Best 2021-2022 Cooking Vacations in Molise, Italy

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Cooking Vacations In Molise

Molise is located on the mid-southeastern coast of Italy. It is one of the country’s smallest and least-known regions, to the point that there is a running joke in Italy (and among the Molisani) that “Molise non esiste” (Molise doesn’t exist). This quirky obscurity makes it one of the coolest destinations for a cooking vacation in Italy. A green, largely mountainous paradise, it is an agricultural region, and a key producer of wine, olive oil, fruits and vegetables, grains, and dairy. It is also a key player in food production, with pasta, dairy, oil, and cured meat products widely produced in the area, and a coastal region strong in fishing.

Molise and its neighbor to the north, Abruzzo, used to be a single region (called Abruzzi e Molise), and the cuisine of the two regions are similar. Cured meats, cheeses, and herbs are some of the staples of “la cucina Molisana” of the interior, and fish and seafood dishes of that along the coast. You will explore all of these during your hands-on cooking lessons and foodie tours that are part of your culinary vacation in Molise.

Discover stunningly-perched mountain villages and picturesque, ages-old “tratturi,” the drover trails formed over centuries by pastoral farmers during the season migrations of their flocks. Visit the ancient ruins of the Samnite peoples, ancient inhabitants of Molise, as well as the local craftspeople who for centuries have worked their trade in the region creating, most famously, folding knives, bells, and even bagpipes!

From the beautiful Apennine mountains to the blue coast of the Adriatic Sea, your cooking vacation in Molise will offer natural beauty, authenticity, and rich, hearty flavors at every turn. Stay at a hotel on a generations-old farmstead property, learn the secrets of the local cuisine, and enjoy foodie excursions to taste the many products for which Molise is famous.

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An authentic culinary vacation in Molise with The International Kitchen might include:

  • Hands-on cooking classes featuring regional specialities and classic Italian recipes
  • Amazing meals enjoyed with fine Italian wines
  • Foodie and farm visits to explore the local products, from regional produce to locally-made cheese and pastas
  • Winery and oil mill visits with tastings
  • Cultural excursions so see local sites of interest such as archeological ruins from the Samnite civilization and the famed folding-knife producers of Molise
  • Transfers and transportation
  • Accommodations in charming local properties with authentic local hosts ready to show you their corner of Italy
  • Expert, personalized service by The International Kitchen’s staff of experienced tour planners

Molise definitely “exists”, and as one of Italy’s lesser known regions is an authentic, non-touristy way to experience the real Italy you’ve always dreamed of.

Molise Cooking Vacations

Authentic Italy: From the Mountains to the Sea

Discover the small, intimate region of Molise while staying at a working farm surrounded by nature and welcomed by your warm hosts. The brother and sister who run the farm offer a truly authentic and unique experience.  Learn about regional dishes and products, explore the stunning countryside, and visit the small perched villages of Molise.

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FAQ about cooking holidays in Italy

Where can I learn to cook in Italy?

Tuscany, Umbria, Campania, Sicily, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, Lombardy, Lazio, Puglia, and the Veneto, are only a handful of the places where you can learn to cook in Italy. Italy’s 20 regions all offer amazing opportunities to learn regional and traditional Italian cuisine. Each region has its own pastas, sauces, main dishes and desserts, and you will learn to make them on our cooking courses in Italy.

Which city has the best food in Italy?

Italians might fight to the death over the answer to this question! Many would say that the city of Bologna has the best food in Italy. It is definitely one of the culinary capitals of Italy, and Emilia Romagna, the region in which it is found, is known for its incredible wealth of gastronomic products such as prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano-Reggiano, aceto balsamico di Modena, and pastas like tortellini, tagliatelle, and lasagne.

We think that each of Italy’s regions, however, has something truly unique and unforgettable to offer on our culinary vacations in Italy.

Which city in Italy has the best pizza?

Most Italians would agree that Naples has the best pizza in Italy. Naples, the capital of the Campania region, is also the birthplace of pizza! The main ingredients of pizza also come from this region: fresh mozzarella cheese and San Marzano tomatoes, grown in the sun-drenched volcanic soil of Mount Vesuvius.

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