If mastering pasta, or gnocchi or risotto while truly experiencing la dolce vita is your goal...a culinary tour in Italy can be a deliciously rewarding and enriching option!
Florence, Italy is where I first fell in love with pasta and all things Italian but there are numerous destinations for you to choose from.
You'll find a collection of tempting culinary tours to choose from below. Buon viaggio!
The Italians, of course, are true masters of pasta. In addition to cooking magnificent fresh and seasonal dishes, they have perfected the art of shopping, preparing, serving and lingering over everyday meals. Savoring life - and especially food - with friends and family is what the Italians do best...La Dolce Vita, the sweet life. Learning how to make pasta from an authentic Italian cook will enrich your travels and your culinary skills!
See for yourself how fun a culinary class can be. Watch these highlights from an Italian cooking lesson in Rome on making fresh pasta...Roman style. Yum! (If the video isn't showing, please refresh the page. Thanks!)
SEE ALSO: Online Cooking School (review & video) ______________________________________________________________________
Artviva.com From their website..."Our Tours: We have small group public tours available daily throughout most of the year at a very good price per person and exclusive private tours with your own personal guide. Creative by Design: Traveling that engages, informs, entertains and delights the senses. That's what Artviva is all about. Always leading the field, Artviva is constantly evolving and perfecting our tour offerings. We are very proud to play a special role in Italy; that of bringing the magnificent art, culture and history to many travelers every year. Every tour is carefully designed to extract the essential ingredients for ensuring you leave feeling almost like a native. We’ve researched the most interesting stories, anecdotes and fascinating facts to invigorate your spirit." [...]
From their website..."Our guests are guests, not clients. They discover the true Italy that so few fully experience. They live the passion for Italian country cooking and wine that is at the heart of life in Tuscany, Umbria and Sicily, Italy. Our small group All-Inclusive Italian Cooking, Wine & Cultural Vacations offer you the magical experience of Italian culture like nothing else can. They are personal and intimate, with group sizes that never exceed 18 people so we all become close friends. You will be among the locals, shop with the villagers, tour like an Italian, and experience a completely real Italian experience that other tourists completely miss out on. Our vacations are about truly living the Italian life... while others come to Italy to see the sights, our guests live the lifestyle of those sights." Watch a video here! ______________________________________________________________________
(featured in the How to Make Ricotta and Herb Filled Ravioli video)
Italian Restaurant, villa and cooking classes
From their website..."Full immersion in the production of handmade Anolini, Tortelli, Ravioli, Noodles, Pasta and Stringoni Rasa. Duration: 3 hours. Cost: € 120.00 per person with wine tasting of prepared dishes (€ 100.00 for those staying at the Relais and groups more than 10 persons) Period: all year round by reservation - minimum two people." ______________________________________________________________________
Italy Cooking Vacations and Culinary Tours
From their website..."Just as there is a special art to preparing Italian dishes, there is also an art to serving and consuming this world-class cuisine. Unlike faster paced societies of the world, meal time in Italy is a time to kick back and relax. The average Italian meal is three hours long in which friends and extended family members consume 10 courses or more. When traveling through Italy on a cooking vacation, indulge yourself in the Italian lifestyle as you discover their passion for food and wine, learning both the art of preparation and the art of consumption. Take in regional techniques, ingredients, and family recipes that have been passed down over the centuries." ______________________________________________________________________
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Join special Romagna harvest culinary tour...
From their website..."Special harvest time departure features: Learn to cook in two quite different cookery schools, taste amazing wine, sensational olive oil with a local wine and food tour leader very special harvest dinners in Bertinoro’s Ca de Be, Palazzo Baldini and Relais Villa Roncuzzi and much more…" ______________________________________________________________________
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If you do go on any of these trips, please share your feedback with us by leaving a comment! I might even consider creating a trip of my own someday if there is enough interest! I'll be adding more tours soon! If you have been on a tour and want to share it with our readers, leave a comment or send me an email!