Cooking, Eating and Exploring in the Roman Countryside

May 22 - May 28, 2017


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Spend a week in a luxurious, antiques-filled villa, immersed in greenery, surrounded by roses. Your all-inclusive vacation includes four three-hour cooking classes, visits with wine, cheese, and olive oil producers, a guided tour of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, dinner at one of Rome's best trattorie, a visit to the magnificent ancient city of Viterbo, and a sunset meal on beautiful Lake Bracciano.

Chef Giuseppe Siragusa's love of cooking flavors every spectacular dish he creates. The course, conducted for English speakers, is aimed at those who want to improve their culinary skills in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Chef Giuseppe will guide you along a simple path through the world of Italian cuisine, showing you the tricks of the trade, from the search for raw materials to preparation and presentation. We'll work in small groups of four or five, using ingredients plucked from the estate's ample gardens.



The Art of Italian Cooking: From Antipasto to Dessert
In each three-hour session, you and your team will prepare an antipasto, pasta, main course or a dessert. At the end of the week, you will have prepared dishes from each category, and you'll take home a cookbook with all the recipes you've made during your stay so that you can easily replicate them. This is an intimate, relaxed course, limited to only 15 participants. At the end of the week, having cooked, eaten and laughed together many times, Giuseppe will wish you goodbye with an affectionate hug.

A typical menu might include:

Ricotta flan with basil cherry sauce
Handmade fettuccine with wild boar sauce
Beef stew in red wine with a celeriac puree
Individual chocolate cakes with a heart of molten chocolate topped with whipped cream.


Excursions Across Lazio

Your all-inclusive vacation includes:

A guided tour of the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Cathedral, followed by dinner at one of Rome's leading trattorie

A visit to the historic baths at Viterbo, ancient residence of popes.

A visit to the legendary monster park at Bomarzo, created by architect Pirro Ligorio for Prince Pier Francesco Orsini (1523-1585), to assuage his grief over the death of his wife Giulia Farnese.

Sunset dinner in an outstanding seafood restaurant on the banks of beautiful Lake Bracciano

Wine tasting by the Azienda Agricola Marco Carpineti di Cori, producers of exceptional organic wines, with a lesson on food and wine pairing.

Olive oil tasting and lesson in the estate's olive tree grove— how it’s done, from the tree to the bottle

Visit to Acquaranda di Trevignano, boutique producers of sheep cheese, including the rare acciafiore made with wild thistle flowers since the time of the ancient Romans. c

Activities for Non-Participants

Non-participant companions are welcome! During the cooking classes you can:
Play golf at a nearby club
Ride a horse through the nature reserve at Canale Monterano
Trek through the Forest of Manziana with a nature guide
Learn about wine pairing, selecting the wines that will accompany the dishes prepared in the cooking classes
Kick back on the gorgeous grounds of the estate
with a good book
Companions are invited to join us for all meals and excursions.



  BOOK NOW! The Cooking Vacation is limited to 15 participants