Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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Rome, Italy - 6 nights
Available March to November - Sunday to Saturday or Monday to Sunday

 

Enjoy an amazing six night culinary holiday in the region of Lazio in the Roman countryside, an hour outside of Rome. You will stay in a completely renovated 18th century villa with beautifully decorated rooms in this lovely medieval hamlet. Through hands on cooking classes featuring a different course for each class, you will learn traditional recipes from local cooks whose recipes have been passed down from generation to generation. Depending on availability, you can choose between two different itineraries both with amazing accommodations. 


This foodie holiday offers not only cooking classes and great accommodations but you will also sample fresh cheeses since this area is known for its marzoline (goat cheese), fresh ricotta, bufala mozzarella and also prosciutto di Guarcino. You will dine in a local "cantina" restaurant, visit a traditional olive oil mill and local farmer's market and be immersed in the local flavors of this fertile area of Italy. This rustic territory is rich in tradition and best known for its simple, savory and hearty Italian dishes such as zuppa di pane, sagne e fagioli, fettuccine by hand with various meat sauces, gnocchi with pork ribs, salsiccia patate e peperoni with Casereccio bread and Ciambelle di vino only to name a few.

 

The beautiful villa, which belonged to the nobility of the town, still boasts coffered wooden ceilings, antique wooden beams, and some original terracotta tile flooring. The interior décor reflects an ancient look while providing modern day conveniences such as private jacuzzi baths with tempmatic showers. 

 

So, if you are interested in learning traditional recipes, staying at a wonderful accommodation in a medieval village and exploring an unchartered area, this tour is for you!

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY

 

DAY ONE - SUNDAY - WELCOME TO THE ROMAN COUNTRYSIDE

 

Your amazing culinary experience begins with transfers from Rome Fiumicino Airport to the cooking school.

 

Check-in at the villa followed by a welcome aperitivo. After check-in you set off for a guided walk acquainting you with the medieval historical village of Castro Dei Volsci. Following our walking tour, you are welcomed to an early dinner in one of our dining rooms, concluding with an after dinner liqueur.

 

Benvenuti!

 

DAY TWO - MONDAY - OLIVE OIL CULINARY TOUR - MEET OUR PASTRY CHEF

  

After a typical Italian breakfast in our new cappuccino bar, we set off to the town of Arpino, birthplace of Cicero and land of the “Olives”. This morning we visit a traditional olive oil mill (Frantoio) and are explained the process of how to make Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

 

We then proceed to a local estate and taste the fresh olive oil. A light lunch with flavors of the oil and a sample of some of the owner’s organic wine accompany our visit. Prior to leaving olive country, you may just decide to bring home a bottle of “Terra di Cicerone” extra virgin oil.

 

Back around 4pm its time to meet our Chef and start baking! Dinner is served at the Villa’s dining room.

  

DAY THREE - TUESDAY - CULINARY TOUR AT FOSSANOVA - COOKING LESSON ANTIPASTI

 

Today, after breakfast we set off for a visit to the local town’s farmers’ market to gather what’s needed for tonight’s antipasto extravaganza and get a feel of how the locals live.

 

Next, a visit to a local cheese Caseificio and sample fresh Ricotta, Buffalo mozzarella and Provolone. The morning continues with of visit to the “Abbey of Fossanova” on our journey to the Tyrrhenian seaside town of Terracina. A view of the sea and a stroll by a few shops, we lunch at the local Trattoria Centosedici.

 

Upon return and a short time for relaxation, we begin our second cooking class by preparing a variety of “Antipasti”. Bruschette, Crostini, Crocchette, Arancini, Frittate, Frittelle di zucchini, grilled peppers and eggplant, stuffed zucchini are a few examples accompanied by the sampling of various Formaggi and olives and are enjoyed at dinner with wine in our dining room..

 

DAY FOUR - WEDNESDAY - CULINARY TOURS AT GUARCINO - COOKING CLASS PRIMI PIATTI

 

After breakfast your journey today begins at Pastorella to watch the process of fresh sausage, followed by a visit at “Prosciuttificio” in the town of Guarcino (the Parma of Ciociaria), and there we have a picnic lunch of fresh hand cut prosciutto or porchetta.

 

Upon our return with a short time to relax, we begin our hands-on cooking lesson number three with our Chef Valerio. Fantasia of “Primi Piatti”, you will learn how to prepare a variety of home made pasta shapes with the proper seasonal sauce, that you will then enjoy tonight at dinner with a great bottle of wine in our dining room.

 

DAY FIVE - THURSDAY - WINE TOUR - COOKING LESSON SECONDI PIATTI

 


After breakfast we head off to visit the Abbey of Montecassino, which has a significant part of history here in Ciociaria.

 

Afterwards we visit a winery in Val Comino, a region in Italy famous for its Cabernet wines. You will have the opportunity to see one of their vineyards, visit the cellar and bottling plant, and learn the vinification process ending with a wine tasting. Then we continue our journey to the nearby town of Atina, famous in Italy for its annual “Jazz Festival” and have lunch at the “Old Cantina Visocchi” now totally restored with antique winery relics into a sophisticated restaurant called “Le Cannardizie”. Our host Patrizia Patini, a sommelier, gives us a taste and sampling of yet another fantastic wine of the region.

 

In the afternoon you will begin to prepare a list of “Secondi Piatti” such as Involtini, salsiccia con patate e peperuola, and Scaloppini alla mela, and the proper “Contorno” to accompany the main course. Dinner with wine is in the dining room. 

 

DAY SIX - FRIDAY - SHOPPING & RELAX - COOKING LESSON & PIZZA

 

Breakfast/Brunch today is served at our Cappuccino Bar. After breakfast, stroll the cobblestone streets of Castro Dei Volsci and visit the Artisan shops where you can participate with the artisans in learning the traditional art that has been passed down generation to generation. This is a great time to find that treasured memento to remember your visit with us.

 

In the early afternoon, Chef Valerio walks you through making the Perfect Pizza Dough and at 5:00 pm it is the Pizza Party concluding our culinary week.

 

On this last evening join us in the Tavern for a night of entertainment. 

   

DAY SEVEN - SATURDAY 

 

Your final day comes too soon, but it is time to have breakfast, gather up your newly-acquired cooking skills, pack your bags, and travel back to the airport. We hope you will be leaving with wonderful memories! The earliest flight scheduled for departure will determine the time you leave. Arrivederci! 

  

 

*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Menus are samples and may vary according to the season

 

 

 

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 10-14 participants.

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE 

 

Closest Airport: Rome Fiumicino/Leonardo da Vinci airports. 

 

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour. 

 

 

 

 

 BOOKING INFORMATION

 


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CANCELLATION POLICY 

 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

 

 



CLIENT REMARKS

 

 

 

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MAP*

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HOMESTYLE TUSCAN COOKING 

Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!

 

Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,
New York, New York

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