, sharing Abruzzo’s distinctive pleasures with visitors from across the globe.

Learn more about Michelle's work here.

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Meet Katie.

Career & personal branding coach

Katie Fogarty is a writer, storyteller, and career & personal branding strategist. She believes everyone -- and every business -- has a story to tell. In her past life, she wrote for TV news, global PR firms and  a U.S. Senator. Now, she works with clients to catapult professional development and communicate their value. Her clients come from American Express, Condé Nast, FleishmanHillard, Fox News, Morgan Stanley, NBC Universal, Oath, Turner, private equity, law & fashion firms and startups.

Learn more about Katie's work here.

 

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Only two hours east of Rome, Abruzzo is an undiscovered destination for intrepid explorers who wish to TRAVEL DEEPER and go beyond Italy’s well-trodden tourist paths. Abruzzo is known for national parks of rugged, untamed beauty, and stretches from “la terra di mare e monti” -- where you can travel from the pristine shores of the Adriatic to the mountains in an hour’s time. As the untrammeled last frontier of Italy, you can hike through mountains and valleys of staggering beauty only to stumble upon medieval villages and hidden hermitages carved into stone.


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Your home for the week is the elegant Castello di Semivicoli, a restored castle owned by Masciarelli, one of Abruzzo’s most lauded wine-growing families. Nestled amongst grounds of olive trees, vineyards and laurel hedges, Semivicoli is a jewel-box, marrying refined rustic-chic country living with every modern amenity, including a fitness center. Start your day with a steaming cappuccino and a slab of buttery crostata filled with apricot jam made with fruit from the Castello’s own trees. Explore the stunning grounds and neighboring village on foot or with complimentary bikes, or unkink your knots with a personal yoga or training session. Shutterbugs and Instagrammers take note: there’s Wi-Fi and endlessly inspiring views of the surrounding mountains and countryside.


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Your Week

Day One

BENVENUTE! We whisk you from Rome to scenic, unspoiled  Abruzzo. Settle into castle life (it won’t take long!), unwind with a welcome dinner, vintage wines and new friends - the perfect pairing.

Day Two

VISION + VIEWS. Wake to arresting views from a hilltop castle, spend the morning charting your vision for your career and life. Drink revelatory wines. Walk the coast. Watch the sun dip below the Adriatic.  Marvel at your postcard-perfect day over a seafood feast you will remember forever.

Day Three

PERSONAL BRANDING WORKSHOP + COOKING CLASS. Double dose of espresso please! You have a day of creating ahead. A morning workshop crafting a powerful professional story. And an afternoon mastering the secrets of the Italian kitchen. (And did we mention lunch in the prettiest village in Italy?)

Day Four

EXPLORE + ASK MORE. Take it all in today --  the cobbled medieval villages, frescoed chapels, and jaw-dropping views from Italy’s highest ancient fortress. Lunch at a charming, family-owned spot specializing in saffron dishes. Dinner brings you to the under-the-radar trattoria every local knows and loves. 

Day Five

CONNECT + CONVERSATIONS. Your morning your way -- sleep in, work out,  a leisurely breakfast -- then a late morning communications workshop, afternoon excursion to an olive oil mill, and evening cocktail party with Italian women artisans and entrepreneurs at the castle.

Day Six

PARKS + RECREATION. Travel  deep into the staggering, sumptuous beauty of the Majella National Park. Fairy-tale hermitages, sweeping river valley vistas and a five-star spa beckon - which will you choose for your afternoon?

Day Seven

ARRIVEDERCI AMICHE. One last buttery crosata...after breakfast our driver returns you to Rome. The trip ends, but you are just getting started. We can’t wait to hear where your revved up mojo and new personal branding tools will take you….


Reboot + Refresh Booking Information & Rates

DATE: Sunday, October 14th – Saturday, October 20th, 2018

RATE: $4299.00 per person, in double occupancy room / $4999.00 per person in single occupancy room

RATE INCLUDES:

  • Double (or single) occupancy room with private bath for six (6) nights
  • Breakfast daily
  • All meals except for one lunch (wine included with meals)
  • All ground transportation via private coach and drivers
  • All professional workshops and recreational programming
  • All excursions
  • Any entrance fees, tours, tastings and local guides
  • Transfers between Castello di Semivicoli and Piazza Bologna in Rome
  • Taxes, service charges and gratuities­­

NOT INCLUDED IN RATE:

  • Airfare
  • Trip insurance
  • Optional spa treatments/admission/lunch at La Riserve Hotel Terme
  • Optional activities during free time
  • Gifts and personal purchases including refreshments

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: A minimum of five (5) participants is required for the program to occur. The maximum number of participants for the program is 12.

Getting To & From Abruzzo – The tour begins in Rome’s Piazza Bologna on Sunday, October 14th at Noon and ends at the same location Saturday, October 20th at Noon.  Piazza Bologna is a “real” a Roman neighborhood brimming with locals and students. From there, we’ll whisk you off to Abruzzo in a private coach bus.  We strongly recommend that you arrive in Rome no later than Saturday, October 13th to ensure that you’ll meet the group on time (with the added benefit of sleeping off the jetlag and wandering the Eternal City for an evening.)  We’d be happy to suggest a few of our favorite places to stay, things to do and foods to eat! ­

Payment Schedule & Deposit – A 50% deposit per person, payable to Three Little Guys LLC (D/B/A Majella Home Cooking), of which $500 is non-refundable for administrative fees, is required at the time of the reservation of the program.  Final payment must be received by no later than 120 days prior to the first day of the program.  Upon payment of the deposit, you expressly agree to be bound by the “Terms & Conditions for Refresh + Reboot Retreat” set forth in the following link:

 

Reboot + Refresh in Undiscovered Italy | October 14 - 20, 2018