Friday, December 28

Made in Le Marche: Cooking Workshop & Artisan Food/Wine Tour

Get off the beaten path and travel just beyond Tuscany, where the tourist buses can't reach to a land rich in culinary traditions still thriving today. After 12 years living in the Candigliano Valley we feel at home here and proudly guide our guests to discover & meet the best artisans of our area.

D.O.C. Wine Tour, Artisan Meat & Cheese Market Trip, Craft Beer Tasting & 3 Cooking Classes

May 14-19, 2019
September 17-22, 2019

Celebrating the culinary traditions of Le Marche with a gourmet getaway of five nights with three diverse hands-on cooking classes teaching traditional seasonal recipes of the area. Enjoy an expert guided wine tour and cheese tasting, followed a memorable by lunch with the cheese maker!  Return to the farmhouse for our famous pizza night!



Then 'feel like a local' and spend the day with Jason & Ashley eating our way through town! The first stop is for a lesson on how cheese is aged and meat cured locally, followed by breakfast of charcuterie & wine. We will take a short walk and continue our gazing with a stop for porchetta (whole de-boned pig) at the traveling market. Then a visit to the Collesi brewery for award-winning craft beer and grappa tasting, Finishing with an unforgettable lunch at “the hunter’s hideaway!”




Includes 5 nights accommodations at our farmhouse with your own 1 bedroom apartment with ensuite bathroom, kitchen & living room, welcome five course dinner with local wine, 3 half-day cooking classes with meals and wine, custom hand made apron to take home, 1 day wine tour with lunch and transportation, Pizza Night Dinner and Apecchio market tour & tasting, beer tasting and lunch at the hunter's hideaway, breakfast daily. Price based on double occupancy.

Total = 1025 Euro/person


contact: to RSVP

Wednesday, December 19

Podcast from Italy: Lighting the World's Largest Christmas Tree in Gubbio

On the latest episode of "Podcast from Italy," we visit Gubbio for the World's Largest Christmas Tree Lighting! It's only a 45 minute drive from our farmhouse and we haven't visited the city in years (yet suggest it to our guests for a day trip!) so it was the prefect reason to jump in the car and continue the holly jolly festivities! In classic Italian form, it was nothing as we expected it to be!

We're gearing up for the holidays with not only bread baking but milling our own flour and of course more cappelletti making. The podcast includes a quick medical report/update, the exhilaration of tracking an animal in the fresh snow and the latest water cooler's never dull in the Italian countryside!

Download and listen to our latest episode of "Podcast from Italy" #124 - Lighting the World's Largest Christmas Tree on iTunesStitcherPlayer FM or Podbean

A few photos from Gubbio's Christmas Tree Lighting (be sure to follow me on instagram for more Christmas cheer!)

Monday, December 10

Book the Farmhouse in Italy! Includes Private Chef, Cooking Classes, Garden & Pool!

Whether you’re planning a big family reunion, a dream weddingbirthday celebrationyoga retreat, cooking holiday or just want to catch up with a group of old friends, you’re going to need plenty of space, a private pool and a chef on hand! 
Think outside the "villa in Tuscany" search - someone still has to make breakfast and wash the dishes... Instead, stay with us at La Tavola Marche farmhouse & cooking school for your next big holiday to Italy!

We will take care of everything you need to plan your celebration from coordinating meals, cooking classes, local activities, wine tour with local guide & transportation, a welcome party, live music, private wine tasting at the farmhouse, photography and of course incredible authentic Italian menus prepared during your stay for you and your guests by Chef Jason!

It's all in the details...

from custom gifts to welcome your guests, a private sail boat trip for lunch along the Adriatic, a five course welcome feast to a laid back pizza night, private wine tasting at the farmhouse or guided wine tour with driver, market tours - we've got you covered!

Cooking Classes for your party - from pizza in the wood oven, sausages from scratch, the four course dinner party class, a family-friendly kids class or the classic pasta & sauces - roll up your sleeves and cook with your friends and family in our 500 year old farmhouse kitchen!

or email: for details!

Friday, December 7

Podcast from Italy: The BEST Christmas Markets in Italy

A holly jolly packed podcast upon our return from a road trip to the Alto Adige/Sud Tirol/Alps! From  a minor league hockey game at 1250mt, a wood working workshop to endless Christmas markets we recount our week including our first experience with "German Spa Rules"...! Happy Holidays

Download and listen to our latest episode of "Podcast from Italy" #123 - Christmas Markets + German Spa Rules on iTunesStitcherPlayer FM or Podbean

A few photos from our road trip... (be sure to follow me on instagram for more!)

Tuesday, December 4

There's still time for the perfect gift... Gift Certificates for our Cooking School

Think outside the box this Christmas... think Italy!
Instead of the usual wrapped boxes under the tree, why not give the best gift of all - an experience together, cooking in Italy and memories that last a lifetime!
Gift Certificates available for our cooking workshops or surprise them with booking the whole farmhouse and create a custom & bespoke culinary experience​! And the best part for shopping procrastinators, within 24 hours of purchase you will have a beautiful high resolution pdf ready to be printed and placed under the tree!

Send me an email at or visit our website!

Happy Holidays! 
Ashley Bartner
La Tavola Marche​ (farm, inn & cooking school)

PS. Our friends at Smitten Italy​ have collected a fantastic list of 8 Delicious Italy Experiences if you are already headed to Italy to help round out your trip ... and waist line!
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Thursday, June 7

Podcast from Italy: House Hunting in Italy Tips

This is a short but info packed episode! Sharing a slice of our Move to Italy Workshops - we share a few tips & important questions to ask while house hunting in Italy! It can all be so exciting and dreamy but take the time to ask these questions to the estate agent or owner to help you understand if this house is right for you, not to mention red flags to look out for!

Then we turn to bitchin' about bureaucracy, one of our favorite infrequent segments, while stewing in paper work and immigration we can't help but share a few of our frustrations. Plus the usual updates from the farmhouse, we're bottling 300 + liters of local wine & the local gossip!

... And a little podcast gossip - according to PlayerFM we are in the 50 Best Italy Podcasts 2018 (we're actually in the top 10!) right behind all the Rick Steve's Podcasts!!

Thanks for listening!! Podcast from Italy #120
House Hunting in Italy Tips & Bitchn' about Bureaucracy 
  Dowload/Stream on iTunesStitcher or Podbean and now PlayerFM

Photo of Monte Nerone - the big beautiful mountain above Piobbico. Just a lovely reminder of why we love living here...

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