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A cooking vacation in the Roman countryside

Six nights in the exquisite, antique-filled rooms of Villa Ventosa and Casacocò, nestled among olive groves and manicured garden paths, with a panoramic terrace overlooking the Sabine valley and Lake Bracciano.
A Week of Cooking, Eating & Exploring vacation at a gorgeous estate in the Roman countryside, May 22-28, 2017. The light and shade of the lawns, the old trees the expansive rose gardens, the stone and mosaic pool, and the tasteful, eclectic decor create a serene and beautiful ambience. The week is an all-inclusive package, included six nights in one of two villas on the property, four three-hour cooking classes, visits with wine, cheese, and olive oil producers, a guided tour of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, dinner at one of Rome’s best trattorie, a visit to the magnificent ancient city of Viterbo, and a sunset meal on majestic Lago Bracciano, a pristine volcanic lake of great depth, so clean motor boats are prohibited — and it’s teeming with delicious fresh fish. The week will end with the estate’s annual Rose Festival, food wine, and a tour of the gardens led by the horticulturalist who tends Rome’s famous Rosetta.
Chef Giuseppe Siragusa is one of the best cooks in Italy. His warmth, sense of humor and love of cooking flavor every dish he creates. He’ll conduct a course in Italian cuisine geared for English speakers who want to improve their culinary skills and knowledge in a fun atmosphere, showing us the tricks of the trade, from the search for raw materials to preparation and presentation. Four three-hour cooking lessons guided by Chef Giuseppe Siragusa, using ingredients gathered from the estate’s vegetable gardens and orchards. A handson experience conducted in teams of three or four. Antipasti, pastas, main courses and desserts. The guest will work in small groups of four or five, using ingredients plucked from the estate’s ample gardens.
There will be also a wine tasting by the Azienda Agricola Marco Carpineti di Cori, producers of exceptional organic wines, with a lesson on food and wine pairing.
For companions who would love a relaxing vacation but want to skip the cooking lessons, our host, Guido Giusti, will offer golf at a nearby course, horseback riding, trekking with a nature guide (great for photographers), and my personal favorite, lolling around in a hammock with a good book.
The program includes also some very interesting visits:
Guided tour of the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Cathedral
Visit to Acquaranda di Trevignano, boutique producers of sheep cheese, including the rare, cacciafiore made with wild thistle flowers since the time of the ancient Romans.
An excursion to the historic baths of Viterbo, ancient residence of the popes.
Visit to the legendary monster park at Bomarzo, created by architect Pirro Ligorio for Prince Pier Francesco Orsini (1523-1585), to assuage his grief over the death of his wife Giulia Farnese.
Guided visit to Casacocò’s expansive rose gardens at the estate’s annual Rose Festival.
All-inclusive package:
6 nights double occupancy, Airport transfers, All meals, Five lunches at Casacocò, Three dinners at CasaCocò, Dinner at an outstanding Roman trattoria, Sunset cocktails and dinner overlooking Lake Bracciano, cooking lessons, guide and tickets for the visits.
Wifi and Satellite TV in public rooms.
Price starting from Euro 2.000 or $2.100 per room.
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