Pilates, Photography and Cooking holidays in Italy
Pilates, Photography and Cooking holidays in Italy

Cooking holidays in Italy with our top Italian chefs

    Our Italian chefs will teach you how to cook delicious Italian and Sicilian dishes.

Classes are taught in small groups, creating plenty of opportunities for one-to-one tuition in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. All the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced so the perfect way to create some wonderful recipes. Inspired by our chef and what you have learned you can take a break mid-way through the morning to relax on the terrace with a refreshing drink and enjoy the wonderful views from the villa, or chat with our chef or fellow guests about the world of Italian cuisine. Once the cooking is complete, you'll be able to enjoy your food and cookery skills with new-found friends during a relaxed lunch or dinner.

Sample Itinerary for your week with us.

The Itinerary here is purely a sample and will depend on which venue and activity you choose.

Private transfer from Palermo Airport to our stunning Sicilian villa. Time to enjoy a welcome aperitivo on the terrace followed by a light supper prepared at the villa by our very own personal Italian chef.

Buon Giorno!  Breakfast al fresco and then it's time to meet your chef and begin your first cooking lesson, followed by lunch on the terrace. Free time in the afternoon to relax, enjoy the pool or go for a stroll into the local village. Join us then for an aperitivo and dinner at the villa.

Breakfast in style and then it's time for your second cooking lesson. Then off to a wine tasting at Planeta, a leading winemaker in Sicily. We have our private tasting at Ulmo - Planeta's private estate on the shores of Lake Arancio. Time for some fresh air at the ocean (to dissipate the wine fumes!) and a stroll along the beach. Appetites awakened its back to the villa for a sumptuous dinner.

This morning our chef will teach you some more amazing tricks to improve your skills.  Lunch on the villas' terrace and then some free time. Enjoy a stroll into the local town or if you prefer relax by the pool with your favourite book, before another sumptuous dinner in paradise.

An early breakfast before our departure for the beautiful archeological park of Segesta. Then
onto Castellamare De Golfo for a stroll around this lovely fishing village and lunch. Off to
Tonnaro de Scopello for a swim in crystal clear waters, a tiny jewel of a fishing village made
famous in the movie Oceans 12. In the afternoon we will visit Erice for some local shopping and a stroll around this medieval town and then take the cable car down, returning back to the villa for aperitivo and dinner.

Start the day with a healthy breakfast. Followed by your cooking lesson and lunch. Afternoon relaxing by the pool. An early evening departure for dinner at Da Vittorio’s stunning beach side restaurant as the sun begins to set. Giorgio Locatelli recently said .... My favourite place is Da Vittorio Ristorante, a fish restaurant on the beach in Porto Palo di Menfi. There's no menu, but the antipasti might include red prawns, octopus in oil and lemon juice or marinaded anchovies - whatever the fishermen have caught that day - and the mains might be pasta with sea urchins, pasta with mixed seafood, or catch of the day grilled on the barbecue.Daily Telegraph 2015

Cooking lesson before breakfast. Departure for Marsala and optional wine tasting. Marsala is a lovely Baroque town famous for the dessert wine of the same name, which was actually created by a soap merchant from Liverpool in 1773. Time then for an afternoon boat trip to Mozia island
just off the coast to see the amazing salt pans. Returning then to nearby Marsala for a short visit. Then its back to the villa for our farewell dinner.

Breakfast and late morning departure for Palermo Airport.

*Please note this is a sample itinerary. All activities are subject to change, dependent on weather conditions, location, and Italian life!

What's included in your bespoke Cookery holiday

                         7 nights private accommodation in beautiful villa with pool
                         Italian chef (all dietary requirements catered for)
                         Sunset dinner at the beach

                         Lunch at Castellamare
                         All meals at the villa, unlimited wine and Prosecco
                         Fresh local produce and typical Sicilian dishes
                         Private wine tasting at local winery
                         Local boat trip (optional at approx 5 Euros)
                        10 hours of Cooking lessons
                        Personal Cookery assessment
                        Cable car transfer (optional at approx 5 Euros)
                        Bath robes and Jacuzzi
                        All excursions in air conditioned minibus     
                        Transfers from airport (subject to flight times, please ask when booking)




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We have many guests from all over the world and with our all inclusive holidays you don't need to worry about fluctuating currency exchange rates. Direct flights are now available from USA, Canada, South Africa and Australia to airports in Italy. If you need help or advice please contact us and we will be delighted to advise on the best options.


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