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Learn the secrets of the Italian kitchen with this 6-hour cooking class in La Spezia. Led by an expert chef, begin at the local market to select fresh seafood and vegetables for your dishes. Then, bring your ingredients to the kitchen of a nearby ‘osteria.’ Receive hands-on training in your small group as you craft three courses of delicious Ligurian cuisine, sitting down to feast on your creations afterward. Numbers are limited to ten people to keep the experience intimate. 


  • 3-hour Italian cooking lesson in La Spezia
  • Visit a local marketplace and shop for ingredients
  • Prepare the meal in a small and friendly local restaurant kitchen
  • Learn the secrets behind making Ligurian cuisine
  • Sit down to an authentic, freshly prepared Italian meal with drinks
  • Small-group experience with a maximum of 10 people ensures personalized attention

What You Can Expect

Cinque Terre Cooking Lesson in La Spezia

Visit a local market and learn all the secrets for creating a typical Italian meal

Begin your day at La Spezia Centrale railway station, just a few minutes ride from Cinque Terre, where you’ll join up with your instructor and small group.

Stroll through the charming streets until you reach the bustling atmosphere of the local market. Follow your guide through the stalls brimming with bright produce, cheese and seafood. As you meet the vendors, learn how to select the perfect mussels, freshest fish and top-notch regional vegetables, with occasional sampling along the way. Equipped with some insider’s tips, help your guide pick and choose the ingredients for your lesson.

Materials in hand, head to the town center. Step inside the kitchen of a quaint Italian restaurant, roll up your sleeves and throw on an apron to get started.

Your chef will discuss the philosophy behind the slow food movement while you take a look at your recipes and ask any questions you may have. (A sample menu can be found in the Itinerary section below.) Then, under the watchful eye of your instructor, get cooking, chatting with your fellow chefs as you go.

Afterward, feast on the fruits of your labor as you enjoy your 3-course lunch. Toast to your success with some complimentary wine, as well as water and soft drinks.

After a relaxed day of cooking, eating and good conversation, your lesson will conclude. Leave with some printed recipes of your meal so you can take a piece of Liguria home with you. 


Customer Reviews

Chris B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was amazing!

Denise D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The trip to the open market was both educational and fun. Alessandro is very kind and allow me to participate and selection of the ingredients and menu. Sonya, the chef and his wife, was just wonderful too! I learned some great techniques with seafood and risotto. Enjoyed every minute of my lesson, and eating the results I MADE! The other staff at the restaurant were so lovely and kind also. I thoroughly enjoyed this private lesson with them, and would recommend!

John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

What fun! It was the 1st time I ate mussels and enjoyed them. The trip to the market was interesting and educational. Cooking and eating what we cooked, was divine.

Valerie K B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was fabulous. We loved the Chef and owner of the restaurant - she was a great teacher and her choice of recipes were perfect to bring home and replicate - although we will never in the states have such great mussels. I can't say enough good things. We were met at the train station as planned, taken to the market to buy some of the food for the meal and after preparing our dishes were served what we had made with experience for anyone who enjoys cooking. Bravo!!!!

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This rewarding and engaging experience was a true delight. From our trip to the market with Andres to watch him select and purchase the ingredients for the dishes we would be making to our time in the kitchen with Silvia, learning recipes and techniques for three delicious dishes, to sitting down in the dining room and being served the meals we had prepared, as well as an additional treat Silvia prepared for us, along with all the wine we requested and a tasty desert surprise, this was an incredible experience that we will treasure for years to come.

Kathleen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Loved it. Both Chef and staff were friendly, food was of course good. A very good experience for me, the only student!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Meet-up was easy as we were contacted well in advance and were given clear instructions. Shopping was very fun and informative, and the cooking lesson was also great. We had nice company and a superb lunch afterwards.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was an incredible opportunity to cook regional cuisine in a lovely restaurant the staff were kind and accomodating and the food was delicious. Truly a once in a life time experience I would recommend to anyone


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The kitchen staff was lovely, and I learned so much! Thank you!

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