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).


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I loved the town of Sondrio. I had been all over Italy except for the northern portion so that was my reason for choosing the Valtellina Valley class. The town was small enough to be charming but not so small that there wasn't enough to do. Although many of our dinners were at the hotel, we found some wonderful restaurants right off of the square where our hotel was situated. Our hotel, the Grand Hotel Della Posta, was amazing! It was beautifully decorated and by the end of the week we knew everyone there on a first name basis. The breakfast room in the basement level was amazing. It looks like a stone grotto. We were delighted when we walked in for the first time for breakfast. We never made it to the spa (also on that level) but it looked first-rate. After our cooking class, we would go outside to the outdoor dining are in the garden and have a glass of prosecco or two while we waited to be served what we had just learned to prepare. This was served with a nice bottle of wine as well. Karen and Richard at The International Kitchen were very courteous and helpful. All suggestions were good ones. I wanted to attempt driving while in Italy, and although we rented a car and drove one day, we were not comfortable doing so (standard transmission) and returned the car, opting for a driver to take us back to Milan. I think Karen suggested this originally and I should have just listened to her. Susan B., TX

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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