Cooking in the Valtellina Valley

The stunning Valtellina (Valtelline) valley lies in northernmost Lombardy, on the border with Switzerland. Known in the winter for its skiing and hot spring spas and in the summer for its hiking and golf, it is also famous for its food and wine. Cheeses such as Bitto and Casera, the well-known wines of Sassella and Grumello, and time-honored local pastas and desserts make it an ideal location for one of our most unique culinary vacations in Italy. This land is unlike the touristy parts of the country, instead rife with glorious landscapes, modest and friendly locals, Italian comfort food and plenty of fresh air. The Valtellina’s location not only makes it an ideal starting point for a foray into Switzerland (and its famous resort town St. Moritz), but also an intriguing mix of various cultures: Swiss, Austrian, Romansh, German and of course Italian.

Your home in the Valtellina will be the town of Sondrio, located in the heart of the valley. With over 22,000 inhabitants, the comune boasts plenty of sites (including its central piazza Garibaldi, the Palazzo Sassi art and history museum, and the Masegra Castle).

Cooking in the Valtellina Valley

The stunning Valtellina (Valtelline) valley lies in northernmost Lombardy, on the border with Switzerland. Known in the winter for its skiing and hot spring spas and in the summer for its hiking and golf, it is also famous for its food and wine. Cheeses such as Bitto and Casera, the well-known wines of Sassella and Grumello, and time-honored local pastas and desserts make it an ideal location for one of our most unique culinary vacations in Italy. This land is unlike the touristy parts of the country, instead rife with glorious landscapes, modest and friendly locals, Italian comfort food and plenty of fresh air. The Valtellina’s location not only makes it an ideal starting point for a foray into Switzerland (and its famous resort town St. Moritz), but also an intriguing mix of various cultures: Swiss, Austrian, Romansh, German and of course Italian.

Your home in the Valtellina will be the town of Sondrio, located in the heart of the valley. With over 22,000 inhabitants, the comune boasts plenty of sites (including its central piazza Garibaldi, the Palazzo Sassi art and history museum, and the Masegra Castle).


Latest Review

We gave this trip 4 stars
Adele & Sarah
New York
Trip taken June 2013
I cannot say that our cooking vacation did not meet our expectations but in some ways that is true. We had received in the mail from you, a program of our week in Sondrio. Upon our arrival the concierge at the hotel, which by the way, was fabulous, handed us their program. There were a few changes, some of which were not to our liking. First of all they had us booked on the Red Train to St. Moritz on a Sunday when everything would be closed. That was rearranged and worked out okay but it took some doing and the Manager of the Hotel to arrange it. Your program also had us at a "farewell dinner" on Sunday evening, our last night in Sondrio. Apparently you did not have close contact with the hotel because the kitchen is closed on Sunday. I do think it behooves you to be totally knowledgeable about the hotel and its programs before you arrange a calendar for your guests. That being said, I want to commend the staff of the hotel, all of whom went out of their way to make sure we had a good time. Also the sommelier, Cristina, was superb and Gigi, our guide, was also excellent. All in all we had a great time but it was not exactly what we expected. We thought it would more of a "cooking course" and instead we were in the hotel kitchen with the chef, the sous chef and his assistant and that was great fun. I think we did learn something and I for one will try to duplicate one of the recipes we learned to make. I hope this satisfies you and that in the future you will be sure you have all the details down pat before you send daily programs to participants. Adele W., NY _Note from The International Kitchen: The hotel provided a complimentary trip to Lake Como._

Trip Details

Your 3 cooking courses will be a combination of hands-on and demonstration, and will include:

  • A class on the famed ‘pizzoccheri’ pasta and ‘sciatt’ fritters
  • A class on traditional pasta sauces
  • A dessert class on Valtellina cakes and desserts


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