Let us welcome you to Gusto al Borgo Italian Cooking school especially dedicated to foreigners and located in a 16th century historical palace in the center of Casperia, a medieval village in the heart of the Sabina region, at less than one hour drive from Rome. Here you will enjoy the view of the hills and the landscape directly from the kitchen and the dining room where we will serve you a welcome coffee along with homemade appetizers and snacks.
Nowadays you can repeat the same amazing journey the ancient Romans used to have: leave behind you the uncomparable magnitude and beauty of ancient Rome ruins, the richness of the many baroque churches, the secrets of the catacombs and travel through history to Casperia.
The driver will pick you up either at the airport or at your hotel in Rome and he will take you to this charming village in an hour drive. After experiencing the cooking class and following meal and the guided visit of the medieval village, you’ll be taken back at your destination in Rome or to the airport by that same car.
Cooking class and guided visit will be carried out how described in the “Experience” and “History” options. Besides apron, chef hat and recipes you’ll receive a our special gifts: bottle of our homemade wine and a test bottle of the extra virgin olive oil grown in our neighboring olive grove. Look at the video clip in the media gallery to feel the charm of this unique experience.
What does exclusivity offer?
We’ll welcome you at the entrance of medieval village of Casperia after you reached it on your own or by train 50 minutes from downtown Rome. We’ll pick you up at the nearest railway station, only 10 minutes drive from the village.
We’ll take you to Gusto al Borgo cooking school to enjoy your class and taste your meal as described in the “Experience” session. When strolling along the narrow streets and going up and down the steep steps, a multi language guide will be with you taking about the origins and history of the medieval village and its untouched lanes where no cars are allowed.
You’ll be introduced to the many stories of ancient inhabitants, walking within the medieval citadel walls, looking at the old houses and buildings: each of them with its own story, secrets and peculiarities.
You’ll be revealed stories about village sieges with inhabitants doing their best to survive them by creating terraced vegetable gardens and hidding water in underground tanks.
Before leaving you’ll receive some special gifts and souvenirs: your apron, chef hat and recipes of the dishes you prepared with the help of Paola.
What does history offer?
Before starting your cooking class you will wear your personal apron and chef hat and you will join chef Paola and her staff in a professional kitchen where you will use the tools and the ingredients to cook special and delicious dishes from the Italian tradition.
You will spend approximately 3 hours learning how to prepare “hands on” a full, traditional Italian complete meal consisting of appetizers, several kinds of handmade pasta, main course and dessert choosing either our standard menus or customizing it in advance when booking.
We can also offer special vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menus, giving you special advice and guidance to let you easily recreate at home what you learned. During the class you will have the chance to sip our delicious wine, to taste our D.O.P. extra virgin olive oil, to appreciate the freshness and the fragrance of the locally grown herbs and vegetables and of all the ingredients of the Italian traditional cuisine. At the end of the preparation we will serve you in the charming dining room the meal you have prepared along with delicious wine and homemade digestive liquors. Finally you will receive as souvenir your apron and hat as well as the recipes of the food we prepared together and that you will be able to cook easily at your home.
What does experience offer?