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The Best of Italy!

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Venice-Florence-Tuscany-Umbria-Cortona-Amalfi Coast, Italy - 15 nights
Available year round

The Best of Italy trip is for those who either have been to Italy before but perhaps did not have time to experience all of the "must-sees" of this beautiful country or for those who are making this their first trip to bella Italia. Make your trip to Italy an experience of a lifetime! Take the guessing out of where to go and what to see. This tour has it all, taking you from Venice, Florence to Rome and the Amalfi Coast. See the Chianti region of Tuscany with its fabulous wineries, as well as the Umbrian countryside. You will understand why people talk about Siena and San Gimignano and Cortona. Taste the famous Brunello wines in Montalcino and have lunch at an Italian farmhouse.


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Amalfi Coast Walking and Cooking

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Amalfi Coast, Italy - 6 nights
Available March to October


We have designed the perfect combination of walking and cooking lessons for this six night experience on the Amalfi Coast. Spend one night in a beautiful three star superior hotel in a small village on the Amalfi Coast and five nights in a four star hotel in the popular village of Positano. You will have guided walking tours so as to work off all of the delicious food and wine you will consume on this fabulous getaway!

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Amazing Amalfi!

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Amalfi Coast, Italy - 5 nights
Available March to October


The Amalfi coast is one of the most romantic spots in the world. Spend five fabulous nights at a beautiful oceanfront hotel while enjoying hands-on cooking classes from a talented chef in a Michelin restaurant, with excursions to the area's finest spots, all with some time for relaxing and shopping for the treasures that this magical area has to offer. 

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Captivating Capri

(Options: Customized Itineraries, Trekking)
Capri, Italy - 6 nights
Available March to October


The island of Capri captivates everyone who visits. You will stay at a beautiful four star boutique hotel with a swimming pool in the most exclusive village in Capri. Enjoy cooking lessons with a professional chef where you will learn how to use wonderfully fresh ingredients with recipes you can recreate at home for family and friends.

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Home Cooking on the Amalfi Coast

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Amalfi Coast, Italy - 3, 5 or 7 nights
Available year round


High up in the hills lies a beautiful home where you will enjoy cooking lessons from a self taught Italian woman who specializes in typical regional dishes. The home in which you will stay has been recently renovated with love and each room is tastefully detailed. Take in the gorgeous view of the Amalfi Coast while you relax on the property during your free time. Choose from a three, five or seven night itinerary including family recipes, foodie visits with a chance to immerse yourself in this scenic area of Italy. 


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Positano Cooking

(Options: Customized Itineraries)
Positano, Italy - 5 nights
Available April to October


Anyone who has ever traveled to the Amalfi coast raves about its gorgeous coastline, wonderful people and its tranquility. During this holiday, you will stay in a beautiful four star hotel with a sea view, take hands on cooking lessons with a talented and popular chef, visit a working farm and have lunch with the owners and enjoy all that the area has to offer, including a guided visit to the wondrous Pompeii. Indulge in delectable cuisine, world famous wines and immerse yourself in the Italian way of life. Positano is the most charming and picturesque village on the Amalfi Coast and boasts breathtaking views, the best shops and gourmet restaurants.


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Sorrento's Kitchen

Sant'Agata, Italy - 4 or 6 nights
Available year round


Learn to cook traditional and authentic dishes from southern Italy and Sorrento by participating in hands-on cooking classes in a spacious professional kitchen. You will stay in a luxurious five star boutique hotel in the Sorrento peninsula, with a gorgeous ocean view. Perfectly situated, this lovely area is 8K (5 miles) from the village of Sorrento and 10K (7 miles) from Positano, two of the most beautiful places of the Amalfi Coast. The hotel was once an ancient villa that was built in 1892 and was also the birthplace of the owner of the property. With the use of local and organic vegetables and the finest of ingredients, you will learn recipes from a talented professional chef who will help you discover this delicious Neapolitan cuisine.

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Enchanting Apulia

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Apulia, Italy - 5 nights
Available year round


This enchanting region of southern Italy is a destination that you do not want to miss. It is located in the south eastern tip of the Italian peninsula and forms the "heel" of the boot of Italy. Apulia (or "Puglia" in Italian) is one of the richest archaelogical regions in Italy. During this five night stay, you will stay in two 4 star accommodations. One hotel is located in a small village and the other is a historic mansion in the Salento region, the southernmost area. You will be able to experience the area through guided visits to points of interest and of course you will be immersed in the area by indulging in the delicious cuisine this area offers through cooking classes and tastings of local products.

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Southern Apulia Food and Culture

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Apulia, Italy - 7 nights
Available year round


Come with us on a discovery of the art, food and wines of this enchanted land. The Salento area is the most interesting and rich in masterpieces of art in the Puglia (Apulia) region.Salento is a land full of history and traditions whose strong points are its natural and architectural beauties, its hospitality, its magical atmosphere, its warm sun, its crystal sea and its dreamlike coast.     


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The Active Yogi in Cinque Terre

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Cinque Terre, Italy - 6 nights
Available April to October  


If you are a yoga instructor looking for your next destination for bringing a group of students on a memorable European retreat, take a look at our active Cinque Terre program. You and your guests will enjoy fabulous accommodations, along with your daily yoga classes, a hands-on cooking lesson, guided hiking and biking and of course a full immersion in the delicious Ligurian cuisine of this fascintating region of Italy! Alternatively, if you are not a yoga instructor but are interested in this program, we have the perfect yoga instructor here in Italy for your yoga retreat. 

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Cinque Terre Cooking and Walking

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Cinque Terre, Italy - 5 nights
Available March to October  


Immerse yourself in the delicious Cinque Terre cuisine with a chef who was born and grew up in this area near Levanto. Your hands-on lessons will feature typical Ligurian cuisine and simple, yet fresh and flavorful ingredients many of which will be picked from the garden of the farmhouse. You will also have a couple of guided walks in the area and if you'd like we can even add some other more challenging hikes.

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Portofino Cooking and Discovery

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Portofino, Italy - 5 nights

Available March to November 


Put Liguria on your bucket list! Liguria is one of the loveliest and most picturesque regions of Italy. This region is home to captivating seaside villages such as Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino and Camogli and further south to the simply darling Cinque Terre hamlets of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, not forgetting beautiful Portovenere just below the Cinque Terre. The coastline is breathtaking, with pastel colored villages crowned with medieval churches and abbeys rising up on dramatic rocky outcrops, and vineyards and olive groves descending vertically down to the turquoise sparkling sea. 

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The Flavours of Rome

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Rome, Italy - 4 nights
Available year round - Monday to Friday (excluding mid July to end of August)


Spend four nights in the Eternal City! While here you will learn to cook like a native Italian in the center of ancient Rome. You will stay in a 4 star hotel (or 3 star hotel if you prefer) and have a guided walking tour, two hands-on cooking classes at the chef's elegant private home and a personalized tour of the most famous ancient gastronomic markets in Rome. 

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The Tastes of a Roman Holiday

Rome, Italy - 6 nights
Available March to November - Sunday to Saturday or Monday to Sunday


Enjoy an amazing six night culinary holiday in the region of Lazio in the Roman countryside, an hour outside of Rome. You will stay in a completely renovated 18th century villa with beautifully decorated rooms in this lovely medieval hamlet. Through hands on cooking classes featuring a different course for each class, you will learn traditional recipes from local cooks whose recipes have been passed down from generation to generation. Depending on availability, you can choose between two different itineraries both with amazing accommodations. 

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Wines, Truffles and Palaces of Piemonte

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Piedmont, Italy - 6 nights
Available March to November


Piemonte is one of the most famous wine regions in the world, and it’s also famous for its superb gastronomic specialties such as truffles, cheeses and chocolate. On this tour you will travel through the heart of Piemonte from the enchanting landscapes of the Langhe hills with Barolo and Barbaresco wines to the spectacular vineyards of Monferrato, from the Sparkling wines to the white Truffle in Alba. 


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Culinary Sicily

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Sicily, Italy - 7 nights
Available year round (excluding August)


Discover the secrets of Sicily with this unforgettable seven night experience. Stay in three different accommodations while immersing yourself in the tastes and flavors of this very special land. Take hands-on cooking classes with wonderful instructors, including a Duchess and the famous Eleonora Consoli's daughter, Monica, visit areas of interest including The Valley of the Temples and enjoy the culinary side of Sicily! You will be pleasantly surprised at how much Sicily has to offer.

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Sicilian Flavours

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Sicily, Italy - 6 nights
Available year round


Experience six days of magical travel through the stunning Sicilian landscape, meet and cook with a wonderful chef, Fabrizia Lanza, who follows in her famous mother Anna Tasca Lanza's footsteps. You will stay at her home, Casa Vecchie, as well as staying at two other beautiful accommodations during your stay. You will also have a market visit followed by a cooking class in Siracusa. This tour will allow you to discover the most traditional Sicilian dishes in Palermo, Agrigento, Catania, Siracusa, Taormina and the Etna Volcano area.

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Authentic Tuscan Cooking

(Options: Cycling, Longer/Shorter Stays, Wine Tours)
Tuscany, Italy - 7 nights
Available March to November - Saturday to Saturday


This culinary program is perfect for those who are lovers of all that is Tuscan – the charming medieval towns, the centuries old traditions, the people and their culture, the art and of course, the great food and wine!! You will enjoy hands-on cooking courses learning the art of Tuscan cuisine from our wonderful chefs in an original kitchen of a 14th century villa. We also offer vegetarian, vegan, celiac and organic cooking vacations so please inquire. Interested in cycling the hills of Tuscany? We we will just adjust the itinerary for you to include this activity. Just ask about the details and see a sample itinerary below!

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Classico Cooking Classes

Tuscany, Italy - 3 nights
Available April to October 


This culinary experience will be like no other. Stay in an abbey in the Chianti region that dates back to the 11th century and has since been turned into a spectacular wine resort. The estate became popular many years ago when the owner became a famous author and cookbook writer. Now these residential cooking courses are held by a celebrated and renowned Italian chef and are taught in English in the spring, summer and autumn. The property is also known as one of the locations where the Netflix series "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat" was filmed! Choose from a day or evening cooking class or our three night program where you will take four cooking classes.

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Cooking and Wine in Tuscany

(Options: E-bike rental, Guided Tour)
Tuscany, Italy - 3 or 6 nights 
Available April to October 


If you are looking for breathtaking views of the Tuscan hillside, a tranquil environment in which to relax and "take it all in", a traditional Tuscan property with beautifully decorated rooms, a hands-on cooking class, an option of adding e-bike rental or a guided tour, look no further! This program features a cooking class that takes place in your hosts' personal home with their professional chef, wine tastings at a small family run wine farm, a cheese tour and an organic pasta tour, a wine tasting of niche wines in the private cellar of the property and a customized tour of the area. Choose from a 3 or 6 night itinerary. Already have accommodation in Tuscany? Consider this spectacular location for a special cooking class. This tour has it all!


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Cook Like a Tuscan

Cortona, Italy - 3, 5 or 6 nights
Available year round 


Stay in a gorgeous 17th Century Relais & Chateaux property located in the quiet countryside of Tuscany, just over one mile from the beautiful walled Etruscan town of Cortona which has been written about in the very popular Frances Mayes books. Enjoy an unforgettable cooking vacation with hands-on cooking classes taught and held by owner and Michelin star chef Silvia Baracchi together with Executive Chef Richard Titi. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking panoramas of this famed area of Italy. This promises to be an incredible experience.  

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The Flavours of Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy - 6 nights
Available April to June, September to November - Sunday to Saturday


Whether you are a novice or experienced cook, this holiday will teach you all there is to know about Tuscan cuisine. Classes are taught by experienced and professional instructors in a beautiful state of the art, air conditioned kitchen where lessons are truly hands-on and conducted in English. Located between Viareggio and Lucca, the school lies within a beautiful 17th century old villa and all rooms have ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning. In your down time how about some bicycling, horseback or kayaking? One of our best selling cooking holidays! If you already have a place to stay, ask about joining in a day cooking class or truffle hunt followed by a truffle based lunch!

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Florentine Escape

(Options: Day Cooking Class, Customized Itineraries, Longer Stays, Market Visits)
Florence, Italy - 3 or 4 nights
Available year round


Treat yourself to a relaxing getaway in a small and elegant family-run hotel, located less than 10 minutes from the center of Florence. The relais is an excellent base for excursions in the Chianti area and has received many awards including Condé Nast Johansens Award Winner as "Most Excellent European Relais" and Karen Brown’s guide Award Winner as "Most Romantic Inn" and Trip Advisor's Award of Excellence. You can choose to have cooking lessons, learning the secrets of authentic Florentine and Tuscan cuisine.

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Homestyle Tuscan Cooking

Tuscany, Italy - 3 cooking classes 
Available year round (except week before Christmas) 


If you want to learn how to cook true Italian food, then these cooking classes are for you! You will learn traditional family recipes from Italians who have been giving hands-on cooking lessons for over 25 years. Classes are taught in English in an authentic country home, a beautiful stone farmhouse with an organic garden. We can suggest several lovely accommodations in quaint nearby villages. 

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Treasures of Tuscany

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Tuscany, Italy - 8 nights
Available March to November


Where better to learn the art of preparing Tuscan cuisine than Tuscany? This tour will provide you with the skills and knowledge to prepare authentic Tuscan menus using the jewels of the Italian kitchen. Take cooking classes with two different chefs, stay in two luxury accommodations and experience all that is Tuscan in this very special "foodie" tour designed exclusively for Active Gourmet Holidays' clients. Visit a saffron farm, enjoy wine and olive oil tastings, explore Siena, San Gimignano, Montalcino, Montefollonico, Montepulciano and Pienza. Benvenuto a Italia!


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Cooking and Walking in Medieval Umbria

(Options: Day Cooking Classes, Self Guided Version)
Umbria, Italy - 7 nights
Available year round


Umbria invites you to discover its history, beauty, delicious cuisine and warm people. This tour allows you to see all that this region has to offer by enjoying walking tours with a certified guide. You will be in awe of the beautiful Umbrian countryside with its vineyards and olive groves. Enjoy two hands on cooking classes at different venues so you can enjoy a couple of unique experiences with different instructors. 

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Cooking in an Umbrian Home

(Option: Customized Itineraries, Walking Tours)
Umbria, Italy - 3 nights
Available year round


Learn to cook with an Italian family who will show you the secrets of Umbrian cuisine. Your hostess has been conducting cooking courses for many years and invites you into her restored nineteenth century country house for day cooking classes or residential cooking programs. You can either choose to arrive on your own so you will have your own vehicle (the non-escorted tour) or if you choose not to have a vehicle you will be picked up at the train station and be accompanied during your tours and wine tasting.

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The Cuisine and Wine of Umbria

(Options: Customized Itineraries, Biking, Walking, Wine Tours, Shorter/Longer Stays)
Umbria, Italy - 2 or 4 nights 
Available March to October


This tour is for all food and wine lovers who would like to discover traditional Umbrian recipes and great wines! Spend time taking hands-on cooking classes, sampling wine, doing some sightseeing and relaxing in a beautiful 17th century patrician villa in the Umbrian countryside. Over the years this villa has been the home of nobles and has retained its large fireplaces, frescoes, ancient cotto floors and period furnishings and is the perfect setting for your getaway. And if truffles are your thing, you can also add a truffle hunt to your stay! 

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The Hidden Gems of Umbria

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Umbria, Italy - 7 nights
Available March to November


Discover the best kept secrets of this beautiful region of Italy. Go on a truffle hunt with truffle dogs and afterwards enjoy a lunch based on the dogs' findings, take a hands on cooking class, visit Assisi with a private art guide, enjoy an eco olive oil tour and tasting, sample fine wines and indulge in the incredible foods that Umbria has to offer. You will also be introduced to the unique experience of the "Quintana Joust World", a jousting competition founded by the ancient Umbrians. 


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Cooking in the Veneto with Giuliano Hazan

Verona, Italy - 6 nights
Available June and October - Sunday to Saturday


Experience a culinary adventure of a lifetime! Join Giuliano Hazan and Marilisa Allegrini (one of Italy's most distinguished producers of noble red wine) for a week of total immersion in Italian food, wine, and life. You will stay at an incredible villa, Renaissance Villa della Torre, near romantic Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet. It is here that the cooking classes take place and from where you will set off for exciting excursions, including a visit to a market, a winery, a traditional rice farm and a cheese and culatello production facility.

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"It was an absolutely marvelous week. The accommodations were superb. I loved the course, the host, and the Chambre d'Hote which is a lovely country house equipped with everything one could possibly need. I was incredibly pleased to when dealing with AGH. All in all, a fantastic experience that I hope to be able to repeat, perhaps in Italy next time." Anita D., Encinitas, California

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