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Escape Rome for a day in the countryside learning how to cook authentic Italian dishes. You’ll travel from the city to the ancient village of Mazzano Romano, where your experience starts by shopping for ingredients at the local market. Then help to prepare and cook a traditional 4-course meal under the guidance of an experienced instructor before sitting down to enjoy your creations with Italian wine. The class is limited to 12 people to provide an intimate, small-group experience.   


  • Small-group Italian cooking class in the Roman countryside
  • Purchase cooking ingredients and experience local life in the market
  • Prepare and enjoy a 4-course Italian meal
  • Learn how to match each dish to local wines
  • Maximum of 12 participants ensures a highly personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Cooking Lesson in Roman Countryside

Small Group Cooking Lesson in Roman Countryside

Spend an idyllic day in the Roman countryside, where you can immerse yourself in the glorious Italian tradition of cooking. After hotel pickup in Rome, depart the city with your guide for the village of Mazzano Romano.

When you arrive, visit the local market to shop for ingredients for your cooking class. As you browse the food stalls, learn how to spot the freshest vegetables, eggs, spices and meat. Then head to a fully equipped kitchen, where your chef provides step-by-step instructions for preparing and cooking traditional Italian dishes.

The small-group class ensures you’ll receive personalized attention as you help to make a 4-course meal, from appetizer to dessert. You’ll work with three different types of homemade pasta, and you’ll learn how to pair dishes with the right varietal of wine to bring out the fullest flavors. When the cooking is over, sit down with your group to enjoy your meal with wine.

With a full stomach and newfound skills, your culinary experience ends with the drive back to Rome.  

Customer Reviews

Samuel and Laura M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We loved the cooking class and the house in the countryside was beautiful. Our instructor was a wonderful teacher and we had a lot of fun.

Kyle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Easily the best thing we did while in Rome! Highly recommend cooking and cultural experience!

Patricia R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was completely awesome and the food we cooked was great!! I would highly recommend this excursion to anyone even if you don't think you like to cook, this was a lot of fun!!!

Barbara K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We really enjoyed our cooking day. Francesco was easy to understand, entertaining, and taught us all a few new tricks in the kitchen. The food we prepared was delicious, and the house was fabulous.

Debra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It seems as though my last review was deleted-
I will keep this one short and sweet.
Our guide was fantastic, and he picked us up from Rome, took us shopping for our ingredients, and finally to San MArzano, a small town where our new kitchen was waiting for us. It was small, but comfortable and hospitable.
We made really delicious dishes, and were given a link to the recipes so that we can enjoy them at home. I would do this all over again, I could not have asked for a better experience.
10/10!! DO THIS!!!

Valerie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was the perfect way to spend our last day in Italy. Monica was warm and personable and made the day a great experience for all of us. We learned a lot from her about cooking, especially making pasta, and had one of our best meals in Italy!

Donovan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I absolutely loved this activity. The chef and his assistant were amazing and words cannot describe the beaty of the location. One of my favorite experiences of my two and a half week tour of Italy.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

One of the highlights of our trip. Small group experience we will never forget. The little town we shopped for ingredients, the guide/chef Frederico?was very amiable and the small house was exactly what I pictured a small town house in northern Italy to be. The food was superb and more importantly the memories will be unforgettable.

LIsa K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Does this class take place in a real medieval village? Yes. Is the meal that is prepared delicious and fun to learn? Yes. Is this class worth a day of your vacation and money it costs? Well, yes!
Francesco was our van driver and chef for the day. The class is small and intimate, allowing everyone to get to know each other the other family we met were Aussies. On the way to the class 40 minutes outside Rome we all stopped at various shops for the ingredients for the meal: butcher, produce stand, and cheese shop--which doubled as a village convenience store that also sold mops and brooms and American cereal.
The medieval home in which we cooked was indeed ancient, however the inside was beautiful and renovated, and it included air conditioning! It was perched over a cliff and looked down upon a waterfall.
Creating the classic Italian meal was not only fun, it was educational and gave me a sense of accomplishment--I never thought I could make my own pasta. And I do not exaggerate when I say that the meal we created was as good if not better than any meal I ate in a Roman restaurant and we ate in some pretty great restaurants while there.

Claudia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing experience, great chef and wonderful place!

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