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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.
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.
"We have had an amazing holiday with Italian Food and Flavours; great communication prior to holiday with Debby; flawless transfer. The B&B was a beautifully renovated house that was part of the village wall. The program for the week was packed full. The cooking lessons were run by Fabio who was passionate about food and local ingredients. The food and wine were free flowing. Throughout the course we had lovely Jo with us as an interpreter and guide. She spread her happiness and joy around us all day.We had very high expectations for this course and we were amazed how they managed to exceed the expectations on every level. The overall feeling of passion for food and region, the warmth and welcome we received will stay with us for life."
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"If you enjoy a meal of the freshest local ingredients that lead to another, course after course, Fabio the propietor and chef will inspire your pallate to new heights. From the first anti-pasta serving, to salad, to entree, and dessert and a fine Mistra or Vino Cotto to close out your dining experience, the flavours and presentations are other-worldly. The care in preparation and presentation at this local cafe in Cossignano, Italy have garnered many awards. The rich textures and flavors from apetizers and anti-pasties to 'il secondo' meat entre' and contorno vegatable will leave you wanting to come again to this fabulous restaurant."
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"We have eaten in the restaurant for a week, and had the privilege of being taught to cook Italian food by Fabio. The food is authentic Italian food with first class ingredients. Fabio is passionate about his food, sourcing his ingredients locally, using traditional recipes with a modern twist. You are made to feel very welcome by him and his lovely small team. The deep fried courgettes are an absolute must, other good antipasti is the Ascoli olives and aubergine/Parmesan layers. For secondos, try the pork casserole with apples and orange."
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"What a great find , gorgous evening meal , waiter explained every dish that we tasted and wow was there many dishes six first courses from buckwheat to cheeses and meats to lovely vegetable dishes . Fabrio has such a talent in his cooking the main course of my husbands meat dishes looked mouth watering and my homemade pasta dish was so full of favour , we were so full but we could not miss sweet all served with lovely wine . The setting in a lovely square is just so tranquil to enjoy but the lovely friendly manner of this resturant is a must while in cossigano , looking forward to our visit next year Fabio."
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