Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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Rome, Italy
Available year round 


Welcome to Roma! During your stay why not delve into the culinary traditions of this very special place? Take a pasta cooking class and enjoy a walking tour along cobblestone streets in this enchanting city of Rome. You will be taught by an experienced chef who will share with you the knowledge of authentic Italian cuisine. You can also choose a traditional Italian cooking class taking place in a medieval village about 30 minutes outside of Rome. 




Spend a fabulous day on an exclusive island in Rome which is missed by most tourists. Your class will take place in a private apartment where you will learn Italian cooking techniques and the skills from your passionate chef. You will cook delicious Italian dishes focusing on making fresh pasta dishes. 


The aim of the course is to give you the techniques needed to cook different pasta dishes as well as one meat dish (vegetarians can be catered to) that will give you the skills to make and cook delicious fresh pasta to impress your friends back home. 


Before the pasta making class your host will take you on a walking tour of Rome’s food shops ending up at the famous Rome outdoor food market the Campo de' Fiori. Here you will discover the gastronomic delights of Rome. 


Your meeting point will be in central Rome around 9.30am to start your walking tour of the local food and wine shops and the Campo de' Fiori market. Then you will head to the private apartment on the island for your pasta making cooking class. 


Cooking classes run for around 4 hours followed by a sit down meal enjoying what you have prepared, accompanied by local wines from the region finishing about 3pm in the afternoon.




Located a short drive away from the bustling center of Rome is a medieval village; an oasis of calm and beauty and the setting for your cookery course. Steeped in natural beauty, the village with its clean environment is a popular retreat for many Roman families looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Rome’s city center.


Under the guidance of your fun and friendly chef who is passionate about Italian cooking, you will immerse yourself in Italian life to discover the gastronomic delights of Rome. The aim of the cookery course is to give you the techniques needed to cook that will give you the skills to make and cook delicious dishes to impress your friends back home.


The day begins at a meeting point at 8.30am for the drive to the medieval village (30mins-1 hour drive depending on the traffic). After arrival the chef will take you on a walking tour so you can appreciate the beauty of the village and see where the local Roman city dwellers escape. During your walking tour, you will discover more about the local food shops, market and history of the village seeing life through a local’s eyes.


After your walk, you will head back to the cooking school to start your cooking lesson which lasts for around 3-4 hours after which you will sit down together and eat the delicious meal you have learned to cook accompanied by local wines from the region finishing about 3pm in the afternoon. Cooking courses concentrate on techniques and skills to make fresh, seasonal Italian dishes and rather than focusing on working from a recipe, your chef will give you the confidence to create your own dishes for a typical Italian menu from antipasta to dessert. At the start of your day, the chef will discuss her ideas for the day’s cooking and what you will cover during your one day cooking course.


After you have eaten, you will be driven back to the center of Rome, with new skills and knowledge that will stay with you long after the class is over. 


*Photos by Jennifer D'Angelo Swain






A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 8 participants.


(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/Fiumicino Airport (about 20 miles) and Ciampino Airport (about 15 miles)






2019 Fees Per Person


Walking Tour and Cooking Class/US$145
Full Day Cooking Experience in a Medieval Village/US$170


*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation



After availability is confirmed, the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation along with full payment.  


2019 Dates

Available year round upon request.





*Hands-on cooking course with corresponding lunch or dinner with wine
*Walking tour of Rome's food shops




*Hands-on cooking course with corresponding lunch or dinner with wine
*Transportation to and from the class 



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Marianne D.

Great way to spend the day! Beautiful scenery and superb food! Thanks for memories that will last a lifetime"

Diane T.

"I made Ravioli, Involtini and Bruschetta for my family today!!! started at NOON and we ate at 3:30pm whew! I'm all worn out!"


Judy B.

"I want to thank you again for the wonderful tour, lesson, and food.  I will always remember your warmth and patience. Thanks for making my day a truly memorable one. I am looking forward to receiving the recipes and trying them out on my friends and family. I will recommend your class without hesitation."


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"Dear Jo-Ann - We just had the most amazing week. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. We are already planning a "make your own pasta party" at our house to introduce friends to the very unique flavours we tried and made! Jo-Ann, the others who came through Active Gourmet - Ed, Cathy and Kelly were all very complimentary about the service they had received from you, as were we. I was hugely impressed with your immediate attention to every detail and I will certainly recommend friends to your website if they are considering similar trips to ours." - Joneen and Ray S., Auckland, New Zealand

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