I left a part of my heart at La Cucina Sabina.... it's true. There's something so magical about this place that it's difficult to put it into words. From the moment you arrive, you are welcomed with open arms by the owner and staff at this charming villa that sits on 60 acres of beautiful rolling hills and luscious olive trees. What's amazing is it's just a short 40 minute drive from bustling Rome, but when you're here, you feel like you're hundreds of miles away. My room was so welcoming with special touches such as olive oil based amenities, high-end bathroom fixtures and a very comfortable bed outfitted with luxury linens. The fireplace in the main living room and the outdoor seating areas were so relaxing - the perfect place to read a good book. As an animal-lover, I couldn't help but fall in love with the owner's dog named Fioco, who visited us each day.
Our days were filled with some of the most amazing food that I've ever eaten. And when I say FILLED, I mean it! The "Nonna" named Carla that works tirelessly in the kitchen to cook your daily meals was nothing short of amazing. Her English is weak, but her skills are strong! From veal saltimbocca to the best pesto I've ever had to simply fresh salads and grilled vegetables to appetizers shaped like penguins made from olives and mozzarella! Carla is the Italian grandmother we all wish we had growing up, and the secret ingredient of every meal is love. And of course, she's always eager to teach you how she does it. She taught me how to make pasta from scratch, which was such an amazing experience! And the pizza-making class was so much fun.
In addition to the enchantment of the food at the villa, we took off-the-beaten-path trips to nearby towns with our own personal guides. We walked the tiny cobblestone streets of Orvieto, situated high atop a volcanic mountain. We toured the expansive gardens of Tivoli and dined "al fresco" at the historic Sabilla Ristorante with views that were simply breathtaking. We climbed to the top of the tower and dined inside the castle at Polambara Sabina! Every day was a curated experience that you really can't find anywhere else.
In the end, Giuseppe, the owner of the villa, taught us all about the incredible olive oil that is harvested right here at La Cucina Sabina through a guided tasting. Olive oil is to Sabina what wine is to Tuscany. It really is something special and I really hope to come back again during the harvest season in the Fall. Regardless of our timing, we still visited a 2700+ year old olive tree, the local olive oil mill and gained a new appreciation for what goes into making quality olive oil. Not only that, but now I know how to spot a quality olive oil when I'm shopping at home.
I will always think fondly of my time spent at this special place. I feel like I got to experience "the real Italy." No tourist traps and no long lines or crowds. Everything was personalized. Everything was authentic. Everything was perfect.
La Cucina Sabina is in the rural countryside just north of Rome nestled among the lush olive oil and cherry groves. It is a perfect starting point for those wishing to explore Rome and the surrounding areas in a tranquil setting. You will be treated to panoramic sunsets and stunning views of the foothills. Mike, Giuseppe, & Francesca your gracious hosts, provide a luxurious inviting oasis for your home away from home.
I traveled with a large group that combined cooking classes/ excursions. It was perfect blend of a foodies delight, cultural education, relaxation, laughter...and FUN!
Read the other wonderful reviews for details...they are all spot on.
I travel, a lot and have had the opportunity to visit many beautiful places.
What sets a place like La Cucina Sabina apart? It reflects Italy at its best..the gracious, warm invitation of its staff and hosts that treat their guests like family. You won't be disappointed.
We had a group of approximately 10 and booked a week. And what a week it was! A Beautiful Villa in a picturesque setting overlooking the valley. Not only did we learn how to make (and enjoy) wonderful Italian cuisine (and also enjoy great wine) - but we got to explore the countryside and the lifestyle in small Italian towns. The planned excursions were fantastic as we got to see the "real Italy". Fantastic location near the train station which allowed us to visit the not so small town of Rome. Our host arranged to have a very knowledgeable and personable guide escort us around one day (we explored another day on our own) - and boy did we cram as much as we could in the time we had there. Thought-out the trip our hosts were as accommodating as you can imagine - and they planned our excursions based on what we told them we would like to see and do. Everything went smoothly and exceeded all of our expectations. We couldn't have been more pleased with this vacation choice and would definitely consider doing it again. It was the vacation of a lifetime!
Our experience at La Cucina Sabina was a memorable one. Sounds birds singing, and smells of rosemary and lavender. Pulling cherries and figs off a tree on lovely morning walks. Taking a swim in a stunning pool, after a day of historical touring and cultural enrichment. Oh, and did I mention fun-filled, personal cooking classes in a modern, open kitchen bathed surrounded by a Roman sunset.
A great experience and they will only get better at there offering as they grow. We staying in an upstairs corner room. the views were amazing and the bathroom/shower was very luxurious. the bed was excellent too. It felt 5 star all the way. Highly suggested.
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