Cooking Vacation in the Roman Countryside

from Mon 22nd May to Sun 28th May

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a delicious new project, a week-long cooking and 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. We'll work in small groups of four or five, using ingredients plucked from the estate's ample gardens.

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.


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