We have just returned from La Tavola Marche and wish we were still there.
The location in the beautiful hills of the Marche is idyllic. Although you are in the peaceful countryside you are minutes from two lovely towns, Piobbico and Urbania. You are less than an hour from Urbino, a beautiful college town, the birthplace of Rafael, less than an hour from Sansepulcro, the birthplace of Piero della Francesca, and also less than an hour away from Fano, a lovely Adriatic beach town. There is much to see in this area, although you may want to stay your total vacation at the agriturismo, cooking school because there is much to do and enjoy there as well. The choices are many, all superb.
We have cooked a number of times in Italy at different locations, all so far good experiences. La Tavola Marche is up there with the best. Jason, the master chef , has cultivated the area for local dishes which are deliziosa. His knowledge and ability to teach makes learning easy and fun. From pizza in a wood fired brick oven (with many unusual toppings) to antipasti of varied ingredients (some of which I would consider gourmet) to delicious lesso, to dolci which were simple and great, I learned a great deal and also feasted on these wonderful dishes.
If you don't want to learn to cook these you can just order a four course Italian meal from Jason. The meal is better than any agriturismo we've stayed in and right up there with any of the restaurants we've sampled in Italy . (we've been to Italy 10 times in the last 10 years)
The agriturismo itself is beautiful. The rooms are really suites. Our room had 2 bedrooms, a large"great" room area with kitchenette, dining table, fireplace and sofa, and 2 bathrooms. All this for an incredibly reasonable price. You can make your own breakfast and any other meals or the hosts can make you the typical Italian breakfast of cappuccino or espresso and pastries, yogurt, cereal and fruit. The agriturismo is clean, spotless and beautiful.
All this is wonderful but what makes a vacation at La Tavola Marche exceptional are the hosts. Jason and Ashley Bartner are young Americans who have followed their dream in Italy. They have become part of their community and you can feel that as their neighbors and friends drop in to visit, help them, give then advice and just "schmooze". Most of their neighbors and friends do not speak English so Ashley and Jason have had to master Italian (which I think they have). The experience you get then is one of Italy. Ashley is an incredibly friendly, vivacious host. She wants you to enjoy your vacation and is willing to offer her advice on where to go and what to see. She'll answer all your questions and yet she will give you choices so you can decide what you want to enjoy. Jason is a wonderful chef and teacher and also is available to help you enjoy your vacation. The atmosphere these two have created is warm and friendly, very Italian.
For a great vacation, for cooking, eating, relaxing, enjoying the country, for visiting incredible art (Piero della Francesca Trail and Rafael), for visiting beautiful small towns , for visiting Adriatic beaches, it would be hard to beat La Tavola Marche.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Farm, Inn & Cooking School just 15 minutes from the center of Urbino! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Tavola Marche Agriturismo & Cooking School Italy