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7 Days Complete Cooking Holiday in Roccaraso, Italy

Hotel Garnì Astoria, Via Pietransieri, 67037 Roccaraso (AQ), Italy

Cooking Holiday Italy

Hotel Garnì Astoria's organization is the best in the countrysie Abruzzo and their prices reflect a high standard of services in a four-star company. This holiday includes cooking classes at Fonte Eremita in Roccaraso, in a exclusive location. Transfer in a shuttle Mercedes is also included from / to Rome or Naples and all the activities in the program.

Meet the instructors

Italo
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Highlights

  • 3 cooking classes
  • Visit Sulmona and confetti factory
  • Coffee, water, and 1 glass of wine at lunches and dinners
  • Guided tour to Castel di Sangro village, Vittorito wine cellar, Raiano, and Corfino
  • Enjoy unlimited spa access during your stay
  • 6 breakfast buffet, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Lounge
  • Internet access
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Hotel Garnì Astoria's new structure offers you a hospitality that portrays tradition and relaxation. It's the ideal environment to get away from the chaos of city life and to enjoy complete relaxation that harmonizes with nature. Hotel Garnì Astoria has 12 bedrooms on two separate floors and is outfitted with all the necessary comforts. After a day on the slopes or other outdoor excursions, come and enjoy the pleasures and the privilege of the Jacuzzi, Swedish sauna, Turkish Sauna, and incredible showers.

Along with Hotel Garnì Astoria's respect for nature and incredible comfort, the environment offers tranquillity. From the chromatic choices of the internal and external walls to the pure Ampezzano décor with flower decorated wood and shaped-iron accessories: everything was created by experienced. knowledgeable hands of the Cortina artisans so that welcoming warmth and rare elegance prevail.

All this is brought to you by the most advanced technologies that guarantee low environmental impact (fifth class) and the highest level of static security, information security aimed at protecting efficiency and equipment efficacy, the safety of all, comfort in general, and, last but not least, guest security.

Program

Day 1 (Sunday): Rome / Roccaraso

Airport arrival transfer / welcome drink / dinner. The driver will pick you up at the airport and he will drive you to Roccaraso through the Abruzzo National Park, crossing beautiful forests and valleys. Check-in in the hotel and accommodation in your cozy room. Leisure time to enjoy a walk around the hotel or to enjoy the spa with Jacuzzi and Turkish bath, emotional shower, or relax in the lounge area with fireplace.

In the evening you will meet with the chef Italo Acconcia and his team for a welcoming drink and briefing of the program along with a special gift for your cooking seminar. Dinner in the hotel will complete your first day of arrival.

Day 2 (Monday)

Breakfast, lunch, and free evening in Roccaraso, cooking class at Fonte Eremita. After breakfast buffet in the hotel, transfer to the cooking class, where you will have the opportunity to learn the basics of pasta (cannelloni, chitarra), condiments (sugo, salsa, soup), preparing perfect scallopine, and obviously a typical dessert. The program is perfect for those who love Italian cuisine and its basic elements. Lunch is included. Free evening in Roccaraso village.

Day 3 (Tuesday)

Breakfast and dinner, guided tour to Sulmona, tasting of local products. After breakfast in the hotel, transfer with your driver and tour guide to Sulmona, known as the Siena of the south. Guided tour (itinerary depending on meteorological conditions) to the cathedral, historical center, and piazza, where the famous medieval Palio festival takes place every summer. Free time for shopping and lunch.

After, visit a famous confetti factory, where you will be shown how the famous confettis are manufactured. You will enjoy sampling the different flavors of confettis and taking your creation back home as a souvenir. Transfer back to hotel. Dinner in the hotel.

Day 4 (Wednesday)

Breakfast, lunch, and free evening in Pescocostanzo, cooking class at Fonte Eremita. After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the cooking class, where you will have the opportunity to cook homemade pasta such as gnocchi and fettucine. You will also prepare involtini and discover the secrets of how to make a perfect crostata and the chef's specialty: food carving! Learn how to make a beautiful rose, flower, and faces carving fruits and vegetables!

You will surprise your friends back home inviting them to a perfect cena italiana cooked by yourself with stunning food presentation. Lunch at school. Transfer to hotel. Free evening in the wonderful village of Pescocostanzo where you can explore the stunning historical beauties of this UNESCO heritage.

Day 5 (Thursday)

Breakfast and dinner, guided tour to Castel di Sangro, food shopping, cooking class. After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the village of Castel di Sangro with your chef Italo, who will take you to shop in the local market choosing fresh fruits and vegetables that you will learn how to cook in the afternoon class. It will be followed by a visit to the Convent of Maddalena, with II WW museum.

The tour continues with a visit to the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta, historical building, center of the village history and traditions. Free time for lunch and shopping in the village. Transfer back to the class with your chef Italo for the hands-on cooking class and dinner.

Day 6 (Friday)

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, tour to Raiano, Corfino, Vittorito wine cellar. After breakfast in the hotel, you will enjoy this tour as a path towards the discovery of nature, culture, and local enogastronomy. Hilly landscapes with churches and abbeys. You will visit the Hermitage of San Venanzio, a mystic spot among rocks, springs, and forests. A visit at the most important cantina for a wine tasting. Lunch included.

Transfer to hotel and leisure time to enjoy a walk or to use the spa to relax and pamper yourself. Farewell dinner (barbeque with typical local meat: salsicce, agnello, arrosticini) in the hotel with live music, photo session, and graduation certificate ceremony!

Day 7 (Saturday)

Breakfast, transfer. It is always difficult to say goodbye when you had such a good time… so just say “arrivederci all’anno prossimo” (see you next year). Breakfast in hotel and transfer with driver to Rome International Airport. Remember: Italian cuisine is the best, Italians cook better!

Included excursions

  • Guided tour to Sulmona village and visit to confetti factory
  • Guided tour to Castel di Sangro village
  • Guided tour to Vittorito wine cellar, Raiano, and Corfino
  • Free evening in the village of Pescocostanzo

Instructors

Italo Acconcia

Location

Roccaraso is a town in Central Italy, near L’Aquila in Abruzzo. It dates back to around 1000 AD and is located near the Rasinus stream, from which some believe it took its original name, Rasin Rocca. The hotel is located in Abruzzo, 800 meters from the central main street of Roccaraso, the most important touristic center of the Apennine Mountain Range.

Distances

  • Fonte Eremita - 2 minutes
  • Center of Roccaraso, 500 meters
  • Slopes, 2 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room

General

  • Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Lounge

Services

  • Internet access
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Food

This holiday includes six breakfast buffet, three lunches, and four dinners. A glass of wine, as well as coffee and water, at lunches and dinners are also included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Alcoholic beverages

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)

Winter activities

Roccaraso is one of the most famous locations to ski in Italy. The ski resort of Roccaraso is structured around the Mountains of Roccaraso, with the Piano Aremogna and Pizzalto, connected directly to the plants of Rivisondoli-Monte Pratello and the area of Alto Sangro.

Summer activities

In the resort "Ombrellone," a vast park will give the opportunity for visitors to try out four different adventure paths based on the level of difficulty or to dabble in one of the oldest sports, such as archery.

What's included

  • Cooking classes (3 total) and food preparation materials
  • Food for classes
  • Guided tour to Sulmona village and visit to a confetti factory
  • Guided tour to Vittorito wine cellar and Raiano and Corfino villages
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 breakfast buffet, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Free in-room Wi-Fi, direct phone line, cable TV
  • Unlimited spa access
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily shuttle transfers
  • Guided tour to Castel di Sangro village
  • 1 glass of wine for lunches and dinners
  • Coffee and water at lunches and dinners

What's not included

  • Driver tips, tour guide tips, chef tips
  • Any extra alcohol beverages (1 glass of wine included in every lunch and dinners)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Sulmona

  • Garnì Astori is reachable from the north through the town of Sulmona, off of highway A24 - A25 Roma / Pescara.
  • Follow the state road SS17 for Roccaraso.
  • From Naples take A1 and exit at Caianello and proceed in the direction of Venafro / Pozzili, following (SS85) the indications for Montaquila.
  • Proceed for Colli al Volturno, Rionero Sannitico, Castel di Sangro until you reach Roccaraso.
  • Once having arrived at Roccaraso, take the county road Strada Comunale per Pietransieri in the direction of Pietransieri.
  • About 400 meters after Pietransieri, you'll find Garnì Astoria to your right.

Driving directions from Rome

  • A24 + A25 exit Pratola Peligna / Sulmona, SS 17.
  • Travel time 2 hours approximately.

Driving directions from Naples

  • A1 exit Caianiello, dir. S. 652, SS 17.
  • Journey time: about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • For those of you coming from Naples, soon a new itinerary, fast road between Isernia - Castel di Sangro, will allow you to arrive without having to go through Montaquila. This new itinerary will shorten the time and distance required.

Driving directions from Bari

  • A14 exit Val di Sangro, Fondo Valle Sangro, SS17.
  • Travel time: about 3 hours.

Driving directions from Ancona

  • A14 exit Pescara, A25 exit Pratola Peligna, SS 17.
  • Travel time: about 3 hours.

Arrival by bus

From Rome to Sulmona, bus line Schiappa. From Naples to Roccaraso, bus line Arpa. From Pescara to Roccaraso, bus line Arpa.

Arrival by train

Rome-Pescara train, change trains at Sulmona, and continue on the Sulmona-Caste di Sangro-Isernia line. Get off at Campo di Giove, Palena or Rivisondoli-Pescocostanzo.

GPS

41°50'49" north - 14° 5' 8" east

Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

This holiday is available all year round, with arrival on Sundays. One week advance booking reservation required.

 

Early bird

There is an early bird discount of 20% available for people booking 4 months in advance. Please send an inquiry for more information.

 

Tour information

This tour requires a minimum of 2 participants.

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