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Learn Italian rustic cooking, in a fun and friendly environment, with a local Le Marche chef who is passionate about the food and flavors of Italy! Stay in a charming, medieval, hill top village which overlooks beautiful countryside. Your accommodation is a 17th century town house, which has been lovingly restored, retaining its sense of history but in a modern, rustic style! Use of a nearby villa with its stunning gardens and infinity pool also included in the week. Enjoy tours to specialist, artisan food and wine producers. Le Marche is the real Italy and as authentic as you can get. Share your passion for food and wine. Italian Food and Flavours promise you an unforgettable stay in this truly special region.
Italian Food and Flavours has secured exclusive use of one of the most historic houses in Cossignano as the base for your Italy tours. The 17th century house built into the town walls is the blue plaque home of historian and town chronicler Nicola Pansoni. Sensitive restoration has preserved many of the original architectural features.
Set in the Centro Storico (historic center) the house is just seconds from the restaurant Castello de Marte, where you will enjoy most of your meals. The house is the ideal base for taking in the atmosphere, relaxing between cooking sessions, and exploring the refined charm of the delightfully historic Italian hill town of Cossignano. During the week you will have time to enjoy the facilities of a nearby villa set within the Italian countryside and with beautiful gardens and pool.
Your chef and culinary adventures tutor Fabio lives and works at his renowned restaurant “Castello de Marte” in the atmospheric main square just around the corner from your base. Fabio regularly posts authentic rural Italian recipes on the Italian Food and Flavours blog.
For those interested in the art and culture of Italy as part of their Italy food tours, Rupert, a retired university lecturer, can provide a few insights into the history and context of the town, region, and its art. Rupert also posts articles on the local Italian culture on the blog.
Italian Food and Flavours is based in the beautiful medieval hilltop town of Cossignano (cos-in-yano) in the central Italian region Le Marche, just 10 kilometers from the Adriatic coast. An area famed for its beauty, tranquility and culture. Le Marche is now considered by those in the travel industry as The new Tuscany. Le Marche has stunning countryside, rolling hills, hilltop towns with evocative medieval and renaissance architecture and elegantly frescoed churches.
The region produces a range of traditional Italian artisan food products often used in the cuisine for which it is renowned. There are numerous archeological sites, in the area as well, that show Cossignano was a flourishing centre of the Picena civilization in the era before it became part of the Roman Empire. Cossignano was originally called Castellum Martisa and your Food and Flavours holiday is based in the Trattoria Castello de Marte (the castle of Mars) which is named after it.
Our cooking holiday in Italy is designed for all. Whether you are a gastronome or simply enjoy good food and want to find out more about how to create tasty Italian dishes, this holiday is suited for you. Learn in the ideal setting in central Italy, rolling hills between the the Sibillini Mountains National Park and the coast of the Adriatic, one of Italy's most beautiful regions. Of course, where better to stay, relax and reflect on the food and countryside wines, than a carefully restored 17th century town house built into the medieval town walls.
While coaches are probably the best and fastest option if traveling from Rome, the stations at close by Grottammare and San Benedetto del Tronto can also be reached by train from anywhere in Italy.
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