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Holidays with the kids are never easy- finding that compromise between keeping them entertained, but at the same time doing something appealing to you is never easy. So, we’re feeling everso slightly smug about this one! Spend your family holiday in Italy, in undiscovered Le Marche, and stay in a beautiful ‘agriturismo.’ Enjoy a family cookery lesson, hiking in the hills, a visit to a honey farm and chilling out by the pool!
This region of Italy, Le Marche, is in central Italy next to Umbria and Tuscany. Not overrun by tourists, Le Marche is said to give a glimpse of the "real" Italy - nothing pretentious here, just regular people going about their lives. Le Marche is perfect for a mix of sight seeing and doing - medieval art and architecture, hiking, horseback riding and sun worshipping at the beach are just a few things you can do. Food of course is very important to the "Marchelinos" and the prevailing cuisine in the area is called cucina povera, literally translated as “poor cooking” as it was created by local peasants. This philosophy incorporates hearty ingredients from the Earth to create simple, rustic dishes using truffles, homegrown vegetables and even day-old bread.
This family holiday is all about having something for everyone! Included in the price is one half day cookery lesson for the whole family, taught by Jason, a former professional New York City chef. You will pick the ingredients from the vegetable garden and will all get your hands dirty cooking up some delicious food. You'll make pizza in the outdoor wood burning oven and for dessert, that old Italian favourite, tiramisu. But you don’t need to be limited to just this session, if some (or all) of you want to do more cookery, there is always the option to add additional sessions. Away from the kitchen, a half day guided hike is also included in the price. Local guide, Pieter, knows every twist and turn of Monte Nerone. He will take you across streams, through forests and point out various flowers and wild vegetables while you make you explore the local countryside.
Aside from a visit to a local honeymaker, which is also included in the price, the time will be your own. You are free to relax around the pool, or explore the local area. You can explore the town of Urbino, whose historical district has been designated a Unesco World Heritage Site, or the enchanting mediaeval city of Gubbio, packed full of interesting streets to explore and gelati to enjoy! For lovers of the sea, you’re just under an hour’s drive from the coast, so you can easily enjoy the beach for the day..
Whilst this is a family holiday, the agriturismo is not exclusively for families, so there is no guarantee that there will be other children staying there when you are. This could be a positive or a negative depending on what you want out of your holiday! It doesn’t mean that the children are not welcome to play in the pool and must be seen and not heard, but this holiday is all about doing activities together as a family, rather than the children having the chance to make lots of new friends.
None of you needs to be an expert cook to enjoy the cooking element of the holiday. Just a basic interest in good food and eating will suffice! There is no set menu, as the class depends very much on what is growing in the garden, so best to be open-minded.
We had a fantastic holiday - it's a lovely place and they are a great
Maryc reviewing Agriturismo family holiday
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