Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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Veneto, Italy - 6 nights
(Options: Day Cooking Classes, Customized Itineraries)
Available May to June/September to October - Sunday to Saturday


Travel to Northern Italy for an Italian cooking vacation where hands-on classes with a professional chef take place in an amazing villa in the Veneto. Groups are kept small as you learn exciting dishes based on regional Italian recipes. In addition to daily cooking instruction, you will have guided visits to an artisan cheese producer, the famous Rialto fish and produce market, and a wine estate where you will have a tutored wine tasting. 


Your luxury accommodation for your six night culinary holiday is a magnificent 15th century palazzo. Frescoed ceilings, stone pillars, crackling fireplaces with each spacious en-suite bedroom impeccably designed with beautiful views of either the gardens or mountains.


Having been in the same family for over 500 years, the palazzo's "Contessa" will be happy to take you on a guided tour of this family home explaining its rich history.


Your cooking classes take place in a state of the art kitchen which opens onto the beautiful gardens of the villa. Each available week boasts a professional chef who will use the freshest ingredients in choosing the menus for your culinary adventure. 


The villa also has a very large built in swimming pool, with views of the Dolomite mountain range. A perfect setting for relaxing after your cooking classes with a glass of wine or prosecco!


Step into Italy for a memorable gastronomic immersion!









Welcome to bella Italia! You will be collected from Venice Marco Polo Airport at 4pm in an air-conditioned coach. Your fabulous cooking vacation in the Northern Veneto has begun! 

Upon your arrival to the palazzo, you will be welcomed with chilled Valdobbiadene Prosecco and regional cicchetti. 


You will have time to meet other guests with an introduction and will discuss recipes and ingredients for your upcoming cooking classes.



Enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner paired with top wines of the region. 






Breakfast is served each day and includes freshly baked local breads, regional cheeses and salumi, freshly baked cakes or brioches, seasonal fruits both fresh and poached, granola and cereal, locally made yoghurt, eggs, tea and coffee, and freshly squeezed orange juice.


This morning is your first hands-on cooking class. You will use seasonal produce to create dishes that are local to the Veneto region. During the week we will also broaden your knowledge of Italian cuisine.


Lunch will be "al fresco", in a light airy space leading from the kitchen to the villa's manicured gardens.



Afternoon at leisure – take in the beauty of the surrounding countryside, swimming, walking or simply taking a nap!



In the early evening you will have another cooking class followed by dinner. The dinner will incorporate the dishes from the today’s classes.





Breakfast followed by an early departure to Venice to visit the famous Rialto fresh fish and produce markets buying quality ingredients for your cooking lessons.


You will enjoy a private boat ride out to an island on the peninsula to sample a wine made from the ancient single grape variety Dorona, grown exclusively on the island.


Lunch will be a tasting menu at the highly acclaimed Vinoteca. 



Tonight's early evening cooking class will include fish and seafood bought from the market. Dinner will follow and will be paired with renowned Pieropan wines from this fabulous region of Italy.





Breakfast is followed by a morning hands-on cooking class.


Lunch will consist of your cooking class creations.



This afternoon is yours to do as you please. Relax, read, swim...



Depending on the group, there may be a short cooking class before tonight's early evening Prosecco tasting with the one of the region’s leading wine producers. This is followed by dinner incorporating dishes from the morning’s class.





Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the villa. Following breakfast you will partake in another hands on cooking class with your chef.


After the class you will be rewarded with lunch of your creations on the villa's terrace.  


In the early evening you will taste the delicious olive oils of the region followed by your second hands on cooking class of the day.



Time to go out on the town! Tonight's dinner will be at a local, family run restaurant serving delectable regional cuisine. 







Breakfast at the villa.


Today is a treat! You will have a visit in the morning to a fifth generation, artisan cheese-maker for a tour and a tutored tasting. 


Afterwards, return to the villa for lunch. 


Early evening cookery class followed by Venetian aperitivi and a farewell dinner of your creations paired with globally renowned Masi wines. 






Your Italian cooking vacation has come to an end but we hope the memories and recipes you have learned will last a lifetime.


Check-out is at 9am after breakfast. 




*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Menus are samples and may vary according to the season





A minimum of 4 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum 12 participants. (Please inquire about larger groups for customized itineraries)


(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)





Closest Airports/Train Station:

Venice Marco Polo Airport - 1 hour from accommodation


Treviso Airport - 1 hour from accommodation (transfers from Treviso airport can be arranged for an additional cost) 


 *These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.






2020 Fees Per Person


Deluxe Double/US$4125
Single Supplement/US$425



After availability is confirmed, a non-refundable 30% deposit and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due no later than 75 days before your arrival date.

2020 Dates

May 17-23
May 24-30
May 31-June 6
June 7-13
September 6-12
September 13-19
September 20-26
September 27-October 3




*Transfers from/to Venice Marco Polo Airport to the palazzo (designated times only - please see itinerary above)
*Six (6) nights’ accommodation in an en-suite room
*Six (6) breakfasts
*Five (5) lunches (one of which is in Venice) - (wine and drinks included)
*Six (6) dinners (one of which is at a local restaurant) - (wine and drinks included)
*Six (6) hands-on cooking classes with a professional chef (plus a possible short class Wednesday evening before prosecco tasting)
*All tours and tastings as described in itinerary 
*Complimentary WiFi


Airfare, travel insurance and personal expenses are not included.



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Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.






Furnishd upon request.


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Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!


Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,
New York, New York

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