7 Days All-Inclusive Culinary Holiday Rome Countryside

  • I Cook in Italy, Via Corte Vecchia, 03032 Arce FR, Italia

Overview

Traditional Culinary Vacation near Rome

Learn the magic of Italian cuisine, experimenting with traditional recipes in your individual workstation: from a large variety of starters to the joy of home-made pasta, from a range of regional recipes, to the sweetness of Italian desserts and obviously the original pizza! I Cook in Italy local talented chefs will bring their long experience 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.

Highlights

  • Local organic food markets visits
  • Olive oil, wine, cheese and cured meat tasting
  • Self-produced biodynamic wine tasting session
  • 4 complete hands-on cooking classes with farm-to-table ingredients
  • Wine, water and espresso coffee during dinners
  • 24-hour assistance by English-speaking staff
  • 6 daily cultural and culinary excursions
  • 6 nights luxury accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 12.

  • 6 days with instruction
  • Italian, English
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During this vacation, you will enjoy an all-inclusive stay in the authentic Italy, surrounded by good taste and familiar atmosphere. A luxury accommodation consisting of a historical 18th century building, ideally based in the heart of a pleasant medieval village of the Roman countryside, halfway between Rome and Naples. As I Cook in Italy is in a totally-renewed historical building, rooms are slightly different from each other. Every room has its own personality and a different design touch in the furniture. Their dimensions vary from 18 to 25 square meters (195 to 270 sq. feet). Rooms are available with double or twin beds. An extra bed can be arranged in some rooms on request.

Rooms are located on first and second floor, all areas of the building are accessible by elevators. All the rooms have a private bathroom and the following amenities: mountains and valley view (except one with town center view), air conditioning/heating with adjustable temperature, flat-screen smart TV with local channels and internet access, free unlimited Wi-Fi, wardrobe or closet, clothes rack, marble or parquet floor, shower or bathtub, hairdryer, bidet, free toiletries and towels. “Mocevò” room has a Jacuzzi tub inside, next to the main bathroom. “Lauterie” room is situated in a quiet area of the building and has a private large bathroom next to the room door. If you require a specific room, please let I Cook in Italy know during reservation.

A new culinary experience made up of prime organic ingredients, short supply chains, traditional cooking techniques, extraordinary wine pairings and partnerships with award-winning local producers. The perfect combination of traditional Italian style and contemporary influences: from interior to food design, from the finest hospitality to genuine flavors, every aspect of the tour has its own unique personality, offering you, who love art, culture, music, fine wine and food an authentic “Italian living” experience.

During this retreat ,you will have the chance to experience the perfect combination of selected local food producers and experienced wine makers, I Cook in Italy offers everyone a unique opportunity to experience genuine Italian products and lifestyle, while exploring small little-known villages drenched in atmosphere.

Day 1, Sunday - Arrival

  • Arrival and pick-up at Rome Fiumicino (FCO) airport or local train station
  • Light lunch upon arrival and check-in at Palazzo
  • Time to unpack your luggage and relax in your room
  • Guided walking tour among the alleys of this medieval town center
  • Welcome dinner at the best local Pizzeria with mixed Italian starters and authentic pizza baked in a wood-burning oven

Day 2, Monday - Excursion, cooking class

  • Full Italian breakfast (including cappuccino, fresh pastries and a lot more)
  • Departure of the excursion to: Casamari Gothic Abbey, a pre-Roman acropolis with megalithic walls in Cicero’s hometown
  • Stop at an open-air farmers’s market to buy fresh organic produce like the locals
  • Light lunch at a traditional family-run olive oil mill with an explanation of the extra-virgin oil extraction process
  • First cooking lesson: homemade pasta and primi piatti (i.e. Lasagna, fettuccine al ragù, bucatini all’amatriciana, spaghetti alla carbonara, etc.)
  • Dinner is served in the Palazzo’s main dining room and consists of the fruits of your labor along with other delicacies prepared by talented chef

Day 3, Tuesday - Wine tasting, cooking class

  • Full Italian breakfast
  • Excursion to the medieval town of Anagni, called the “city of the Popes”, with its 12th-century cathedral, the Papal residence during the Middle Ages, and a lot of artisan workshops
  • Light lunch at a selected winery with tasting of “Cesanese del Piglio” red wine (called the Chianti of Ciociaria) and a visit to the vineyards and cellars
  • Second cooking lesson: main courses and side dishes (i.e. pollo con peperoni, saltimbocca alla romana, etc.)
  • Dinner in the Palazzo’s main dining room

Day 4, Wednesday - Culinary excursion, water-buffalo farm, free time

  • Full Italian breakfast
  • Full-day culinary excursion to the seaside including: Terracina, a seaside town with the remains of a huge Roman temple overlooking it, and Sperlonga, an ancient fishing village with stunning views over the sea recognized as one of “the 100 most beautiful villages in Italy”
  • Stop at a water-buffalo farm on the way to taste freshly made mozzarella di bufala
  • Seafood lunch at an award-winning family-run Osteria with a tasting of several dishes, followed by the best gelato in the area at a nearby location
  • 2 hours free after come back for sightseeing or relaxing at home
  • Light dinner in the Palazzo

Day 5, Thursday - Excursion, cooking class

  • Full Italian breakfast
  • Excursion to Montecassino abbey, famous in the world for being an important battle theater during World War II
  • Opportunity to go on shopping in the Cassino city center with Italian style hints from our guides
  • Light lunch at an 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 delicious cured meats to taste with a local variety of Cabernet wine
  • Third cooking lesson: homemade pizza and Italian desserts (i.e. Tiramisu, crostata with home-made jam, red wine ciambelline, etc.)
  • Dinner in the Palazzo

Day 6, Friday - Cooking class, farewell dinner

  • Full Italian breakfast
  • Final cooking lesson in the morning: mixed hot and cold Italian starters (i.e. tomato bruschetta, stuffed zucchini flowers, eggplant Parmigiana, etc.)
  • Light lunch in the Palazzo
  • Afternoon free for sightseeing, taking a walk in the countryside or booking a massage
  • In the evening, head to a nearby hill-top medieval village for a visit of the old town and a stunning view over the entire valley
  • Multi-course gourmet farewell dinner at a renowned restaurant in the area

Day 7, Saturday - Departure

  • Full Italian breakfast
  • Check-out and transfer to the airport or train station
  • Culinary excursions - olive oil mills, PDO certified wineries, cheese and cured meat factories, local food markets
  • History and culture excursions - medieval towns, a fisherman village, castles, abbeys, Roman archaeological sites, natural grottoes

The historical area known as The Ciociaria (pronounced: cho-cha-ree-a) is a geographic bridge between Rome and Naples. Its name originates from the word “ciocie”, ancient and typical footwear once worn by local shepherds. The history and spirit of The Ciociaria have been forged through its intimate connection with the landscape, from the pre-Roman era with 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 we see today, however, was formed during the first centuries of the Middle Ages, through the civilizing work of the Benedictine Abbeys and the splendor of the Papal City. The Ciociaria is a land to discover and know through a journey into the past through history, myth, and legend following the steps of Ernici, Cicero, St. Thomas and St. Benedict.

Far from stereotypes, “I Cook in Italy” aims at giving its guests a special experience, out of traditional touristic routes. A real food and wine tasty travel among authentic Italian culinary traditions, with a daily original discovery of new flavors, that's why all through this culinary retreat you will be spoiled with all meals included: daily typical breakfast, light lunch, dinner, tastings and more. During a meal all your senses are involved: the eyes see colors and composition, the ears listen to the sound of cooking, the nose smells scents and flavors, then touch and imagination mix them well together to start an extraordinary culinary experience! And if that was not enough you will enjoy self-produced natural bottled wines (1 bottle maximum per person per day), water and espresso coffee included during your Italian dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • 4 complete hands-on cooking classes
  • 6 daily excursions on board of a private luxury 9-seats minibus with expert guides including
  • 6 nights luxury accommodation
  • 24-hour assistance by qualified English-speaking staff
  • All meals included: daily typical breakfast, light lunch, dinner, tastings and more
  • An introduction to biodynamic wine, with visit to the property vineyards (subject to weather conditions)
  • Final “made in Italy” shopping session with a qualified personal shopper
  • Self-produced natural bottled wines
  • Special wine tasting session (2 white and 4 red wines)
  • Transfers from and to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) airport, or alternatively from and to the nearest train station
  • VAT, other taxes, admissions and service
  • Airfare
  • Custom-tailored activities - on request (i.e. fitness, spa treatments).
  • In-room minibar consumption (except complimentary bottle of water)
  • Laundry, dry-cleaning and ironing service
  • Souvenirs and cooking equipment to bring home will be available on site at a special discounted price on the day before departure

Arrival by airplane

The closest international airport is Rome Fiumicino (FCO) airport, 1 hour and 20 minutes from the location, transfers from and to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) airport are included in the price.

Arrival by train

The closest train station to the location is Roccasecca, 1 hour and 25 minutes from Roma Termini central station. Transfers from and to the local station are included in the price.

Arrival by car

The location is 15 minutes from the A1 motorway, 1 hour and 20 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.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from Villa Ledesma, Spain

    "If I were to recommend to a friend this course, I definitely would. I was very good because I made friends with the teachers and other students. It is a course where you learn a lot about Italian cuisine and its tradition, but it is also practical!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Ruiz del Barco, Spain

    "In this week learning I discovered a lot about Italian cuisine. First of all that is not only good, but also very healthy. Also I could cook my first lasagna, a delicious dish that made me very proud!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Ceja del Valles, Spain

    "What I liked most about this course is undoubtedly the fact that we created so many friendships and we had a nice week all together! I'm also satisfied by the learning , that in companies is always more pleasant!"

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  • Review by Hannaj-oy67 from Bouillon, Belgium

    "I was in this beautiful experience for a week to discover the Italian flavors. They teach spectacular high-level cooking techniques, of which I had never heard. The great chef Paola delighted us with information of culinary culture and more!"

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  • Review by Antoniettal_chemi89 from Fleurus, Belgium

    "In this week of Italian cooking class I and my friend, we learned a lot. We spent two weeks in Italy, a section dedicated to holidays and other more focused on learning the secrets of Italian cuisine. The recipes are explained carefully and you will learn many interesting details of the Italian culinary culture."

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  • Review by Italiana Ceprano from Burlington, Canada

    "Speaking well about this vacation is so easy for me. The building is very historical and it belonged to a noble family. The rooms are very nicely furnished, the common areas are very relaxing and modern, and the cellar is well supplied with only natural and organic wines. I loved going to the farmers market place, wine cellars, olive oil mills and visiting monuments. The cooking lessons were very fun and the recipes are delicious. The staff speaks perfect English (not too easy to find this in Italy). I found everything that is promised in the offer. What they don’t tell you is that the people are very warm-hearted, kind and passionate, and especially the “I cook in Italy” staff which put together an unforgettable Italian experience. Marvelous!"

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  • Review by Aidan M

    "We had seven days of cooking lessons with I Cook In Italy in Arce as part of our 3 week trip through Italy. From the very first minute we were both made to feel right at home. Chef Paola is a wonderful cook and she patiently took us through each recipe and explained the important cultural and technical aspects of each dish. Every day was a new adventure. Many new experiences, new flavors, I think this was well worth the price. The area is wonderful. We visited Anagni, Cassino, the Casamari Gothic Abbey and we had a delightful dinner on the seaside. Everything was great. A definite experience to remember."

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  • Review by Italiana Ceprano from Burlington, Canada

    "Speaking well about this vacation is so easy for me. The building is very historical and it belonged to a noble family. The rooms are very nicely furnished, the common areas are very relaxing and modern, and the cellar is well supplied with only natural and organic wines. I loved going to the farmers market place, wine cellars, olive oil mills and visiting monuments. The cooking lessons were very fun and the recipes are delicious. The staff speaks perfect English (not too easy to find this in Italy). I found everything that is promised in the offer. What they don’t tell you is that the people are very warm-hearted, kind and passionate, and especially the “I Cook in Italy” staff which put together an unforgettable Italian experience. Marvelous!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "We learned so much during this week! The Chef Paola really loves to teach so it was so much fun. The palazzo where we stayed was charming, the Roman countryside is amazing. What I loved more was the perfect mix of fun, cooking classes and excursions. The staff is great and took great care of us. I wish i will go back. Grazie."

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  • Review by Aidan M.

    "We had seven days of cooking lessons with I Cook In Italy in Arce as part of our three week trip through Italy. From the very first minute we were both made to feel right at home. Chef Paola is a wonderful cook and she patiently took us through each recipe and explained the important cultural and technical aspects of each dish. Every day was a new adventure. Many new experiences, new flavors, I think this was well worth the price. The area is wonderful, we visited Anagni, Cassino, the Casamari Gothic Abbey and we had a delightful dinner on the seaside. Everything was great. A definite experience to remember."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "We stopped at Palazzo Tronconi on our way south from Fiumicino airport but wish we had stayed longer. We will revisit this place. Marco and staff and friends were very welcoming. Palazzo Tronconi produces excellent wine which we were very delighted to sample."

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  • Review by Hania B.

    "The place is really exceptional. The old building is fantastically restored. Rooms are comfortable. Off the building are amazing views! Breakfast is wonderful!"

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  • Review by Iwona K.

    "A unique place with an amazing atmosphere! Beautifully located, great restored, clean, and quiet. Perfect place for short vacations as well as for longer stay. I dearly recommend!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "What a find, luxury in an ancient palazzo! I wish we had been staying longer. We were extremely well looked after… I hope to go back!"

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  • Review by Daniele M.

    " A gorgeous view on the valley, a typical small center very close to the structure. The staff is very friendly and the top is logically the typical food and their wine production as well. You should try it!"

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  • Review by Daniele M from Frosinone, Italy

    "A gorgeous view on the valley. A typical small center very close to the structure. The staff is very friendly and to top it all off is the food and their wine production as well. You should try it! The owner organizes also cooking courses where you can learn to do typical Italian meal."

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  • Review by Hania B from Warsaw, Poland

    "I was in Palazzo Tronconi at the beginning of October with a group of friends.We spend there three days and all of them was great! The place is really exceptional. The old building it is fantastically restored. Rooms are comfortable. The building has amazing views! Breakfast are wonderful! The owner of this property is very friendly. And what is important, he produces fantastic and tasty bio-dynamic wine! Try them!"

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Rome, Italy

I Cook in Italy offers all-inclusive culinary vacations in Italy, food tours near Rome, Italian cooking classes and wine tours, cooking retreats, and an authentic food experience.

Speaks English

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7 days / 6 nights

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This holiday is available all year round with arrival on Sundays.

 

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