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Escape Rome for a day in the countryside learning how to cook authentic Italian dishes. Travel from the city to the ancient village of Mazzano Romano, where your experience starts by shopping for ingredients at the local market. Then help to prepare and cook a traditional meal under the guidance of an instructor before sitting down to enjoy your creations with Italian wine. The class is limited to eight people to provide an intimate, small-group experience.
  • Small-group Italian cooking class in the Roman countryside
  • Purchase cooking ingredients and experience local life in the market
  • Prepare and enjoy a traditional Italian meal
  • Learn how to match each dish to local wines
  • Maximum of eight participants ensures a highly personalized experience
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Traditional italian meal
Cooking lesson and lunch
Use of apron and cooking utensils
All ingredients for your lunch
Small-group cooking class (maximum 8 people)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Via Ludovisi, 60 , Via Ludovisi, 60, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Meeting Point is in Via Ludovisi, 60 (next to the entrance of Ludovisi's parking).

8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Spend an idyllic day in the Roman countryside, where you can immerse yourself in the glorious Italian tradition of cooking. Depart the city with your guide for the village of Mazzano Romano.

When you arrive, visit the local market to shop for ingredients for your cooking class. As you browse the food stalls, learn how to spot the freshest vegetables, eggs, spices, and meat. Then head to a fully equipped kitchen, where your chef provides step-by-step instructions for preparing and cooking traditional Italian dishes.

The small-group class ensures you’ll receive personalized attention as you help to make a traditional meal, from appetizer to dessert. Work with three different types of homemade pasta and learn how to pair dishes with the right varietal of wine to bring out the fullest flavors. When the cooking is over, sit down with your group to enjoy your meal with wine.

With a full stomach and newfound skills, your culinary experience ends with the drive back to Rome.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Vegetarian cooking classes can also be catered for, please specify when booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line I Love Rome by Carrani Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Cooking Lesson in Roman Countryside?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Cooking Lesson in Roman Countryside?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "Pro tip: try to skip breakfast if you can, you're definitely going to need the extra space!" See review
  • "Although the same or similar classes are offered in Rome, we very much enjoyed the trip to the town of Mazzana Romana and the change from the City." See review


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Part of one of the best holidays ever!
, Jun 2022
I have to say that Fabio provided one of the most unique and enjoyable experiences I have ever had on holiday. He was so generous in sharing his home and kitchen in Mazzano. He is not only spectacularly qualified as a chef, but he also has a gift for teaching his techniques and makes the entire experience memorable. There was so much learning packed into a few hours and I am convinced Fabio and his assistants can turn anyone into a better cook. I cannot recommend this experience enough!
ROY made our day! We all wanted to take him home!
, Jun 2022
ROY was awesome! Cheerful, funny and helpful. Monica adapted easily to closed butcher shop and took our suggestions! The family of 4 in our group were delightful! A wonderful day! Learned a lot!
Lovely day making pasta in the country!
, Jun 2022
Couldn’t hear much of Fabio’s references to sites on drive in and he was a bit grumpy/critical at first, but he warmed up and we had a wonderful time. The food was amazing- would’ve been great to have written/printed recipes to take and was a little challenging to get answers to some basic questions that would’ve expected to be able to hear on from an experienced chef but was otherwise great hands on technical exercise and experience in his beautiful country home, and he was very welcoming into his home for us to linger for some time after.
Unforgettable and Unique Experience
, May 2022
Outstanding experience in a small village about one hour outside of Rome. We had a wonderful time with Vittoria and Roy, who were lovely conversationalists and outstanding hosts. The trip included visits to local grocers/markets, in addition to great hands-on learning for several dishes. Plenty of food (and wine) for everyone. We highly recommend this cooking lesson for anyone who is hoping to enjoy a unique experience in a place you might not otherwise visit. Truly unforgettable and well-worth the money -- easily the best cooking lesson experience I have ever had the opportunity to take.
Amazing experience!!
, Apr 2022
What a fantastic experience! Chef Fabio took us to a market in the village and bought the food we needed to make a five-course meal. I had told him I made my mom’s version of spaghetti carbonara (with bacon and eggs sort of cooked) and so he made me a REAL carbonara that was the best I ever had—better than the restaurant we went to in Rome. He gave us some excellent cooking tips and now we can make the best pasta ever! He was informative and entertained us with some great stories. I highly recommend taking this lesson!!
A wonderful experience!!
, Nov 2021
What a great day! We shopped at local markets to get food, the chef integrated our interests into the menu and we arrived at his weekend house about an hour after leaving Rome. So far from the hustle of the city. We made sauces, pasta using different proteins. He created a side dish from the potatoes I sliced too thickly! It was a wonderful day, full of learning and laughter and lots to eat! Would highly recommend this activity!!
6 star cooking class
, Oct 2021
My wife wanted to take a italian cooking class while traveling in itLy on our 31 anniversary. We lucked out with fabio.were only couple scheduled in class. Fabio took us to his weekend apt in a 2000 year old village north of rome. We made numerous pastas and sauses from scratch. Fabio says these classes are not work but pure enjoyment for him. It shows. He's taught dr. Oz and jeff bezos, but he treated us as a special as the celebrities. This class is a must.
A fantastic culinary experience and great fun
, Sep 2021
Fabio was charming, incredibly knowledgeable, and very patient. He guided us through the making of multiple dishes (5, I think), learning hands-on as we made pasta from scratch and gnocchi from a single potato that he bought at the local market. Mazzano Romano is a picturesque medieval village about 40 minutes outside the heart of Rome. Fabio is a great host, a terrific teacher, and now a friend.
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Great experience!
, Aug 2021
This was such a lovely experience! My daughter and I went together and made three different pastas, a main dish, a side, and dessert. Our chef Monica was amazing and such a good teacher. We learned several new tricks to bring back home with us!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Guest, thank you, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a nice review! Thanks for your kind words about our chef Monica, we work hard to deliver the best service possible, and we’re glad it showed during your visit! Kind regards, the Gray Line I Love Rome Team
Delicious and fun excursion!
, Feb 2020
What an incredible day. We had the most delicious, and memorable time with Chef Elisa and Roy. We started off in the Roman countryside in a beautiful, small town called Mazzano Romano where we went to 3 markets; the first was to purchase our vegetables (artichokes, tomatoes, garlic, broccoliromano), the second to purchase our meats (free range chicken, beef, and sausages), and the third market was where we bought our ricotta, eggs, and bread. Then we headed to a castle built in the 1500s and made magic! We learned how to make Nonna’s Pizza, bruschetta with sausage, 4 kinds of pasta, chicken cacciatore, and chocolate lava cake. Elisa and Roy were terrific — so patient, friendly, and funny! The day was filled with learning and laughs. Definitely recommend!!!
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Great day, great food!
, Jan 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed our day! Monica and her assistant were amazing, caring, thoughtful! The food was delicious! The small town was beautiful and charming! Highly recommended!
Wonderful way to learn Italian cooking
Linda M
, Jan 2020
We had a great day with Marco and Roy in Mazzana Romana. Although the same or similar classes are offered in Rome, we very much enjoyed the trip to the town of Mazzana Romana and the change from the City. All of the logistics went smoothly and on time. The shopping in Mazzana was fun and location for the lesson was charming. The food turned out to be delicious. But Marco and Roy were the best part of the trip. They were easy to be with and yet very professional. We truly did learn about Italian cooking and had a wonderful day doing it.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Linda, we want to bring Italy's culinary traditions to life by our guests with these food activities we operate all year long. In fact, we increase the number of tours involving food and Italian recipes in the spring and summer period, so please don't hesitate to look at our website next time you're in our country. We're glad you spent quality time with Marco and Roy as you shopped for food and learned some cooking technics based on Italian centuries-long relation with food, with roots stretching to antiquity. Best regards, the Gray Line I Love Rome Team
Amazing experience!
, Dec 2019
I had so much fun in this class! Elisa and Cornelia were both phenomenal. It's quite a drive to Mazzano Romano but the town itself is very nice and gives you a good small town feel. I enjoyed the market aspect of the tour where they will take you to a local butcher and other stores. We helped in cooking a lot of things - 6 to be exact. And since we did this on my birthday, they even baked a chocolate cake for me! I highly recommend this tour. Pro tip: try to skip breakfast if you can, you're definitely going to need the extra space!
Fabiolous Cooking Day
, Oct 2019
It was fabulous! Loved the drive into the countryside, the local shopping for our meal was delightful at 3 stops. Once secured, we walked to the home of a chef and were taught as we gathered around the kitchens island. This was hands on and so delightful as we got to know each other and learn from our female chef and her 2 assistants. They were so professional, courteous and delightful! Our meal was delicious! And served In The dining room of his home—-magnificent! GRAZIE, chef Eliy!
Amazing and lots of fun - Way ahead of any of our expectations
, Oct 2019
Likely one of the tours or events we most enjoyed on our 10 day cruise and Rome holiday - Elisa and her staff made us feel extremely comfortable - The group included just myself, my wife, and my son. We were driven to a countryside town, small town of 1600 people, went along with Elisa to buy the fresh food in small shops and then made our way to the unit where we cooked - it was very comfortable and spacious enough for us to relax, drink, cook and eat the food. And the foo was some of the best I have ever had - the taste was amazing - from a real chef who knows what she is doing. Highly recommend this as an adventure you would not normally do.
, Sep 2019
Terrible, disappointing service. Very disappointed with Viator and do not recommend this particular experience.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Guest, so sorry for the late reply, we just saw your post dated September 30th, we must have overlooked. We're the company that organizes this activity (Small-group cooking lesson) and we're sorry you didn't enjoy it. We would like to use your feedback to make the service better and make each guest happy. This tour is usually very well rated and appreciated by our customers and your words honestly come as a surprise. Please contact us at providing your booking reference and more detail about your disappointment. We'll do our best to make it up to you. Best regards, the Gray Line I Love Rome Team
Small Group Cooking Lesson is an Exceptional Experience
, Sep 2019
This was one of the most enjoyable and fun excursions we experienced! 4 of us plus 2 chefs and sous chef went shopping for our cheese, meat, veggies and fruit which we used in our many course dinner prep. We then experienced hands-on pasta making, dessert and a meat dish preparation followed by cooking and dining on our creations with lots of wine. So much fun - we laughed and learned; all this in a village home that was several hundred years old. A leisurely pace and it was indeed hands-on. I highly recommend this excursion. Also, BUY THE COOKBOOK! You will not regret the decision to come to this cooking lesson.
Beautiful environment, fun and informative instruction make for a great day in a medieval village
, Jul 2019
Driver/supporter Cornelia and instructor Elisa set the tone for a wonderful day that was informative, relaxing, filled with laughter and stories and all the charms of the countryside. Strolling to the markets with all the local characters, wandering up the cobblestone streets with views of a lush green gorge with the sounds of a river at the bottom...there was just a bit of everything to lead the way to the course. Held in an apartment in the village with all the green picture windows it felt like being in a tree house! We made a rustic pizza first, then pasta, a meat/veg course and a lovely peach with mint fresh dessert course. Such great tips as we prepared and the small group made it just so fun and relaxing. Highly recommend...such a wonderful duo of supports/instructors in Elisa and Cornelia ..thank you both for a Fabiolous day!
The experience of a lifetime.
, Jul 2019
We were so fortunate to find that our chef is world renowned Fabio Bongianni. We went to his 15th century home in a country village of about 1000 people, Mazzano Romano. We enjoyed going to the market to pick the fruits, vegetables, meats and many different tomatoes to make the different courses of meals. Cornelia, Fabios assistant was very charming. Fabio and Cornelia had a special rhythm that made it seem very easy. It was truly a learning experience. We went to many tours while in Rome, but I must say, this was a highlight. I want to do it again when I return. Thank you, Fabio and thank you Cornelia.
Amazing and Fun - We Can Cook!!
Steveg G
, Jun 2019
What an amazing time we had with Elisa and Carnilla. Took us out to a villa in a little village where we spent the better part of the day learning to cook spaghetti and sauce, then we ate and drank a lot of wine. A perfect way to spend the day, highly recommended, thank you

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