We spent 4 days at Fontana del Papa in May 09.
This is a beautifully restored stone farmhouse located just an hour from Rome and 4km from the pretty town of Tolfa which nestles in the hills above.
We booked our 4 night stay to include some cookery lessons and not to mention rest and relaxation.
What a wonderful place to end up after a few hectic days in Rome.
On arrival Assuntina our host showed us to the Junior Suite, and WHAT a suite. This beautifully cooled space had a large bedroom with four poster bed, beautifully decorated in traditional style with paintings and books everywhere. Chocolates on our pillows (and more of the same hidden in little jars around the room - chocolate heaven) Bottled water from their own spring was available at all times.
Next to the bedroom was our personal living room with a seating area and large wardrobe. Off this a very well appointed en suite shower room (with double shower - ooh la la) and toilet ,sink and bidet.
We were in time for lunch on our first day and we joined the other guests for freshly made ravioli and Artichokes. This was served with local with wine chosen by Claudio. It was a delicious and relaxing meal with our new friends.
For the next three days of our stay, we breakfasted and then at 11am the cooking instruction began and lasted until about 1pm. What a fantastic experience to create from the beginning, salsas, pastas, sauces and desserts. Better still we got to eat what we made and we were never disappointed under the expert guidance of Giulia and Matilde in the kitchen. I will never forget helping Giulia to collect courgette flowers from the organic garden, then stuffing them with mozzarella and anchovies but best of all, tasting them after they were cooked in tempura batter.
In the afternoons our time was our own which could be spent snoozing, swimming in the pool at the top of the garden, reading on the terrace or you could take part in any of the activities that were organised by the family.
While we were there we were taken on a fantastic two hour hike over the rolling countryside nearby. Stefano looked after us here and pointed out all the wild edible goodies in the area, it was fascinating.
On another day, a trip to the nearby village of Tolfa and its famous castle was organised. Tolfa is known for it's leather making activities and is worth a visit. There is a lovely square there where you can sit and have an ice cream or cool drink. Views down over the valley are spectacular.
One of the highlights for me was our visit to the ancient city of Tarquinia - about 40 minutes away. Here, Luca took us to see the famous Etruscan tombs and then to the nearby Museum housed in a beautiful building in the centre of Tarquinia.
In the afternoons all guests were invited to a second cooking session for evening dinner. This was optional but was always worth it for those extra cookery tips.
Candlelit dinner was had in the grand dining room every evening and was always a great place to discuss our new culinary skills. Claudio was on hand to get our opinion on the food and wine.
Fontana del Papa was a wonderful holiday for us and I would return tomorrow.
Thank you Assuntina, Claudio, Luca, Emma, Andrea, Stefano, Giulia, Matilde, Adria, Guillermo and Sebastiano.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.