|To complement the cooking course and give you the opportunity to experience Ciociaria at its fullest, we have also arranged a number of trips to different places of interest during your CookinItalia holiday. In total there are usually:
- six visits to local attractions of a religious/historical nature, or just simply beautiful places that are worth seeing from a naturalistic or recreational point of view;
- five visits to local culinary destinations that are either well-known for a certain product, or give us the chance to procure the finest, freshest ingredients for our cookery lessons.
Of course these visits change in accordance with the time of year you plan to come (I wouldn’t recommend a private boat trip to a Mediterranean island in October, but I would strongly suggest you see olive oil being made from freshly harvested olives!), but some examples could be:
- Montecassino Abbey – the monastery built by St. Benedict himself, who loved it so much he decided to abandon his life as a traveling pilgrim and remain until his death around 15 years later. It was also the site of hard-fought battles during World War II, where Nazi troops held off Allied attacks for many months (there are also many memorial cemeteries around the site, the largest being the Polish Cemetery which is prominently visible from the monastery itself);
- Val di Comino – situated on the higher plains towards the National Mountain Park of Abruzzo and famous for its Cabernet wine, cannellini beans and its abundance of truffles;
- The Caves of Pastena – A visually stunning network of karst caves, where visitors can walk through kilometers of beautiful natural caves and imposing stalagmites and stalactites.
However, all of these activities doesn’t mean you will not have the chance to relax and unwind with some free time. Most days you will be completely free after lunch to swim, sunbathe, have a sauna, take a walk, shop, read… whatever it is that takes your fancy!