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Immersive Cooking Vacation in Italy

Discover the treasures and the great tastes of Italy! If you are planning your long vacation in Italy and would like to spend a few days in a small oasis of peace and tranquility, between Tuscany and Rome, to the north, and the Amalfi Coast, Naples, Pompeii to the south, this is the place, stop here!

You’ll get a full immersion in the traditions of the best Italian cuisine, two cooking lessons tailor-made for you, and two exclusive culinary excursions and visits discovering authentic treasures of history, art, culture, nature, that belong to the immense Italian heritage, in short, authentic "goodies".


  • Cooking classes and wine glasses
  • Wine tasting with traditional and local products
  • Full-day culinary excursions to Anagni, Piglio, and Arpino
  • Gaeta, Sperlonga, and Fondi culinary excursions
  • Certificate of participation after the course
  • House wine, soft drinks, tea, and coffee
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 3 nights' accommodation


3 days with instruction
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Albergo Diffuso

Dimora Nenà, part of Nena al Borgo Castello, 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, are overlooking the picturesque alleys of the village and you can enjoy a panoramic view over the green hills of the natural park of Aurunci Mountains.

You will stay in the same house in which your Italian cooking class takes place. The accommodation is in a charming suite or apartment based on double occupancy. For individual travelers, the accommodation will be in a charming double room based on single occupancy.


Day 1 - Arrival

  • Arrival of guests at Nenà Al Borgo Castello in the morning
  • Welcome drink, staff presentation, and introduction to the program and itineraries
  • Lunch with the specialties of the Ciociaria cuisine
  • Tour of Pico in the afternoon: the medieval village, the Farnese castle, the churches, the history, food, and gastronomic traditions
  • Special dinner with tasting of selected wines and served with local products (cheeses, salami, olive oil, and others)

Day 2 - Excursion, wine tasting, cooking class

  • Anagni, Piglio, and Alatri wine tours (the road of the Cesanese between medieval villages and ancient castles)
  • Depart from Pico after breakfast
  • Arrival at Anagni and visits to the cathedral, crypt, and old town
  • Transfer to Piglio for the wine tour
  • Wine tasting with traditional and local products
  • Transfer to Alatri after lunch and visits to the town of Cyclops and the Acropolis
  • Transfer to Pico in the afternoon
  • Cooking class number one in the late afternoon
  • Dinner with the dishes cooked and prepared during the class.

Day 3 - Excursion, cooking class

  • Gaeta and Sperlonga
  • Depart from Pico after breakfast
  • Arrival in Gaeta, visits to the Split Mountain and The Turk’s Cave, and tour in the Old Gaeta.
  • Lunch with the specialties of Gaeta in a typical restaurant
  • Transfer to Sperlonga after lunch
  • Visit the enchanting village of Sperlonga, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy
  • Transfer from Sperlonga to Pico in the afternoon and cooking class number two in the late afternoon
  • Final dinner with the dishes cooked and prepared during the class

Day 4 - Departure

  • The end of the program.

Included excursions

  • 1 full-day culinary excursion to Anagni, Piglio, Arpino, with an English speaking guide, car and driver, wine tasting with traditional and local products.
  • 1 full-day culinary excursion to Gaeta, Sperlonga, Fondi, with an English speaking guide, car and driver, lunch in a typical restaurant included.


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


This package includes daily breakfast and lunch on the day of arrival with wine and beverages, homemade liqueurs tasting, and coffee. Three dinners will also be included with the dishes cooked and prepared during your class, wine and beverages, tasting of the homemade liqueurs, and coffee. House wine, soft drinks, tea, and coffee are freely available.

What will you learn in your cooking classes?

  • Fettuccine

Guess what? If you have flour in your kitchen, you can make pasta. Right now. Got eggs too? You have everything you need to whip up a batch of silky-smooth fettuccine.

  • Lasagna

The chef will teach you how to make the traditional lasagna with besciamella sauce, mozzarella cheese and the famous ragù bolognese in which a certain magic happens as beef and aromatic vegetables slowly cook down with wine, tomato paste, and broth.

  • Carbonara

The chef will explain the real technique that requires the use of egg yolk mixed with pecorino cheese and cured pork cheek. The local products, the famous Picinisco's pecorino sheep cheese, which boasts a long tradition starting in the 17th century and Salerman cured pork cheek with its spyce and flavorful taste, make Nenà Al Borgo Castello's recipe (as well as Amatriciana and Gricia ) a " sensory experience."

  • Gnocchi di patate

Homemade gnocchi recipe is simple, delicious and incredibly fun to make. Once you have learned get your kids involved in making this wonderful family dinner. The secret ingredient? Leonessa potatoes and passion.

Tasty and exquisite, mainly of a yellow color, potatoes from Leonessa are one of the most important typical products of the Sabina area. Their smooth skin and large and robust tubers are the result of ideal climatic conditions and traditional growing techniques. This is why potatoes from Leonessa are a versatile product which can be put to perfect use to make excellent gnocchi; thanks to the fact that they absorb less water during cooking.

  • Gnocchi di ricotta

You have little time and you don't have potatoes? Nenà Al Borgo Castello has the right recipe for you - homemade gnocchi ricotta cheese. It is easy, authentic and delicious! In order to make it special, they use buffalo ricotta cheese.

Buffalo ricotta is a fresh cheese produced from whey left over from the production of buffalo’s milk cheese. It is creamier and smoother than cow’s milk ricotta, with a white color and a unique delicate sweet citrusy flavor.

  • Sagne e fagioli

A plate of Ciociaria tradition that combines culture and taste, smell and color of the land; thanks to the use of Atina cannellini beans.

  • Pasta with anchovies

Its ingredients: spagnoletta tomato (better known as "casalino" that grows in the Southern Lazio region, from the hills of Itri to the seaside town of Gaeta) which has a slightly acidic flavor and is at its best in early summer. In the past the Casalino was grown in between grape vines and anchovies (that we receive fresh daily; thanks to the experienced fishmonger, Tonino) and evoke wisely the flavors of Mediterranean cuisine

  • Tiramisù

Nenà Al Borgo Castello's recipe is made authentically in the Italian way using only mascarpone cheese, sugar and egg yolk. It's really light, airy, and creamy! Great as a make-ahead dessert!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

Things to do (optional)

On the day three, while transferring to Sperlonga, you will have an optional visit to the Roman museum and the cave of Tiberius.

There are culinary tours that you can choose:

  • Wine tours. Visit prestigious cellars, where experts of the houses tell the company's story, the methods of production of wines and talk about the "Art of Wine" and the "secrets" to produce a great wine! Into the wine cellars among the barrels, enjoy a tasting of high quality local wines served with delicious local produce.
  • Buffalo mozzarella, ricotta and cheeses. Visit to a farm that produces buffalo mozzarella, ricotta and cheeses.The owner will tell and show you how to produce mozzarella. Tasting of products and possibility to eat cheeses and freshly made products!
  • Extra-virgin olive oil. Visit to a traditional olive oil mill, in Italian "Frantoio", where the owner will explain and show us the oil process. Lunch in the Frantoio and tasting of the extra-virgin olive oil, along with other delicious organic products produced by the farm.
  • Cured meats, in Italian "Salumi". Visit to a farm that produces sausages, bacon, ham, salami, and other specialties. An expert will tell you about the meat processing methods and their seasoning. Tasting of products.
  • Truffles of the Val di Comino. Truffles that are harvested in the Val di Comino are of the highest quality. The use of truffles in the gastronomy is very wide: from the simple seasoning used for fettuccine and other fresh pastas, sauces (which are also already prepared) to flavor crostini and dishes, sweets made of the precious tuberous fungus. A savory taste of these dishes with truffles is a taste experience not to be missed!

What's included

  • 2 cooking classes with wine glasses
  • 1 full-day culinary excursion to Anagni, Piglio, and Arpino with wine tasting with traditional and local products
  • 1 full-day culinary excursion to Gaeta, Sperlonga, and Fondi with lunch in a typical restaurant
  • An English-speaking guide
  • Cooking kit with Nena’s recipe book and Nenà’s apron
  • A certificate of participation in the cooking course after completion
  • Car with driver for all the excursions indicated in the program
  • House wine, soft drinks, tea, and coffee
  • Daily breakfast, lunch at Nenà on the day of your arrival, 3 dinners at Nenà
  • 3 nights’ accommodation

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance. It is appropriate to take out travel insurance for any risk.

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ciampino-G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA), Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO), or Naples International Airport (NAP). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Nenà Al Borgo Castello provides a car with driver upon request.

Arrival by train

You can use Rome-Naples railway (via Cassino line). Then, stop at Isoletta-San Giovanni Incarico train station (13 kilometers from Pico).

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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