Italian cooking classes
Italian cooking classes: Le Marche
Cossignano is known locally as “the navel of the Piceno” and is the centre of an area renowned for its diverse culinary experiences. Cossignano is a medieval hilltop town just ten kilometers from the Adriatic coast. There are numerous archaeological sites in the area that indicate Cossignano was a flourishing center of the Picena civilization in the era before it became integrated into the Roman Empire.
Cossignano was originally called Castellum Martisa and your Italian Food and Flavours culinary experiences are based in the trattoria “Castello de Marte” (castle of Mars) named after the town. Following the fall of Rome the region suffered invasion from tribes from the north. It was the uncertain security at the time that the led to the building of the impressive fortifications of the local hill-towns which often reverted to a level of independence.
During the eighth century the occupying forces of the Lombards were ousted by Charlemagne and the region came under nominal control of the church however most of the territory continued to be administered by local lords. It was at this time that Cossignano became the regional capital of the area. Along with the rest of Le Marche, Cossingano was formally incorporated into to the Papal States in 1631, and remained so until it became part of the newly unified country of Italy in 1861.
For those interested in Italian history and who want to stay in an authentic area for their Italian cooking classes, Italian Food and Flavours in Cossignano provides a perfect location.
Italian cooking classes: Cossignano
The dramatic history of Cossignano is evident as you approach as the intimidating ancient walls tower above you. Incorporated into these monumental fortifications are many of Cossignano’s most interesting buildings:
- The neoclassical church of Santa Maria Assunta,
- The Church of the Annunciation (the oldest part of which dates 1265 and which was restored in December 2012 and awarded “Italian Wonder”)
- The dramatic Gate of Levante or Gate of San Giorgio.
Sitting between the latter two is your base for your Italian cooking classes. The house once owned by Cossignano’s most famous historian and chronicler, Nicola Pensoni. Ideal for individuals, couples or groups
Italian cooking classes: Restoration
Thanks to the efforts of the population who are rightly very proud of their beautiful town, Cossignano is a one of the best preserved and most atmospheric of the many such hill-towns of the region. There many interesting and attractive buildings and wandering through the evocative narrow streets is like stepping back in time.
Just outside the impressive town walls are beautifully tended parks and squares each one offering outstanding vistas, across the rolling hills to the Adriatic in the east or majestic mountains of the Sibillini to the west. There is much to explore with photo opportunities around every corner.