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Authentic Italian Cooking Vacation

Fun shopping for produce with your hostess Francesca.This trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

Travel to the very north of Italy for an authentic Italian cooking vacation, and you’ll discover Piedmont, a majestic land of pastures, mountain fortresses, vineyards where Nebbiolo grapes for Barolo wines are grown, and stunning views of the Alps.

Enjoying a cooking class during your culinary tour of Piedmont.This northern region is also home to Turin, a unique and thriving city that is known both for its stunning architecture, including baroque palazzos, as well as its shopping, what with the city’s many charming boutiques.

Your home for your authentic cooking vacation in Italy is also a place where culinary traditions thrive; pair the region’s famous Barolo wines with everything from starters like grissini, to entrees of agnolotti, and desserts of gianduja chocolates and biscotti, and you’ll be living like the locals do.

Enjoying a dinner party with friends during your authentic Italian cooking vacation in Piedmont.Just forty minutes outside of Turin is the quaint medieval town of Casalborgone. Situated among the hills, it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, which you can experience and see from your accommodations, a family-run bed and breakfast that is a top-rated hotel on TripAdvisor. Once a family home, today this B&B is run by Francesca and her husband Albert, who treat their guests like family.

Come and live like a local during one of our most authentic Italian cooking vacations!

Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Sandra & Tracy
Trip taken May 2017
Francesca certainly went above and beyond for my sister and I. Unfortunately, we were ill on our first day and we were well looked after. Due to being sick, Francesca changed our programme quite a lot so that we could fit in what we could. The programme and network of local shops, artisans and activities surpassed what we thought we would get. We cannot speak highly enough of Francesca. She is a very friendly lovely woman who welcomed us into her house and family. My sister and I have travelled considerably and we feel that this is definitely one of the best experiences we have had. We think what Francesca has created is very special indeed.

Highlights of Our Authentic Italian Cooking Vacation in Piedmont

Your authentic Italian cooking vacation in Piedmont will introduce you to the flavors of northern Italy during your hands-on cooking classes and your excursions. Whether you are with your hostess Francesca or one of her culinary-expert friends, you will experience Italy like a local.


Soggiorno at your B&B in Piedmont, home to your culinary vacationA sample itinerary for our authentic Italian cooking vacation in Piedmont follows, but we can customize any week to suit your requests. Please note that some activities and excursions are based on seasonal availability. 

Day One

  • Arrive at Chivasso train station and transfer to your bed and breakfast accommodations. (Transfers also available from Turin or Malpensa airport for an additional cost.)
  • After checking in, take some time to settle in. If it is summertime, relax by the pool, otherwise relax in your home away from home.
  • In the early evening, Francesca will you show you around the charming village of Casalborgone with its shops and historical center. Stop at the Mulino Serra to buy freshly milled flour, and the Massaia for a tasting of local wines.
  • Dinner tonight at a local restaurant.
  • Overnight.

Day Two

  • Breakfast buffet, which includes fresh fruits, omelets, handmade cakes, bread and butter, local cheese and ham, and cold mint tea, between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • In the morning, return to the kitchen for your first hands-on class, which will focus on the basics of all Italian cuisine: fresh pasta and a perfect ragú.
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts, drinks included.
  • In the afternoon, some time on your own.
  • In the early afternoon, visit a local producer, depending on your specific interests.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Overnight.

Day Three

  • A light breakfast out on the terrace.
  • Today you have a choice of activities. Option 1: Visit Turin with Francesca or one of her friends, where you’ll stop in one of the biggest European markets, “Porta Palazzo,” to see its monuments and shops. Stop for a light lunch during your explorations, then continue your visit. Option 2: Enjoy a nature walk of 15 kilometers (easy hiking) with a stop in a local trattoria for lunch.
  • In the afternoon, return to the property for a cooking class focussing on apperitivo dishes.
  • Apperitivo dinner to follow.
  • Overnight.

Day Four

  • Breakfast followed by check out.
  • If you have time before your train, visit a local pastry shop to sample the wares of one of the best pastry chefs in the world!
  • Return transfer to Chivasso train station.

Authentic Italian Cooking Vacation in Piedmont Trip Details

Included in the 3-Night Italian Cooking Vacation


3 nights accommodations at B&B

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • Local wine, water and coffee with included meals

Classes & Instructors

Your 2 cooking classes with your hostess Francesca are very much made to order! Your first class will normally focus on pasta, and the second on apperitivo dishes, but in all cases the classes will follow the seasonal ingredients.


  • Tour of Casalborgone with your hostess
  • Seasonal food visit
  • Excursion to Turin or nature walk
  • Pastry shop visit

Transfer Details

  • Group arrival and departure transfers Chivasso train station
  • Transfers can also be arranged from/to Turin ($100 round trip) or Malpensa airport ($320 round trip).

Not Included

  • Entrance/museum tickets

Accommodation Information

Stay in a charming bed and breakfast, which is adjacent to a castle, in the historic center of the medieval town Casalborgone. The family-owned property offers six rooms, all with double beds and ensuite bathrooms, that are decorated with antique furniture but in different styles. All rooms have WiFi. The property also features a lovely garden, terrace, and swimming pool that overlooks the hills of Turin.



Authentic Italian Culinary Vacation Pricing & Tour Dates

Find pricing and dates for our authentic Italian culinary vacation in Piedmont below, and contact us for availability or to plan your trip.


3-Night Piedmont Cooking Vacation Pricing

US$1100 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$200 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. Questions? Please contact us!

*See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.

Cost to run private trip for 1 person: $1575.

Authentic Italian Cooking Vacation in Piedmont Tour Dates

Our authentic Italian culinary vacations in Piedmont are available any dates you choose for a minimum of 2 people. Sample dates are posted, but please inquire for availability.

February 6-9
February 13-16
February 20-23
February 27-March 2
March 6-9
March 13-16
March 20-23
March 27-30
April 3-6
April 10-13
April 17-20
April 24-27
May 1-4
May 8-11
May 15-18
May 22-25
May 29-June 1
June 5-8
June 12-15
June 19-22
June 26-29
July 3-6
July 10-13
July 17-20
July 24-27
July 31-August 3
August 7-10
August 14-17
August 21-24
August 28-31
September 4-7
September 11-14
September 18-21
September 25-28
October 2-5
October 9-12
October 16-19
October 23-26
October 30-November 2
November 6-9
November 13-16
November 20-23
November 27-30
December 4-7
December 11-14
December 18-21


We gave this trip 5 stars
Sandra & Tracy
Trip taken May 2017
Francesca certainly went above and beyond for my sister and I. Unfortunately, we were ill on our first day and we were well looked after. Due to being sick, Francesca changed our programme quite a lot so that we could fit in what we could. The programme and network of local shops, artisans and activities surpassed what we thought we would get. We cannot speak highly enough of Francesca. She is a very friendly lovely woman who welcomed us into her house and family. My sister and I have travelled considerably and we feel that this is definitely one of the best experiences we have had. We think what Francesca has created is very special indeed.
We gave this trip 5 stars
Jacqueline & Emily
I enjoyed a lot the time I've spent with Francesca. She is very friendly, willing to share and teach, and just like a friend to us. Her place is so clean and beautiful, and she treated us just like her family. She is also very flexible to fit our requirements in terms of time and cooking request. I'm amazed how much she can handle, she is just like a superwoman! The view from her B&B is stunning and we took pictures everyday to capture difference moments of the scenery. We learned to cook and eat many Italian home dishes.
We gave this trip 5 stars
james & vickie
Francesca and Alberto were the best!
We gave this trip 5 stars
Dante & Karen
New Jersey
This was an unexpected pleasure. While we had anticipated a good time, the actual experience was much better. We were welcomed into Francesca's home as family guests and not just clients of the B & B, including having dinner with her family one evening using the meal we had helped cook. She was about as gracious as anyone could possibly have been, constantly offering to take us places as our guide or making excellent recommendations for things to do when we struck out on our own in Turino.
We gave this trip 5 stars
David & Anne
We so enjoyed our very relaxed and individual experience with our hostess Francesca and her family. It truly was an "authentic" experience, as the trip is titled. Francesca couldn't have been more gracious, and we enjoyed having meals with her family, eating the food of the region we prepared in her kitchen. Being in the small town of Casalborgone for 4 days/3 nights was the most enjoyable time of our two weeks in Italy. The area is picturesque, and Francesca introduced us to many local vendors, as well as a sommelier who arranged a wine tour for us. My husband and I cook a lot at home, and have taken several cooking classes, and we wanted an experience that was not a formal cooking class, but one that would immerse us in the local culture, and that is what we got. We couldn't have been more pleased with the experience.
We gave this trip 5 stars
Mark & Lisa
We loved our experience with Francesca and our stay at her B&B. Francesca is warm, caring, flexible, and very focused on making sure everything goes the way you as a guest hope it will go. We loved the cooking classes, and Francesca gave us more knowledge and special experiences around the regional food and wine than we could have expected. While we received a general itinerary for the four days, Francesca tailored our time there based on what our interests were, and also our cooking skill level. She exceeded our expectations in every way, and we would go back again in a heartbeat.
I gave this trip 5 stars
New Mexico
Every second of this program was perfect. From the moment Francesca met us at the train station in Torino until we said goodbye 4 days later it was clear that Francesca was a wonderful chef, teacher and host. The home, kitchen and accommodations were excellent. The good taste extended, not only to the kitchen, but to the decor and thoughtful design of the home. Every Italian delicacy that I had wanted to learn to cook was included in the curriculum that Francesca had planned. She is a great teacher with lots of tips to help me succeed with recipes I have found challenging in the past, such as gnocchi and fresh pasta. I can't wait to get home to make the recipes for my family and friends. My friend and I were lucky to be the only cooking students at the time, which made the class time comfortable created the feeling of three friends cooking together in the kitchen. Francesca has arranged for English friends to take us to the market, winery tour and visit to a nearby abbey. They were wonderful people, not only informative about the places visited, but great fun. I can not recommend this program highly enough. It is very lucky people who find their way to this program. I can guarantee they will leave very happy, well fed, and as better cooks.
I gave this trip 5 stars
Francesca was an incredible host, chef, instructor, and guide. Her arrangements for the cooking menu were exactly what we were hoping to learn and she accommodated all additional requests for certain dishes we were interested to learn. Her kitchen was clean, convenient and comfortable. Her room accommodations were very comfortable, had fantastic views and plenty of space. Her additional space in the dining area provided a great area to not only eat, but to use the tables, the computer and to just relax. Her additional terrace for private meals that enjoyed the countryside views again provided that unique and spectacular scenery and tranquility that we hoped for. Francesca also made personal arrangements for us to visit other local growers, markets and sights with local experts that joined with her to make the entire experience incredible. My friend and I have remarked how fortunate we feel to have had this experience with Francesca. She is a warm and lovely host who constantly looked out for our comfort, safety and to fulfill our requests. She also provided transportation and that helped with our ability to see more of the area. I would sign up again and highly recommend her services to your clients.
We gave this trip 5 stars
Michael & Miccah
The experience was excellent! We were accepted as part of the family, a real authentic experience! The food we made was fabulous and surprisingly easy to make! Thanks so much for being part of our honeymoon!

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