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Small-Group Cooking Lesson in Roman Countryside

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  • 7 hours (Approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Escape Rome for a day in the countryside learning how to cook authentic Italian dishes. 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 meal under the guidance of an instructor before sitting down to enjoy your creations with Italian wine. The class is limited to eight 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 traditional Italian meal
  • Learn how to match each dish to local wines
  • Maximum of eight participants ensures a highly personalized experience

Sample Menu


Traditional italian meal

What's Included

  • Cooking lesson and lunch
  • Use of apron and cooking utensils
  • All ingredients for your lunch
  • Small-group cooking class (maximum 8 people)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Via Ludovisi, 60, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
    Meeting Point is in Via Ludovisi, 60 (next to the entrance of Ludovisi's parking).

Departure Time

  • 8:30 AM

Return Details

  • Returns to original departure point

What To Expect

Spend an idyllic day in the Roman countryside, where you can immerse yourself in the glorious Italian tradition of cooking. 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 traditional meal, from appetizer to dessert. Work with three different types of homemade pasta and 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.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Vegetarian cooking classes can also be catered for, please specify when booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Operated by Gray Line I Love Rome by Carrani Tours

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Cooking Lesson in Roman Countryside?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Cooking Lesson in Roman Countryside?

A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Pro tip: try to skip breakfast if you can, you're definitely going to need the extra space!
Although the same or similar classes are offered in Rome, we very much enjoyed the trip to the town of Mazzana Romana and the change from the City.
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A wonderful experience!!
Jeri_G, Nov 2021
What a great day! We shopped at local markets to get food, the chef integrated our interests into the menu and we arrived at his weekend house about an hour after leaving Rome. So far from the hustle of the city. We made sauces, pasta using different proteins. He created a side dish from the potatoes I sliced too thickly! It was a wonderful day, full of learning and laughter and lots to eat! Would highly recommend this activity!!
6 star cooking class
ronald_t, Oct 2021
My wife wanted to take a italian cooking class while traveling in itLy on our 31 anniversary. We lucked out with fabio.were only couple scheduled in class. Fabio took us to his weekend apt in a 2000 year old village north of rome. We made numerous pastas and sauses from scratch. Fabio says these classes are not work but pure enjoyment for him. It shows. He's taught dr. Oz and jeff bezos, but he treated us as a special as the celebrities. This class is a must.
A fantastic culinary experience and great fun
John_R, Sep 2021
Fabio was charming, incredibly knowledgeable, and very patient. He guided us through the making of multiple dishes (5, I think), learning hands-on as we made pasta from scratch and gnocchi from a single potato that he bought at the local market. Mazzano Romano is a picturesque medieval village about 40 minutes outside the heart of Rome. Fabio is a great host, a terrific teacher, and now a friend.
Great experience!
Jessica_H, Aug 2021
This was such a lovely experience! My daughter and I went together and made three different pastas, a main dish, a side, and dessert. Our chef Monica was amazing and such a good teacher. We learned several new tricks to bring back home with us!
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Dear Guest, thank you, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a nice review! Thanks for your kind words about our chef Monica, we work hard to deliver the best service possible, and we’re glad it showed during your visit! Kind regards, the Gray Line I Love Rome Team
Delicious and fun excursion!
Stephanie_M, Feb 2020
What an incredible day. We had the most delicious, and memorable time with Chef Elisa and Roy. We started off in the Roman countryside in a beautiful, small town called Mazzano Romano where we went to 3 markets; the first was to purchase our vegetables (artichokes, tomatoes, garlic, broccoliromano), the second to purchase our meats (free range chicken, beef, and sausages), and the third market was where we bought our ricotta, eggs, and bread. Then we headed to a castle built in the 1500s and made magic! We learned how to make Nonna’s Pizza, bruschetta with sausage, 4 kinds of pasta, chicken cacciatore, and chocolate lava cake. Elisa and Roy were terrific — so patient, friendly, and funny! The day was filled with learning and laughs. Definitely recommend!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great day, great food!
Sagie_S, Jan 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed our day! Monica and her assistant were amazing, caring, thoughtful! The food was delicious! The small town was beautiful and charming! Highly recommended!
Wonderful way to learn Italian cooking
Linda M, Jan 2020
We had a great day with Marco and Roy in Mazzana Romana. Although the same or similar classes are offered in Rome, we very much enjoyed the trip to the town of Mazzana Romana and the change from the City. All of the logistics went smoothly and on time. The shopping in Mazzana was fun and location for the lesson was charming. The food turned out to be delicious. But Marco and Roy were the best part of the trip. They were easy to be with and yet very professional. We truly did learn about Italian cooking and had a wonderful day doing it.
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Dear Linda, we want to bring Italy's culinary traditions to life by our guests with these food activities we operate all year long. In fact, we increase the number of tours involving food and Italian recipes in the spring and summer period, so please don't hesitate to look at our website next time you're in our country. We're glad you spent quality time with Marco and Roy as you shopped for food and learned some cooking technics based on Italian centuries-long relation with food, with roots stretching to antiquity. Best regards, the Gray Line I Love Rome Team
Amazing experience!
Christian_R, Dec 2019
I had so much fun in this class! Elisa and Cornelia were both phenomenal. It's quite a drive to Mazzano Romano but the town itself is very nice and gives you a good small town feel. I enjoyed the market aspect of the tour where they will take you to a local butcher and other stores. We helped in cooking a lot of things - 6 to be exact. And since we did this on my birthday, they even baked a chocolate cake for me! I highly recommend this tour. Pro tip: try to skip breakfast if you can, you're definitely going to need the extra space!
Fabiolous Cooking Day
VernaL_M, Oct 2019
It was fabulous! Loved the drive into the countryside, the local shopping for our meal was delightful at 3 stops. Once secured, we walked to the home of a chef and were taught as we gathered around the kitchens island. This was hands on and so delightful as we got to know each other and learn from our female chef and her 2 assistants. They were so professional, courteous and delightful! Our meal was delicious! And served In The dining room of his home—-magnificent! GRAZIE, chef Eliy!
Amazing and lots of fun - Way ahead of any of our expectations
Joanne_E, Oct 2019
Likely one of the tours or events we most enjoyed on our 10 day cruise and Rome holiday - Elisa and her staff made us feel extremely comfortable - The group included just myself, my wife, and my son. We were driven to a countryside town, small town of 1600 people, went along with Elisa to buy the fresh food in small shops and then made our way to the unit where we cooked - it was very comfortable and spacious enough for us to relax, drink, cook and eat the food. And the foo was some of the best I have ever had - the taste was amazing - from a real chef who knows what she is doing. Highly recommend this as an adventure you would not normally do.


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