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Wine Tasting and Cooking Holidays Italy

Spend time immersed in greenery surrounded by roses in Italy, and share with Chef Giuseppe Siragusa the love of cooking flavors. Join your host during this course designed for those who want to improve their culinary skills in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. During this holiday, you will experience cooking classes, visits with wine, cheese, and olive oil producers, guided tours through Rome and historical locations, visit an ancient city, and enjoy a sunset meal on a beautiful lake.

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  • 4 days of cooking classes
  • Visit wine, cheese, and olive oil producers
  • Learn the preparation and presentation of Italian cuisine
  • Guided tour to the Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter's Cathedral, and Viterbo City
  • Azienda Agricola Marco Carpineti di Cori wine tasting
  • Visit to Acquaranda di Trevignano cheese boutique
  • Daily delicious meals and wine
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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During this holiday, you will stay in a private room either in the Casacocò Country House or Villa La Ventosa. Both gracious homes are located on an 8.5 acre estate surrounded by olive groves, oaks, and laurel bushes, where the air is perfumed with the mingling scents of aromatic herbs lilac, wisteria, and clematis.

Casacò Country House

The country house, built to the highest ecological standards, is the center of the week's activity, where cooking classes are held and meals are served. It houses two double bedrooms, each with its own private entrance, a queen-sized bed, and en-suite bathroom. The two double rooms of the country house, the Green Room and the Red Room, have private bathrooms.

They are quiet, set apart, and with independent entrances. Oak parquet floors and colorful bathroom walls grace both. Guests may also enjoy a small private lounge and patio. Guests may also enjoy a large lounge and patio surrounded by rose bushes, maple trees, and bamboo plants.

Villa La Ventosa

Villa La Ventosa dates back to the early 19th century and has been updated many times over the years. Part of the basement, facing east, was originally a wine cellar and a storage space for tools used during the grape and olive harvests.

The villa was requisitioned by the Germans during WWII, becoming command headquarters. After the war, the property was purchased by the current owners, who restored it, preserving original elements such as the terra cotta tiles, ceiling beams, the historic fireplace, and stone portals.

The most recent renovation reconstructed the interior staircase and north wing. Today, the villa is a gracious country home, filled with antiques. The terrace opens onto a breathtaking panorama that extends across the valley to Lake Bracciano.

Guests can enjoy the breakfast room with its extensive views. The villa houses three bedrooms with queen-sized beds, two bedrooms with two single beds, and a single bedroom, as well as four bathrooms with tub and shower.

A stroll through an avenue of cypress trees brings you to the country house. From the terrace of Villa Ventosa, you'll have a panoramic view of the valley below and the lake.

The price packages show some options for your comfortable stay. Other room options are available. For more information, please send Cook, Eat and Explore the Roman Countryside an inquiry.


This 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.

You will work in small groups of four or five, using ingredients plucked from the estate's ample gardens. This holiday 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.

From antipasto to dessert

In each of the three-hour sessions, 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.

Non-participant companions are welcome. There are plenty of options to do such as playing golf at the nearby. You can 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, or kick back on the gorgeous grounds of the estate with a good book. Companions are invited to join for all meals and excursions.

Included excursions

During this holiday, you will enjoy several excursions across Lazio. You will enjoy a guided tour of the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Cathedral, followed by dinner at one of Rome's leading trattorie.

You will visit the historic baths at Viterbo, the ancient residence of popes. Throughout this holiday, you will also visit the legendary monster park at Bomarzo, created by architect Pirro Ligorio for Prince Pier Francesco Orsini to assuage his grief over the death of his wife, Giulia Farnese.

A wine tasting by the Azienda Agricola Marco Carpineti di Cori, producers of exceptional organic wines is also included. You will enjoy a lesson on food and wine pairing.

In this holiday, you will visit the Acquaranda di Trevignano sheep cheese boutique, where you will learn about the rare acciafiore made with wild thistle flowers since the time of the ancient Romans.

An olive oil tasting in the estate's olive tree grove is also included. You will have an olive oil lesson and learn how it is done, from the tree to the bottle.


Giuseppe Siragusa
Giuseppe Siragusa has been creating unforgettable menus for many years. He has shared his culinary knowledge and skill, teaching at the Instituto Professionale in Rome. His love of food (and of people), his warmth, and humor make every moment spent with him a pleasure. He has worked in Umbria at the Villa Selva and the Entropia Country House, in Rome at the Hotel De La Ville Intercontinental, Nettuno at the Cavallino Bianco, Latina at Regina Campoverde and Il Portolano, and La Tana among others.


This holiday will take place at Manziana, Italy. You will be staying in the beautiful countryside, either in the Casacò Country House or Villa La Ventosa. The location is just outside the village of Manziana, near Lake Bracciano, a pristine deep volcanic lake where it is possible to canoe, scuba-dive, sail, and much more.

The location boasts acres of gardens, including a spectacular rose garden, vegetable and herb garden, an olive grove, tree lined walkways, and flowers everywhere. Manziana is near the Sabatini mountains, just an hour from Rome. It has ancient roots in the Etruscan and Roman civilizations. The name is thought to be derived from the Etruscan deity, Manthus Il Bosco di Manziana.

The great nature reserve at the Manziana forest, known as the Macchia Grande, with its enormous ancient oaks and rich undergrowth, about 580 hectares south of the town, is a paradise for trekkers. nature-lovers, and photographers.

In the village, it's worth a visit to Tittoni Palace, where you can still see the remains of the fortress of Santa Pupa, a castle built around 1,200 by the Prefects of Vico.

The medieval Orsini-Odescalchi Castle has long been the location for celebrity weddings. The castle houses rooms with the original furnishings and a well-appointed museum in some of its rooms where you can see a collection of armor and weapons from the Middle Ages.

Nearby places

  • Rome - 1 hour
  • Viterbo, 46 kilometers



  • Cooking classes
  • Golf course nearby
  • Golf driving range nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour


  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Terrace


  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding


During this holiday, you will enjoy three daily delicious meals plus wine. You will taste the best Italian cuisine from the local produce at Manziana, including a sunset meal in an outstanding seafood restaurant on the banks of beautiful Lake Bracciano, and a dinner at a traditional Roman trattoria.

Chef Giuseppe Siragusa is a master of traditional Italian cuisine, but his cooking goes beyond that, creating imaginative dishes. A typical menu may include ricotta flan with basil cherry sauce, handmade fettuccine with wild boar sauce, beef stew in red wine with a celeriac puree, and individual chocolate cakes with a heart of molten chocolate topped with whipped cream.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Kick back on the grounds of the estate with a good book
  • Learn about wine pairing
  • 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

What's included

  • 3 daily delicious meals plus wine
  • 4 three-hour hands-on cooking classes
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Guided tour of the Casacocò rose gardens
  • Guided tour of the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter's Basilica
  • Olive oil workshop and tasting
  • Visit to Acquaranda di Trevigiano
  • Visit to the famed monster park at Bomarzo
  • Visit to the historic baths at Viterbo
  • Wine tasting and pairing workshop by Azienda Agricola Marco Carpineti

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Dry cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Cook, Eat and Explore the Roman Countryside will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by train

If you plan to arrive on your own, Cook, Eat and Explore the Roman Countryside can meet you at the train station in Manziano. Trains leave frequently from Rome and Cook, Eat and Explore the Roman Countryside can help you with the timetable.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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