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.
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:
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.
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 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:
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.