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7 Day Cooking Vacation in Italy, Traveling From the Roman Countryside to Lecce and Salento

Albergo Diffuso, Pico, Italy

Cooking Vacation in Italy

Discover the treasures of Southern Lazio 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, four cooking classes tailor-made for you, and four exclusive culinary excursions and visits discovering authentic treasures of history, art, culture, nature, that belong to the immense Italian heritage, in short, authentic "goodies".

Meet the instructors

Chef Francesca
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Highlights

  • 4 cooking classes and wine glasses
  • Wine tasting with traditional and local products
  • Full-day culinary excursions to Anagni, Piglio, and Arpino
  • Full-day visit to Lecce historical town, discovering the Wonders of the Baroque
  • Full-day culinary excursions to Otranto or Ostuni, and surroundings
  • Full-day culinary excursions to Gaeta, Sperlonga, and Fondi
  • Certificate of participation after the course
  • 6 nights accommodation

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6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$216 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Albergo Diffuso in Pico

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.

A charming hotel in Lecce

You'll be centrally located in Lecce, steps from Roman Amphitheater and Piazza Sant'Oronzo. Your hotel is within close proximity of Chiesa di San Matteo and Castle of Charles V, located in Lecce’s historical center, near the cathedral.

The cooking classes will take place in the Residenza della Chef, an attic with a large terrace, in the residential area, just a few minutes from the historic center.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Pico

  • Arrival of guests at Nenà al Borgo Castello in the late 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 n.1

  • Anagni, Piglio, and Alatri wine tours (the road of the Cesanese Wine, 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 n.2

  • 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 for Lecce and Salento

  • After breakfast, transfer by car to Lecce, to the hotel, in the afternoon
  • Welcome drink and introduction to the program and itineraries
  • Dinner at your own, in a typical restaurant recommended by the team, with the specialties of the Leccese cuisine
  • After dinner, guided tour Lecce by night, with the glow of the night, the lights and the nightlife, Lecce sheds its skin and becomes one of the most beautiful cities of Italy

Day 5: Excursion, wine tasting, cooking class n.3

  • Discover Otranto, the Adriatic coast and the surrounding countryside
  • Depart from Lecce after breakfast
  • Arrival at Otranto. Besides its beautiful beaches, Otranto has many other things to offer you: it is definitely one of the most beautiful sea towns of Salento and of Puglia in general. It is a very ancient town, which preserves monuments, roads, rocks, and a borderline vibe
  • Wine tasting with traditional and local products
  • Transfer to Lecce in the afternoon
  • Cooking class number three in the late afternoon
  • Dinner with the dishes cooked and prepared during the class

Day 6: Excursion, cooking class n.4

  • Lecce historical center
  • After breakfast, tour “Discovering Lecce and its gems”
  • At lunchtime, don't expect to eat while sitting at the classic restaurant! Walking through the alleys of Lecce, from an highlight to another, you will stop and delight your palate with the most famous and tasty delicacies of Salento (puccia, rustico, friselle, pasticciotto)
  • The tour continues through ancient palaces, baroque churches and a visit to the fascinating shops of the famous local handicrafts: cartapesta (papier-mâché) and pietra leccese
  • Cooking class number four in the late afternoon
  • Dinner with the dishes cooked and prepared during the class

Day 7: Departure

The end of the program. After breakfast, transfer by car to Brindisi airport and... arrivederci!

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 (Southern Lazio)
  • 1 full-day culinary excursion to Gaeta, Sperlonga, Fondi, with an English speaking guide, car and driver, lunch in a typical restaurant included (Southern Lazio)
  • 1 full-day culinary excursion to Otranto or Ostuni and surroundings, with an English speaking guide, tasting of traditional and local products (Lecce and Salento)
  • 1 full-day excursion to Lecce, with an English speaking guide, light lunch in the historical center included (Lecce and Salento)

Instructors

Chef Francesca

Location

Pico

Pico is only one-hour drive from Rome and Naples! Pico has a strategic position, being easily reachable from Rome, that is just over one-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 a 30 or 40-minute drive. Inland, always in 30 minutes, you can reach the Abbey of Montecassino.

Lecce

Lecce is the ideal base for exploring the Salento region as it’s located between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, so you can reach all of the peninsula’s sights within 30–60 minutes.

Lecce is often nicknamed the Florence of the South, the Baroque city, famous for its stunning architectural richness and is stately palazzi, cast as precious gems across the winding old town’s lanes. If you are looking for something different, and wish to experience a less well-known part of Italy, Lecce and Apulia region is an amazing place to visit.

Nearby places

Otranto (40 minutes), is a beautiful seaside town overlooking the turquoise sea. Coast North of Otranto (approximately 35 minutes) has some great beaches including Torre dell’Orso and the unique Cave of Poetry swimming hole.

Gallipoli (35 minutes) is another lovely seaside town with a beach and old olive press to visit. Galantina (25 minutes) is small town with a baroque center that’s often overlooked. Coriglione d’Otranto (25 minutes), meanwhile, is an untouristy town with an interesting medieval castle.

Food

This package includes daily breakfast and lunches. Five dinners will also be included (four with the dishes cooked and prepared during your class), house 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?

The chef is originally from Lecce but has worked for 20 years in Rome, so she will share with you how to make the traditional specialties of both Roman and Salento cultures.

Roman and Lazio cuisine

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 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 that 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 leftover from the production of buffalo’s milk cheese. It is creamier and smoother than cow’s milk ricotta, with 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 grapevines and anchovies (that the Nenà Al Borgo Castello team receives 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!

Lecce and Salento cuisine

Orecchiette con le cime di rapa (orecchiette with turnip greens) Ciciri e tria (chickpeas with fried pasta) Fae e Foje (a broad bean purée which is flavored with olive oil and served with boiled chicory: a sublime combination of vegetables and legumes), Salentina lasagna, taralli (salt biscuites), fried pizza, and many others.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • 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

Things to do (optional)

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 a farm that produces buffalo mozzarella, ricotta and cheeses. The owner will tell and show you how to produce mozzarella. Tasting of products and the possibility to eat cheeses and freshly made products!

Extra-virgin olive oil

Visit 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 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!

In Salento, there are culinary tours that you can choose. Salento offers an ideal habitat for a diversity of grape varieties and contributes subtle nuances to the personalities of its various wines (Negramaro, Primitivo, Susumaniello, Verdeca, Fiano).

You may 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 products.

Pecorino cheese, ricotta and cheeses

Visit a farm that produces pecorino cheese. The owner will tell and show you how to produce the cheese. Tasting of products and the possibility to eat cheeses.

Extra-virgin olive oil

Visit a traditional olive oil mill, in Italian "Frantoio", where the owner will explain and show us the oil process. Tasting of the extra-virgin olive oil, along with other delicious organic products produced by the farm.

Taralli

Small and circular, these crackers make for a wonderful snack, especially alongside a glass of Pugliese wine! They are made with flavors like fennel, black peppercorns or poppy seeds or sweet, with white wine and sugar.

What's included

  • 4 cooking classes (2 in Pico and 2 in Lecce) with wine glasses
  • 1 full-day culinary excursion to Anagni, Piglio, and Arpino with wine tasting with traditional and local products (Lazio)
  • 1 full-day culinary excursion to Gaeta, Sperlonga, and Fondi with lunch in a typical restaurant (Lazio)
  • 1 full-day culinary excursion to Otranto or Ostuni, with tasting of traditional and local products (Salento)
  • 1 full-day excursion to Lecce, with tasting of the most famous delicacies of Salento
  • Culinary excursions (to be confirmed based on the availability of suppliers, holidays, periods of the year)
  • 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 the 2 transfers from Pico to Lecce (you arrival) and from Lecce to Brindisi Airport (your departure)
  • Car with driver for all the excursions indicated in the program
  • House wine, soft drinks, tea, and coffee
  • Daily breakfast, lunch or tasting with traditional and local products, 5 dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airport transfer by car from Rome to Pico, available upon request, with a surcharge
  • Travel insurance (it is appropriate to take out travel insurance for any risk)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

To get to Pico, 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 the driver upon request. If you wish to return by plane from Lecce to Rome Fiumicino airport, you can book your flight from Brindisi International Airport (BDS).

Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer available: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$216 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

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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