This is food loving entry is a carry on from yesterday’s post on the fabulous food of Campania.
During the rustic cookery course, participants will learn the delicate arts of pasta and pizza making, as well as learning the secrets of numerous southern Italian dishes from Pepe and Nicolina, who run Agriturismo Arenella. Their farm is a source of many of the ingredients used and, once picked, are taken directly to the kitchens. Students can even go truffle hunting (in season) on the property. There will also be instruction on the wines and olive oils made on the farm and how to match the various types of wine to the dishes being prepared. After cooking each morning the students sit together with Pepe and Nicolina to enjoy the lunch that has been prepared, to discuss and analyse the meal and to ask questions. Students go back to the kitchen to prepare the evening meal which is also shared. The rest of the day is free to relax in the beautiful surroundings, or go sightseeing. Participating students stay at Agriturismo Arenella for the duration of the course.
The more intricate course at Fiacchio Castle also lasts a week and is taught by a renowned chef. Lessons begin in the morning and last until 12:30. The students then enjoy the fruits of their labour together with their chef and other guests. The remainder of the day and night are free to explore the surrounding area, or simply to relax. On the last night of the course a special dinner is prepared and eaten in the castle, after which guests can dance the night away and view a spectacular fireworks display. Students stay in a hotel in the nearby town of Fiacchio.
COOKING HOLIDAYS IN CAMPANIA REGION OF ITALY
The Campania region of south western Italy is a great holiday destination, as it is steeped in history and tradition. Italian has become a trendy international cuisine and Campania offers some of the most mouth watering Italian food delights in Italy.
This region’s most famous gustatory delights are the delicate Mozzarella di Bufala (buffalo mozzarella cheese) and pizza which originated in nearby Naples. There are also many magnificent olives, olive oils, grapes and wines, a proliferation of fruits (especially lemons) and vegetables, as well as the freshest of fish and seafood from the coast and even wild boar from the mountains.
If food is your passion and you would like to learn how to prepare southern Italian delicacies, why not combine a visit to Campania with lessons at a cookery school, which offers courses in rustic and more elaborate restaurant type cooking? Our cooking courses are taught in the magnificent 6th century Fiacchio Castle for restaurant level cookery; and at Agriturismo Arenella for country-style cookery. Each course lasts for seven days and masters of the art of Italian cooking teach all the special techniques and also give instruction about the equipment needed. Students will have hands on interaction with the chefs. These culinary schools are available in April, May, June, July, September, October and November and the number of students participating in each course is limited.
Stay wide eyed for our next post which will delve further into the world of Italian cooking.
Heading south, the central region is a living and breathing manifesto of the past, with Rome and Florence being the most important destinations. Nobody should miss the renaissance masterpieces of art and architecture around every corner and in every nook and cranny in Florence, while Rome is a bustling modern city which blends seamlessly with its ancient Roman heritage. The tiny Vatican City should be on every tourist’s itinerary for its pomp, ceremony and art treasures. The countryside of this area is dotted with glorious scenery and the exquisite towns of Pisa, Siena and Assisi.
The flamboyant city of Naples is the capital of the country’s southern region and one of the oldest cities in the world – and is where one first notices the distinct difference between the north and the south of this country. A city which one either loves or hates, it is a meld of a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the centre of the city – and a noisy, fast paced modern metropolis. Naples is a great base for exploring the southern interior region, including the preserved cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum which were buried under the lava of the Mount Vesuvius eruption of 79AD, the spellbinding Amalfi Coast with its medieval villages clinging to the rock face with glorious ocean views, as well as the islands of Capri and Ischia.
The Mediterranean island of Sicily and Sardinia have miles of beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, some of the best of Italy’s renowned cuisine and archaeological sites in abundance.
The charms of Italy are simply too numerous to explain in a short overview and simply have to be seen to be believed
Italy ranks as one of the most visited countries in the world, with very good reasons. Often described as the birthplace of Western Culture, it is a land that has plenty in every sense of the word and has attractions to suit every tourist. Italy is a world leader in many areas, from haute couture fashion to flashy sports cars, from magnificent historical buildings to the best of modern architecture and from the finest collections of art to ballet and opera. Italy also has the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, including the Vatican. A population of sixty million inhabitants live in a colourful tapestry of six diverse regions which range from the snowy Alps in the north to the sunny Mediterranean in the south.
The main cities on the mainland are Rome, Milan, Naples, Florence and Venice, while the islands of Sardinia, Sicily, Capri and Ischia are all worth visiting. Region by region, each has its own charms. In the northwest there are stunning lakes and mountains, the world’s fashion capital, Milan, and the medieval port of Genoa. On the far west is the Italian Riviera with quaint towns to explore such as Cinque Terre and Portofino. The north east is dominated by the romantic city of Venice and the extraordinarily interesting city of Trieste.
In yesterday’s blog we introduced Naples although by itself that city is spectacular there are many more brilliant ways to spend a holiday in the Campania region.
The Amalfi Coast is often described as the most beautiful places in the world. From the narrow and winding roads that cut into the hillside between quaint villages or larger towns. The views across the ocean are breathtaking. As in all of Italy, there is a huge number of historical buildings to explore, but one can see them everywhere else, so this is the place to relax and enjoy this spectacular area of lemon groves and vineyards, wonderful restaurants, great shopping and vibrant nightlife. The main towns include Amalfi, Sorrento, Positano and Ravello, as well as the glorious islands of Capri and Ischia, which can be reached by ferry.
A visit to Pompeii, Paestum and/or Herculaneum is a must-see when touring Campania. These Roman cities were buried in the ash of the Vesuvius eruption of 79AD and are incredibly well preserved. The best way to see these marvelous examples of life two thousand years ago is to sign up for a day tour where the guide will take the group to the most important sites, including the Forum, the marketplace, the public baths, homes with glorious frescoes and shops, while explaining each of these archaeological ruins in detail. Herculaneum is smaller than Pompeii and is reputed for its better preservation, so if time is short, it should be chosen ahead of the two other sites.