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Italy Cooking Vacations

Discover the magnificent Italian region of le Marche, while you learn to prepare some of the most traditional dishes of the country. Enjoy the breathtaking landscapes and the culture in the towns around the villa, where you will find friendly people and a tranquil way of living. Pick fresh ingredients from the garden, use them to cook, and prepare a wide range of antipasti, including crostini and bruschettas, cooked the authentic Italian way with typical fillings and delicious sauces. You will have a fantastic culinary experience that you will never forget!


  • 4 hands-on cooking lessons
  • Cookbook with recipes to take home
  • Classes specially tailored to meet your level of expertise
  • Organic ingredients grown at the villa available for guests to use in their dishes
  • Certificate of completion of the culinary course
  • Charming hidden towns along Sarnano
  • 7 nights accommodation


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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On Villa San Raffaello you will experience elegant and comfortable Italian self-catering accommodations, a large landscaped garden with a big pool, a vineyard and stunning mountain views. Its comfortable interiors and many facilities that will make you feel at home. You can enjoy the courtyard garden and many shady al-fresco eating areas, as well as a childrens play area with a slide, swings and a climbing wall. You will also find a vineyard with numerous hammocks, as well as an organic garden, planted every year, where you can pick fruits, vegetables, herbs, and nuts.

During restoration process for Villa San Raffaello, they ensured that all the best architectural features were retained, from exposed wooden beams and lintels, to old stonework and terracotta tiles, incorporating these features and combining them with modern bathrooms and kitchens, as well as modern conveniences, such as WI-FI, dishwashers, movie and music players.

You will stay in self-catering accommodation. If your party is between 2 and 4 people, you will share either 2-bedroom apartment Elisa or Damiano. If your party size is 5 or more, then you will stay in either apartment Gigi or Grazia.


On the week’s cookery holiday you will cook and prepare a wide range of anti pasta’s including Crostini’s, Bruschetta and special Torte Verdura to name just a few. Make your own Gnocchi and fine egg pasta cooked the authentic Italian way with typical Le Marche fillings and delicious sauces.

You will have four 3-hour cookery classes during the week. The cooking lessons will take place 3 minutes from the villa, at the Sarnano Cookery schools kitchen, in a 13th century house at the Centro Storico of Sarnano, a gorgeous medieval town acclaimed as one of Italy's most beautiful villages. You can spend your free time exploring the charming towns or at the villa, where you will find a collection of books and movies, as well as a pool with wonderful views.

After your Italian cooking classes you will receive a cookbook that includes recipes of all the dishes cooked during your stay and a certificate on completion of the culinary course. The chefs have chosen dishes that you can easily make at home, using ingredients that you can usually find in most markets, shops and delicatessens. The cooking lessons will each include the meal where you will eat the food and the dishes that you prepared with the chefs.


Le Marche, is a region in the central part of Italy; to the East of Tuscany and Umbria, below Emiglia Romana and above Abruzzo. It is flanked by the Sibillini Mountains on the West and the Adriatic Sea on the East. You will experience a wonderful land of ancient farms, with rich soil, and rugged mountains, as well as fortified medieval villages, which still bear battle scars. A land of cultural richness, style, and extraordinary food and wine. Le Marche region is located between Pescara, Perugia and Ancona airports.

Nearby places

  • Siblini national park, 500 meters



  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling nearby
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
  • Rock climbing
  • Shopping nearby
  • Skiing nearby
  • Stand up paddle boarding nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Volleyball court
  • Wine tasting / tour


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lake nearby
  • Restaurant nearby


  • Baby sitting
  • Bicycle rental nearby
  • Board rental nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance


Seasonal main courses could include Wild Boar stew with juniper, beef tagliata with green pepper sauce. Deserts or dolce may include Lia’s famous panna cotta or apple torte della nonna with vino cotto zabaglione.

Things to do (optional)

  • Add a Le Marche food and wine tour into your itinerary, during which you will visit a range of wonderful artisan food producers and wine cantinas in the rolling hills near the villa. The additional cost per head is EUR 75.
  • Add on cookery lessons to your holiday at Villa San Raffaello. A full morning or afternoon of 3 hours learning to cook 3 dishes that includes eating the dishes at lunch or dinner costs EUR 100 each for 2 people, EUR 75 each for 3 people, EUR 55 for 4 people or EUR 50 for 5 people or more.
  • Go outlet shopping, cycling or horse riding
  • Join fiestas, restaurants and late bars
  • Joiin Le Marche truffle hunt. From June onwards you can take part in a truffle hunt where you will accompany a local truffle hunter and his dog into the local woods that surround the beautiful Sibillini National Park. The truffles that you find will be incorporated into the recipes and dishes that you prepare at the next lesson. The cost is EUR 40 per head for 7 people or more; EUR 45 for 5 or 6; EUR 50 for 3 or 4; EUR 55 for 2 or EUR 100 solo.
  • Play golf, tennis and extreme sports
  • Take a guide and go hiking to the Sibili Mountains
  • Visit traditional markets

What's included

  • 4 3-hours cookery classes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Access to the grounds of Villa San Raffaello
  • Certificate of completion
  • Cookbook with the recipes prepared during the course
  • Ingredients to pick from the villas organic garden

What's not included

  • Additional activities or tours not included in the program
  • Airfare

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

If you are searching for the Le Marche airports, it is worth considering flying to Federico Fellini International Airport (RMI), San Franceso d'Assisi Airport (PEG), Ancona Falconara Airport (AOI), Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ), Forl International Airport, Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO), or Abruzzo Airport (PSR), as there are airlines which provide low cost flights to these destinations, from a wide variety of points in the British Isles and throughout Europe.


  • Abruzzo Airport (PSR) - 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Ancona Falconara Airport (AOI) - 1.5 hours
  • Federico Fellini International Airport (RMI) - 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Forl International Airport (FRL) - 2.5 hours
  • Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) - 2hours 45 minutes
  • Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi Airport (PEG) - 2 hours
  • Sarnano, 1 kilometer
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