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'The Rape of the Sabine Women.'  |  | Italian Cooking holiday Rome


Some of you may know of Sabina due to its depiction in the painting 'The Rape of the Sabine Women.' This mythological event occurred shortly after the founding of Rome when the new and powerful Rome, lacking only in women to produce male offspring, abducted Sabine women.

The primary access to this area is by the Via Salaria or 'Salt Way'. So named as it was the principle road used by tribes of Latin shepherds to bring salt from the Adriatic Sea to Rome .



A magical and un-spoilt landscape of rolling hills, olive trees and wine groves, fields of wild garlic and sunflowers, rich colours and aromas. This is a countryside scattered with medieval hilltop villages, Etruscan ruins and Roman villas - a land treasured by all.

Sabina offers a colourful calendar of cultural and religious festivals, and this being Italy, they need no excuse to celebrate with wonderful food and fine wine. The best of Italian cuisine can be found here. An unforgettable stay in what is the real Italy.

fara sabina

 The virtually traffic free Medieval hilltop village of winding cobbled alley ways is set in Sabina, an undiscovered corner of Lazio, 35 miles North of Rome, South of neighbouring Umbria. Central Rome is only 35 minutes via the excellent Italian train service. Orvieto is 1 hour north. 

Medieval hilltop villages like Fara Sabina continue to preserve traditions, popular festivals include the 'andare per l'olio",  tasting the newly harvested extra virgin olive oil around November, and also the "Medieval centro storico' festival. During these festivities, which all the locals attend, tables are set outdoors in the little Piazzas and local Sabine specialities are served and everybody joins in both the cooking and of course the eating .

Fara Sabina also hosts the acclaimed ' Fara Jazz Festival ' usually held the last week in July.  Described as ' seven Intense days drenched in Jazz ' the festival and summer school has grown in stature since its inception . 



Taste Trails Rome | Italian cooking holiday | gives you the chance to be part of the fabric of Italian life where the local people, especially the children, still have a certain curiosity about 'stranieri', a charming encounter not experienced in many other parts of Italy and something we'd like to preserve.

So close to Rome but a million miles away in terms of peace and tranquillity.
Rome and Sabina a fine combination for an Italian Cooking Holiday experience. 




Sabina's hill top villages | |  Italian cooking holiday

Sabina's hill top villages | |  Italian cooking holiday


 A Thousand year old mosaic in Farfa Abbey |  | Italian cooking holiday.

Mark , Just a short note to say what a fantastic Italian cooking holiday we had with you last week. The combination of the cooking lessons and the people we met was very special, particularly as we enjoyed hospitality in their homes. We appreciate all the time you have spent in setting up the schedule and, of course, all of the driving you did to get us to places and show us the beautiful countryside and villages. Our few days in Rome was rather a contrast to our time in Sabina but we certainly walked off some of the wonderful food we had eaten! 

Sue and John - Eavesham , UK

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