Our Cooking Tours in Italy & Portugal
We promise you will fall in love with each of our all-inclusive italy cooking vacations, as well as our culinary vacations in Portugal. They about much more than just sightseeing, food, and cooking. We create an experience of a lifetime, immersing you into the culture while giving you the sense of having found your home away from home. You will truly feel like family with us. We don’t do the traditional tour thing. When we cook, we are a group of friends doing hands on cooking classes based on traditional Italian family recipes. When we are on excursions, we are a group of friends exploring the beautiful hamlets and countryside together. It is a unique experience like none other, and time again our guests tell us it was the best vacation they had ever taken, and we had completely changed the way they will travel forever. Have a look at our hundreds of Italy Cooking Vacations reviews, and learn more about our:
A Truly Authentic Family Experience
It all started with a simple idea that we wanted people to experience the real Italy
. We had our own friends and family visit us regularly, and they always said they had the experience of their lifetimes visiting us. They said we had shown them the culture of food, family and friends in a way they could not imagine, and our parting was always in tears. They experienced olive oils from our trees, wine from our friends cellars, fresh ingredients from our farm, and we would even take them truffle hunting. So one day we thought that this simple idea was missing in tourism
. We would do exactly what we do with our own friends and family… and it worked.
It starts with location. There is nothing quite like small town hospitality when you get away from the areas infected with mass tourism. The people are warm and welcoming, and the more you eat their food and drink their wine, the more they fill with joy. That sense of Italian hospitality is our number one priority with every guest on our culinary holidays. Our goal with each guest is not to simply show you the sights and offer culinary experiences. It is to bring you into our family. Everything we do revolves around that premise. It is all so relaxed and fun. Our guests quickly find that we don’t treat them like customers. We treat them like visiting relatives (The kind we enjoy having, that is!). Of course, this sounds like marketing mumbo jumbo, but it simply isn’t. It is one of the reasons our guests so regularly tell us we far exceeded their expectations.
"Be" The View
People often talk about what they “saw” on their vacations. Our guests talk about what they “experienced”. While tourists are busy taking pictures of the beautiful sights they see, our guests are travelers. They are
the sights. That is because we integrate into the lifestyle as we fully immerse ourselves into local living.
. We are doing... not just seeing. So as every opportunity presents itself, we are right there. During the wine harvest, while others are wine tasting, we are harvesting grapes and making wine
. During the olive harvest, while others are buying new oil, we are making extra virgin olive oil from olives we picked together
. While others are just buying and eating fresh Italian cheese, we are making fresh ricotta cheese with a local shepherd
. The same goes with our Portugal vacations
, in which we always do what the locals do, and live like locals. Every trip with us is a new and unique life experience that our guests cherish for the rest of their lives.
Small & Intimate Groups
We need to get to know one another and all become friends and family, so our cooking holidays in italy
are all about small groups
. How do we transform a group of guests from customers to family?
One way is to limit the size of our groups. They are big enough to ensure we have compatible personalities, but small enough that people never feel like cattle. Like-minded people with a sense of fun and adventure, not to mention a love of good food and wine, become your extended family too. We eat in small town farm-to-table restaurants that don't handle large groups
, and we want to always make sure we have the best of the best. Add to that the fact that the cooking classes should be big enough to feel like a fun party, but small enough to get one on one learning. All said, we bring you a wonderful balance of hands-on cooking experiences, culinary outings, excursions to major sightseeing destinations, as well as some of Italy's most wonderful hidden treasures
. More importantly, for many of our guests, .
The family feel of our tours and vacations in italy
, as well as our Portugal tours
would go away quickly if you suddenly found us asking you to pay extra for something, so we don’t... never
. Unlike most other tour companies
, we won’t offer any optional add-ons... it is all just included on all of our culinary vacations
. From the moment we meet, we take care of all transportation, all classes, all excursions, all meals, etc. Because of this, we also make sure our schedule has something going on all day, from morning to night. Of course, you don’t have to do everything. If you prefer, you can always stay back and take it easy until you want to rejoin us, but you will always know we have something going on... and it is always included in the base price. In other words, if you were visiting friends and family, they would show you the time of your life... they wouldn't start hitting you up for money at every turn