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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

Suzanne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The absolute highlight of our entire 2 week trip! I cannot rave enough about this excursion...Chef Francesco was perfect in everyway from the time he picked us up to the time he dropped us off. He was extremely knowledgeable and very personable. The ride and the location is exquisite. We had the greatest group and everyone truly enjoyed cooking and eating together. Some of the group even went out to dinner after to That's Amore which was delicious and so much fun.

Theodore H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a great tour, set in a small town outside Rome. The food was wonderful and the class was fantastic. Small class setting really helps set the mood/style.

Ngayan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It is such a delightful experience. Our chef Francesco is excellent and very patient with us. He is also funny, cracking jokes along the way to warm up the group and make us more comfortable. I especially appreciate the small group setting. He is able to provide individual guidance if we are having some trouble with certain cooking techniques. We all learn a lot about real Italian cooking!
Along the way on the shopping trip prior to cooking and on the way out, Francesco shows us some interesting spots in this little village/town for a bit of history and picture taking of this quaint hamlet. The streets are narrow and we meet some local residents who are just so kind.
The best part of course is the eating. After we make all the goodies, Francesco cooks everything for us. First shows us how to do it, and then lets us sit down in the lovely dining room in this lovely home and then brings us all the courses. We are stuffed, totally stuffed, and are amazed at the quality of food we are able to make. Everyone in the group has a wonderful time, and we will highly recommend it!

Debra V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Best meal we had in Rome. Village was quaint, grocery shopping was as genuine Italian experience. Chef was at times both funny and exasperated by all the women in the group. I and #39;m sure he drank lots of vino that night :) but I learned lots and will make pasta again. You have to do this event!!!

Edelweiss P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was one of the most fun things my husband and I did in Rome! We enjoyed shopping for the food we would be cooking , too. The group was small everyone participated. The town and the house were lovely. The chef / teacher was patient and talented. The only suggestion I would make is , it would really have been nice to have been given the recipes for the dishes we made. We were given a web address where we were told we could find them. They are there, but not exactly the same. This being said, we would definitely recommend this Viator cooking class!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Kimberly H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing, recommend as a must do


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was one of the best cooking classes we have done in Europe. Just getting outside of Rome was fun and being picked up and dropped off at your hotel was an added treat. We shared the day with a delightful family which made the experience even better. Selecting your fruit, veggies, and meat from the local shops was an added bonus too. The entire day was just so much fun and the food was so good. We loved our chef and enjoyed being in a home atmosphere for the class. Would highly recommend this experience.

Christopher S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing amazing amazing!!! Early start to a long funfilled day. Our chef was great and was so patient with us non-chefs. The food was the best we had the entire trip. Can and #39;t say enough about this experience. If you are considering, DO IT!!!!

Julie A. B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

What a great tour for food lovers!
A small group of 6 ppl, a lovely and knowledgeable chef (and little helpers!) and some delicious, fresh local ingredients. There you have it : the perfect recipe for a fun and tasty cooking class!
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the food.

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