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Italy Cooking Vacations

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. If you are looking for an authentic Italian holiday experience, they are what you are looking for. You will have the opportunity to indulge in delicious Italian dishes, learn cooking them, and join the local activities.

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  • Use local ingredients
  • Menu options to cook
  • Prepare authentic Italian dishes
  • Cooking class with professional chef
  • Enjoy delicious Italian meals
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner


6 days with instruction
Group size: 2-10 participants
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Via Piana is a little guest house in the Abruzzi National Park. They offer a perfect blend of relaxation, outdoor experiences, and authentic Italian lifestyle. It is in a very authentic rural setting in the Italian countryside between olive groves and vineyards far away from tourism. 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. 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.


The cooking class takes place in an organic farm restaurant in the Abruzzi National Park or directly at the guesthouse. ItalyCountryStay will drive you to the restaurant. The ride takes 25 minutes. In the cooking classes you will be making homemade pasta, vegetable dishes, meat dishes or desserts. Lovely chef Teresa, who comes from this area, will instruct and guide you. She runs the restaurant with all her passion. The restaurant tries to use mainly local and organic produce. You will taste the difference. After the class you will sit together and enjoy what you prepared.


Vincenzo di Sotto


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.


You will be learning to cook authentic Italian dishes with mainly local and organic produce; and you will be having those dishes prepared for lunch or for dinner. Meals included are only the meals in the cooking class and breakfast every morning.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Things to do (optional)

  • Go on a hiking trip
  • Horseback riding
  • Join an Italian language course
  • Join a pizza cooking class
  • Join a yoga class
  • Paragliding
  • Truffle hunting
  • Visit a Gelateria
  • Visit the local shepherd
  • Wine tasting

What's included

  • 4 cooking classes
  • Wine tour to biodynamic winery
  • Tour to the local cheese making shepherd
  • Dinner or lunch depending on schedule of the cooking class
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Additional activities
  • Taxi ride from station
  • Lunch or dinner that is not in the cooking class

How to get there

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Driving directions from Rome

  • From Rome, you will have to take the A1 highway towards Naples.
  • Coming from Naples, you will have to take the A1 highway towards Rome.
  • You will exit at Ferentino and follow the signs for Sora.
  • Then, you will continue on the motorway towards Sora.
  • From there, you will find your way using the directions that ItalyCountryStay will send you. It takes around ten minutes to drive from Sora to Via Piana.
  • Please inform them that you are arriving by car, and please also let them know at least the day before, around what time of the day you will be arriving, so that somebody will be around to show you everything.

Arrival by plane

Flights can be booked to arrive either at Naples International Airport (NAP) or Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO).

Arrival by bus

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.

Arrival by train

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.




Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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