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Located in the heart of Umbria, Cucina della Terra is one of the premier cooking schools in Italy where youll get to participate in hands-on cooking classes in our state-of-the art cucina. Youll satisfy your inner-foodie by completely immersing yourself in the Umbrian and Tuscan way of life. At Cucina della Terra, youll have the opportunity to experience locavore living as you meet the farmers, vintners, and butchers preserving traditional methods of delivering, creating, and preparing their goods. Chef-owner Gerri Sarnataro has built extraordinary relationships throughout the region and offers unique insight and exclusive experiences that will enhance your learning experience.
Cucina della Terra has a selection of country inns that reflect Italian country living. All of Their accommodations offer private bathrooms and amenities to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable.
Arrive in Rome, transfer by train to Chiusi Chianciano where you will be picked up and taken to our inn. Time to settle in and relax before our dinner at a family run osteria specializing in Umbrian cooking.
One of the most famous small hilltop towns in Tuscany described in Under the Tuscan Sun, Cortona is bustling with small shops selling unique artisan leather, textiles, clothing, jewelry, art and, of course, food. After a morning of wandering the streets we will return to Castiglione del Lago for a relaxing lunch. This evening, we will light up the wood in our outdoor grill and begin our first cooking experience in our own modern cucina. Our menu is designed around the traditional Italian grill with a taste of authentic bruschette and our own harvested olive oil followed by wood-grilled bistecche, Umbrian sausages, and small game with a selection of local vegetable dishes.
Pienza, a World Unesco Heritage site sets the stage for a delightful stroll overlooking the exquisite Val dOrcia. Postage stamp shops overflow with Italian made linens, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics and of course, the famous pecorino cheese of Pienza. Meet the cheese-maker of these outstanding raw milk peorinos and ricotta and deepen your appreciation for artisanal productions. This evening we will convene in our kitchen at Cucina della Terra where we make pasta and use our sheep milk cheeses.
High in the hills of Tuscany overlooking the gorgeous Val di Chiana, a valley of olive groves and vineyards, youll walk through this historic wine town visiting a select group of artisans. We will visit a special winery for a tasting of the Vin Nobile di Montepulciano, Rosso di Montepulciano, Colli Chianti paired with a light merenda. Tonight our class focuses on Risotto and Saute Italian style.
Wednesday is an open-air market day in Castiglione del Lago where we will experience the warmth of small- town life while we shop for all of our ingredients for our dinner tonight. Well visit the local macelleria and sample some of the famous salumi, porchette and torta al testo for which this region is famous. After a visit to the Palazzo del Corgna overlooking Lake Trasimeno, we will board our chartered bus for lunch on the patio. In the evening, we convene in the kitchen of Cucina della Terra for a full night of cooking. Our class focuses on making gnocchi and roasting techniques.
The town of Orvieto sits atop volcanic rock called tufa. Beginning at the base of the town, a necropolis bears the remains of Etruscan tombs. A 175-foot deep well, designed in the 16th century, remains a feat of engineering. At the top of the town lies a glistening Gothic cathedral, built in the 1300s and housing some magnificent frescos, mosaics, and stained glass. This is a town for shopping! Well stop for lunch in an authentic trattoria. This evening, we will return to the Cucina for a class cooking with a healthy assortment of fish and seafood from the Mediterranean.
Our day begins in the cucina for a class on polenta, salads, and egg cookery where we incorporate many of the local cereals and grains into our menu. By late afternoon we will be on our way to Siena, a small city designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Piazza del Campo with eight streets radiating from the citys center demands a full afternoon and evening to appreciate its historical and artistic significance. If you have ever wondered what Pan Forte and Ricchiarelli cookies taste like, this is the city to try them. Our evening ends with dinner in our favorite elegant restaurant in a 13th century cave.
Early morning departure by train to Rome.
Cucina della Terras culinary immersion program takes place in Umbria, Italy, an Italian region bordering Tuscany, Lazio and La Marche regions.
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