Friday, May 11, 2007

Agriturismo Casa Caponetti – Wine, Olive Oil, Cooking School in Northern Lazio

With the dollar losing ground against the Euro many are thinking about postponing their vacations in Italy. This does not have to be the case. In the big cities of Milan, Rome, Florence and Venice the costs are significantly higher but choosing your destination with a bit of attention can result in a marvelous vacation at a very reasonable price. In southern Tuscany, just about 45 minutes north of Rome Agriturismo Casa Caponetti is a destination of full-immersion into provincial Italian culture. Casa Caponetti is in the land of some good wines but the best part about this Agriturismo is the combination of Olive Oil production and a cooking school. Yes, you can learn how to cook traditional dishes from the locals.

Casa Caponetti produces a wonderful Olive Oil with low acidity and an earthy flavor. As most producers they have a wide range of Virgin and Extra Virgin Oils. The top of the range is a cold press unfiltered Extra Virgin Oil. From its own 500 olive trees, Casa Caponetti produces organically a great Italian Olive Oils. The olives are picked by hand, early in November when the quality is at its best, and taken immediately to the mill. The mill is a traditional one, with an old millstone, where the oil is cold pressed. If you visit during the harvest you will have the opportunity to see how this oil is made.

Laura Caponetti Bezzi runs the cooking school. She has studied traditional Italian cooking. I am not kidding she has a degree in historical cuisine. Her culinary talents have been perfected over the years working in some of the most exclusive Italian restaurants including the Villa d’Este in Como. Her passion is regional cuisine and she will take you on a voyage through time, learning about the traditional elements and tricks of the Tuscan housewife. After a week with Laura you will not look at the farmer’s market in the same way.

The lodging is also a marvelous experience. The restructured provincial farmhouse has the commodities of modern life but the 2 ½ foot wide rock walls give you a feeling of another time. Each room looks out over the 400 acre yard, Olive Grove and vineyards. Horseback riding, hiking and other traditional Tuscan activities are available but a trip to this Agriturismo will most likely be spent in the kitchen, winery, garden, and dining room. This is not a destination for those looking for the shopping scene but is a great place to rejuvenate the body and soul and, of course, splurge in a marvelous culinary experience.

Tenuta del Guado Antico
01017 Tuscania VT - Italia

Tel +39 0761 435792 - Fax +39 0761 444247


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Blogger RennyBA said...

Visiting the Tuscany vine district is on my top travel list. Hope one day my wish will come true. Thanks for the guided trip!

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Blogger Travel Italy said...

Renny Thanks for stopping by! I hope you are able to take that vacation soon.

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