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The cookery courses are easy to follow, creative, and fun. You can participate in the preparation of wonderfully authentic Italian food or simply sit back, relax, and sip on a glass of wine while food is prepared in front of you. After your Italian cooking classes, enjoy an afternoon tour of the nearby monastic village of Farfa and olive oil grove tour with olive oil tasting afterward, plus a tour to the largest olive tree in Europe with a stop at the medieval village of Fara Sabina with its spectacular views of the Sabine Hills.
To make your Italian cooking holiday a truly unique and relaxing experience, Covivio Rome has selected restored historic homes in the medieval hilltop village of Toffia. You will be staying in one of the historic homes or apartments within or nearby these medieval walls. Toffia lies in the Sabina region, between Rome and Umbria. These homes are self-contained, clean and very comfortable. They have an interesting history and have been meticulously restored and tastefully furnished by their owners. These cookery holidays and vacations are also a fantastic way to experience authentic rural life in central Italy, staying in complete comfort and living "like the locals do" in a medieval hilltop village.
This 500-year old family home has spectacular views over the rolling hills and valleys of Sabina, covered by olive groves and vineyards. The unspoiled views from the top floor stretch for an amazing 50 miles all the way to the mountains. The colorful sunsets over the valley will take your breath away. This family home has been lovingly renovated by the owners and made into two double and one single bedrooms with designer bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and comfortable lounge area.
Convivio Rome bed and breakfast is located in the heart of the historic medieval village, next to a sunny garden and is conveniently placed near one the central piazzas. There are panoramic views over olive groves and you can enjoy spectacular sunsets while sipping on a glass of wine. Convivio Rome Bed and Breakfast is perfect accommodation for four to six people. Wi-Fi is available from this home.
Recently renovated to a high standard, this sunny 15th century home is situated on Toffia's medieval defensive wall, has stunning views and a beautiful private balcony. Selected for your Italian cooking courses, it has a fully equipped kitchen and a Tuscan stone floor throughout. It has just been tastefully renovated using natural colors. In the evening, you can enjoy spectacular sunsets while sitting on the balcony, having a glass of local wine. La Casetta is ideal for one or two people that are attending the Italian cookery classes.
Convivio Rome longer cookery courses in the heart of Italy also include afternoon excursions, a walk through an olive grove where you will learn more about the ancient art of making olive oil and a wine tasting evening. Regional wines and extra virgin olive oils will also be sampled during our Italian cooking classes and holidays. Your free time will give you a chance to sit at the cafe/bar and watch the locals, take a stroll, take photographs or just enjoy what the Sabina region, between Rome and Umbria, has to offer.
Toffia is where the Italian cooking lessons are held and where most of Covivio Rome's accommodation is located. Participants of the Italian cooking holidays (or Italian cookery vacations) become part of a vibrant Italian rural community, while they enjoy cooking, eating, sampling wine, and relaxing. One of the most unspoiled and better kept medieval hilltop villages in Italy, Toffia is conveniently situated between Rome and Umbria and is full of ancient restored palazzos, churches and small piazzas from which it is possible to admire sweeping views of olive groves and vineyards in the surrounding valleys. As other villages in the region, Toffia’s beauty has not been yet discovered by mass tourism and retains all its authenticity.
The Italian cooking holidays and cooking classes near Rome have been designed to share Convivio Rome's love for Italian cuisine, particularly Roman and Tuscan cuisine, in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. Set in Sabina, one of the most unspoiled areas of Italy, north of Rome, and not far from Umbria and Tuscany, these cookery courses are easy to follow, creative, and fun. During the cooking classes based in a family home, near a medieval hilltop village, you can participate in the preparation of wonderfully authentic Italian food or simply sit back, relax, and sip on a glass of wine while food is prepared in front of you.
Another unspoiled medieval hilltop village you can visit during your Convivio Rome Italian cooking holiday, Fara Sabina was an important city in medieval times. Due to its very high position on a hilltop, it has majestic views over the Sabine Hills and even Rome. It has splendid remains of a monastery, handsome renaissance palazzi, ancient alleyways and a weekend market place that’s buzzing with activity. As usual in Sabina, there are no huge car parks or souvenir shops here! Moreover, Fara Sabina is famous for its delicious oven-fired sourdough fresh bread and focaccia.
Between Rome, Umbria and Tuscany, Sabina is central Italy's best kept secret. More rural and densely green than Tuscany and Umbria, it is also a lot less tourist-plundered. It has olive groves, vineyards and medieval hilltop stone villages; but more than anything, Sabina has true ingredients in its fields and woods which have earned it the label paradiso gastronomic’. This is why Sabina is the ideal location for the Italian cooking holidays.
In spring and summer, the land is patch worked in delicious and coniferous Botticelli greens. Hills are laced with narrow white tracks and roads that loop like spaghetti, reaching villages and hamlets that cluster on the hilltops. Wheat fields are strewn with poppies, and slopes are neatly planted with groves of olive trees. Wild greens are collected in a countryside ritual, with the tenderest shoots eaten as salad. In winter and early spring fruit trees are bursting with the sweetest oranges, apples and pears of all different shapes and sizes. June is the month for cherries, beautifully dark red and very sweet. In summer and until autumn, you’ll see peaches, apricots and fresh figs everywhere.
However, olive oil remains the key economic food resource due to quality single-estate oils that are so low in acidity they are extra smooth and rich. Every village grocer has its own cured meats and salami counter. Boxwood crates of locally harvested produce, from baby purple artichokes to the speckled pink pods of borlotti beans, are displayed in tiers. Sabina is truly a magical land of panoramic views across its valleys, olive groves and vineyards, fields of sunflowers and wild Mediterranean herbs, medieval hilltop villages, castles, and majestic Roman ruins set in wild nature.
An excellent swimming pool is available nearby Toffia and Farfa in the summer months. This pool is unique, as it only uses the purest local spring water. If you wish, Convivio Rome are more than happy to organize a taxi for you to go to the pool and return you to Toffia, during your free time.
Nearby Toffia is Farfa Abbey, one of the most important monasteries in European history, more influential and powerful than Cluny in France. Founded in the VII century, Farfa became imperial monastery under Charlemagne. Vast territories of central Italy belonged to Farfa, including the cities of Siena, Perugia, Assisi and many others. Still today this monastic complex looks majestic, with a basilica, a tower-library containing thousands of rare manuscripts, artist’ workshops and buildings all dating back to the middle ages. Farfa was also featured in the third episode of Jamie Oliver’s TV show "Jamie’s great escape".
The village of Farfa in Sabina has an interesting number of shops, all relevant to our gourmet and cookery holidays and vacations. This includes the monastery’s herbalist shop, the oleoteca where local extra virgin olive oils are sold and an award winning hand-made fabric shop. The delicatessen sells cheeses and wines from Sabina. Farfa is one of the hidden treasures that can be visited during your Italian cookery holidays.
Easy-to-follow directions will be given to get you from this airport, via public transport, to our local train station, Fara Sabina, where the organizer will meet you and return you to free of charge. Or, please inquire about a pick-up and return service with a private driver.
From inside the terminal you can take a direct train (departures every 15 minutes) to Fara Sabina station, where we will meet you and return you to, free of charge. This train can also be taken from Rome.
There is an excellent urban train service which departs from many areas of Rome every 15 minutes. It only takes about 40 minutes to get here. Convivio Rome will give you easy-to-follow directions to come to our local train station, you will find them there waiting for you holding a sign.