My sister and I just got back from celebrating her 50th birthday with a cookery weekend at Fontana del Papa..It is a breathtaking 16th century farmhouse with spectacular views all around just one hours drive from Rome airport. We were picked up by Luca the older son from the airport. He spoke English well and was very friendly and helpful. On arrival we were greeted with three lovely friendly dogs. The rooms were gorgeous with loads of artwork and tastefully decorated both ensuite. As we were the only guests Assuntina the owner very kindly let us have our own rooms although we had only expected the twin room. We also had our own living room and the run of the farmhouse. Assuntina is an incredible lady who has done an amazing conversion of this place. Over the weekend her beautiful daughter Emma showed us how to make two types of pasta from scratch - spaghetti puttanesca (pasta made without egg with the best sauce I have ever tasted) and fettucini carbonara with egg (eggs laid by their chickens roaming around!) we also learnt how to make a very quick bean soup, frittata, an amazing dish one of the tastiest I have ever had - with cauliflower and sausage -translates as 'drunken broccoli' - chicken cachatori, saltimboca, apple cake, tiramisu. It was just the right amount of time spent cooking - it was very casual, relaxed and 'real' - not too much like being in a strict cookery school. The rest of the time we ate and drank copious wine (far too much!! )Chatted to the family and their friends, listened to their Itailian conversations trying our best to understand what they were saying, walked ten minutes to some beautiful little hot springs, had a wander round the hilltop village of Tolfa and walked up to the castle ruins, and walked around the grounds and the olive groves and relaxed and read our books. If you are openminded and want a relaxed 'real' experience this is the place for you. If you do not like dogs, expect a five star meticulous venue with regimented, very complicated cookery classes and dont like pasta then this is not for you! Italian food is simple with basic but good quality ingredients, cooked to perfection. You are staying with a family in their home - the Italians speak passionately to each other - a previous reviewer said they were arguing but it is only their manner of speaking - its normal family life!