Get ready to experience Rome’s dolce vita with Flavor of Italy and renowned food photographer for a sensational weeklong culinary extravaganza: from cooking to culinary day trips, paired with food photography and food styling every step of the way. You will be staying in a fabulous location…a feast for the eyes and a photographer’s dream! Start making your Instagram and social media photographs pop after this amazing week in Italy!
The natural light in Italy is spectacular and we will capture it in our photography throughout each day. You will learn the basics of food photography and food styling, and how to capture the best shot in the kitchen, at bright outdoor markets, in low light situations such as restaurants and wineries. And we’ll help you to develop your own personal style every step of the way. All this while we spoil you with the amazing flavors of the region’s best food and wine, in spectacular places that will keep you snapping shots all day long! Each day we’ll spend a few hours discussing food photography techniques including styling, lighting and editing.
You will be picked up at the airport and brought to your accommodation. Rooms are spacious and charming. We have a lovely pool, a wood-burning pizza oven and fabulous views of rolling hills, reminiscent of Tuscany. At the same time, the Vatican can be seen from our property and all of Rome’s marvelous sites are at your fingertips to visit during your free time.
Neighborhood restaurants are tourist free and wonderful, and reflect the best of Italian casareccio (home cooked) cuisine.
The Lazio region is full of jewels just a short drive from Flavor of Italy: Europe’s tallest waterfall and largest abbey, a picturesque sanctuary which is home to the very first ever nativity scene, countless wineries and artisanal food producers, lakes and seaside resorts.
Spend your first day relaxing or exploring the city.
Your welcome dinner will be held at a charming local restaurant.
Following breakfast we will head off to visit a wonderful market featuring fabulous seasonal ingredients. Following the market tour we will proceed back to Flavor of Italy to begin cooking and snapping shots!
Today we’ll prepare a four course meal but focus on pasta & gnocchi.
We might prepare ravioli caprese, famous on the island of Capri, filled with fresh mozzarella, caciotta cheese and marjoram and topped with a garden fresh tomato sauce. Or we might prepare ravioli stuffed with ricotta and arugula, with a guanciale and Parmesan sauce. We’ll explore pasta shapes, and pasta using different grains.
Gnocchi: classic potato gnocchi and gnocchi using other ingredients like ricotta and spinach. We’ll learn some special sauces for our gnocchi, like gnocchi alla Norma using fresh eggplant, tomato and basil, and topped with grated ricotta salata, a ricotta which has been aged until hard.
Late afternoon and evening free to explore Rome and enjoy dinner.
We’ll take a break from cooking today to explore Rome and its culinary traditions. Our culinary walking tour will run from about 9:45 am to about 3 pm, after which feel free to explore the city and have dinner on your own.
We’ll stroll through the center of Rome, experiencing the best of the Roman culinary world. We’ll stop at produce vendors to see what’s fresh and in season. We’ll visit a butcher, a baker, a pastry shop, gourmet shop, ice cream, coffee and more. We’ll enjoy lunch in a typical Roman restaurant that serves wonderful local dishes.
Spend the late afternoon and evening shopping, exploring the city and having dinner.
Today we’ll relax in thermal baths and sample some of the best of the nearby Tuscan region’s wines.
We start off with a morning visit to Bagno Vignoni exploring the small town & basking in the outdoor pool’s 60° C waters, overlooking the hills. These waters are rich in sodium chloride, calcium & iron carbonates, magnesium and sodium sulphates.
We will then head to the charming hill town of Montalcino, where we will have lunch and take a look around this lovely hill town.
Brunello is considered to be one of Italy’s top wines so the afternoon will be a great tasting experience of this local wine!
Time permitting, on the way back to Rome we’ll visit a pecorino di Pienza cheese and salami venue where you can make some purchases, famous in this charming town.
Upon our return we will enjoy a dinner back at Flavor of Italy.
It’s back in the kitchen today. We’ll explore fish in detail in our recipes today, using only what’s available and in season. (Yes, fish have seasons too!).
We will also learn some dishes that are the core of the Roman culinary tradition like saltimbocca alla romana: thinly sliced veal topped with prosciutto and sage, sizzled in butter and deglazed with white wine.
We’ll make cacio e pepe, pasta alla carbonara and spaghetti all’amatriciana; all simple…originally poor man’s dishes…but incredibly delicious!
Late afternoon and evening you’re free to venture around Rome for shopping and dinner.
Mozzarella Production Tour, Medieval Hill Town & Local Winery Visit
The morning starts with a visit to a mozzarella di bufala and ricotta cheese producer. There are dozens of wonderful small artisan producers in the area, and we will be visiting the best of these. We’ll observe the mozzarella cheese making process and learn why the cheese in this region is so fabulous and why it cannot be produced elsewhere – not even in other regions of Italy! We’ll have lunch here and try out all of the local bufala products.
We’ll then drive up the winding roads to a fabulous medieval hill town. This hill town was built on the top of a rock to defend the Agro Pontino area. One can walk on the same narrow winding streets that were paved during the XIV century, visit the majestic
Prince Caetani’s castle and have the sensation of being a XIX century traveller.
We’ll end our day with a visit to Lazio’s top winery. This winery is one of the region’s top estates. Its wines are continually finalists for the Gambero Rosso wine guide’s top “3 glass” awards so you’ll want to try a few of these wines.
Tonight we will have a light dinner of pizza and wine featuring a Roman specialty, pizza a taglio: thin crust pizza topped with everything you can imagine from prosciutto to sausage, and a vast assortment of vegetables.
Following a farewell breakfast you will be transported back to Fiumicino airport.
Six nights double room accommodation.
Transportation to and from Fiumicino airport.
All cooking classes, and eno-gastronomical outings and day trips.
All breakfasts, all lunches, three dinners.
Course certificate, recipe & photography booklets, commemorative hand-painted ceramic dish.