The Luxury Travel Book, a carefully curated collection of privately owned, new and historic properties available to rent, is pleased to announce that their popular ‘Behind The Scenes Food Tours’ are set to launch in Rome. Following on from the success of their Venetian tours, the range of cookery classes and food tours in the Italian capital are sure to delight italophiles and foodies alike.
Thanks to a new partnership with the ‘In Rome Cooking School’, The Luxury Travel Book can arrange culinary workshops for all ages, where guests will learn to whip up their Roman favourites, and guided tours of Rome’s lesser-known foodie hotspots, where they will uncover the city’s signature cuisine.
Set in a former Cardinal’s apartment, the school’s 17th century building creates an atmospheric setting to learn the rules of la vera cucina Romana. Pizza fans can learn how to make a typically Roman pizza, thinner and crispier than its Neapolitan and Sicilian counterparts, and those with a sweet tooth will love learning the secrets to making the perfect Nocciola or Cioccolato flavoured ice cream.
For those keen to work up an appetite before embarking on pure culinary indulgence, gastronomic tours are available through some lesser-known parts of the city. Guests can enjoy guided tours of Testaccio, a leafy corner of Rome tucked just below Trastevere and the Centro Storico. Away from the main tourist drag, this area is the birthplace of some of Rome’s most famous dishes.
On the tour, guests will learn about the history of Rome’s renowned cuisine. Originally home to a large cattle market and slaughterhouse, those employed in Testaccio’s meat trade would typically take home the offcuts. From here a tradition of using unconventional ingredients in roman cuisine, such as Trippa (stomach), Coda (tail) and La Pajata (lamb’s intestines) was born, all common elements in the city’s kitchens today.
The Luxury Travel Book has a stunning range of properties in the ‘eternal city’. From elegant Palazzos to modern crash pads, there is a property to suit every taste.
Piazza di Campitelli – Il Palazzeto
The regal Piazza di Campitelli – Il Palazzetto is perfectly positioned in the historic Rione Campitelli in central Rome and houses three luxurious, newly-renovated apartments. With nine bedrooms between them, the apartments can accommodate from four to six people individually, or can be rented together to create a nine-bedroom palatial pad for up to 20 guests.
The 16th century masterpiece of the legendary Italian architect and sculptor Giacomo della Porta, it retains many of its original features including a secret garden, impressive grand staircase and collection of six sculpted busts.
Rates for the Piazza di Campitelli – Il Palazzeto, sleeping 20 in nine bedrooms, for a week self-catered start at €3,000 (£2,530*).
Via Palermo 1
The magnificent three-bedroom Via Palermo 1 is situated in the trendy Monti area of the city, just steps from a range of independent cafes, restaurants, boutiques and art galleries. Featuring 15th century hand-painted ceilings, original terracotta flooring and important artwork in every room, the apartment allows guests to experience the elegant Rome of yesteryear without compromising on the luxury and mod-cons they expect.
Rates for Via Palermo 1, sleeping six to seven in three bedrooms, for a week self-catered start at €4,900 (£4,133*).
Via del Gambero
Located in the centre of Rome just minutes from historical landmarks such as the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, the spacious Via del Gambero is ideal for couples or families looking for a city-break base.
The two-bedroom apartment masterfully combines contemporary design with antique furnishings and modern touches, including a Philippe Starck-designed bathroom with Jacuzzi shower and fireplace by Dominique Imbert.
Rates for Via del Gambero, sleeping four to six in two bedrooms, for a week self-catered start at €3,150 (£2,657*).
Cooking School and Market Tour Rates
– A five-hour, four-course cooking class including market shopping costs from €110 (£92*) per adult, €99 (£83*) per child for a shared class**
– A three-hour Pasta and Tiramisu cooking class costs €77 (£65*) per adult, €66 per child for a shared class
– A three-hour Pizza and Gelato cooking class costs €77 (£65*) per adult, €66 (£55*) per child for a shared class
– A one and a half-hour Express Pizza-making class costs €55 (£46*) per adult, €44 (£37*) per child for a shared class
– A two and a half-hour Gelato and Biscotti cooking class costs €55 (£46*) per adult, €44 (£37*) per child for a shared class
*Prices in pound sterling accurate on date on publication.
**Prices for private classes are available on request.
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