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Via Piana is a little guest house in the countryside that specialises on working with international customers. They identify themselves with the ideas of the slow travel movement and offer the kind of vacation, where you are immersed in nature and authentic Italian lifestyle. You will experience a truly wonderful vacation in a beautiful non-touristy area. If you are looking for an authentic Italian holiday experience, this is the perfect culinary holiday for you. You will have the opportunity to learn hands-on cooking and preparing delicious Italian dishes from professional chef, and be able to participate in the local activities available.
ItalyCountryStay is a little guest house in the Abruzzi National Park. They offer a perfect blend of relaxation, outdoor experiences, and authentic Italian lifestyle. Experience the ageless life of rural Italy during your stay in a lovely, renovated country house. Made of rough, hand-hewn stone, the house bears the history of ancient Italian countryside living.
The rooms all include en suite bathrooms, fans and Wi-Fi, while retaining the charm of the local land, through the decor that features stone, wood, wrought iron, and terracotta. Communal areas include: two terraces with a view of the valley and the mountains of Abruzzi National Park, the communal kitchen, where guests are welcome to prepare their own meals any time they want, and next to it the common room with an old fashioned built in wood burning oven. Many guests enjoy the tranquillity and privacy of the location, and the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
In near proximity, guests can get basic provisions at the local grocery store. For those who want to enjoy a walk, or a coffee in the town of Sora, they can easily reach it with a ten-minute bus ride, the bus stop is conveniently located five minutes from the guest house. Guests can arrange to participate in all the activities, such as horse back riding, the visit to the cheese-making shepherd, the hike to the waterfall, the cooking class and many more, during their stay.
This vacation package deal offers a choice of different combinations of local activities and cooking classes. Through the combination of activities such as hunting for truffles or going on wine tours, they would like to show you the production of the local Italian products such as, Pecorino and Ricotta. For this vacation package in particular, you will enjoy a visit with a local pecorino cheese producer. After these activities, you will continue on with cooking classes, where you will be using the product, as ingredients for a local dish.
The cooking class takes place in an organic farm restaurant in the Abruzzi National Park. Your host will drive you to the restaurant. The ride takes 25 minutes. You get to pick which cooking class you prefer; choices are between making homemade pasta, vegetable dishes, meat dishes or desserts. Lovely chef Teresa who comes form this area will instruct and guide you. She runs the restaurant with all her passion. They try to use mainly local and organic produce. You will taste the difference. After the class you will sit together and enjoy what you prepared.
Your holiday will take place in Perscosolido, Italy, at the foot of the mountains of Abruzzi National Park. The area is one of the most strikingly beautiful places in Italy; mountains, waterfalls, hiking trails, lakes, wildlife, and many interesting ruins, churches, castles and abbeys. Unlike most beautiful areas in Italy, this one is not filled with tourists.
Via Piana is in a very authentic rural setting in the Italian countryside between olive groves and vineyards far away from tourism.
You will be have two cooking classes learning from a professional chef using mainly local and organic products, as ingredients. You will also be having those dishes prepared for your lunch or dinner.
Flights can be booked to arrive either at Naples International Airport (NAP) or Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO).
From Rome, the easiest way to get to the farm is by bus. The bus leaves frequently throughout the day, even on Sundays and holidays. To catch the bus, you must go to the Anagnina bus station in Rome by taking the metro line A. The bus to Sora leaves from platform 10 and the price of a ticket is around 6 EUR. The station in Sora is the last stop on the bus, so while you are on the bus, you can relax and not worry about missing your stop. If you come by public transport, your host will arrange the taxi for you. It costs 10 EUR.
From Naples, there is a bus that takes you to Sora that leaves every day except Sundays and holidays from Piazza Garibaldi. Piazza Garibaldi is in front of the main train station in Naples. The name of the bus company is ARPA and the bus goes to Avezzano. Make sure to ask the driver to tell you when you get to the station in Sora. The ticket costs 9 EUR which can be paid on the bus. The bus leaves at 14:30 and the trip takes about two and a half hours. If you come by public transport, your host will arrange the taxi for you. It costs 10 EUR.
From Rome, you need to catch the train at Rome Termini station for Roccasecca, then shift for Sora. Make sure to check the train schedule for Sora before you leave Rome so you do not get stuck in Roccasecca. If you plan to arrive in Sora in the late afternoon, it’s recommended that you take the bus.
From Naples, you need to catch a train to Cassino or Roccasecca and then you can either catch a bus or a train to Sora, depending on the time. Be sure to check the train schedule in Naples so you do not get stuck in Cassino or Roccasecca.
From Pescara, you will need to catch a train to Avezzano. You may have to switch trains in Sulmona depending on the time schedule. From Avezzano, you can catch a train to Sora.