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Culture Discovery Vacations - Cooking Classes & Vacations

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Half and full day cooking classes, cooking vacations, winery excursions, olive mill tastings, and sightseeing excursions through Lazio, Tuscany & Umbria year round. All day tours start and end right in Soriano nel Cimino's main piazza.
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Via Santa Maria, 01038 Soriano nel Cimino, Italy
+39 340 335 7809
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a week in Norcia at Palazzo Seneca, which is surely one of the great small hotels in the world. The public rooms are exquisite, the bedrooms comfortable and charming. The staff were welcoming and anticipated every need. This was a culinary week and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JuliaLaJolla
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only the best! Wonderful staff, going out out their way to make the most of you vacation. Daily excursions can’t be beat. By the end of you trip everyone feels like they found a new family.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank GlobeTrotting226991
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trip was very well organized and a great mix of outstanding tours and professional cooking classes. We stayed in the village and were surrounded by the local culture. It was fun trying to communicate and people watching. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. The...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Sue B
Reviewed November 26, 2018 via mobile

While I am happy that I went, I would never go again and I will tell you why. One of the cooking locations was too small for our group and it wasn’t even as full as could have been. The instructors were not organized, it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank judithw577
mkovnick, Owner at Culture Discovery Vacations - Cooking Classes & Vacations, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2019

Hi Judith :-) Our apologies for the experience you mentioned regarding one of the cooking locations being too small and disorganized. It seems that you anticipated that it might have been a larger group. Your group was actually full. We see that you came on...More

Reviewed November 24, 2018

Culture Discovery Vacations is truly a group of wonderful individuals who treat their guests like royalty. A group of high school girlfriends, reuniting nearly 50 years later, were fortunate to enjoy our first CDV tour in June, 2017. We were welcomed at the airport with...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank uwascuba
mkovnick, Owner at Culture Discovery Vacations - Cooking Classes & Vacations, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2019

Wow! Thank you so much!!! Yeah, you pretty much nailed it... We ARE like a big family and love to just bring more people into what we are supposed to be calling "work" :-). And you got to meet Agnese! She is just the sweetest!!!!!...More

Reviewed October 26, 2018

This was my 2nd vacation with CDV and won't be my last. The hosts in Amalfi were wonderful and made us feel like family from day 1. The location of the villa was excellent with outstanding views of the Amalfi Coast. Wine, cooking, sightseeing and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Wendy506
mkovnick, Owner at Culture Discovery Vacations - Cooking Classes & Vacations, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2019

Hi Wendy! I soooo wish I had been there when you came to Amalfi! I remember the week you were in Soriano back in 2011 so fondly!!!!! Remember the "Flour Battle" in the kitchen? Or all of that grappa on the counter the last night...More

Reviewed October 14, 2018

This was my wife and I’s 3rd vacation with CDV. Everything about their vacations is amazing. The vacation hosts, accommodations, itinerary,locations——-all aspects are fantastic. The experience is so unique it’s hard to describe. I explain to my family and friends that these trips are like...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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mkovnick, Owner at Culture Discovery Vacations - Cooking Classes & Vacations, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2019

Thank you so much!!! I just saw that you are coming again in September, and I will be back in the states at that time. So bummed! You need to talk to Rocky and make sure you come when Paola and I are there. The...More

Reviewed October 9, 2018

Soriano nel Cimino was the location for our first Italian cooking vacation, and it was the perfect choice. We were instantly made to feel more than welcome, and throughout our time there we were completely looked after and became family. The people we met from...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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mkovnick, Owner at Culture Discovery Vacations - Cooking Classes & Vacations, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2019

Thank you so much!!! I wish I could convey how much it warms all of our hearts when people embrace the less touristy side of Italy, and the real culture that I fell so in love with so many years ago. Thank you for your...More

Reviewed October 5, 2018

I recently got home from the wine and cooking adventure in Tuscany and it was everything it was advertised to be. It was the most incredible week and I cannot wait to return and go on another CDV adventure. The accommodations were gorgeous - an...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

This was my third trip with Culture Discovery. Each one has been amazing. This trip out did itself with the scenery, the food, the location. Our hosts in Amalfi made us feel like family. The group starts Saturday as strangers and by departure the next...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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December 21, 2017|
Response from mkovnick | Property representative |
Hi Joanne, the tine spent in the bus really depends on the day. The biggest is Wednesday, because we make a 2 hour drive to the furthest point of the day, then slowly make our way back to home base. The Assisi day is... More
December 20, 2017|
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Response from judithw577 | Reviewed this property |
Depends on which tour you are on. The Bologna one you can figure 1-2 hours in the morning and the same for the return trip to the hotel
January 2, 2017|
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Response from Betsy H | Reviewed this property |
I too have only done the Soriano trip and it was wonderful. I am planning on going back next year and am considering the Amalfi vaca. I agree with Lauren that any one would be great. CDV really makes it a wonderful... More