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Italy Cooking Holiday

Your travel plan in Italy leaves you only one day off? The ideal stay for travelers passing through Rome and headed to the south of Italy, or coming from Naples, Pompei, and the Amalfi Coast and headed to Tuscany and the North of Italy. You come from a lovely holiday on the Amalfi Coast or from the South of Italy and you're headed to Rome and Tuscany? Stop here to enjoy an unforgettable stay in this delightful medieval village to learn about the famous Cuisine of Ciociaria.

Highlights

  • 1 cooking class
  • Receive a cooking kit with the Nena recipe book
  • You'll have a certificate of participation after completion
  • House wine, soft drinks, tea, and coffee are freely available
  • Breakfast and dinner will be provided
  • 1 night accommodation

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant

You'll stay in the same house in which your Italian cooking class takes place. Accommodation in a charming suite/apartment, based on double occupancy, and for individual travelers, accommodation in a charming double room, based on single occupancy. Welcome to Nenà al Borgo Castello, Albergo Diffuso, located in Ciociaria, in the roman countryside. It's in the historic center of the medieval village of Pico, which joined the prestigious club of "The Most Beautiful Villages of Italy".

What is an Albergo Diffuso?

Albergo Diffuso is a new form of hospitality that aims at re-evaluating territories and enhancing local specialties. The philosophy of the Albergo Diffuso (literally "Village-Hotel"), is to offer guests rooms and/or apartments in several buildings, within the village. The rooms are thus located in several houses, very close together, and the services (reception, restaurant, breakfast room, kitchen, etc) are centralized at the antique country house, Dimora Nenà.

Guests, therefore, have a wide range of accommodations available and to choose from depending on the level of comfort of the various units, the different architectural features, and decor of the rooms, and have different prices.

Dimora Nenà

This is the main residence. Built on the medieval city walls, the antique country house maintains its historic feeling with its original floors and wood ceilings to rediscover the charm of tradition. The antique furnishings and decorations bring back the time-honored sensation of a warm welcome and hospitality. The rooms, furnished with care and with antiques, overlook the picturesque alleys of the village and enjoy a panoramic view over the green hills of the Natural Park of Aurunci Mountains.

Residenza Via Landolfi

This house, built between 1300 and 1400, is located in front of the "Dimora Nenà", in the street dedicated to the great writer Tommaso Landolfi, whose birthplace is located a few meters away. For this reason, the names of the rooms evoke some of the most famous novels written by Landolfi.

Le Delizie di Nenà

The excellent local produce, such as the tasty Marzolino (goat cheese) or the famous sausages, olives, and extra-virgin olive oil they produce, jams, homemade liqueurs, honey, and other specialties; which you can buy here or they can easily ship to your home.

La Taverna

The restaurant, located in the original core of the "City Walls of the Pico Castle", brings you back a long way, it goes back to the year 1000! Here is the wine shop where you can buy your favorite wine, which you can enjoy accompanied by some tasty local dishes.

Le Pietre Miliari

This is where they hold their cooking classes. Cooking in this highly emotional context will be a unique and unforgettable experience.

Residenza Castello Farnese

The private residence of the family. It is set in the most beautiful and scenic place of the village of Pico, just opposite the castle and its clock tower. From the terrace, the view over the village and the green hills of Monti Aurunci will leave you breathless.

Antico Casale

It is a country house, located a short distance from the village of Pico, with a beautiful ”terraced” olive grove nestled in the hills of pristine landscapes. From the olive trees, they produce an extra-virgin olive oil of exceptional quality every year. This is the oil that they use for cooking that guests can purchase at the hotel, produced by means of cold pressing.

It is on this land that they pick the lemons to produce an excellent Limoncello, the wild myrtle berries to produce Mirto, the black cherry leaves with which thy produce an exquisite Elisir, the bay leaves to produce a fragrant Laurino, walnuts to produce the bitter natural par excellence, Nocino. After dinner, guests really like tasting their homemade liqueurs, according to old jealously guarded recipes handed down from their grandmothers.

Program

Day 1

  • In the morning, arrival of guests at Nenà al Borgo Castello.
  • Welcome drink
  • In the afternoon, a tour of Pico, the medieval village, the Farnese Castle, the churches, the history, food, and gastronomic traditions.
  • In the late afternoon, cooking class.
  • Dinner with the dishes cooked and prepared in class, wines and beverages, tasting of the homemade liquors, and coffee, all included.

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Check-out, departure of guests from Pico, and "Arrivederci!"

Location

The medieval village

Pico, "One of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy", is at the foot of the Natural Park of Aurunci Mountains, immersed in a rich landscape of hills, with its olive trees and grapevines. Pico is a medieval treasure between Rome and Naples, not far from the sea (Sperlonga, Terracina, and Gaeta), and the front door to the Natural Park of Monti Aurunci. A few kilometers from the abbeys of Montecassino, Trisulti, Casamari, and Fossanova.

It rises around the fortress and offers visitors the Medieval Castle (XI century), the Church of S. Anthony (XVI century), the Church of Santa Marina (XI century), the Church of St. Rocco (XVI century), and the Church of Santa Maria in Campo (XI century). Pico is the birthplace of the writer Tommaso Landolfi (1908-1979), considered among the most important Italian writers of the 20th century. In the historic center is his birthplace, where he wrote many of his works.

In 2015, the Parco Letterario Tommaso Landolfi was established, the first in Ciociaria, dedicated to Tommaso Landolfi and his town of origin, Pico. Thanks to its strategic location in the area, Pico is located in the center of many tourist attractions and natural wonders that are within a distance ranging from 15 to 40-50 kilometers. It's halfway between Rome and Naples and their airports, only 1.5 hours by car, near the exits of the A1 motorway.

Nenà al Borgo Castello, Albergo Diffuso, is located in the historic center of the medieval village of Pico. Being the guest of the Albergo Diffuso means having the privilege of truly immersing yourself in the life of the village, to savor its daily life, not just as a tourist passing through, but as "one of them".

Distances

  • Roma Ciampino Airport, 108 kilometers
  • Roma Fiumicino Airport, 138 kilometers
  • Napoli Capodichino Airport, 111 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes

General

  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant

Food

Breakfast and dinner are included as well as one cooking class. For dinner, you'll have the dishes cooked and prepared in class, wines, and beverages, tasting of the homemade liquors, and coffee. House wine, soft drinks, tea, and coffee are freely available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 1 cooking class (wine glasses included)
  • Breakfast and dinner (Dinner with the dishes cooked and prepared during the class, wine and beverages, tasting of the homemade liqueurs, and coffee)
  • House wine, soft drinks, tea, and coffee
  • Cooking kit with the Nena recipe book
  • Certificate of participation in the cooking course after completion of the Italian cooking vacation
  • 1 night accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Car with driver for 2 (Transfers from/to the train station or from/to the airport on arrival and on departure)
  • Personal expenses
  • Other meals not mentioned

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Rome and Naples

The venue is only a 1-hour drive from Rome and Naples! Pico has a strategic position, being easily reachable from Rome which is just over a one-hour drive, and from Naples and the Amalfi Coast. The A1 motorway is 20 minutes drive from Pico, and the train station Isoletta-San Giovanni Incarico is just 15 minutes. The beaches of Sperlonga are only a 30-40 minutes drive. Inland, always in 30 minutes, you can reach the Abbey of Montecassino.

Arrival by car

A1 Motorway: Coming from Rome, exit Ceprano (16 kilometers from Pico), coming from Naples, exit Pontecorvo (13 kilometers from Pico). Those of you coming from the seaside should follow the Appia state road, pass Fondi, head towards Lenola, then to Pico.

Arrival by train

Rome-Naples railway (via Cassino line) or Isoletta-San Giovanni Incarico train station (13 kilometers from Pico). Transfers from the train stations are not included but are available upon request (a car with a driver for 2). For more information, please send an inquiry.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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