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One-Day Cooking Classes in Italy

If you are traveling to Italy but find you don’t have time for a full culinary vacation, we also offer one-day cooking classes in Italy a la carte. Whether your travels take you to Rome, Venice, the Amalfi Coast, or any of our other many locations in Italy, we can help you find a cooking class that will make your vacation unforgettable. Most of our cooking courses are generally 3 hours. All of our classes are uniquely different, although most include the preparation of a multi-course meal, which is savored at the end of the lesson along with some of the finest wine the region has to offer. Many of our courses also include a visit to a local food market where you can immerse yourself in the Italian culture and lifestyle. Prices range from $165 to $375 per person, and the cooking classes can generally be confirmed for as few as two people. If you are a solo traveler, give us a call and we can discuss which classes we have already confirmed for your travel dates.


For more information on our one-day cookery courses in Italy, please see below or choose the region of interest on the right. If you need help deciding which cooking class in Italy might work best for you, please write or call, we’d be happy to discuss your options. If you are ready to book, our booking form is available online. Please remember that if you have more than one option for your class date, the class will be easier to confirm.

Our Cooking Classes in Amalfi Coast

Amalfi - Lesson with Giovanna and Ramona in a Lemon Grove

Your day begins by meeting your guide Ramona in Amalfi’s central square in front of the cathedral for a brief tour. For those doing the lemon tour and cooking class, start your day with a 10-minute walk — or short ride in an electric car — to the Valley of the Mills, where you’ll meet the Aceto family and visit their lovely lemon groves and vegetable garden, where you can pick produce for your class if in season. Next, experience a guided visit of the family’s charming Arts and Trades Museum, which shows the history of different occupations through ancient types of machinery. Then head to the kitchen with Giovanna, who is a very good home chef and who loves to mix her family’s culinary traditions with the typical elements of the Mediterranean diet. Not only will Giovanna teach you the basics of the local cuisine, but you’ll make a first course, second course, side dish, and dessert, which you’ll enjoy at the conclusion of your class. End your visit with a stop at a limoncello factory for a tasting.

Note that the kitchen is in a covered outdoor area, so bring a sweater for cooler days, and that there is an uphill walk to the class. A cooking class only option is also available; after cooking a full Italian meal, enjoy the fruits of your creations during lunch. Gluten-free classes are also available on request.

Positano - Lesson and Wine Tasting

Spend a glorious day in Positano exploring the local food and wines of the Campania region. Your host and instructor, Peter, is a trained chef whose roots lie in Positano: he comes from a local family of fishermen, but his English is perfect (his mother is British). Join him for a casual and fun evening spent preparing and enjoying food together. You will sample local cheeses, olive oil, and bread; you will prepare seasonal dishes with produce harvested from their own garden or acquired from local organic growers; you will taste it all with a selection of white and red wines from their extensive cellar dedicated to small-production wineries that preserve the tradition of family-run vineyards. Snack while you are cooking, then sit down for the main meal on the patio (weather permitting). Your hands-on class will last about four and a half hours, including the meal, and is offered in the late afternoon/evening with dinner.

Sorrento - Lesson with an Italian Family

A warm Italian family will welcome you to their beautiful villa in Sorrento. This is a relaxing, private oasis in the very center of town; beautiful flowers, gardens full of lemon trees and a small vineyard. Lessons are in the well-equipped kitchen and in the outdoor barbeque area, where you will grill your mozzarella cheese on the lemon leaves off the trees in the grove. Your day will begin with a welcome snack (around the pool when weather permits), and is followed by a three-hour hands-on lesson during which you prepare a complete meal. Classes are assisted by an interpreter and are based on menus of traditional Italian cuisine with particular emphasis on Neapolitan recipes. All the recipes will be clearly demonstrated in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. During the class you will have the opportunity to visit the villa’s wine cellar for a tasting of their own wine, which you will also enjoy after the class with your lunch. Lunch will be served by the pool, under a “pergolato,” or in a nice winter garden by a warm fire. This is truly a special day with a warm and welcoming family!

Our Cooking Classes in Basilicata

Matera - Lesson with Mariangela

In the heart of Italy’s Basilicata region lies the mysterious city of Matera, considered one of the oldest towns on earth, and one of a handful that has been continuously inhabited since Paleolithic times. It is a place of starkness, carved into the mountainside, and of history. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the European Capital of Culture for 2019, Matera has been experiencing a true revival after centuries of decline. It’s famed “Sassi” area (literally “the rocks”) is a labyrinth of cave dwellings and rustic houses that were built one on top of the other over the centuries to form a primitive and mysterious place that is so evocative, it has formed the backdrop for many movies (the remake of “Ben Hur” being the most recent). The Sassi, once a center of poverty, has become a hip center boasting restaurants, pubs, hotels, and a thriving artists’ community.

With that bit of history in mind, explore this truly unique city with a local, the lovely young Mariangela, who was born and raised in Matera. Your morning will start with a special 2-hour guided tour of the Sassi quarter, after which you will head to a local farmer’s market for selecting ingredients (which you can supplement with items from Mariangela’s garden). Then it is off to the kitchen for your cooking class, which is strictly hands-on and which will focus on four recipes (usually a starter, a pasta with sauce, a main course, and a dessert).

If you choose to forgo the tour, you can also meet Mariangela for just the market visit and cooking class.

Our Cooking Classes in Emilia Romagna

Castello di Serravalle (Bologna) – Lesson at a Country Villa

Located between Bologna and Modena, this cooking lesson encompasses all the amazing flavors Emilia Romagna has to offer. Learn from chefs who consider themselves “cooking addicts” because they are not professionally trained but instead have been taught by their beloved grandmothers.

The Bolognese recipes that they will teach you are traditional favorites of the region that have been passed down for generations and feature products of the region, including balsamic vinegar, chestnuts, mushrooms, truffles, mortadella, and more. Classes typically last 2 to 3 hours, and end with your creations for lunch. Possible recipes may include bruschetta with Parma ham, homemade tagliatelle or tortellini, cotoletta Bolognese, or crescentine (a traditional bread). If you have a menu preference, please let us know at the time of booking in the free-form note section.

The villa also offers a 4-night cooking vacation with accommodations at a nearby B&B.

Parma - Lesson with Chef Micaela

Spend the day with Chef Micaela in Parma, home to the famed Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and the fine Parma ham. Micaela knew from the time she was a young girl that she had a true passion for cooking. Speaking perfect English, she is delighted to share her knowledge with you. Your day will start around 7:45 a.m., when Micaela picks you up to visit a local producer of the world-famous parmigiano cheese. You will then return to Micaela’s home for the class, which begins around 9:30 a.m. and goes through the preparation of an entire meal. The class ends at approximately 2:30 p.m., after your lunch with wine.

If you would like, you can supplement your experience with a visit of a winery. Please inquire for details and prices.

Parma - Cooking Lesson in an Agriturismo

Emilia Romagna is home to well-known Italian foods, including Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, prosciutto, porcini mushrooms, mortadella, balsamic vinegar, asparagus, piselli alla pancettta, and a number of other dishes – all of which you will learn about during your cooking class! After being picked up at your centrally located Parma hotel, your tour guide, Laura, will take you to a nearby beautiful agriturismo, a source of wonderfully fresh produce. With the chef, you can make fresh pasta particular to the region — such as tagliatelle, lasagna, or gnocchi — or desserts, such as chocolate salami, fruit pie, tiramisu, and plum tortelli. (Please let us know your preference at the time of booking).

Following your cooking class, take your lunch outside and enjoy stunning views of the beautiful fields full of apple trees and gardens of herbs. After lunch, Laura will return you to your Parma hotel.

Parma - Food Factory Tour

This full-day tour starts with a pick-up at your centrally-located Parma hotel, and then it’s off the to the parmigiano factory, where you’ll witness the cheese-making process, walk through the “bank” where the wheels are stored, and taste some cheese, as well as honey, cream of balsamic, and wine. Next, visit a prosciutto factory, where the low-fat delicious meats are aged.

You’ll take a break from the the tours with a lunch at a beautiful local castle. Here you’ll savor a plate of deli meats, and such dishes as tortelli d’erbetta e di zucca (ravioli with herbs and ricotta, and ravioli with pumpkin), two types of cake, and Lambrusco and Malvaasia wines. Emilia Romagna is known for its sparkling wines, because it pairs wonderfully with the locally-produced meats, such as the prosciutto!

Lastly, stop at the balsamic factory. After learning about the production process — in which the balsamic is typically aged for 12 years, you’ll have one last tasting of the refined, sweet vinegar that resembles syrup.

Your full, exciting day discovering the origins of Parma products ends with a return transfer to your Parma hotel around 4 p.m.

Our Cooking Classes in Liguria (Cinque Terre)

Cinque Terre (Liguria) - Gastronomic Tours and Tastings

The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cinque Terre (“Five Villages”) has attracted hikers to its well-trodden paths for years, and we’re happy to offer the following classes/tastings in either Riomaggiore, Manarola, or La Spezia, depending on the day of the week and the chef’s availability.

Wine, olive oil, and vinegar
During this evening gastronomic tour, visit a private wine cantina and/or local olive press for a tasting of the products. The Cinque Terre produces a number of DOC wines (such as Vermentino, Colli di Luni Rosso Meditation Wine, and Sciacchetrà), oils (such as Riviera di Ponente and Riviera di Levante), and vinegars that you may try. The tasting will be paired with regional hors d’oeuvres and traditional sweets.

Bread and focaccia
This workshop will introduce you to various types of Italian flour, slow rising techniques, and how to prepare basic dough and various breads, focacce, and biscotti. After the workshop, the tasting will include some bread paired with local wines, regional products, and crudités.

Pasta workshop
In this pasta class, you might learn maccheroni alla genovese, fidelini, gnocchi, trofie, corzetti, testaroli, or pansotti. You’ll help prepare two types of pasta along with accompanying sauces, as well as learn a sauté technique. A four-course dinner will follow and include vegetable crudités, the pastas and sauces you’ve made, dessert, and a tasting of local wines.

Rapallo - Lesson with Chef Fausto

In the hills above Rapallo, you’ll find the wonderful restaurant of Chef Fausto, who has been teaching our travelers the regional cuisine of Liguria for decades, often making use of the herbs and vegetables in his extensive garden behind the restaurant. The lesson starts at 9:00 a.m. at the restaurant and lasts about three hours. It is followed by a tasting with fresh baked focaccia and wine. You return that evening to the restaurant for a gourmet dinner with wine, making this an amazing full-day experience.

San Remo - Pizza or Pasta Lesson with Chef Nino

In the far northwest of Italy, on the Italian riviera, lies the lovely village of San Remo, famed for its beautiful location and seafront vistas. Journey to this famed town for a cooking class focusing on pizza or pasta, held at your host’s private apartment with a terrace overlooking the coast.

Your evening class will begin around 6 PM with a welcome aperitif overlooking the beautiful panorama of the Gulf of San Remo. You can choose between two classes: a pizza class, in which you will learn to make delicious and authentic Italian pizzas, or a pasta class, during which you will make homemade pastas with sauce. For the pizza class, you will usually prepare and sample a variety of pizzas, and the meal will include the aperitif, antipasti, pizza, a dessert, and beverages (wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee). For the pasta class, you might make a couple varieties (spaghetti, tagliatelle, tagliorini, maltagliati, ravioli, etc.) with different sauces (such as pesto, “Bolognese,” four-cheese, mushroom, eggplant, seafood). The meal, in addition to the pastas you make, will include the aperitif, antipasti, and dessert, as well as wine, beer, soft drinks, and coffee.

Our Cooking Classes in Lombardy, Piedmont & Lakes Region

Bellagio - Lesson with Chef Gandola

Just a few minutes drive from Bellagio’s city center and Lake Como, an elegant restaurant in Bellagio is home to the award-winning imaginative Chef Luigi. While young, Chef Luigi worked in the illustrious Villa D’Este for seven years and has already won 40 gold medals in international culinary competitions. Still, Chef Luigi is humble and energetic as he talks about using local ingredients and teaches his hands-on pasta cooking class in his family-owned restaurant.

Your culinary adventure begins at 10:00 a.m. when Chef Luigi himself picks you up from your Bellagio hotel lobby, post office, or ferry gate. The hands-on cooking lesson begins at 10:30 a.m. and focuses on creating homemade pasta packed with fresh ingredients, as well as risotto, gnocchi, and dessert. Every day is different! After enjoying your lunch on the terrace (weather permitting), Chef Luigi will return you to Bellagio around 2:30 pm.

Wine is not included but is available for purchase.

Lake Garda - Lesson with Chef Andrea

Enjoy a cooking class at a stylish restaurant on the shores of Lake Garda, where stunning views abound. The restaurant’s owners, Andrea and Lara, take great pleasure in offering hands-on cooking classes taught by Chef Andrea. Born in Verona, Chef Andrea has had an illustrious international career as a fine chef, but his desire has always been to return to his roots and open his own fine restaurant. He has accomplished his dream and invites you to share his passion. Chef Andrea speaks fluent English.
The class will run from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will include the preparation of a starter, first course, main course and dessert. Lunch will follow with local wine, water and coffee.

Milan - Lesson with Chefs Nicoleta and Fabio

Enjoy a day to remember with a young couple from Milan who will introduce you to the pleasures of Lombardian cuisine. Your experience will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a pickup from your Milan hotel, followed by an approximately half-hour transfer to their home in the peaceful and green oasis called Brianza. Here you will visit the farm where you will choose the organic products for your lesson. During your cooking lesson you will prepare a starter, first course (such as the famous yellow Milanese risotto or pasta with zucchini and shrimp), second course (perhaps a Milanese cutlet), and dessert. After your lesson, which will last approximately 2 ½ hours, you will enjoy lunch based on your efforts paired with local wines. After lunch you will be re-accompanied to your Milan hotel.

If you are staying in Milan for more than a day, you may want to consider adding a tour with Fabio e Nicoleta:

  • Tour of Lake Como and Lake Lecco: visit the most beautiful villages near the lakes by car and boat.
  • Tour of Milan, including Leonardo’s “Last Supper,” the Cathedral and the Castle Sforzesco.
  • City tour of Monza, including the Villa Reale Palace, Formula 1 circuit, Monza’s park and city city center.
  • Tour of Bergamo, including the old city and artisan and food shops.
  • Visit of a Franciacorta winery to learn about this wonderful sparkling wine, and optional visit of designer shops outlet.
  • During the month of October, Saturday and Sunday only, you can experience “Chestnut Fest,” including a trip to Lake Maggiore, a farm visit where you will pick chestnuts and enjoy lunch.

Our Cooking Classes in Rome (Lazio)

Rome - Cooking Lesson with a Noblewoman

Enjoy an amazing experience in a gorgeous 15-century palazzo apartment in the center of Rome. Also a family residence, the cooking class takes place on the top floor, and the palace features three levels of outdoor terraces, with the roof terrace offering a 360 degree view of Rome. Your hostess at this beautiful location is a noblewoman, artist, painter, photographer, and, of course, a chef.

Your culinary adventure begins at the market of the nearby Campo dei Fiori, where you and your hostess will select some fresh ingredients for your hands-on class. Upon returning to the palazzo, enjoy a welcome drink on one of the terraces followed by a two-hour cooking class. Your class’s menu may include items such as eggplant timbale with pasta and tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil, mozzarella in carrozza with fava beans and green peas, and tiramisu for dessert. (If you have a particular menu request, please advise at the time of booking.) Lunch to follow on the terrace, paired wine.

This is truly an unbelievable experience, from the hospitality of your hostess and the quality of the cuisine to the stunning palazzo and views of the city.

(Look for a feature on this cooking class on an upcoming NBC Extra’s Mansions and Millionaires).

One-Day Cooking Class in Rome and Walking Tour

Enjoy this fascinating walking tour and delicious one-day cooking class in Rome with one of several skilled and personable chefs based in the ancient city. You will meet your chef in the morning or afternoon and begin your culinary walking tour to visit some of the chef’s favorite places to shop, including a fantastic local Roman market (only during morning tours).

Next it is on to a magnificent private apartment, located on the exclusive Tiberina Island, which is situated in the center of Rome. The class will focus on teaching you a variety of techniques related to making pasta dishes. You’ll also make a full Italian meal, complete with a meat course (which can be substituted for vegetarians) and dessert, which you’ll then enjoy for lunch or dinner. This is not a class for the serious or advanced cook, but rather, a charming Roman experience capped with a simple but delicious meal.

One-Day Cooking Lesson in Rome with Chef Sabina

Travel to just south of Rome’s city center to a cooking school near the Via Appia Nuova and the beautiful Caffarella Park for a cooking class with a personal chef, caterer, and food blogger, Chef Sabina.

Our one-day cooking course will start with a visit to a local open-air market to choose ingredients, followed by a cooking lesson of approximately 3 hours. You will enjoy your creations at the end of the lesson paired with a selection of Italian wines. The teaching kitchen at her cooking school in Rome allows you a truly hands-on experience, so that you will be able to recreate perfectly the dishes when you return home.

The class also gives you a chance to explore a different part of Rome. The New and Ancient Appian Ways, the Caffarella Park, the Catacombs of San Sebastiano, and the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella are all near the school. You can reach the school easily by taking the subway or bus, or by taxi (approximately 15-20 Euro each way).

Rome - Lesson with Chef Stefano

In addition to teaching cooking classes in Rome focused on traditional and modern Italian methods, gastronomic researcher, noted author and chef Stefano Cirillo works on a television program dedicated to Italian cooking called “Following Stefano.” Stefano teaches this cooking class in his home, a villa on the famous Appia Antica.


The full-day experience includes a visit to the Arco di Travertino Market, a hands-on cooking session with close to 10 different dishes, and tasting of five Italian D.O.C. wines. The half-day immersion includes a visit to the Arco di Travertino Market, a hands-on cooking class with 5 traditional dishes and tasting of 3 Italian D.O.C. wines.


Stefano is also pleased to offer special vegetarian courses on request.

The class is reachable either via taxi (it’s about seven kilometers from the Colosseum) or Metro (near the ‘Lucio Sestio’ station).
Please note: Stefano is a food historian and re-creates dishes that have no printed recipe. If you do not wish to take notes during the class we highly suggest you plan to record the class on an electronic device.

Rome (Mazzano Romano) - Lesson with a Professional Chef

Meet one of our highly qualified rotating chefs at a central location in Rome then depart for the ancient medieval village of Mazzano Romano, 30 minutes north. Weather and season permitting, you will pick ingredients fresh from the extensive garden and choose eggs right from the farm. During this simple one-day cooking class not intended for serious and/or advanced cooks,, the chef will take you through the course of a delightful meal in a country home, with good local wine.
Once you have finished your meal, you will be returned to the center of Rome.

One-Day Cooking Course in Rome with Chef Daniela

Chef Daniela started cooking at a young age with her great-grandmother and studied at the renowned Italian Cooking School “Gambero Rosso,”. Her home-style cooking is delicious, her menus creative, and her presentations simple and elegant. Her passion for cooking, her fun-loving personality and her lively sense of humor make this a fabulous experience! Chef Daniela truly delights in teaching.

Enjoy a hands-on cooking experience in the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere of Daniela’s beautiful home set in the heart of ancient Rome.

Your day begins at 9:30 a.m. when you meet Daniela at a local market in the Testaccio neighborhood to shop for your ingredients. You will return to her home for the 2-hour lesson, and lunch will be served around 1:00 p.m. in Daniela’s beautiful dining room or in the garden (depending on the season).

Rome Tours

If you are spending some time in Rome, you might consider one of the many one-day tours of Rome we offer.
Please note: cost of entrance tickets not included.

  • Tour of the Vatican (3 hours):

Includes Roman and Greek Statues Gallery, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, Raphael’s Stanzas, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peters Basilica, and St. Peters Square.
Both private tour and semi-private tour includes VIP priority pass and entrance ticket. Available Monday-Saturday (closed Sunday). Five-hour in-depth tour options also available, please inquire for details and prices.

  • Ancient Rome Walking Tour (3 hours):

Includes Colloseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Circus Maximus, Mamertine Prison, Capitoline Hill, Trajan’s Forum, and Venice Square.
Tour generally starts at 9:30 a.m. Five-hour and chauffeured tour options also available, please inquire for details and prices.

  • Catacombs and the Appian Way Walking and Driving Tour (3 hours):

Includes the Appian Gate and the Roman Walls, the Appian Way, the Catacombs, the Basilica of St. Paul, the Aventine Hill, the church of St. Saba.
Tour generally starts at 9:30 a.m.

Other tours (private and semi-private) available on request, including Baroque Rome, Exclusive Vatican Gardens Tour, full-day Rome tours, and excursions outside of Rome (to the Naples/Pompeii/Amalfi Coast, to Tivoli and Villa d’Este, etc.). Please inquire for details and prices.

Our Cooking Classes in Sicily

Palermo - Lesson with Chef Vincenzo

Chef Vincenzo began his restaurant career at the tender age of 12. After working for many years in the US, his passion for his homeland and its food brought him back to Palermo where he opened his own restaurant, which is today one of the best-known and most popular restaurants in the city.

Your day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a visit to one of Palermo’s historic and bustling markets, where you will shop for fresh, seasonal ingredients. Return to the restaurant for your hands-on cooking class. If you are lucky, Vincenzo’s mother and mentor may be on hand to assist him with the class. The lesson will focus on typical Sicilian dishes and lunch, served with delicious Sicilian wine, will follow. The class will end around 2:00 p.m.

Our Cooking Classes in Tuscany (Florence)

Castellina in Chianti - Cooking at a Wine Estate with Chef Laura

What mysterious force drives some of us to relinquish all we know for the promise of a dream? Here is one account. In the early 90’s a Florentine family led by Laura, Giorgio and their two sons left behind the bustle of their famous city for the lure of a simple life beneath the Tuscan sun.
Laura will teach you the secrets of typical Tuscan dishes such as crostini with chicken liver, ribollita, pasta and beans, stuffed boar, or chicken “cacciatore.” The cooking courses are held in the morning from 9:30 a.m. or in the afternoon from 4 p.m. and last around three and a half hours, for a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 10. Lunch or dinner will follow.

Cortona - Lesson at Locanda del Molino

Locanda del Molino is located in the charming town of Cortona and is very famous for its traditional Tuscan cuisine. The hands-on lessons are about three hours long and include the preparation of an appetizer, pasta, sauces, main course and dessert. Some of the dishes you may create are crostini neri, panzanella, sfoglia and ravioli, tagliatelle, papardelle, tagliolini, a variety of sauces, wild boar salami, roasted duck, zuppa inglese, castagnaccio and tiramisu. The menu, of course, will depend on the season, and there is a large fireplace in the kitchen, so often the main course will be roasted in the fire!

Note that some of the chefs at the Locanda speak English, while others will use an interpreter for the class. Dinner will follow, accompanied by wines of the Baracchi family, which owns the restaurant and which produces the wonderful wines at the famed Cook Under the Tuscan Sun wine estate.

Figline Valdarno - Lesson with Chef Claudio

Just outside Florence, nestled in the countryside near the town of Figline Valdarno, lies the charming, rustic property of Chef Claudio Piantini. Chef Claudio’s cooking lessons are second-to-none, offering you the opportunity to learn, prepare and experience an unbelievable number of dishes. The classes are held in Chef Claudio’s special teaching kitchen at his modest countryside property. (Note that the setting is rural, and during rainy seasons it is muddy, during dry seasons it may be dusty.) Prior to the class Claudio will proudly show you his fabulous fruit and vegetable garden, if in season, perhaps picking some items to use in the class. After the lesson, your meal is served either in the dining room, or, if weather permits, on the outdoor terrace or around the swimming pool, set amidst Claudio’s own vineyards. All classes last around three hours and are followed by an abundant meal (lunch or dinner) with wine.

The class includes roundtrip transfers from the Figline Valdarno train station on request. We recommend for the morning class the train departing Florence SMN around 9:09 a.m. and arriving Figline Valdarno around 9:34 a.m., and for the evening class the train departing around 3:13 p.m. from Florence SMN arriving Figline Valdarno around 3:38 p.m. Please note that the train times vary a bit seasonally.

Florence - Lesson with Chef Barbara

Barbara is a native Florentine, chef, and sommelier has been offering cooking classes since 2003. Barbara, who speaks perfect English, will start your class at 10:00 a.m. with a visit to the wonderful Sant’Ambrogio market. Then on to her “atelier” where she has created a cozy, welcoming atmosphere and teaching kitchen with all modern equipment for the hands-on cooking lesson, followed, of course, by your wonderful lunch with wine.

If you prefer to have a “country” experience after the market visit, you have the option of returning with Barbara to her lovely country home, Le Mortinete, a wonderful house built in the 16th century located at the beginning of the Chianti area. It is a rare opportunity to be just a few minutes from the center of Florence but in the heart of the Tuscan countryside! The house has a very well-equipped kitchen where you will have your hands-on lesson, and a garden circled by olive trees and roses, where, weather permitting, you will enjoy your lunch. If you choose the country experience, Barbara will take you from the market to her home by car (her car holds up to 4 people besides herself), and she will call you a taxi to take you back to Florence after the class (a taxi ride is about €45).

Florence - Lesson with Chef Laura

Step into the elegant and tasteful world of Chef Laura, a professional chef and caterer who will lead you first to the Sant’Ambrogio market, and then to her beautiful apartment right in the center of Florence. Your class will go through a full meal, which afterwards you will enjoy al fresco on the lovely terrace overlooking the garden (weather permitting) or in the beautiful dining room.

Chef Laura will also do private dinners or lunches in her home for a minimum of 4 people.

Siena - Private Lesson with Chef Lella

Discover Sienese cuisine with Chef Lella, who not only makes recipes that have been passed down to her by her grandmother, but also medieval recipes that feature fresh, local products. She’s a member of AICI (Association of Teachers of Italian Cuisine), among other culinary organizations. After meeting Chef Lella at her cooking school — a short escalator ride down from Piazza del Campo in the center of Siena— you’ll prepare an Italian menu of at least three courses, including handmade pasta. (Please note that part of the class may be led by one of her assistants.) A meal based on your efforts will follow, along with water and a wonderful farmhouse wine.

Tavarnelle Val di Pesa - Lesson with Chefs Cecilia and Massimo

Located midway between Florence and Siena, the Osteria La Gramola is the setting for a hands-on cooking class in traditional Tuscan cuisine. Chef Cecilia Dei and Sommelier Massimo Marzi offer two different course options. During the standard course you will learn to prepare a three-course country lunch: 1st course of soup or pasta with sauce, 2nd course: main dishes, 3rd course: desserts. Afterwards, you eat the meal you have cooked together, complete with tastings of local wine, typical products and Tuscan extra-virgin olive oil. The class begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts approximately four hours.

A second option is a shorter pasta lesson, which includes the preparation of hand-made pasta, followed by a light lunch with typical Tuscan starters and the pasta prepared together dressed in different traditional sauces. The pasta course lasts approximately two hours.

Tuscany Tour - Colors and Savors in Florence

Explore the lesser known corners of Florence with a native Florentine guide: discover small churches, perfumes, frescoes, bakers and enjoy tastings along the way! Your three-hour tour departs from Piazza Santa Maria Novella and finishes at the Sant’Ambrogio market. Along the way there will be time to dedicate to the stunning frescoes of Domenico Ghirlandaio in Santa Trinita church. The bright colors of the female and male noble clothes will take your breath away! Enjoy the antique perfumes and traditional scents prepared by the Dominican friars at the ancient pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella. Visit the oldest pharmacy of Europe and try some of its world-famous products such as the almond moisturizing hand paste and the pleasant floral pot potpourri.

Walk along the “Via delle Belle Donne“—the street of the “beautiful ladies“—and reach Via Tornabuoni, famous for its elegant shops like Armani, Pucci and Ferragamo. Savor an espresso or cappuccino with chocolate while sitting in a comfortable renowned cafe of the town before getting into the medieval heart of Florence and Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, and the Duomo of Florence. Proceed through narrow alleys surrounded by high tower houses and Renaissance palaces, which hide colorful warehouses in their cellars. These artisans sell their precious porcelains, papers, fabrics and leather goods below frescoed ceilings and vaulted roofs. Stop at a local forno (bakery) to taste the irresistible focaccia with olive oil and a pizza slice right from the oven! According to the season, we will also try the best local cakes made with grapes, custard, apples, peaches and raisins. End your day at the exciting local market in the authentic district of San Lorenzo, located in a historic 19th-century building. Here you will taste the best sheep’s milk cheeses and hot salamis from the Tuscan countryside.

Tuscany Wine Tour

The terroir of Tuscany offers the ideal conditions for growing grapes for such famous wines as Chianti Classico and Super Tuscan blends. Pair these wines with the beauty of the region — a landscape of rolling green hills and miles of vineyards and olive grounds — and you have the makings of a fabulous history and wine tour in the countryside.

Your day starts at 9:15 a.m., when you are picked up from your hotel and depart from Florence. After admiring the best view in the city — from the Piazzale Michelangelo — head to a local winery that follows centuries-old traditions to make their Chianti wine. Visit their ancient cellars, where the wine is aged, and sample wines that are known for their delicate bouquet of violets; you can also take part in an olive oil tasting.

Then, it’s on to another farm for a tour as well as to sample the gastronomic delicacies of Tuscany, such as cinta salami, olive oil, cheeses, a spectacular balsamic vinegar, and, of course, wine. An aperitif and lunch is also included during this perfect day in Tuscany, paired with three wines.

Your wine and culinary tour continues in the afternoon with a stop in the medieval village of Castellina in Chianti with time to explore this charming historical village. Stop at Monteriggioni on the way back, and arrive in Florence at around 5 or 6 pm, with a full stomach, lots of beautiful pictures, and memories to last a lifetime.

Tuscany Tours

If you are spending a little extra time in Tuscany, you might consider one of the many tours or excursions we offer in the region.

Half-day tours in Florence:
3-hour guided walking tour of Florence:
2-hour guided visit of the Galleria degli Uffizi
3-hour combined visit of the Galleria degli Uffizi and the Galleria dell’Accademia
2.5-hour green gardens walking tour (private) in Florence
3-hour tour of the San Niccolò neighborhood with tasting lunch at a local bakery

Full-day driving tours:
Siena and San Gimignano
Chianti Food & Wine
San Gimignano and Chianti
Pisa and Lucca
Cortona & Montepulciano
Montalcino
Cinque Terre and Italian Riveria

Please inquire for details.

Our Cooking Classes in Umbria

Città di Castello - Truffle Hunt and Demonstration

Join us for an exciting experience near the town of Città di Castello, about 30 miles north of Perugia: you can go truffle hunting with Matteo, an award-winning truffle hunter, and his dog Sole.  After your hunt, you will return to the farmhouse where Matteo’s wife Elisa will reveal the secrets and the magical ways to wash and preserve truffles and how to create wonderful and typical dishes during a demonstration (note that this is not a hands-on cooking class, although a hands-on class is available on request for groups of 4 or more).  Finally, you will have a lunch feasting on these wonderful dishes, complete with good local wine.

Note that if inclement weather forces the cancellation of the class, the cost of the class will be refunded minus a $25 per person administrative fee.

Deruta - Lesson with Chefs Tiziana and Zoila

Join us in an early 19th-century private villa located near Deruta in the heart of Umbria, and step back in time and into a slice of real Italian life! Your cooking class will be taught in English by Chefs Tiziana (who is also a professional sommelier) and Zoila. The course will cover a complete menu: antipasti, 2 primi piatti (pasta, soup or risotto), 1 secondo (meat or fish), and dessert. You will use the fresh produce you pick with the chefs from the villa’s herb and vegetable garden, along with items gathered at the local produce market.

Optional additional services (please inquire for details and pricing):

  • visit to local produce market (Tuesdays only)
  • olive oil tasting
  • an olive harvest visit to a local olive oil mill (November only)
  • a wine tasting with a professional sommelier
  • a visit to one of Deruta’s famous pottery factories

Perugia - Lesson with Chef Christine

Chef Christine invites you to join her for a hands-on cooking lesson in her beautiful home in central Perugia. Perugia is a thriving cultural and language center, and the chocolate capital of Italy. Christine has worked and studied in both the United States and Italy for many years and draws on her knowledge of both languages and cultures to make her classes a unique and enjoyable experience. Menus always focus on the freshest seasonal ingredients as well as Umbrian specialties such as truffles, Pecorino cheese, and Torta al Testo. Traditional pasta dishes, specialty desserts and the finest local wines are also featured. Technique classes on specific subjects (hand-made pastas, gnocchi, desserts and sauces for example) are also available on special request. Classes begin at 10 a.m. and last approximately 3 hours. Following, we will relax and enjoy the wonderful meal you have helped prepare accompanied by distinctive local wines, water and coffee.

Our Cooking Classes in Veneto

Venice - Lesson with Chef Giuseppe

Enjoy an authentic cooking class in an informal restaurant and wine bar, led by the passionate and energetic Chef Giuseppe, also known as Giusy. He changes his menu daily to feature different gastronomic specialties of the city. On Tuesday, enjoy stewed or braised meats; on Wednesday, “bollito misto” and sauces; on Thursday, five different kinds of “baccala”; and on Friday and Saturday, traditional fish and seafood dishes.

Your cooking class begins on the Rialto Bridge, where you’ll meet Chef Giuseppe and head to the local market, which is packed with stalls of fruits, vegetables, and of course fish. Back at the restaurant, Giusy will teach you a variety of Venetian specialties depending on the season. You will also learn how to make the famous local “spritz” aperitif! Lunch will follow.

Chef Giusy also leads a cooking class during our 5-night cooking vacation Venice Cooking Odyssey.

Venice (Lido) - Lesson with Chef Marika

On the beautiful Lido, Chef Marika teach authentic Venetian cooking with a cosmopolitan and personal twist inspired by her impressing professional experience. Your day begins at 10:30 am in Marika’s kitchen, where you will learn how to cook a multi-course meal, some recipes of which have been featured in Food and Wine magazine. No matter what the menu, expect to use fresh herbs grown in Chef Marika’s garden as well as local products.

Those who book a particular date first will choose which menu they’d like to create during the class. For the full list of menu options, click here. Be sure to mention your menu choice at the time of booking.

Venice - Lesson with Chef Patrizia

After many years working as a private caterer, Patrizia decided to offer cooking classes in her lovely apartment, with a view of the bell tower of St. Mark’s.  The day begins with a visit at 10:15 a.m. to the colorful Rialto market, then on to Patrizia’s apartment. Part of the simple but genuine Venetian meal will be made in advance, but you will also help finish preparing some dishes, and then enjoy them with good local wine, water and coffee. And, of course, no meal in Venice is complete without a grappa to top it off!

Patrizia also offers an evening cooking class which begins at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will follow based on your efforts on her terrace where you can enjoy the spectacular view! Evening classes are only available during the summer months and a market visit is not included.

Note:  Patrizia speaks limited English and there is a translator for this class.  This class is not suited for those looking for advanced cooking or techniques but is a wonderful experience with delightful local people.

Venice Boat Tours

If you have some time while visiting Venice, explore the beautiful city by boat with a guide. While on the waters of the Venetian lagoon, discover history and traditions, including ancient churches and local cuisine! The bragozzo boat was once a typical fishing boat of the Adriatic sea until it was replace by modern fishing boats; with a flat bottom, it is perfectly designed to sail through shallow waters.

  • Venice-St. Andrea (3 hours)

Includes island of St. Andrea along Vignole (including fortress with a panoramic view of the lagoon). Restart along the Lido to see the islands of San Lazzaro deli Armeni (this can be visited instead of St. Andrea), S. Servolo, San Clemente, Le Grazie, Giudecca, and San Giorgio Maggiore. Return through St. Elena and along Venice’s Arsenale.

  • North Lagoon (3 hours)

Includes St. Francesco del Desserto (passing through St. Erasmo) and visiting the salt marshes; a monastery sight-seeing tour around Burano, traveling through Mazzorbo and Murano. The trip finishes either at a glass factory or the island of San Michele to see a monumental cemetery. Return to Venice via public transport.

  • Fortress Tour (3 hours)

Includes island of St. Andrea along Vignole (including fortress with panoramic view over the lagoon); visit of S. Erasmo’s Maximilian Tower with the opportunity to swim; return to the beautiful canal “bisato” to Murano. Finish either at a glass factory or stop at the island of San Michele to see the monumental cemetery. Return to Venice via public transport.