Most people book a cooking holidays in Italy because they love Italian cuisine and the idea of cooking and eating authentic Italian food. One of the best places for such holidays is charming Il Fontanaro estate near the hill-top town of Paciano.
This amazing place set in Umbrian countryside, with its organic vegetable garden, olive groves and vineyards, is an ideal choice for your cooking adventure. You will be staying at one of comfortable self-catering holiday villas on the estate set in natural surroundings.
Each villa has beautiful outdoor terrace from which you can admire stunning views of Umbrian hills as well as a pool with deckchairs ideal for a complete relaxation during the day.
During your stay at Il Fontanaro you will attend several cooking classes run by owners Lucia and Alina and their friends – professional cooks. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves because you will learn how to prepare different kind of pasta from scratch, delicious Italian sauces and typical sweets of the region.
Alina is the professional sommelier and on the estate
there is a wine-cellar with numerous quality regional wines. You will have
opportunity to sample some of those wines. At the estate they produce high quality extra virgin organic olive oil – one of
the best in the Italy. You will sample this olive oil as well as use it during
your cooking class.
Your holidays won't be only around cooking, but also relaxing and exploring the area. Less than a one hour drive from Il Fontanaro you can explore historical towns of Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Deruta, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Orvieto, Pienza, Cortona, Montefalco and Chiusi. From Chiusi, you can take a train to Rome or Florence for a day trip to this amazing cities.
Cooking holidays at Il Fontanaro are amazing experience. Delicious local food, great wines and olive oil, comfortable accommodation and friendly hosts - what else you would wish.
This amazing estate is situated near Paciano, on the border of Umbria and Tuscany. You can easily arrive here by car. If you are travelling from Rome by train you will arrive to Chiusi train station (train ride is 1,5 hours) which is situated 15 km from Il Fontanaro estate. Your hosts will be happy to meet you at the train station and drive you to the property.