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Fishing trip in a trabocco

Spend a fine sunny day with the taste of the sea in your lungs on an age-old traditional fishing platform known as a trabocco.

One particular stretch of the Abruzzo coastline which faces south takes your breath away for the intense blue of its sea and makes you wonder about all those wooden platforms used by the fishing folk of the Adriatic with their large nets. This method of fishing, whatever the time of year or weather, has always offered people both the hope of a good catch and time to enjoy all the pleasures of the sea. So for you this will be a genuinely ’slow living’ experience allowing you to cook good fresh fish in the simplest of ways while learning some of the best kept secrets of Mediterranean and Abruzzo cooking. Your pleasure will be complete when everyone gets together to eat dishes that are light, tasty and self-prepared in a wonderful environment halfway between sea and sky.

Full day (7/8 hours maximum)


Abruzzo’s “Côte d’Azur” with its abbey of pink stone overlooking the sea …


Meet in Piazza Capograssi (on Mondays, Tuesdays Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays), Sulmona. Meet in V. XXV Aprile near the basketball stadium (on Wednesdays and on Saturdays).

Brief stop 30 minutes later at the Abbey of Saint Clement at Casauria (l’Abbazia di S. Clemente a Casauria), described by the early 20th century writer and poet Gabriele D’Annunzio as a “spectacle of sovereign beauty”.


Panoramic tour along the Costa dei Trabocchi, a coastline with a long series of traditional fishing platforms called trabocchi. We arrive at Fossacesia and have a guided tour of its 7th century abbey, the Abbazia di S. Giovanni in Venere. It is one of the finest and most impressive abbeys in the Abruzzo region, situated on a high hilltop overlooking long stretches of silvery olive trees and a seascape of intense greeny-blue.


We stop at the Punta Tufano trabocco, where we are welcomed by the owner Rinaldo who tells us all about the area and the hard work done there by the long-standing community of Abruzzo fisherfolk. This is then followed, if conditions allow, by a demonstration of fishing and ‘slow cooking’. 


We are treated to a fish lunch on the trabocco, made even more enjoyable by the sea view and by the fact that the food is simply prepared by the fisherfolk themselves with freshly caught fish and other local ingredients. It consists of various starters, including crudités, followed by a first and second course and then a sweet dish, fruit and coffee. Presented most attractively, it is light, easy to digest and truly delicious.


End of day and return to Sulmona.



(1 to3 hours)

request adults

request children

Children up to 3 years of age free 

For children over 3 only transport free 

(children’s menu by agreement)



The price includes:

- Bilingual (Italian/English) fully qualified guide (whole day service)

- Half-day visits to the places shown on the programme

- Aperitif and lunch on the trabocco

- Insurance cover 

The price does not include:

- Any additional visits

- Tips or possible small ‘extras’

Dress advice: comfortable and informal.

Groups: small mixed Italian/non-Italian groups of 4 minimum, 15 maximum. Period: July-September.

Time of week: Monday to Friday.

Booking: at least 72 hours before start of visit.

Place of departure: Sulmona.

N.B.: Our guides are normally chosen from our regional lists and are always subject to rigorous checking procedures to ensure that their knowledge, reliability and motivation are up to the standard required by Sulmona Tourist Services.