Italian pastry making course on Lake Bolsena


Italian pastry course

Discover and taste the sweet side of it Italy .

Do you want to really discover culinary Italy, then learning to make pastry is a must. Patisserie is part of the Italian food culture. The day in Bolsena usually starts with a quick sweet breakfast at one of the many bars. As a snack, feast on a cannolo and the fantastic desserts to round off the day. Because what could be better than ending a dinner with your family or friends with a great homemade Italian dessert. A journey of discovery for enthusiasts and bon vivants, with a passion for baking.

We, Mariët Bloemendal from Volg de Rode Schoentjes and Fabiana Eramo chef at her own home restaurant La Casa di Effe have made a nice pastry program. We will discover the pastry secrets of the Alta Tuscia for four days.
Fabiana’s creativity can be felt in her own kitchen and is reflected in her dishes. Everything with a creative sauce, her dishes are art. It is bound to be special!

The “Truffle hunting During this week with Federico Spadoni and his truffle dog Arco. We will enjoy the truffles found during a great extensive lunch in the campagnia with a truffle dessert.

Unique to this pastry course

  • We make everything ourselves.
  • Fresh local products
  • Small group with personalized attention.
  • All transport in Italy during week.
  • Having lunch with our home-made patisserie as an closing event
  • Baking lessons from the best creative chef.
  • Including truffle search.
  • Surprise your taste buds
  • Going solo, but not being alone when traveling.
  • Authentic Italy.
  • Focus on traditional and circular recipes
Dates 2021:
April 24 to May 1
October 2 to October 9

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Mariët Bloemendal.

Mariët Bloemendal volg de rode schoentjes

Ciao, I am Mariët Bloemendal, the creative mastermind and passionate Italy expert of “Follow the Red Shoes”.
Volg de Rode Schoentjes specializes in extraordinary experience and discover holidays in Italy.
My mission is to let you enjoy authentic central Italy in a special way. Far away from mass tourism, I organize and create a base in which you will discover and experience a real Italian holiday.
Curious with whom you are traveling? I cordially invite you to read more about me via my blog.
Last summer I had an interview with Libelle magazine. Article Libelle and at the beginning of this year in the magazine Zin.

Fabiana Eramo

Vegetarian cooking holiday Italy

Our chef this week is Fabiana Eramo. Fabiana has, together with her partner Fabiano “la casa di eFFe” home restaurant in Grotte di Castro. Besides being a chef, Fabiana is the writer of the cookbook Tuscia Slow. In 80 recipes she takes you on a journey through the cooking and baking traditions of the Alta Tuscia.
Fabiana works as a basis with the recipes from traditional Italian cuisine. She edits these into new circular recipes. You taste and see guts and character when you start working with Fabiana.


Baking is looking, feeling, hearing, smelling, tasting and above all enjoying the Italian scents, flavors and colors. The pleasure of baking and eating together.
Italians are real bon vivants. They know how to live life like no other. Eating well together is therefore an important part of Italian life.
Treat yourself to this pastry week. Delicious under the Italian sun. Surrounded by people who, just like you, have a passion for pastry.

Our teacher this week is Fabiana Eramo chef at her own restaurant “la casa di eFFe” home restaurant ”in Grotte di Castro. Fabiana is the author of the cookbook Tuscia Slow in 80 recipes, she travels through the cooking and baking traditions of the Alta Tuscia.


Week Villa : You spend 7 nights in a beautifully situated agriturismo on Lake Bolsena with a large private garden and swimming pool. Within walking distance of Lake Bolsena and the village of Bolsena itself.


The days and times when the pastry classes are held may vary. In essence, the program remains the same.
We start every day at 08:30 in the attractive and practically furnished kitchen of Casa di eFFe
At 10.00 am we enjoy a break with homemade cakes.
Then we will finish our pastry.
We have lunch (vegetarian) with our home-made patisserie on the terrace of Casa di EFFe, from where we have an impressive view over the Campagnia of the Alta Tuscia and in the distance Lake Bolsena.
Evening dinner in Bolsena

Day 1 – Arrival
Saturday afternoon arrival in Bolsena. Meet while enjoying a nice glass of wine.
Welcome dinner in Bolsena.
Day 2 – Visit Bolsena and relax
Joint breakfast.
Explanation about the week.
Guided tour of Bolsena.
Shared meal including wine tasting.
Day 3 – Baking class
“Biscotti delle feste tradizionali della Tuscia”

Various cookies that are made at traditional festivals
“Tozzetti con le nocciole della Tuscia e le sue varianti”
A specialty from Lazio accompanied by a local dessert wine.
“Cioccolatini alle nocciole”
Hazelnut chocolate.
Day 4 – Baking class
“Ossetti da morto alle nocciole”
Bones of nuts
“Ravioli con la ricotta”
Ravioli with sweets and ricotta
Day 5 – Search for truffles
After breakfast we go on a truffle hunt with Federico Spadioni and his dog Arco
Truffle lunch in the campagnia.
Possibility to take part in the Etruscans excursion in the afternoon.
Dinner in Bolsena.
Day 6 – Baking class
The white dessert
“Baci di dama”
Kiss from the lady
Day 7 – Baking course
“Parmigiana al cioccolato”
Dessert made of several sweet layers
Day 8 – Departure
Breakfast and then this beautiful week is over.

All inclusive

  • 7 nights (deluxe single room)
  • Own shower and toilet.
  • Dinner 7 times.
  • Excursion Etruscans
  • Italian pastry workshops (4)
  • Kitchen apron
  • Lunch 7 times.
  • Organization.
  • Travel guidance and cook continuously present.
  • Telephonic introductory meeting.
  • Transfers during cooking week.
  • Transfer (pers) to and from Rome.
  • Truffle hunt and truffle lunch
  • Welcome drink Bolsena.
  • Bonus:
  • Wine tasting on Sunday
  • Wine package
  • Price: € 2350, –
  • * If the week does not continue due to corona, the following rules apply:
  • * Money back if the Netherlands gives code orange.
  • * Money back when accommodation closes
  • * Money back if Italy closes its borders

Some experiences of our guests.
This cooking workshop week is highly recommended. Janos is a wonderful enthusiastic cook who serves us delicious Italian
learned to make dishes, we did that in the morning and during lunch we all ate it together, wine with it, delicious.
the surroundings are beautiful, we stayed in the old part of Bolsena between the Italians, what an atmosphere!
In the afternoon we swam in Lake Bolsena.
Mariët showed us many beautiful places, we walked in Tuscany where the Etruscans used to live.
in the evening we ate in a restaurant, or we ate at Mariët’s home in their cozy courtyard,
where Mariët cooked delicious vegetarian meals for us,
wine with it very cozy. a week for us to remember!
Thank you Mariët. See you soon sweet greetings Gladys and Ria

Dear Mariet
The culinary cooking week was great, especially Janos de Kok!
I learned a lot and saw a lot of the beautiful Italian nature.
What a wonderful week, I really enjoyed it ????
If a Mechanic is needed, I will hear it???? I am always up for a free trip to Italy ????
love Maartje

Hello Mariët
On holiday alone for the first time after the death of my partner. With a Volkswagen camper van to Italy.
Because I have a thing for “culinary” and appreciate Italian food, because of its simplicity and taste, I decided to cook in Italy.
I’m not Jamie Oliver, so a self-organized tour with culinary highlights through Italy was not an option (who knows, maybe next year?). On the internet you can find a number of organizations that offer culinary courses in Italy. None could convince me. Too expensive, too perfectionist, too stilted, etc. I am a “simple soul” myself and don’t want to make life more difficult than it is.
That’s how I met you and the website invited you to get in touch. I was late to register (2 weeks before the start date) but there was still room.
What a week. Full of surprises and special moments. Not a moment of boredom because of Mariët’s loose approach. The (apparent?) ease with which she quickly organizes something else in the event of an unexpected setback (an appointment at a cheese farm was canceled at the last minute) (1/2 hour later you are at a co-operative olive press) is striking. She is therefore not a “tour guide” but an enthusiast who wanted us to enjoy what she herself has enjoyed for a long time. Namely an authentic piece of Italy with a different pace of life and full of surprises.
I have been to Italy before (especially the north), but have now experienced that the true Italy only begins below Florence.
Besides what you would expect from a cooking course, making pizza, preparing dough for pastas, fillings and sauces, fish, meat dishes, etc., the cook was so enthusiastic that he took us to a wholesaler and involved his grandmother to give us some “bread products” and have sweets prepared.
Furthermore, that week there was a walking tour that I did not participate in because I was on vacation, right! Did some shopping that day, spent hours on a terrace talking about important and trivial matters and letting time do its thing: pass by.
Certainly not unpleasant in this environment.
I thought the second day, when we attended a concert and dinner in the courtyard of a castle, would already be the highlight of the week. But no, even more surprising things followed. A super enthusiastic cook / teacher. A boat trip around the former holiday resort of Pope X (four or five popes ago), which is located on an island in the middle of Lake Bolsena. Visit to a winery with 120 hectares of vineyard. In the evening, eat together at Mariët’s beautiful garden in the middle of Bolsena. Or eat by the water with a view of a red ball (the sun) sinking in the lake.
Mariët and chef Janos thank you. You have a big heart. Are wonderfully uncomplicated and inventive. The right ingredients to fill in an unforgettable week for me. And, oh yes, I certainly learned a thing or two about cooking
Do you want a holiday with a tight schedule in which everything is determined exactly in advance and you can’t stand it when a day doesn’t go exactly as planned?
“Then this is not the travel organization you should go for”.
However, if you like surprises, are not afraid of changes and would like to have a holiday organized by a few interesting people who have two feet on Italian soil:
Feel free to book, you won’t regret it.
Greetings from a satisfied guest,

Ten days after the stay in beautiful Bolsena just a reaction.
Together with three enthusiastic students, I participated in Janos’ Italian cooking course.
It was amazing. First of all, the reception by Mariet.
We were taken by car every day to Castel Giorgio, into the interior of Lazio. In Castel Giorgio we were welcomed by our chef Janos with many bottles of cool water and delicious coffee. It was around 34 degrees every day!
What he taught and presented us in four days, in combination with the enthusiasm with which he does so, is great. After all the work in the kitchen, it is then fun to taste the dishes together.
We also did a wine and olive oil tasting and he took us to a wholesaler for kitchen supplies. An Eldorado for novice chefs!
In the afternoon a nice dip in Lake Bolsena and then in the evening something to eat and talk with each other.
The next day it is up early again for new cooking experiences. Janos is creative and inexhaustible, and luckily he speaks English well!
It was a wonderful week, too short, a few days of reminiscing about the beautiful Bolsena and its beautiful surroundings is definitely recommended!
Thanks to our hostess Mariet! Joke Pels

Hello readers,
Just a short response to the holiday we enjoyed in Italy. The house “Casa Bianca” was fine in a breathtaking location in the middle of the olive groves. Waking up for the first time in the middle of this beautiful area was fantastic. In addition to walking and running, mountain biking would be an option, as well as horse riding. A fantastically beautiful area, surrounded by nature. The village of Bolsena and all associated facilities are a half hour walk or ten minutes away by car, but that was the deciding factor for us to rent a car. With a beautiful clean lake for swimming and a very nice town like Bolsena, there was a lot in our immediate vicinity which made the holiday complete. The festivities around the end of the month of August, as well as the market and tasting provided even more variety. The beaches were delicious and the offered program regarding the walks we actually did not use. Except for the cooking workshop! In combination with nice company, this was a highlight of the holiday where chef Janos builds up the “Italian kitchen” from the basic ingredients to a delicious dish, simple and easy to make (or copy) yourself in the Netherlands.
All in all, a very successful, sunny and delicious holiday, thanks to the good care of Volg de Rode Schoentjes. Martin and Annelies

Despite the heat had a great week.
After a long journey with a lot of traffic I arrived in Bolsena and brought to my apartment. Turned out to be very spacious.
Monday started with cooking, and eating, because what you cook you have to eat. That went on for a week, had to loosen the belt of the pants to the next hole.
Under the guidance of a cheerful and enthusiastic chef, we explored the Italian kitchen. Something different compared to the French snacks with sauces and colors. In Italy, it’s not just about looks, but also about taste. I bought a pasta machine in the daze of the Italian kitchen, so that I now make my own pasta every week.
When we weren’t cooking, Mariët took care of us, delicious breakfast in the garden, where it was also nice to eat and relax in the evening.
In addition, enough free time to explore the village, if necessary. the environment and to relax by the lake. In short, a great week.
Cooking week Italy
After arriving at Orvieto station, I was picked up by Mariet by appointment and I was familiarized with Bolsena by a nice drive. Arrival at the cozy campsite on Lake Bolsena, the tent is spacious and fully equipped and is located in a lovely spot under the tree. At the end of the afternoon I report to the welcome drink in Bolsena to meet a fellow student and the next morning at breakfast the 2 other students. A pleasant small group and in the afternoon Mariët shows us the beautiful places of Bolsena, concluded with a wine tasting. At the end of the afternoon to an art market in the beautifully situated Sorano; not a bad start to the holiday!

The next morning, after another delicious breakfast, we go to the restaurant Il Rovere where our teacher Janos receives us with a cup of coffee and soon we start making pasta, ravioli, risotto, pasta sauce, gnocchi, etc. . What a joy to do and then we can eat everything! We can not eat any more food and beg Janos to downsize the portions a bit because we fear that we will gain pounds. After the well-deserved siesta and a lovely dip in the lake, Mariët again provided a delicious light meal and provided us with all the information and necessities that come in handy during the holiday week, such as, the best places to swim, drink coffee or fruit and buy wine. Great welcoming and helpful and great food in the garden or picnic by the lake every night. The days fly by with the lessons of Janos, who very enthusiastically and patiently transfers his knowledge and recipes to us and lets us enjoy all facets of Italian cuisine. And the lesson with the 82-year-old grandmother for making the delicious focaccia and sandwiches was unforgettable! The photos speak volumes and the dishes really taste as delicious as they look! Saying goodbye to Janos and his kitchen is difficult for us, unfortunately you cannot take the sun that you taste in the ingredients and dishes in Italy with you in your suitcase…. The kitchen utensils we bought in the great warehouse and the olive oil from the olive farmer from Bolsena, that brings back the memories a bit. And after the last excursion to the winery and the beautifully situated Civita di Bagnoregio, it is almost time to go her home and immediately resolve to come back here. What a great holiday: the best of Italy was united in this cooking week in beautiful Bolsena and surroundings. And the more than hospitable reception and guidance by Mariët is a very important factor, they radiate their love for Italy on all sides and convey it to the guests. Activa Bolsena is a must in every way! Margret Leferink

What a wonderful cooking week I had in Bolsena! The weather was good, the apartment was fine and was close to the lake. The cooking classes were educational and fun and the dishes were delicious. I have learned so much From simple to more complicated dishes. And all kinds of useful tips to put a quick Italian ‘impress your friends’ meal on the table. Everything was possible and Janos was up for anything, really enjoyed it! The surroundings are beautiful and the atmosphere relaxed. Especially the small scale of your travels, Mariët, is what really appeals to me. Nice and ordinary, personal and no fuss. I enjoyed your company and the commitment to make us feel at home. In short; a holiday that really couldn’t be faulted in my opinion. I will definitely be back next year, you have a fan!
Saluti e ci vediamo! Monique

Our cooking holiday in Bolsena. Last October, my brother and I came up with the idea of going on a cooking holiday. After wandering around on the internet for a long time, we finally came to follow the red shoes.
What attracted us to the cooking week they organized was the accommodation; the holidaymakers were housed in houses in the old center “in the middle of the Italians”, which was exactly what we wanted, and it was. We had a house on a square and lived for a week next to the Italians in the old town of Bolsena.
Our organizers have accompanied us from arrival to departure. We were met on arrival with a drink on a terrace and from that moment onwards, there was daily consultation about the planning for the coming day. Our days were filled not only with cooking, but with visits to towns, markets, wine and oil tasting and a wine festival.
We are also invited by Mariët for dinner in the garden, complete with palm and lane trees, a cozy fire, tasty snacks and all this accompanied by guitar music.

Our chef Janos contributed greatly to making our vacation a success. He made us feel comfortable in his kitchen and he responded to any question or suggestion from our side. After that it was of course a pleasure every day to eat our home-made meal together at the end of the afternoon.

We fully enjoyed this week, thanks to the creativity and commitment of Mariët, the cooking skills of Janos and of course the delicious wine that flowed in abundance. We are already homesick for Bolsena, so hopefully see you next year!

Irene & Kees van Hunen

Ciao ik ben Mariët Bloemendal de creatieve duizendpoot en gepassioneerde Italië expert van “Volg de Rode Schoentjes”.

“Volg de Rode Schoentjes” heeft zich gespecialiseerd in bijzondere beleef en ontdek vakanties in midden Italië. Ver weg van massatoerisme ontzorg, organiseer en creëer ik een basis waarin jij een echte Italiaanse vakantie gaat ontdekken en beleven. Correspondent “de Wereld” BNNVARA op NPO1.
Winnaar van de Benelux Enterprise Award Best Specialist Italian Holiday agent 2020. Nieuwsgierig geworden met wie je op vakantie gaat? Ik stel me graag aan je voor.

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