Cooking in Magical Molise Culinary Vacation and Cooking Tour
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Cooking in Magical Molise - NEW

About the location: Molise, located on Italy's central southeastern coast, is one of the country's lesser-know regions, a land untouched by tourist hordes and still pristinely keeping with traditions that seem almost unchanged over the centuries. It is mainly an agricultural region, where miles of fields boast grains, vegetables, and vines, orchards are heavy with fruit and olives, and livestock graze on the rich green vegetation. All this means a food-lover's paradise, a land of wine, olive oil, fresh produce and herbs, locally cured meats, and artisanal cheeses. Like Abruzzo, its neighbor to the north, the cuisine is hearty and flavorful, and you will explore it during your hands-on cooking classes and your gastronomic visits to local food producers.

Your accommodations will be on a lovely old "Masseria," or farmstand-turned-hotel, that has been in the same family since the start of the Eighteenth Century. The Moccia family still runs the farm, but two of the hilltop buildings were converted into a hotel surrounded by the fields, vineyards, and olive groves of the farm, as well as by the nearby 80-hecatre forest. It is located just a little over a mile from the nearest town, and about 10 miles from the Adriatic Coast, and the views from the hilltop encompass both the blue waters of the sea and the imposing Apennine Mountains. The hotel has 9 double rooms and one suite, and all of the rooms are spacious with en suite bathrooms. They also feature TV, safe, phone, hairdryer, and refrigerator. The Masseria offers a pool, bar, library, and restaurant for your enjoyment.

About the cooking classes: Your classes will be led by Chef Claudio Florio, who has been on the Italian cooking program, "La Prova del Cuoco," a famous Italian reality cooking show. Chef Claudio will teach you the secrets of Molisana cuisine, making sure you will be able to replicate the dishes at home. La cucina molisana is a peasant cuisine, with hearty pastas and sauces and an abundance of fresh produce, and you will also enjoy a special pizza making class.

Cooking in Magical Molise - NEW Itinerary

Day One - Sunday

  • Arrival and transfer to your accommodations.
  • Learn about your itinerary for the week and enjoy a welcome dinner at the Masseria.
  • Overnight.

Day Two - Monday

  • Breakfast, then depart for Larino, an ancient Roman city. Larino was hit hard by an earthquake in 2002, but a painstaking and historically-based restoration of the town has made it one of the most beautiful in Italy.
  • Visit the stunning amphitheater.
  • Next stop, a homemade pickle factory!
  • Return to the Masseria for lunch and a brief rest before your first cooking lesson.
  • In the afternoon, it is off to the kitchen for a pasta making class.
  • Dinner to follow, based on your efforts, and overnight.

Day Three - Tuesday

  • Breakfast.
  • Depart for a visit of the “Salumifiicio Casa Florio,” where you will learn about cured meats and the typical salami of Molise.
  • For lunch enjoy a tasting of salami and Pampanella street food (a pork-based specialty of the region).
  • In the afternoon, back in the kitchen to learn about sauces for pasta.
  • Pasta dinner to follow, based on your efforts.
  • Overnight.

Day Four - Wednesday

  • Breakfast.
  • Morning pizza making class, where you will make and knead the dough for tonight’s pizza dinner.
  • In the late morning, relax at the property, or explore the nearby forest.
  • Lunch at the property.
  • In the late afternoon, it is time to make pizza! Learn the tricks to making the best authentic Italian pizza, which you will then enjoy for dinner.
  • Overnight.

Day Five - Thursday

  • Breakfast.
  • Depart for a visit of the Molisana pasta factory, a local mozzarella factory, or the Camardo coffee factory. (Which producer you visit will depend on specific dates booked.)
  • Return to the Masseria for lunch.
  • In the afternoon, meet in the cellar for a wine and olive oil course and tasting.
  • Dinner and overnight.

Day Six - Friday

  • Breakfast.
  • Depart for Agnone. Visit of the city and also a local “caseificio” to see how the local caciocavallo cheese is made.
  • Tasting lunch featuring the cheese.
  • In the afternoon, visit a bell foundry and bell museum.
  • Farewell dinner back at the property.
  • Overnight.

Day Seven - Saturday

  • Breakfast and departure.