Roman Countryside Discovery

This 1797 villa is located in the heart of Ciociaria and the historic center of a small town. In 1964, the Ministry of Education proclaimed this an area of particular interest for its panoramas of extraordinary beauty. From the slopes of the ancient tower (where, according to popular tradition, the legendary queen Camilla and her father Metabus took refuge in a cave), it is a wonderful view of arches, towers and bare stone walls, giving the appearance of a medieval hamlet, built close around the fortress.

Your host is an American-born Italian who grew up in a close-knit Italian family of three generations in the Midwest, where he was lucky to have learned fluent Italian at a young age from his beloved “Nonna.” He owned a very successful interior design firm in Boca Raton, Florida, but always spent time in Italy. He was continually drawn to the village of his father’s birth and in 2005, when the adjacent property to where his father was born was put up for sale, it was a forgone conclusion that this would become his opportunity to fulfill his dream.

Roman Countryside Discovery

This 1797 villa is located in the heart of Ciociaria and the historic center of a small town. In 1964, the Ministry of Education proclaimed this an area of particular interest for its panoramas of extraordinary beauty. From the slopes of the ancient tower (where, according to popular tradition, the legendary queen Camilla and her father Metabus took refuge in a cave), it is a wonderful view of arches, towers and bare stone walls, giving the appearance of a medieval hamlet, built close around the fortress.

Your host is an American-born Italian who grew up in a close-knit Italian family of three generations in the Midwest, where he was lucky to have learned fluent Italian at a young age from his beloved “Nonna.” He owned a very successful interior design firm in Boca Raton, Florida, but always spent time in Italy. He was continually drawn to the village of his father’s birth and in 2005, when the adjacent property to where his father was born was put up for sale, it was a forgone conclusion that this would become his opportunity to fulfill his dream.


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Without a doubt of the 4 Italian cooking schools we have attended this was our favorite. We chose the Roman Countryside Discovery since we had not been to Lazio, and were planning to spend a week in Rome after cooking school. Cheryl and I are happy we made this choice. The host is a wonderful and the accommodations beautiful. The host is an interior designer and designed and furnished the entire hotel to his high standard. Our room was very spacious and included a jacuzzi tub in the bath, and the hotel has a terrace with incredible views. While he has high standards, we found him to be a relaxed and down to earth. Like a family member we didn't know we had. Frosinone, the province of the small town we stayed in, reminded me of Marin County, CA with the rolling hills and agriculture, and it was a pleasure to drive through the country and small towns. Every day we had field trips and you could tell tell that our host had spent a lot of time getting to know the field trip hosts, and these hosts have a passion for their artisanal products. Some days we also had to make a stop at one of the villa owner's favorite gelaterias. The first day we visited the Cantina Cominium winery and a trip through the vineyards and a tour the owner/winemaker prepared a lunch of prosciutto, cheese and eggs with truffles. Another day we visited a farmer's market, artisanal mozzarella maker (with a cheese and salami tasting of course), and an olive oil producer. Every day there was something different. The field trips were so much fun I almost forgot this was a cooking school and we had 4 cooking classes. Favorite recipes included frittata, fettucine con tartufo, and grilled lamb chops. The cookbook we received is easy to follow and considers American measurements. We also ate out at restaurants. All were excellent, but Il Frantoio in Boville Ernica and La Cooperativa in Terracina were outstanding. James P., IL

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For your 4 hands-on cooking classes the local chefs create mouth-watering specialties such as zuppa di pane, sagne e fagioli, homemade fettuccine with various meat sauces, gnocchi with pork ribs, salsiccia patate e peperoni with casereccio bread and ciambelle di vino, to name but a few. Those who travel to this area soon learn that in Ciociaria “Si mangia e si mangia bene” (you eat and eat well). This area is also known for its marzoline (goat cheese), fresh ricotta, bufala mozzarella and prosciutto di Guarcino.
Your host immerses his guests into cooking in an Italian family environment and offers small hands-on cooking classes taught by various professionals. Your host and the local chefs have combed their family recipes to you an “assaggio completo” (authentic sampling) of Ciociara traditions.


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