Join Chef Moreno, your host, food lover and truffle expert, on this unique hands-on cooking and truffle adventure in Le Marche. Moreno and his family are locals in this beautiful region, and are very much involved in protecting and promoting this area, its products and gastronomic traditions. The Region of Le Marche is truly one of Italy’s last remaining secrets, an area whose rich cultural and artistic heritage deserves much more attention than it gets, making it the perfect destination for the discerning visitor. Here, you will join Moreno and learn about the daily traditions that continue, following the tempo of the land and the seasons. His friends and family cultivate, with love and respect for tradition, their desire to preserve ancient crafts and gastronomic traditions, making this hands-on cooking class and truffle experience in Le Marche unique! You will leave with memories, great food experiences and new recipes to prepare at home in your own kitchen. Moreno and his team welcome you into their family, traditions and kitchen with open arms!
And what better time to take a trip than truffle season? Not many people know that Le Marche is one of Italy’s principal truffle regions, but the truth is it’s here that you’ll find many of the valuable tuber magnatum pico – the prized white truffle, and tuber melanosporum – the delicious black truffle, that grace tables all over Italy. Moreno and his team will take you truffle hunting with a local expert where you’ll see how his clever trained dog sniffs out these precious tubers then waits for his master to unearth them. Then it’s straight to the kitchen to transform your finds into a delicious lunch, including handmade pasta served with earthy shavings of truffle and a hearty meat dish. And while you work and eat, you’ll be treated to a short wine tasting session that will explain a little about local wines. History, culture, gastronomy – Le Marche offers this and so much more. Our Truffles and Traditions program makes the perfect add-on trip for those already visiting Tuscany, Umbria or Lazio. Or, a delicious stand-alone for foodies who love the pervasive scent and flavor of Italy’s irresistible white and black truffles.
Le March Cooking Classes
Join us in the kitchen for hands-on cooking classes preparing antipasto, fresh pasta and sauces, main courses and desserts. Transform farm-to-table ingredients with Chef Mimi in Le Marche learning how to hunt black and white truffles and use them in the kitchen – think truffle infused frittata, creamy risotto and shaved on top of pasta. A true Umbrian speciality is vincisgrassi – a layered pasta with cheese and meat sauce. Imagine delicate Umbrian stuffed olives called Olive all’ascolana. Shape and cut tagliatelle pasta, roasted lamb or rabbit and pork served with braised fennel, bomboletti al sugo, periwinkles slow cooked in tomato sauce, to name a few. Sip and swirl Le Marche wine – starting with Verdicchio, white and working up to Ciliegiolo or Pinot Nero and Lacrima di Morro. A special Umbrian dessert among many, i cavalluci, a folded over dough stuffed with chocolate, candied orange and other spices.
The Le Marche region is a culturally rich area, divided into four provinces by four river valleys, in a remote part of Italy – undiscovered by the crowds – ensuring that the land and villages remain quiet and untouched. Its strategic location makes it a perfect spot for reaching all the most important destinations of central Italy including Florence, Siena, Assisi, Perugia, Urbino, Gubbio, and Ravenna.
The Le Marche region lies on the eastern side of central Italy, between the Adriatic Sea and the majestic Apennine Mountains offering something for everyone – culture, art, wine making, history, music and landmarks. Admire the masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture, hike across uncharted mountains, or hunt for the best catch of the day in its Mediterranean fishing port. It is still possible to experience a taste of Old-World cuisine and culture in Le Marche, an area still unsullied by mass tourism, and very intriguing to foreigners. The Marchigiani, the people of the Le Marche region, are hard working, warm and friendly. Known for producing quality merchandise in textiles and leathers, they have also developed special niches in artisan industries such as high quality handmade paper at Fabriano and musical instruments at Castelfidardo. Olive trees, fresh vegetables and vineyards are plentiful throughout the region also. Many seaside resorts pepper the long stretch of Adriatic coast, making it a relaxing destination for summer vacationers.
Surrounded by mountains and natural parks, the town of Ascoli Piceno has been inhabited since pre-Roman times. Legend has it that a woodpecker led prehistoric settlers to the site, thus bringing about the town’s foundation. Ascoli Piceno’s historic center is rich in churches, palazzi and other important monuments: in particular, the town’s central Renaissance square, Piazza del Popolo, is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy. This piazza, which acted as the forum in Roman times, is dominated by the Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo, which was burned to the ground during a local feud in 1535 and completely rebuilt ten years later. You can also visit Le Marche’s second largest art gallery inside the 17th-century Palazzo Comunale situated in Piazza Arringo, or Ascoli’s cathedral in the same square.
Le Marche ~ Accommodations
Your charming 4-star accommodation is set in the historic centre of Ascoli Piceno within walking distance of most of the town’s important sites and monuments. This beautiful historic palazzo was once part of a nobleman’s residence and has been carefully renovated to offer the best of modern comforts while respecting the original character of the property and preserving important period details. Rooms are decorated in warm colors, and harmoniously combine natural materials with designer furnishings and valuable antique pieces. The result is bright, comfortable rooms that nevertheless reflect the traditions of centuries past – comfortable beds, fine linens and bedding. Daily breakfast and maid service are included and rooms are equipped with air conditioning, mini bar, LCD TV, direct dial telephone, WI-FI, and hair-dryer.
Itinerary: 4 Days, 3 Nights
Day One: Arrival & Welcome Dinner
- Transfer from Ascoli Piceno train station to charming 4-star property.
- Arrival & Check-in.
- Relax and unwind in the grounds with a welcome aperitivo.
- Chef’s Welcome Tasting dinner with local wine included.
Day Two: Visit Offida: La Strada dell’Artigiano
- Breakfast is served.
- Following breakfast, meet your English-speaking guided for an excursion to the village of Offida.
- Artisan cheese tasting with wine included.
- Enjoy lunch in local trattoria featuring Le Marche fare with wine tastings included.
- Return to the property in the afternoon.
- Tie on your apron for Cooking Class 1. Dinner follows and includes the food prepared in the cooking class paired with local wine included.
Day Three: Truffle Hunting & Cooking Class 2
- Breakfast is served
- Following breakfast, enjoy a walk through nearby wood to participate in a truffle hunt with your English-speaking host. Follow the truffle hunter’s dog follow their noses to dig up the truffles.
- After your truffle hunt, head to the kitchen for your hands-on Cooking Class 2 where you’ll transform your freshly found truffles into truly delicious local specialties along with farm-to-table ingredients. Learn how to make handmade pasta Le March -style and enjoy with precious shavings of truffle, then prepare a hearty full course menu. Lunch follows and includes the food prepared in the cooking class paired with local wine included.
- Following the cooking class raise your glasses for wine tasting featuring wine from local winery, Fiorano.
- Return to the property after lunch.
- Dinner on your own. Suggestions provided.
Day Four: Check-out & Arrivederci!
- Breakfast is served.
- Check-out and transfer to Ascoli Piceno train station.
- 4 days, 3 nights accommodations, based on two guests in a 4 star boutique property. Click to View!
- Daily Breakfast and maid service.
- Welcome aperitivo and Chef’s tasting dinner with local wine included.
- Truffle Hunt with local expert and trained dog.
- 2 hands-on cooking class, featuring local truffles. Lunch or dinner follows and includes the food prepared in the cooking class paired with local wine included.
- Guided excursion to village of Offida.
- Artisan cheese and wine tastings in Offida.
- Lunch in trattoria in Offida, local wine included.
- Arrival & departure transfers from Ascoli Piceno train station.
$1,995 per person, based on 2 guests.
For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group