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7 Days Italy All-Inclusive Cooking, Food & Wine Holiday in Rome Countryside

Traditional Culinary Vacation near Rome, Italy

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.


  • 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


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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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

  • 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

Included excursions

  • Culinary excursions - organic 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 every 2 persons per day), water and espresso coffee included during your Italian dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • 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

What's included

  • 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)
  • VAT, other taxes, admissions and service

What's not included

  • 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
  • Transfers from and to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) airport or city center (on request: one-way 75 EUR or round-trip 150 EUR per vehicle; to be paid on the spot)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The closest international airport is Rome Fiumicino (FCO) airport, 1 hour and 20 minutes from the location. Transfer is available on request at a small additional charge of 75 EUR per vehicle (up to 3 persons), each way (just a little bit more than a taxi ride from the airport to the heart of Rome).

Arrival by train

The closest train station to the location is Roccasecca, 1 hour and 25 minutes from Roma Termini central station. Transfer is included in the package.

Arrival by car

The location is 10 minutes from the A1 motorway; 1 hour and 25 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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