6 Days Italian Culinary Vacation Lazio, Italy

  • Convivio Rome, Via Monte Cavallo, 30, 02039 Toffia RM, Italy


Italian Cooking Holidays near Rome

Set in Sabina, one of the most unspoilt areas of Italy, north of Rome and not far from Umbria and Tuscany, 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.


  • 2 hands-on, Italian cooking classes
  • Visit an award-winning vineyard and learn about the art of wine making
  • Guided tour of an olive grove with Ruggero, followed by olive oil sampling
  • Visit a local olive oil farm and sample local wines, pecorino cheeses, cured meats, and olive oil
  • Learn about different Italian wines and the wonderful native grapes
  • Daily Italian breakfast at an Italian cafe
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • Italian, English
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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.

Convivio Rome bed and breakfast: a real family home

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.

La Casetta - Toffia

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.

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Welcome dinner at 20:00. This is a relaxed and informal dinner, held in a family taverna or restaurant, during which you can discover the unique flavors of traditional food from Sabina, as well as sample some of the best local wines. During dinner, Sally or Guido will give you a brief outline of your holiday.

Day 2 - Cooking class, excursion

  • Start with an Italian-style breakfast taken on the café patio while enjoying majestic views over the Sabine Hills.
  • In the morning, start lesson number one, followed by lunch. Italian cooking tips and secrets about regional dishes are revealed while preparing a three-course meal using only what's in season.
  • In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of an olive grove with Guido, where you will learn all about the ancient art of olive oil making, followed by olive oil sampling with bruschetta while overlooking majestic views of Sabina.
  • In the evening, dinner can be enjoyed at a local "ristorante", or home catering can be arranged for you.

Day 3 - Cooking class, excursion

  • Start with an Italian-style breakfast taken on the café patio while enjoying majestic views over the Sabine Hills.
  • In the morning, start lesson number two, followed by lunch. Convivio Rome enthusiastic pasta expert starts a cooking lesson with making fresh pasta out of eggs and flour. Pasta sauces and the importance of fresh ingredients, herbs and balance are discussed. More secrets are revealed to create a mouth-watering three-course lunch.
  • In the afternoon, (optional) informal guided tour to visit the largest olive tree in Europe followed by a stroll around the nearby medieval village of Fara in Sabina or you are free to relax.
  • In the evening, dinner can be enjoyed at a local "ristorante", or home catering can be arranged for you.

Day 4 - Wine appreciation lesson, excursion

  • Start with an Italian-style breakfast taken on the café patio while enjoying majestic views over the Sabine Hills.
  • In the morning, start your lesson number three and learn about wine appreciation, followed by lunch.
  • You are off to an award-winning vineyard where a wide range of wines, both red and white, are produced from local grapes. You will sample the wines with local food, while learning about the art of wine making.
  • After the tour to the winery, you will have a light lunch, where you sample local pecorino cheeses, cured meats, olive oil on wood fired oven bread and more Sabina wines.
  • In the afternoon, you will have an informal tour around the streets of the monastic village of Farfa (L'Abbazia di Farfa) with its amazing 15th-century frescoed church, and numerous art and craft shops including locally hand woven cloths or free time.
  • In the evening, dinner can be enjoyed at a local "ristorante", or home catering can be arranged for you.

Day 5 - Free day, farewell dinner

  • Start with an Italian-style breakfast taken on the café patio while enjoying majestic views over the Sabine Hills.
  • Spend the day as you please, at your own leisure. For example, you can take one of the beautiful local country walks and stop for a picnic lunch. Or, you can take a bus to one of the many local villages, or spend the day in Rome: we can help you plan your itinerary.
  • Enjoy a wine tasting evening and light dinner with food and wine editor, Guido Santi. This is an informal evening during which, you’ll learn about different Italian wines and the wonderful native grapes that are grown in the region.

Day 6 - Departure

  • Depart after breakfast with hopes you will return soon.

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.

Fara Sabina

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.

Sabina, the perfect setting for a cooking holiday

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.

Swimming pool

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.

The Monastery of Farfa

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.

  • 1 visit to a winery, including a wine tour and wine tasting
  • 1 welcome dinner
  • 1 wine tasting (farewell) dinner
  • 2 afternoon tours to visit local medieval hilltop villages
  • 3 lessons (2 cooking lessons, 1 wine appreciation)
  • 3 lunches (after cooking lessons)
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast every morning at local cafe
  • Free pick up/return service from/to local Fara Sabina train station (just 40 minutes from Rome)
  • Guided tour of olive grove with olive oil tasting
  • Recipes from the cooking lessons
  • Welcome gift
  • 1 lunch (on your free day)
  • 3 dinners out of 5
  • Any entrance fees
  • Car hire, private driver or taxi service
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance

Arrival by public or private transport from Rome Ciampino Airport

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.

Arrival by train from Rome Fiumicino / Leonardo da Vinci Airport

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.

Arrival by train 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.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Convivio Rome an inquiry.


  • Review by Katherine B from Washington DC, USA

    "Attending a cooking class and day excursion with Convivio was the highlight of our trip to Rome. We had such an amazing time learning from Sally and Guido, and everything was so well organized and accommodating. We cooked an amazing meal, and our families enjoyed it together. Simply magical. All of this was topped off with a visit to the Farfa Abbey, where we learned about the history of the area. I cannot give enough praise to Convivio Rome for their hospitality and our incredible experience."

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  • Review by a traveler from Massachusetts, USA

    "Such a lovely day and such a lovely family! We were a group of 4 and 2 of us had just arrived to Italy from the US the night before, so jet lag was an issue. The weather was rainy and cool. The perfect set up for a "stay at your hotel" kind of day. But I am so glad we didn't! From the minute we arrived to the minute we parted ways with Sally and Guido, we were engaged in some sort of activity. Sally gave us a wonderful history lesson of the area, and took us on a walk through an amazing hill top town. Guido taught us to make homemade pasta and used every bit of each ingredient for all accompanying dishes - a 3-course meal and nothing was wasted. We ate local sheep milk cheese and meat cured locally. We had local olive oil and wine with lunch. The herbs we cooked with were picked right off the road and from their garden that afternoon. The eggs we used were from the neighbor's hens. I loved every mouthwatering moment! The food was wonderful, and so was the company. They were both so open and willing to talk and share their ideas about so many things... I forgot I had paid for this day and felt more like I was visiting friends while on vacation. I would definitely recommend this activity to any and all traveling through Rome."

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  • Review by Karen T from Aarhus, Denmark

    "My three adult children and I spent 4 days in Rome. My Christmas gift from them was a half day cooking school. We had a really great day cooking, having fun, we learned a lot, and the hosts were really nice and helpful in all matters, - both arranging the tour and during the day. We can highly recommend a day away from busy Rome - and getting into the heart of Italy and Italian food. Thanks a lot for a great day."

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  • Review by Marianne R from Massachusetts, USA

    "The perfect day-trip from Rome is just a short train ride into hilly terrain with spectacular views, where the olive reigns supreme: there is even a local museum devoted to the luscious green fruit and the olive oil produced in this area is suitably famous. But what makes this a terrific take are the hosts, Guido Santi and Sally Ransom. Guido's depth of skill and reverence for Italian culinary tradition shines through as he teaches you the art and science of homemade pasta. Sally's cheery responsiveness and attention to detail made the trip easy and pleasant: I was traveling alone, so she joined me up with another four travelers for the day. My hosts oriented our small group to the area with a short tour en route to their comfortable home, where we cooked and dined more like personal friends than as traveling strangers. I visit Rome often and this was positively a highlight of my trip! Highly recommended."

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  • Review by Kathryn A

    "My husband and I booked this as a day trip from Rome (it gave our feet a much-needed rest!) and it turned out to be our favourite day of the trip! The cooking class was great, the dishes we made were simple enough (and delicious) that we are confident that we will be able to recreate them at home. Sally and Guido were gracious hosts and were very knowledgeable not only about cooking and ingredients but also history of the area, which is very beautiful."

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  • Review by a traveler from Adelaide, Australia

    "I've always wanted to have a cooking experience in Italy, so my friend and I spent my birthday with Guido and Sally cooking beautiful authentic Italian food, right in their kitchen. From the moment you step off the train, a short distance from Rome, you are greeted with warm smiles and a drive through stunning countryside to their hilltop village home. We learnt to cook wonderful pasta from scratch and other amazing dishes using the finest and freshest local ingredients available.We ate the food we collectively created with two other fabulous people in Guido and Sally's cellar with ample amounts of wine. I felt like we were visiting friends, we felt so welcomed and at home. The day ended with a tour of Fava, another stunning town. I highly recommend this experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories and the best meal you will eat in Italy. Thank you Guido and Sally for your wonderful hospitality, sharing your expertise and passion for exceptional homemade Italian food, and for making my birthday one I will truly never forget"

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  • Review by a traveler from Edegem, Belgium

    "Sally and Guido took very good care of guests. The cooking classes were a lot of fun, informative (for people from all levels of cooking experience), and the results always delicious! Location was exceptional and the village of Toffia is warm and welcoming to visitors."

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  • Review by Cindy W from Stamford, Connecticut

    "We booked this day trip to get out of Rome for a day and to give the kids a break from museums and ruins. Booking the class was easy, and Sally is quick to respond to all e-mails. She was there to meet us at the train, and pointed out the sights along the way to their home. Their village is lovely, and was a nice break from the city. The cooking experience was fun, and we learned to make homemade pasta, which my kids thought was great. Guido shared tips with us and gave us the recipes to take home. We enjoyed eating the meal we had prepared, including the pasta with Bolognese sauce, steamed artichokes, veal and ricotta pie. as well as conversation with Sally and Guido. The dishes were all very simple, and not something you need to be experienced in the kitchen to be able to make. Overall, it was a great day!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Rome, Italy

    "My 2 sisters and I had a wonderful time cooking with Guido in his lovely home in the beautiful medieval town of Toffia, Italy. We took the train to Fara Sabina and were picked up by Sally, Guido's lovely wife.The drive to their town was breathtaking.Sally took us for a walk through the town with a stop at the community garden, where she picked up a few herbs for our class. We arrived at their home and Guido greeted us and our 4 other "wanna be chefs".We got right to work making pasta, sauce, a veal dish and a delicious tart.Then we enjoyed our lunch with wine and stories. It was a wonderful day and I would do it again. I would highly recommend this day trip out of the hustle and bustle of Rome."

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  • Review by a Katrina from Melbourne, Australia

    "Sally and Guido of Convivio offer amazing cooking, wine and olive oil tours based in Toffia. Toffia is a small hilltop village in the Sabine Hills - and is a little known gem just a short trip from Rome. With Convivio, visitors have the unique opportunity to experience genuine Italian lifestyle, not just monuments.My children and I have been back to Toffia many times and we will return many more. Australian Sally is a warm host and happily shares her insights about the Sabine Hills and Italian life from many years living in Rome.Guido's cooking is heavenly, and he pours himself into its creation (with your help). As a coeliac I was delighted that he could cater for my gluten free diet. It is a wonderful escape from the busyness of Rome, and close enough to be a day trip (or more)."

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  • Review by a Daria from California, USA

    "As a home cook, loving Nonna and semi-retired professional, Convivio Rome provided more then expected. I met up with a long-time friend in Rome and we traveled easily by train to the magnificent town of Toffia for the three day class. We stayed in town and soaked up the country air and sunsets, the people, the history, and of course the amazing food.Sally and Guido are hospitable, knowledgeable and provide an organized experience for their guests. Guido is a patient teacher and artful chef! The day excursions to the Olive Grove and Monastery in Farfa were lovely and full of new information.The ingredients were fresh and recipes simple enough to do back at home. The meals were well-conceived and dining on our elegant product capped the cooking experience. Rome was exquisite but cooking in the countryside allowed me to bring Italy home thanks to Guido and Sally."

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Toffia, Italy

Italian cookery holidays in Toffia, Sabina, near Rome and Umbria, for those passionate about authentic Italian food and wine. Custom tours.

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