4 Days "Taste Your Holiday" Cooking Vacations in Italy

  • Menica Marta Country House, Via Chiossi 5, 01034 Fabrica di Roma, Italy

Italian Culinary Holiday in Italy

Join the Menica Marta Country House for the best food and wine in Italy alongwith a full immersion in history, art, landscape, and nature. Menica Marta Country House offers a pleasant country location with great weather and where the sea and mountains are within easy reach. Beautiful dcor in every self-catering studio, unrivalled history, breathtaking views, and superb food, make your holiday at Menica Marta Country House the perfect getaway. Come and taste the old Etrurian cuisine at Menica Marta Country House. You will not be disappointed!


  • Garden fresh ingredients daily
  • Authentic Italian cooking lessons
  • Complimentary lunches after morning excursions
  • Morning and midday excursions
  • Welcome aperitifs in the garden
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 2 days with instruction
  • Italian, English
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Menica Marta Country House provides accommodation from their guests. The bed and breakfast offers three differently styled studios.

Alexandros (self-catering studio for 2 to 3 persons)

With its old floral dcor, this studio is furnished with two twins beds, one single sofa bed, a corner kitchen, a living nook, an en-suite bathroom with shower and a private veranda with a table and chairs for eating outside. Other amenities included are a television, an air conditioner as well as tea and coffee facilities. This suite has a view of the lavender and rosemary garden as well as the hazelnut grove.

Niccol (self-catering studio for 2 to 3 persons)

This studio has been painted a gentle yellow and offers views to the lavender and rosemary in the garden. It is furnished with a double bed, one single sofa bed, ac corner kitchen, a living nook, an en-suite bathroom with shower, a private veranda with a table and chairs for eating outside. Other amenities included are a TV, an air conditioner and tea and coffee facilities.

Tellino (self-catering studio for 2 to 4 persons)

Tellino is Menica Martas largest studio. It can host up to 4 people. Furnished in the Italian country style, it has one double bed, two single beds, a corner kitchen, a living nook, an en-suite bathroom with shower and a private veranda with a table and chairs for eating outside. Other amenities included are a TV, an air conditioner as well as tea and coffee facilities. This suite has a view of the garden and the countryside.

Day 1

You will check-in around 19:30 and are welcomed with aperitifs in the garden. Everyone will dine together in a typical old trattoria (extra cost).

Day 2

Breakfast is served in the garden or on the veranda with homemade and fresh products. During the morning hours, you will visit to Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola and enjoy a complimentary lunch (suggestion and reservation provided). At around 16:30, your cooking class will begin and dinner will be served shortly after cooking class, either in the side garden side or on the veranda.

Day 3

Breakfast is served in the garden or in the veranda with homemade and fresh products. During the morning hours, you will embark on an excursion to the ruins of the Ancient Via Amerina and the Church of Santa Maria di Falleri. Complimentary lunch is provided (suggestion and reservation provided). At around 16:30, your second cooking class will begin. Following the cooking class, you will enjoy aperitifs and dinner together.

Day 4

Breakfast is served in the garden or in the veranda with homemade and fresh products. You will then check-out and depart.

  • Trip to the ruins of the ancient Via Amerina and the Church of Santa Maria di Falleri
  • Visit to Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola

This retreat will take place in the Tuscia Viterbese, well known for its natural beauty and wide variety of outdoor activities. It offers a wealth of superb visitor attractions, festivals and events for the entire family. If you are looking for a souvenir or you enjoy browsing, there are plenty of shops and shopping opportunities to be had. Its a very picturesque part of Italy where everything is just steps away.

Nearby places

  • Ciampino airport, 50 kilometers
  • Fiumicino airport, 60 kilometers
  • Florence, 150 kilometers
  • Orvieto, 70 kilometers
  • Rome, 45 kilometers
  • Viterbo, 20 kilometers
  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Gold course nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Hot spring nearby
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake nearby
  • Restaurant
  • River nearby
  • Terrace
  • Wireless internet

Menica Marta Country House provides food for their guests. Breakfast, lunch and dinner meals are all included.


The old trattoria dinner / meal on day 1 of the trip will be offered at an additional cost. For more information regarding the dinner / meal on the first day of the program, please contact Menica Marta Country House.

  • Explore the medieval villages of Tuscia which include Caprarola, Civita Castellana, Calcata, Civita di Bagnoregio
  • Venture to the natural preserves of Lake of Vico, Lake of Bolsena, Lake of Bracciano
  • Visit the thermal, fresh waters of Viterbo and Orte
  • 2 afternoon cooking classes
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • A welcome pack with regional maps and brochures
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Entrance ticket to Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola
  • Explore the ruins of the Ancient Via Amerina and the Church of Santa Maria di Falleri
  • Airfare
  • Dinner on the first day of arrival
  • Health insurance
  • Travel expenses
  • Travel insurance

Driving directions from Maglino Sabina

  • Take the Autostrada A1 exit Magliano Sabina and drive on SS3 to Flaminia (10 kilometers)
  • Turn right on SP Quartuccio (2 kilometers) and then turn right on SP Falerina (1 kilometers)
  • For Fabrica di Roma follow direction to Vallerano for 300 meters and then on the right Via Chiossi number 5

Arrival by bus

You can make use of Cotral lines from Rome Saxa Rubra.

Arrival by train

Connections with Cotral lines from Rome Piazzale Flaminio.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 20 days before the arrival date.

Verified BookCulinaryVacations.com reviews

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    Review by Ella Tyler from United States

    Fantastic experience with Cinthia and Enrico - you must go!

    CONS Cons: nothing was wrong

    PROS Pros: Cinthia and Enrico are lovely people and their home is amazing. Set in fantastic countryside, nothing is too much trouble for them. You really do feel like family. The cookery lessons were amazing and the food was delicious. I highly recommend the local thermal spas.

    2017-Apr-25 10:49:34


  • Review by Ella Tyler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "“Wonderful memories made” Stayed here for a long weekend (Thursday evening to Sunday morning) with a group of 5 close friends. Stunning rural location in the Tuscan hills amidst hazelnut and olive tree groves. Cinthia and Enrico welcomed us into their home and their B&B giving us a very real taste of Italy. What a wonderfully warm couple."

    "Our cookery course was fab - simple, gorgeous fare made with the best of local ingredients including their own olive oil that was the best I've tasted!"

    "We are not an easy group to please but we had such an amazing time. Our hosts took us on 2 excursions - the highlight for me being to Terme dei Papi, the thermal pool which is a must if you come here."

    "We had so many laughs in this peaceful corner of Fabrica di Roma. "

    "Would highly recommend to anyone looking for an immersive Italian experience. My first visit to Italy won't be my last."

    "Thank you Cinthia and Enrico - we will not forget you both and hope to see you again one day."

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  • Review by Alinea Stevens from United States
    10 out of 10

    "“Another "Home"” Recently, my wife and I found out that we are expecting our first child. This has elicited a great amount of joy in our family, as well as a bit of dread between the two of us. We came to the revelation that we would not be able to travel as easily as we once had. So, with four months remaining, we decided to take a trip. Fortunately, our schedules aligned for the first time in almost a half decade and we were able to take a trip to Italy for a culinary tour. "


    "Our first stop was a different bed and breakfast about two hours (via treno) away. We both left impressed, thinking that the Menica Marta B & B would not even begin to compare. Much to our delight, we were wrong. "


    "Aesthetically speaking, the Menica Marta B & B can most accurately be described as both strange and familiar. Strange not in an odd or weird fashion, no. Rather, it is strange because it does not quite seem real. How could it be? In a seemingly endless forest of hazelnut trees sits this idyllic cottage decorated with blooming flowers, countless strawberry bushes, and an earnest sense of familiarity. When you imagine Italy, you do not imagine this place. Instead, when you arrive you feel as if you have been here before. It is unreal to stand in the driveway, to look at the sprouting hazelnut bushes as the setting sun paints the sky in vibrant hues, and to feel as if you are at a home long lost to your family. "


    "Much of this is due to Cinthia, the matron of the Menica Marta household. Upon first meeting her, much like the B & B itself, you are enraptured in a sense of familiarity. She appears as if she fell from a Disney movie, a fairy grandmother of sorts to grant with a fervent eagerness enough knowledge to traverse all of Italy should you decide to. Give her just an ounce of your interest and she'll turn it into a kilo of passion. "


    "Rather than just leaving us to our own devices and hoping we find some level of enjoyment out of the beauty of the location alone, Cinthia took my wife and I on a three day journey, back and forth from her and her husband's home to the many differing sections of Viterbo. Whether it is hiking down the old Roman road or exploring the Palazzo in town, with Cinthia the whole of Viterbo seems to spring open. "


    "In regards to the cooking lessons given to us by both Cinthia and her husband, whose love of cheese encouraged me to find my own love of cheese (Grazie, Enrico!), we found something truly unique. This is not a high end restaurant. The recipes are not something you'd find in a magazine or on a website. They were authentic. Some are shockingly old, while others incorporate newer ideas. All, of course, seem to include alcohol of some sort. Furthermore, all will remind you of how simply ingredients can make such complex, fascinating meals. Nothing is beyond learning when working with these two. "


    "As we learned how to cook, Cinthia (who speaks English as well - which is good, because neither my wife nor I spoke Italian) helped us with learning the language. By the end of the three days, we actually able to understand her husband, who spoke very little English. In fact, as he was taking us to the train terminal, we were able to have, to a basic degree, a conversation with him. I'm not promising you that she'll also be your language professor since both my wife and I do speak Spanish, which is similar enough to Italian to make it a bit easier for us. Nevertheless, if you have patience and an earnest desire to learn, there is quite a bit you can garner from Cinthia, both within the realm of cooking and language. "


    "To conclude, Cinthia and her husband do not simply run a bed and breakfast. No, they run a household. They are not simply the owners, they become family. Much as you might a relative you have not seen in so very long, both Cinthia and her husband will become familiar to you. When you leave, you will feel a profound sense of loss and a stronger desire to return."

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  • Review by Janice P. from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "My friend and I stayed at Menica Marta Country House for four days. Cinthia and her husband, Enrico, were great hosts. We did a special package with Cinthia and Enrico where they took us to the local sights and spent a couple of days learning cooking. We had a lot of fun and after travelling for some time, it felt like we were going home to mum and dad! The location is very quiet and a great place to relax for a few days. I recommend this accommodation and look forward returning someday."

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  • Review by Marla R. from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Cynthia (the host) is welcoming, cheerful, makes you feel comfortable and gives you tips on things to do in the area (hiking, lakes, castles, forests, Rome, Etruscan sites). Breakfast is amazing, with only fresh and local products; everything is homemade including an amazing hazelnut chocolate spread-that is ten times better than Nutella! The rooms are spacious, have their own kitchenette and if you are lucky you get a lavender sachet on your pillow. Such a great deal for the comfort and quality of food and service."

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  • Review by Gabriella from France
    10 out of 10

    "Its very clean, charming and spacious. Its located close to the wonderful medieval town of Fabrica di Roma. Its a wonderful place to go after living in a city."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "We were really impressed by this self-catering apartment. We have been fans of Lazio with its beautiful lakes, Rome, Etruscan sites, etc. for some years staying in a number of different self-catering short rents, but this is by far the best! For this price we were expecting something a bit rough and had thought of going on to spend our second week somewhere more expensive but we were so glad that we hadn't bothered; this was a really good value, clean, peaceful. We are definitely planning to stay here again and thinking about friends and family staying as well."

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Fabrica di Roma - Latium, Italy

Menica Marta is a rural Italian, self-catering bed and breakfast that offers culinary and art lessons.

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