6 Days Italian Culinary Vacation Lazio, Italy

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.

Highlights

  • 2 hands-on, Italian cooking classes
  • Guided tour to the largest olive tree in Europe (2,000 years old)
  • Visit an award-winning vineyard and learn about the art of wine making
  • A guided olive tour, followed by wine, pecorino cheese, cured meats and olive oil tasting
  • 2 afternoon guided tours to visit local medieval hilltop villages
  • Recipes and high quality apron
  • Local wine with every meal
  • 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

  • Arrive in the afternoon. Then you'll have a 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 will be at a local home restaurant, inside a 500-year old wine cellar or on a terrace overlooking the Sabine Hills, depending on the season.

Day 3 - Cooking class, excursion

  • Start with an Italian-style breakfast 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, there is an 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. Alternatively, you are free to relax.
  • In the evening, dinner will be at a local home restaurant, inside a 500-year old wine cellar or on a terrace overlooking the Sabine Hills, depending on the season.

Day 4 - Free day

  • Start with an Italian-style breakfast taken on the café patio while enjoying majestic views over the Sabine Hills.
  • It's your free day. Do as you please at your own leisure. 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. Your host can help you plan your itinerary.
  • Dinner is not included today. Your evening meal can be enjoyed at a local home restaurant, at the local pizza bar or can be self-catered; it’s totally up to you.

Day 5 - Wine appreciation, excursion

  • Start with an Italian-style breakfast taken on the café patio while enjoying majestic views over the Sabine Hills.
  • In the morning you'll have your 3rd lesson - wine appreciation. You are off to an award-winning vineyard where a wide range of wines, both red and white, are produced from local grapes. You'll sample the wines with local food, while learning about the art of wine making. After the tour to the winery you'll have a light lunch, where you can sample local pecorino cheeses, cured meats, olive oil on wood-fired oven bread and more Sabina wines.
  • In the afternoon, take a guided 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 handwoven cloths or take some free time.
  • In the evening you'll enjoy 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

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.

  • 2 afternoon guided tours to visit local medieval hilltop villages
  • 3 lessons (2 cooking lessons, 1 wine appreciation)
  • 3 lunches following cooking lessons
  • 4 dinners (including a welcome dinner and a wine tasting dinner)
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast every morning at local cafe
  • Convivio Rome high quality apron
  • 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
  • Guided tour to the largest olive tree in Europe (2,000 years old)
  • Recipes from the cooking lessons
  • Wine during lunch and dinner
  • 1 lunch on free day
  • 1 dinner on free day
  • 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.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

Toffia (Rieti) , Italy

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

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6 days / 5 nights

Availability

This holiday is available upon request in January, February, November and December 2018.

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