Our Week-long Course in Lecce
Il Nostro Corso Settimanale a Lecce
This is how it all began, in the historical epicentre of one of Europe’s great beauties. Urban, yet intimate and personal, our Lecce school gives you full immersion into the vibrant cultural capitol of one of the world’s great food and wine regions..
Here in Italy, the city of Lecce is nationally-famous as an architectural jewel, seemingly untouched from the era of Counter-reformation. Its baroque churches, aristocratic palaces, public buildings and private homes were all carved out of the same soft warm-hued stone that seems to glow amber at night. With a large university, the city is routinely voted as one of the most liveable in all of Italy, our famous and numerous outdoor wine bars, effectively serving as living rooms in what in other cities happens behind closed doors.
Situated in a 16th century former aristocratic palace, you’ll cook at our Lecce school in our owner’s home, with his personal copper pots, pans and knives, collected throughout Europe over the last few decades. You’ll browse and borrow from our school’s book collection, one of the largest multi language cookery libraries in all of Italy. You’ll pull the wines for the week from the school’s private collection, the driving policy; no wines sourced more than 50 kilometres from the school, no grape varieties with less than 300 years history in this region.
Together with only six other international students (from 54 countries and counting), you’ll begin to see food and wine, not as recipes and fermentation techniques but the consumable products of the climate, the geography, the political history, the immigration patterns of this magical part of the world. You’ll visit fish markets, learning to see all fish as only 4 basic types, learning the technique for each (and never feeling intimated by fish again). You’ll work with foragers to bring foods to the table, still wild with sun-drenched flavour.
You’ll learn how to critically taste wine, never overspending again. And to taste olive oil, simultaneously one of nature’s beguiling- and most adulterated- products known to man.
And by the end of the week, you’ll know this place, having spent time in a favourite caffe, in a favourite wine bar, with a favourite greengrocer and you’ll feel, that for at least for a little while, that you actually lived here.
The Logistics at a Glance.
Where: In the Historical Centre of Lecce
When: Throughout the year. Classes start on Monday, ends on Saturday morning.
Where you sleep: in local bed and breakfasts. We have recommendations in Student Services
How much? 1995 Euro.
Taught in: English.
Best way to arrive, depart, maximise your time with us: Everything is spelled out in our Student Services. You’ll be given access about booking.
Who thrives here: Those looking for intimate, one-on-one connection in an urban setting, perhaps with one last round at a local, outdoor wine bar. Those that want to plug into only one place at a time.
Who doesn’t: Those seeking the loud and gregarious castle week celebrations. Those seeking village life and the countryside.