8 Days Intenso Cooking Holidays in Italy

  • Terra D'Arte, Via Colli N.10, Serrapetrona, 62020, Macerata, Italy.

Italy Cooking Vacations and Wine Holidays

If good food, good wine and cooking are your passions, and if a gourmet vacation is what you are looking for, then this class is a solution for you! Every day, you will have Italian cooking classes, excursions to local markets to buy the ingredients, wine tasting, and lectures on Italian culinary traditions. Italian cuisine is inseparable from the wines and the vineyards, the markets and the medieval villages, the landscape and the climate - Marche is the perfect place to experience the real Italy!

Highlights

  • Visits to various local wine cellars
  • Personal guidance from the Italian chef
  • 7 cooking classes based on regional recipes
  • Background lectures on Italian cuisine and wines
  • Visits to local pecorino cheese makers
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All-inclusive holiday
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Terra DArte is situated two kilometers away from Serrapetrona, nestled on a hilltop and surrounded by a private park. The Caravanserraglio agriturismo has several houses with six beautiful self-catering holiday homes and apartments available with separate entrances. There, you have a centuries-old park with oaks, cypresses, olive trees, orchard, meadows, grazing horses, swimming pool (14 to 16 meters), a playhouse for children, and a restaurant where you can taste the magic flavors of the country of Marche.

Around this beautiful country house, stretches the territory of the National Park of the Sibillini Mountains, overlooking the valley of the Chienti river. From Caravanserraglio, you can enjoy the most inspiring views of the splendid 360 degrees panorama of the valley and of the strolling hills and Sibylline, Caravanserraglio is an ideal place for long walks far away from civilization.

Caravanserraglio country house has holiday apartments and holiday homes, which are completely rebuilt and are provided with a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable bathroom with bathtub / shower, wash-basin, bidet, and toilet. Towels, sheets and blankets are supplied for you. There is free Wi-Fi. The dinner is served in our Caravanserraglio restaurant only for the guests. The restaurant is situated in the former stables, maintaining the rustic atmosphere. The wooden floor, furniture and ceramics, together with the informal presentation, form the backdrop for the food that is well taken care of.

Day 1 - Arrival

In the afternoon, you will arrive to the Caravanserraglio country house in Marche, Italy. Youll have an aperitif and introduction.

20:00 - Welcome dinner at the Caravanserraglio restaurant and introduction to the course program by your hosts.

During each cooking class, you will prepare a full menu with aperitif, antipasti, first and second course, vegetables and dessert. After each lesson the prepared menu is served to you in the restaurant.

In the beginning of the holiday, you will receive a detailed program of the week with the description of the recipes. At the end of the cooking holiday, you will get a CD with the complete description of the recipes and the pictures made during the cooking courses.

Day 2 - Excursion and cooking course

Tranquil awakening at the peaceful agriturismo. The accommodation at the Caravanserraglio agriturismo is in an independent apartment with kitchen. At your arrival, you'll find in the fridge milk, fresh bread, butter, home-made marmalade, coffee, and tea to prepare breakfast.

10:00 - Excursion to the local market at the historical centre of San Ginesio.

Afternoon at leisure.

17:00 - Cooking class at the Caravanserraglio restaurant.

Dinner at the Caravanserraglio restaurant.

Day 3 - Excursion and cooking class

10:00 - Excursion of the surroundings with visits to local cheese maker (formaggio di fossa and other pecorino's) and wine producer of the red Vernaccia wine.

Afternoon at leisure.

17:00 - Cooking class at the Caravanserraglio restaurant.

Dinner at the Caravanserraglio restaurant.

Day 4 - Excursion and cooking class

10:00 - Excursion to the local market at the historical centre of Tolentino.

Afternoon at leisure.

17:00 - Cooking course at the Caravanserraglio restaurant.

Dinner at the Caravanserraglio restaurant.

Day 5 - Excursion and cooking class

10:00 - Excursion to the local market at the historical centre of Macerata.

Afternoon at leisure.

17:00 - Cooking class at the Caravanserraglio restaurant.

Dinner at the Caravanserraglio restaurant.

Day 6 - Excursion and cooking class

10:00 - A walking tour of the Gola di Fiastrone.

Afternoon at leisure.

17:00 - Cooking class at the Caravanserraglio restaurant.

Dinner at the Caravanserraglio restaurant.

Day 7 - Cooking classes

10:00 - Cooking course at the Caravanserraglio restaurant.

13:00 - Lunch at the Caravanserraglio restaurant.

Afternoon at leisure.

17:00 - Cooking course at the Caravanserraglio restaurant.

Dinner at the Caravanserraglio restaurant.

Day 8

Farewell and departure.

  • A walking tour of the Gola di Fiastrone.
  • An excursion of the surroundings with visits to local cheese maker.
  • An excursion to the local market at the historical centre of Macerata.
  • An excursion to the local market at the historical centre of San Ginesio.
  • An excursion to the local market at the historical centre of Tolentino.

Serrapetrona is a medieval village in the Marche region, Italy, in the middle of a truly stunning landscape. It is famed for its sparkling red wine (Vernaccia), for its pure and healthy water and clean air. Caravanserraglio is situated between green hills with wonderful views of the Sibillini Mountains.

For its strategic position you can easily reach cities like Macerata, Assisi, Ascoli Piceno, Perugia and Urbino. Le Marche is an important region for wine producing. Well-known wines such as the Verdicchio, Rosso Piceno, Rosso Conero, and Pecorino are all from this region. There are many award winning vineyards, especially in the area of Matelica and Serrapetrona.

Nearby places

  • The Adriatic Sea coast - 1.5 hours
Activities
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Garden
  • Restaurant

Please find the menu for your vacation below.

Day 1

  • Dinner menu:
  • Antipasti
  • Involtini di melanzane con basilica.
  • Ciccia uova tartufo ed erbe.
  • Primi:
  • Crema di ceci e cicerchia, tortelloni di ricotta con noci e pesto.
  • Secondi e contorni:
  • Degustazione formaggi.
  • Pomodori saporiti in insalata.
  • Verdure grigliate melanzane peperoni, zucchine, pomodori secchi.
  • Dolce:
  • Tiramisu della casa.
  • Wine tasting during the course and dinner.

Day 2

  • Cooking class menu:
  • Parmigiana di melanzane classica, varianti regionali, e parmigiane grigliate di melanzane e zucchini.
  • Insalata di farro o grano.
  • Strozzapreti destate in bellavista.
  • Saltimbocca al ramerino.
  • Verdure gratinate, melanzane peperoni, zucchine, pomodori.
  • Dolce:
  • Di riso o farro cacao amaro spezie e pepe.
  • Wine tasting during the course and dinner.

Day 3

  • Cooking course menu:
  • Parmigiana di melanzane classica, Varianti regionali, e parmigiane grigliate di melanzane e zucchine.
  • Insalata di farro o grano.
  • Strozzapreti destate in bellavista.
  • Saltimbocca al ramerino.
  • Verdure gratinate, melanzane peperoni, zucchine, pomodori.
  • Dolce:
  • Di riso o farro cacao amaro spezie e pepe.
  • Wine tasting during the course and dinner.

Day 4

  • Cooking course menu:
  • Pasta fresco.
  • Cotoletta allantica.
  • Finocchi gratinati.
  • Biete in padella.
  • Insalata di puntarelle.
  • Salame di cioccolato con pinoli e mandorle.
  • Wine tasting during the course and dinner.

Day 5

  • Cooking course menu:
  • Tortino di sfoglia con spinaci e pinoli.
  • Zuppa di lenticchie di Castelluccio.
  • Risotto con funghi tartufo e erbe.
  • Costata braciola del buongustaio con cognac e funghi.
  • Verdure grigliate.
  • Sfoglia di mele tartatin.
  • Wine tasting during the course and dinner.

Day 6

  • Cooking course menu:
  • Acqua cotta con erbe di campo e spinaci.
  • Descrizione sui condimenti per pasta secca, pesto, arrabbiata, carbonara, marinara.
  • Scaloppe e pizzaiole.
  • Cipolline in agrodolce.
  • Friggitelli in agrodolce.
  • Tiramisu.
  • Wine tasting during the course and dinner.

Day 7

  • Cooking course menu:
  • Alici marinate.
  • Insalata di polpo.
  • Risotto con frutti di mare.
  • Pesce persico in bellavista.
  • Insalata mista.
  • Cicoria in padella con olive.
  • Torta di carote.
  • Wine tasting during the course and dinner.
  • Enjoy mountain biking.
  • Explore the nearby villages and cities.
  • Relax in the garden.
  • Taste Italian olive oil made from the fruit of the ancient olive trees.
  • 5 half-day excursions with lunch
  • 7 cooking classes
  • 7 days accommodation
  • 8 meals and wine at the Caravanserraglio restaurant
  • All land travel in Italy by private air-conditioned 8-person coach
  • Daily Everyday breakfasts
  • Final cleaning
  • The ingredients for the hands-on cookery course
  • Use of swimming pool at the country house
  • Water, electricity and gas
  • Weekly change of linen
  • Airfares
  • Entry fees to places other than those specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal transport costs, phone calls, or tips
  • Travel insurance

Driving directions from Bari / Pescara

At the Autostrada Adriatica A14 direction Bari / Pescara, take the exit Civitanova Marche.

Then take the Superstrada direction Macerata-Foligno; exit Tolentino Ovest.

At the exit, turn right, after 100 meters another right, following the indication Serrapetrona.

Before reaching the village of Serrapetrona (after about ten minutes), theres a crossing of three roads.

About 20 meters before the crossing to the left, theres a small road with a sign-board of Caravanserraglio. Welcome!

Driving directions from Rome

Coming from Rome on the grande raccordo annulare (GRA) of Rome, take exit Firenze. At Roma-Firenze A1 take exit Orte.

After having paid the toll, turn right direction Spoleto, SS 675, direction of Terni.

After that direction, take Foligno-Macerata (Strada Statale 77 of Colfiorito - direction Macerata).

At the SS 77, take exit Tolentino Ovest.

Then follow the driving direction from Bari / Pescara.

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Ancona Falconara airport (AOI). You can also fly to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi airport (BLQ), Rimini Federico Fellini international airport (RMI), or Forli international airport (FRL), which are located in 2 hours of ride from your destination.

Arrival by train

The nearest big railway station is at Civitanova Marche. There's a direct train connection Milan-Civitanova Marche. From Civitanova Marche you can take the train to Tolentino. When you have arrived at the station of Tolentino, Terra DArte will come to pick you up.

GPS

  • E 13 11' 18''
  • N 43 10' 09''

Distances

  • Ascoli - 1 hour by car.
  • Assisi - 1 hour by car.
  • Camerino, 10 kilometers.
  • Civitanova, 10 kilometers.
  • Gubbio - 1 hour by car.
  • Loreto - 1 hour by car.
  • Macerata, 10 kilometers.
  • Perugia - 1 hour by car.
  • Piceno - 1 hour by car.
  • San Severino, 10 kilometers.
  • Serrapetrona, 2 kilometers.
  • Tolentino, 10 kilometers.
  • Urbino - 1 hour by car.
For information about the booking conditions, please send Terra D’Arte an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "Though we know all too well that the grass at our neighbours has the tendency to look greener than one’s own, staying at your lovely place in the company of your good selves, energetic, creative, most charming people, enabled us to find a relaxed and comfortable balance between us, elderly young, and growing ups, such in a way that more than surpassed expectations "

    Terra D’Arte website, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "What a great place to stay! We have really enjoyed our trip here. Our children, Leo and Audrey had a specially great time playing with Sita and Davide. You made us and our children feel welcome. We enjoyed the conversations and the time spend seeing the sites and being on the farm. The children loved the horseback riding lessons. We also loved the ArtiStrada, Thank you for letting us know about it. We hope to return."

    Terra DArte website, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "Our two week excursion at the agriturismo this summer was one of the most enjoyable and enlightening experiences that we had. Phaedra's knowledge of art and Ennio's cooking expertise is a match made in heaven. I hope to return one day to explore another corner of Italy with you!"

    Terra DArte website, edited

  • Review by traveler
    9 out of 10

    "Dear owners of this beautiful place, I will think about you and this part of Italy a lot when I am back home, 1500 kilometers from away. When I came here a week ago I thought that this is it for the next week. Its great, its beautiful and for another week would be good too. I dont know why I didnt finish one book in such a relaxing surrounding. I will try to do that this afternoon. Thank you for all your attention to us and the children. We will have to come back for the horseback riding, the mountain bikes, another cooking lesson, I think I need about twenty lessons."

    Terra DArte website, edited

Marche, Italy

Terra D’arte offers Italian cooking lessons, wine tastings, and Italian art history courses with excursions in central Italy.

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Departure:
Saturday August 26, 2017
(8 days / 7 nights)

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