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Culture Discovery Cooking & Culinary Vacations


Trip Planning, Italy, Cooking Classes and Tours

All-Inclusive Week-Long Cooking, Culinary & Wine Vacations through Tuscany / Umbria / Lazio / Sicily

Location: Soriano nel Cimino, Norcia, Barolo, and Sicily

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Discover the true Italy that so few fully experience while you live the passion for Italian country cooking and wine that is at the heart of Tuscan and Umbrian life in Italy.

Our week-long all-inclusive cooking vacations are a once in a lifetime experience that offer a wonderful balance of cooking classes, culinary and wine excursions, sightseeing, and fun. There is nothing else quite like it, so come and recharge for a a few days or a week with us as you make some of the most enduring and fantastic memories your lifetime.

Click here to visit our Video Gallery and get a view into what it looks and feels like to join us on one of our cooking vacations.


A Balance of Cooking, Touring, Laughing & Eating...


Tuscan and Umbrian Country Cooking Classes

Our cooking classes take place in the country kitchen of our beautifully restored 18th century 'Villa Eddarella', in the gorgeous rolling hills of Soriano nel Cimino. We will learn classic Tuscan and Umbrian cooking from local women who teach you family recipes that have been passed down through the generations. We focus strictly on true home cooking, with everything done by hand, and from scratch. We don't believe in mere 'demonstrations'. You will be involved one hundred percent, so be ready to get that apron on and go wrist-deep in dough as we explore the art of cooking in the beautiful Italian countryside.

Learn homemade Fettuccine, Gnocchi and Lasagna… all from scratch, and only with the freshest ingredients from local farms. Learn to make Gelato and amazing desserts like Tiramisu, our own family recipe for Limoncello, traditional Italian Biscotti, and more.

Come with us to the home of local farmers who will show us their private vineyards and olive orchard while we fire up an old stone oven for the amazing country wood-fired pizza class - a night of fun, laughter, home-style wine, and pizza like you have never experienced.

...and while you are cooking in this fantastic setting, remember that the experience is as much about fun and friends as it is about the food. That's why our cooking vacations are small and personal in nature, with fewer than 12 guests per tour. You will quickly make new lifelong friends as we cook and laugh together in this enchanting country Italian setting.


The Culinary Excursions

Our area is blessed by being just a few miles from some of Tuscany and Umbria's most treasured culinary hotspots, yet only an hour from Rome… and we take advantage of it with our new friends.

Wine lovers will fall in love with our vineyard tours of Tuscany's southern Chianti region as we visit Montepulciano (famous for its Vino Nobile), Montalcino (famous for Brunello -- Considered among Italy's best reds), just to name a few. You will discover some of Umbria's best wines with visits to the enchanting hilltowns of Orvieto, Assisi, and Deruta.

During our outings we often make stops in some of Umbria and Tuscany's best olive mills, where we will sample olive oil while we discover the milling process. We'll visit cheese factories in the hills of Tuscany where we will experience dozens of varieties of fantastic cheese.

Should you visit us in late September, we will be there to not only watch, but take part in the wine harvest, where you will not only learn how wine is made, but take home bottles of of the wine you made with your own hand.

Should you visit us in late November, take part in the Olive harvest with us, as you harvest your own tree, take the olives to the ancient mill, and take home your own olive oil!

Sightseeing: Off the beaten path & popular destinations

Each of our tours is balanced with some of Italy's most popular destinations, and some of Italy's most magnificent hidden treasures. We include days in popular hotspots like Rome, Assisi, Montalcino, Pienza, and Orvieto, and we also include places you may never have heard of, such as The Dying City of Civita di Bagnoregio, Calcata, The Sacred Grove, and Viterbo: The city of Popes. Have a look at our itineraries and see for yourself.

First-Class Accommodations

As our guest, you will have your own private village home nestled in the medieval quarter of Soriano nel Cimino, just below the 11th century castle that was once the Pope's summer home. Our village homes are absolutely beautiful, comfortable and luxurious. Most offer all modern conveniences, such as air conditioning, dedicated broadband wireless internet, satellite television with a large selection of English channels, DVD player, American coffee machine, Cappuccino machine, and much more. Of course, each of the lodging opportunities has complete private facilities.

All-Inclusive Pricing & Pampering

When you are our guest, you are like a family guest. Hosapitality is everything. We will pick you up from the airport, bring you to your private home, help you get settled in, and tend to your every need. Our prices include all transportation, all meals (with wine), all entry fees, english speaking guides, all cooking classes, all accomodations... everything except the gifts you bring home and your airfare to get to and from Rome.

Fun, Laughter & Family

This is what it is all about. No four words better describe a trip with Culture Discovery. We are constantly laughing together & having nothing but fun. Our groups are small, causing everyone to become friends quickly, and by the time you leave, you will have become extended family... not just with us, but with the other guests. Have a look what past guests have written us, or better yet, if you are on facebook, join our fan page!

We start hosting you when you first contact us

From the moment you contact us... long before we meet you in Italy, you are our guest. We are there to help our future guests in all manners of ways. If you will be extending your trip before or after you leave us, we will help you with all of your trip planning, at no charge. If you need help booking hotels, airfare, rail... just about anything, we are happy to help. If you have any questions about your trip, we are always there to respond. In fact, we love doing this because it helps us build a relationship with our guests before they arrive in Italy with us!


Any Questions? Write us and ask by clicking here, or call us at +1 (321) 426-8880



Contact Information

Company: Culture Discovery Cooking & Culinary Vacations

Name: Michael Kovnick

Street: 6785 Arroyo Dr

City: Viera

State/Province: FL

Country: USA

Zip/Postal Code: 32940

Phone: +1 321-426-8880

Website: www.culturediscovery.com

E-mail: Click here to send an e-mail inquiry

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