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4 Days All-Inclusive Cooking, Olive & Wine Holiday in Rome Countryside

Cooking Holidays in Italy

Live a fantastic learning experience, cooking, tasting, watching, and having fun! You will experience hands-on cooking of typical dishes from the local tradition and Mediterranean diet in a state-of-the-art professional kitchen perfectly integrated into the lively atmosphere of a finely renovated 18th-century palace located in the picturesque medieval village. This is a unique opportunity to explore the Roman countryside and become familiar with genuine Italian products and lifestyle.


  • Learn olive oil making process
  • Guided walks to medieval town center
  • Learn authentic Italian cuisine and enjoy the meals you cook
  • 2 complete hands-on cooking classes with experienced, local chefs
  • Taste local products such as exquisite wine or cheese
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and wine
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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The accommodation for your Italian cooking vacation is a luxuriously renovated Palazzo dating back to the 18th century. Once home to nobility, the building has since been converted into a six-bedroom boutique hotel, which still maintains elements of the original structure, combined with modern, contemporary decor. And instead of the noisy din of city traffic, you’ll wake up to the sounds of bells in the distance, in a picturesque medieval village.


After a day full of cooking classes, food tours of the region, and other new discoveries, unwind and relax with a refreshing shower, or bath, share photos of your culinary holiday with free high-speed Wi-Fi, or catch your favorite show on your room’s flat-screen TV.

All the rooms have a private bathroom and the following amenities:

  • Air conditioning or heating with adjustable temperature
  • Clothes rack
  • Flat-screen smart TV with local channels and internet access
  • Free toiletries
  • Free towels
  • Free unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Hairdryer
  • Bidet
  • Marble or parquet floor
  • Mountains and valley view (except one with town center view)
  • Shower or bathtub
  • Wardrobe or closet

The Mocevò room has a Jacuzzi tub inside, next to the main bathroom and Lauterie room is situated in a very quiet area of the building and has a private large bathroom next to the room door.

Dining room

The modern dining room is the setting for a classic, Italian family-style meal.


A state-of-the-art professional kitchen, perfectly integrated into the lively atmosphere of the Palazzo, is the ideal setting for your hands-on cooking program.


There are six elegant rooms, each playfully named after wines produced in the Palazzo, featuring their own personality and unique view of the countryside. Every room has its own personality and a different touch of design in the furniture. Their dimensions vary from 18 to 25 square meters.

Rooms are available with double or twin beds. An extra bed can be provided in some rooms on request. Rooms are located on the first and second floors, all areas of the building are accessible by elevators.

The wine cellar

The hotel also boasts cellars stocked with a range of biodynamic wines, which guests will get to sample during their stay.


These are sample programs. Changes may occur due to weather conditions, seasonality of fresh products, and possible replaced with new, interesting culinary activities and special events not to be missed. You have the option to choose from any of the two itineraries:

Itinerary 1: Arce - Casamari - Anagni (Sunday to Wednesday)

Day 1 - Arrival in Arce

  • Today, you will arrive in Ciociaria.
  • Check-in at Palazzo and visit the enclosed biodynamic wine cellar
  • You will be served with light lunch upon arrival and a glass of Prosecco
  • After lunch, you can unpack your luggage and relax in your room
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour among the alleys of the medieval town center
  • In the evening, a welcome dinner is prepared for you at the best local pizzeria; you will enjoy a hearty meal with mixed starters and authentic Italian pizza, baked in a wood-burning oven and served with great local wines

Day 2 - Excursion to Casamari

  • In the morning, you will enjoy a full Italian breakfast including cappuccino, fresh pastries, and a lot more
  • You will go for an exciting excursion to Casamari gothic abbey; you will also visit a pre-Roman acropolis with megalithic walls and Cicero’s hometown
  • You will stop at an outdoor farmers’ market to buy fresh organic produce like the locals
  • Light lunch will be served at a traditional family-run olive oil mill and you will love the educational experience learning all about the extra-virgin oil extraction process
  • Today, you will also begin your first cooking lesson and you will learn how to cook homemade pasta and primi piatti such as lasagna, fettuccine al ragù, bucatini all’amatriciana, spaghetti alla carbonara, and more
  • After your class, dinner will be served in the Palazzo’s main dining room with the fruits of your labor and other delicacies prepared by the talented in-house chef, paired with great biodynamic wines

Day 3 - Excursion to Anagni

  • First, you will have a full Italian breakfast in the morning
  • Then, you will leave to enjoy another fun excursion day to the medieval town of Anagni, called the city of the Popes; so, if you love ancient architecture, you will enjoy the visit to the 12th-century cathedral, the Papal residence during the Middle Ages and a lot of artisan workshops
  • Light lunch will be served at a selected winery with wine tasting; and you will taste the popular Cesanese del Piglio red wine called the Chianti of Ciociaria and then visit the vineyards and cellars
  • Your afternoon will be spent in class for a second cooking lesson; you will cook Italian main courses and side dishes such as pollo con peperoni, saltimbocca alla romana, and more
  • After your class, dinner will be served at the Palazzo with natural wines from the cellar

Day 4 - Departure

  • On your last day in Ciociaria, Italy, a full Italian breakfast will be served in the morning
  • After breakfast, you can check-out and transfer to local train station with a lot of wonderful memories, new friends, and newly-acquired culinary skills

Itinerary 2: Arce - Montecassino - Arpino (Wednesday to Saturday)

Day 1 - Arrival in Arce

  • Today, you will arrive in Ciociaria; if you are arriving from local train station, Roccasecca, I Cook in Italy will provide free hotel transportation
  • Check-in at Palazzo and visit the enclosed biodynamic wine cellar
  • You will be served with light lunch upon arrival and a glass of Prosecco
  • After lunch, you can unpack your luggage and relax in your room
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour among the alleys of the medieval town center
  • A welcome dinner has been prepared for you in the Palazzo’s main dining room with selected natural wines from the cellar

Day 2 - Excursion to Montecassino

  • In the morning, you will be served with full Italian breakfast
  • Today, you will embark on an exciting excursion to Montecassino abbey; it is famous in the world for being an important battle theater during World War II
  • You will have an opportunity to go on shopping in Cassino city center with Italian style hints from your guides
  • You will enjoy light lunch at a historic country house, which hosted the English writer D.H. Lawrence in 1919; the owner also makes one of the best Pecorino cheeses in Italy and other delicious dairy products as well as cured meat to taste with a local variety of Cabernet wine
  • In the afternoon, you will begin your first cooking lesson; you will prepare home-made pizza and Italian desserts such as tiramisu, crostata with home-made jam, red wine ciambelline, and more
  • Your dinner will be served in the Palazzo’s main dining room with the fruits of your labor and other delicacies prepared by the talented in-house chef, paired with the great biodynamic wines

Day 3 - Excursion to Arpino

  • You will enjoy a full Italian breakfast in the morning
  • After breakfast, you will proceed to your second cooking lesson; you will prepare mixed hot and cold Italian starters such as tomato bruschetta, stuffed zucchini flowers, eggplant Parmigiana, and more
  • At lunch, light meal will be served at the Palazzo with natural wines from the cellar
  • Your afternoon will be an exciting excursion to Arpino, which is Cicero’s hometown; it is interesting to explore the pre-Roman acropolis with megalithic walls, surrounded by olive trees
  • You will also visit a traditional family-run olive oil mill; here, you will be given a brief educational lecture of the extra-virgin oil extraction process
  • Tonight, you will enjoy a gourmet farewell dinner at a renowned restaurant in the area with a selection of the best local wines

Day 4 - Departure

  • In the morning, you will be served with a full Italian breakfast
  • After breakfast, you can check-out and transfer to local train station or airport with lots of wonderful memories, new friends, and newly-acquired culinary skills

Breakfast is served at 09:00. Daily excursions departure is at 10:00, except Friday at 16:30. Cooking classes begin at 16:30, except on Friday at 10:00. Dinner is served at 19:30 (at the end of the class).

Included excursions

You will reach all the cultural and culinary sites included in the program on a private air-conditioned luxury 9-seats minivans, with free Wi-Fi on board. The driver will pick you up at the main entrance of the Palazzo, so there is no need for you to walk, and will take you the closest possible to the site you are going to visit. Should the groups be inferior to four guests, minivans could be replaced with other comfortable vehicles.

All sites are within one-hour driving distance from the Palazzo. There could be several stops during each daily excursion. Traffic is not a problem as experienced, professional local drivers will choose, whenever possible, comfortable secondary roads with stunning views from your side window. Have your camera at hand!

The excursions will depend on the itinerary you have chosen for this cooking holiday.

Itinerary 1 excursions

  • Excursion to Casamari
  • Excursion to Anagni

Itinerary 2 excursions

  • Excursion to Montecassino
  • Excursion to Arpino


The historical area is known as Ciociaria, pronounced as cho-cha-ree-a, located near Rome. It is a geographic bridge between Rome and Naples, recognized as the new Tuscany. Its name originates from the word ciocie, which means ancient and typical footwear once worn by local shepherds.

The history and spirit of Ciociaria have been forged through its intimate connection with the landscape, from the pre-Roman era and its ancient acropolises surrounded by megalithic walls, to the era of Imperial Rome and the emergence of many prosperous towns along the Via Latina.

The Ciociaria that you see today, however, was formed during the first centuries of the Middle Ages, through the work of the Benedictine Abbeys and the splendor of the Papal City. Ciociaria is a land to discover and appreciate through a journey into the past, history, myth, and legends following in the footsteps of Ernici, Cicero, Saint Thomas, and Saint Benedict.

The Palazzo hotel

The renovated 18th-century palace is located in the picturesque medieval village of Arce and sits in the middle of the Roman countryside. It is built on the ancient road connecting Rome and Naples. It is overlooking one of Italy’s most enchanting valleys and the property-owned vineyards.

Nearby places

  • A1 motorway - 10 minutes
  • Amalfi - 2 hours
  • Naples - 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Roccasecca train station - 15 minutes
  • Rome - 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Rome city center - 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Rome Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) - 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA) - 1 hour


All meals, inside and outside the Palazzo, are included in price. Bottled wine is also included.


Every day, you will have a typical Italian breakfast with fresh products, including espresso and cappuccino.


At lunch time, you will have a taste of the best locally-produced food and wine while visiting a culinary site during the excursion of the day such as mozzarella di bufala, cured meat, olive sauce bruschetta, and more.


Then, a full dinner with mixed starters, main course, and dessert in the Palazzo dining room including the food you prepared in class including other delicacies and several additions made by in-house qualified chefs. A selection of organic wines also round out the menu.


Self-produced biodynamic wines will be served during in-house dinners, with a maximum of one bottle per person per day. Extra and special bottles can be opened at a small additional charge. During dinners in pizzeria or restaurant and other culinary visits, you will taste a selection of the best regional wines, such as Cesanese del Piglio and Atina Cabernet.


On your first day, upon your arrival, you will be served a light lunch with several typical Italian starters together with a glass of Prosecco or a selection of natural wines. In the evening, you will visit the best local pizzeria for a welcome dinner with original wood-burning oven pizza and more.

On your last night, you will enjoy one of the best restaurants in the nearby towns for a special multi-course farewell dinner. Here, you will see how local natural ingredients can be converted into savory gourmet dishes. In the morning of your departure, a full breakfast will be served before your check out and transfer to the nearby train station or airport.

Authentic cuisine

You will learn the secrets of the bel paese’s cuisine in a series of Italian cooking classes, where you will experiment with traditional recipes at your own individualized work station. Dishes you will master include a variety of starters, regional specialties, delectable desserts, pizza, and how to make fresh, home-made pasta. The local, talented chefs will bring their expertise to the classroom, creating for you an enjoyable way to learn new culinary skills and a great way to spend time together in a warm and relaxed atmosphere.

Traditional and organic ingredients

The ingredients used in your cooking courses are organic, and locally-sourced. All techniques you will master demonstrate how to yield superior flavor and freshness out of each product. Once you have wrapped up your work in the kitchen, you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor!

If you have food allergy or sensitivity, dietary requirement, or other special needs, it is important to inform I Cook in Italy in advance and they will do their best to adjust the culinary program to satisfy your needs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Enjoy a spa treatment
  • Sightseeing
  • Shop in some Italian fashion stores
  • Tour Rome City center, Naples, or Amalfi

What's included

  • 2 cultural and culinary excursions on board a luxury 9-seats vehicles
  • 2 complete hands-on cooking lessons with experienced, local chefs
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All meals, fine Italian wines and other beverages
  • Apron, recipe book, and certificate of attendance
  • Assistance of a qualified staff fluent in both English and Italian
  • Bottled wines, water, espresso coffee, and amaro or limoncello liquors included during meals
  • Dinner out at the best local pizzeria or restaurant
  • Exclusive discounts on selected food and wine products and cooking equipment to take home
  • Service, admissions, and taxes

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Bottles of wine exceeding the limit of one bottle per person per day
  • Custom-tailored activities can also be arranged on request
  • In-room minibar consumptions (except a complimentary bottle of water)
  • Laundry, dry-cleaning, and ironing service
  • Souvenirs and cooking equipment to bring home
  • Transfers from and to airport or city center (on request: one-way for 75 EUR or round-trip for 150 EUR per vehicle; to be paid on the spot)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Rome Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) or Rome Ciampino (CIA). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request at a small extra charge of 75 EUR per vehicle (up to 3 persons), each way.

Arrival by train

The closest train station is Roccasecca, which is approximately one hour and 25 minutes from Roma Termini central station. If you need assistance, I Cook in Italy can help you find the right train.

Arrival by car

The location is 10 minutes from the A1 motorway, one hour and 15 minutes from both Rome and Naples. If you wish to arrive by car, ask for detailed directions during reservation. Free parking is available next to the building.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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