Taking a part in a cooking holidays is a great way to get to know Italian way of life, its people, food and local customs. You will be staying at one of the farmhouses surrounded by nature.
First you will head into garden to collect the ingredients for you cooking, stop at the chicken coop to pick up the fresh eggs. Now it's time to put your apron on and start preparing delicious pasta of various shapes, sauces and other delicacies. At the end of the day you will sit around the table with your cooking companions and enjoy prepared food and wines.
Such cooking holidays are available across Italy, from the beautiful Tuscany, uncovered Umbria, le Marche region, Puglia or the island of Sicily. They are ideal for everyone who are in love with cooking and enjoying local food and wines. From couples, to solo travellers, group of friends of even families with children - everybody will love such cooking adventure.
Tuscany with its rolling hills and small villages is among the most popular destinations for cooking holidays. On hands-on cooking holidays you will stay at cosy rural villas and learn the best of Tuscan cooking. You will visit the wholesale market for fish, meat, vegetables and fruits, cheeses and virgin olive oils. You will also visit the great wineries in the Chianti area for wine tasting. Besides cooking you will visit historic towns of Arezzo, Siena etc.
The green heart of Italy, Umbria which can be easily reached from Rome is another great destination for cooking holidays. This region represent the true ideal of Italy country life with its olive groves, vineyards and top hill historic towns. You will visit the Umbrian capital of Perugia, known for chocolate production and Chocolate museum. Deruta is a small city close to Perugia which is famous for production of decorateve ceramics. In the region you can visit the mystical city of Assisi, the place of a birth of St Francis. Other activities you can participate in are wine or olive tastings.
Le March region of central Italy is one of the best destinations to head for authentic cooking holiday. The region consist of beautiful Adriatic sea and inland. Most villages and towns host a weekly market where local producers offer fresh food.
The typical rustic tastes of the hinterland can be identified in meat dishes made of pig and lamb as well as dishes created around truffles and mushrooms. On the coast sea-food dishes dominate. The most common dish is brodetto - a fish soup containing more than 14 fish species. The most famous dessert are ciambelloto don i funghetti all'anice, cicerchiata and fried ravioli stuffed with chestnuts, cream and ricotta cheese.
Heading to the south there is a region of Puglia, ideal for discovering true Italy. This coastal region in south-eastern Italy is also known as the heel of Italy. Besides cooking delicious orecchiete pasta and other southern Italian dishes you will discover olive groves and whitewashed trulli houses. You will visit the sights of Puglia, Baroque churches and 13th century castles.
Sicily is an ideal destination for cooking holidays. This island situated in the middle of the Mediterannean has amazing local cuisine and well-known historical sites, such as Siracusa's Greek Theatre and the baroque towns of Noto and Ragusa. Sicilian cookery is very much embedded in the history of the islands. Various civilizations - Greek, Roman, Arabs, Normans, Spanish and British have left their mark. From a gastronomic point of view, the influence of these invaders is still very much in evidence today. In your cooking classes you will learn how to prepare authentic Sicilian dishes such as "pasta con sarde" and "cassata".
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