Cultural Travel and
Alternative Tours in Italy
Contact the cultural travel tour or program directors to confirm costs, dates, and other details.
If you do not see the program you, look under Worldwide for programs or tours located in several different regions.
A Taste of Rome
Italian cooking classes in Lazio.
The Abruzzi Mountain Art Workshop in Italy
Live and work in a rustic mountain village as AMW continues its innovative fine arts program in drawing, painting, collage, mask-making, digital photography, encaustic, fresco and clay sculpture in stunning studios one hour from Rome. May-Oct. Work at 12th century sites, abandonded abbeys and in our WWF reserve. Independent studio space available.
Contact: Patricia Antonucci, 56 Ludlow Street New York, NY 10002 212 260 7603; email: email@example.com; web site: www.artworkshopitaly.com.
Atlantic Writers Workshop
Two Week Writing Workshop in Assisi, Italy
Immerse yourself in your writing, whether you have a work-in-progress or are just starting to explore the border between fiction and memoir. Exquisite accomodations, breakfast and gourmet dinner, and daily workshop with award-winning teachers Sarah Van Arsdale and Peter Bricklebank. $3750 for two weeks, August 9-22. In conjunction with Art Workshops International.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.atlanticwritersworkshop.org
Art & Heart Studio in Florence, Italy
Intensive Airbrush and Painting Courses
Intensive Courses for all skill levels from July 4 - 8 and September 26 - 30 on afternoons. Small classes for a high level of individual attention. Individual workstations and art supplies included.
Contact: email@example.com, www.artandheart.it
Bev Gruber's Everyday Gourmet Traveler
Small (4-12) culinary tours/cooking classes to Italy.
Ciao Bella Tours, LLC
European Travel Experts
A unique and experienced tour operator offering complete customized itineraries throughout Europe.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ciaobellatours.com
Convivio Rome Italian Cooking Holidays
Italian Cooking Holidays in Sabina, near Rome
Fun, creative, relaxing and affordable Italian cooking holidays in Sabina, a magical land of olive groves, vineyards and sunflower fields between Rome and Umbria. Luxury accommodation in villa with swimming pool, plenty of exciting activities!
Contact: email@example.com, www.conviviorome.com
Cooking programs in Italy and France for the experienced and novice cook combiining dining, siteseeing and shopping. From the time of your arrival and throughout your stay you will experience the true feeling of being a guest not a tourist in an informal fun environment.
Cooking classes and gourmet tours in Bologna, Tuscany, Lucca, Umbira, Venice and Sicily.
Cookinitaly Cooking School: Private Italian cooking schools in Tuscany
CookinItaly is an Italian cooking school created by food enthusiasts to meet the needs of people coming to Italy to enjoy its kitchen and learning how to cook. Our aim is to propose only nice locations and interesting programs, with a particular attention to our clients' satisfaction.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cookinitaly.org
Da Vinci Capers
A week-long cultural travel program led by a sculptress and based upon a reading of Leonardo da Vinci's principles of learning and creativity.
Cooking classes for all levels in the cultural center of Siena at this fine language school.
Cooking classes in Florence with which begins with full immersion into Tuscan life by shopping at the Central Market.
At Ecotouring Tuscany, we approach our adventure tours with great enthusiasm, within the frame of an environment-friendly approach. With us you will enjoy numerous easy-going activity options, selecting from a range of biking, walking and non-walking choices not offered by other tour operators; food while walking, wine and ecotourism. Tuscany and other regions in north-central Italy, display individual aspects of Italian culture and history, and these will be brought to life by our friendly, expert local guides.
Contact: email@example.com, www.ecotouringtuscany.com
everyday GOURMET TRAVELER
Join our small (6-12) group culinary tours to Italy and France combining cooking classes, markets, tastings, artisan visits, authentic dining experiences, shopping, guided cultural experiences, laughter, good friends and more fun than you can imagine.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gourmetravel.com
The noted author offers cooking classes in Florence. "I teach market-to-table sessions in my 18th century kitchen in the center of Florence. Classes are limited to 6 participants, held on Wednesdays and begin at 9:30 with an espresso and an Italian coffee lesson. We adjourn to the nearby Santo Spirito market, to visit the Innocenti family’s stand and purchase their organic, just-picked produce and eggs. Back in the kitchen everyone works together, pairing vegetables with superior extra virgin olive oils, real (not supermarket) balsamic vinegar, single wheat cultivar pasta. Each session prepares 8-10 dishes. Appropriately fantastic wines are served, during the class and at lunch, followed by fruit distillates and grappa for the intrepid. Participants receive a gift bag packed with special ingredients that we've worked with."
Good Tastes of Tuscany
Cooking School in Tuscany, Italy
Experience firsthand the good tastes of Tuscany. We have designed our cooking and wine classes to expose you to an intimate side of that Italian lifestyle that is so appealing to all. Spend a fruitful day in an original gallery kitchen of the 13th century villa with hands-on instruction by one of our professional Italian chefs.
Contact: email@example.com, www.tuscany-cooking-class.com
Grapeadventures offers small group cooking and wine appreciation tours as well as cultural tours.
Il Chiostro-Arts Workshops in Italy
Il Chiostro offers a variety of arts and learning vacations in Italy inculding painting, photography, fiction writing, poetry, cooking and cabaret performance. Our programs are in Tuscany, Venice, Rome, Sorrento and Lake Garda.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ilchiostro.com
A gourmet vacation while learning Prosecco wine production. It is a B&B and vacation rental in the splendid wine country near Venice Venetian which offers cooking classes, wine tasting, and winnery tours.
Italian Renaissance Travel
Designs personalized Italian itineraries and activities for the independent traveler, and art historical learning adventures for very small groups in and around Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Umbria, Milan, Rome and Naples.
Italy Loves To Cook
Take back home with you the secrets of Italian traditional cuisine while having a memorable and fun experience in Umbria!
Italy Loves to Cook provides single day or multiple day hands-on cooking classes in English. Classes are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and include lunch.
Non-participant travel companions can join the rest of the group for lunch.
We also offer wine tastings with a professional Sommelier AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier) to add to the cooking class and/or a guided visit to the pottery factories in Deruta."
Contact: Via Vincara, 6 , Deruta PG 06053, Italy; tel. 348-4790868/348-4790883, email@example.com, www.italylovestocook.com.
Italian Language and Culture in Florence, Lucca, Cortona, Elba Island, and Bologna
Koinè is a special kind of school. In fact, it was set up in 1980 as an association of teachers, all with personal and professional experience in the area of teaching Italian. Since these teachers were dissatisfied with their experiences, they decided to create a new type of organization which would differ from other schools in its style of working and teaching methods. At our five centers: Florence, Lucca, Cortona, Elba Island and Bologna, we offer a variety of courses to satisfy all learning
Courses are available in Italian Language and Culture in a Group; Combined Intensive Italian, Tutoring; Bread, Wine, and Language; The Artists' Workshop; Photography Workship; and Italian Language While Sailing. See website for details.
Contact: Director, Via Pandolfini 27, Florence 50122, Italy; tel. +39 055 213881; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.koinecenter.com
La Bottega del 30, Scuola di Cucina
Hélène and Franco—who have been together for 15 years sharing a love for cooking and for their customers—offer a hands-on course in Chianti cooking!
Contact: via Nuova 6, Localitá Villa a Sesta, Castelnuova Berardenga 53019, Siena, Italy; Tel./fax (011) 39-577-359226; www.labottegadel30.it/eng/home.htm.
Let's Cook in Umbria
Olive Harvest in Italy
Participate in the Olive Harvest and enjoy the fruits of the Umbria region (Italy): cooking and eating local foods, drinking area wines, and soaking up the rural beauty of Umbria while staying in a beautiful farmhouse. The Olive Harvest is a unique opportunity to participate in an autumnal ritual that is essential to Italy's agrarian and culinary interests. Also see their other offerings such as the Corpus Domini in Umbria June - a Feast of Flowers!
Like Heaven Writing Holiday
Writing Workshop in Tuscany, Italy
The first Like Heaven Writing Holiday will be held in an old family villa in Tuscany between June 25- July 1. At least 30 hours of workshop time with a highly-qualified writing coach, authentic Tuscan cuisine, introduction to Tuscany by a local family. A. Special low introductory price.
Contact: email@example.com, www.nialamaharaj.com/Siena
We'll take you with us, as part of our family. Our mission is to teach our students the art of traditional southern Italian cooking, specifically those dishes rooted in our culture and way of life. In this way we not only offer cooking classes, but a piece of our historical heritage. Language classes are offered in conjunction with the cooking classes.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mamicamilla.com
Medius Terrae: Slow travel and learning vacations in Mediterranean southern Italy
Medius Terrae organizes thematic workshop-tours and study holidays in southern Italy, Apulia region. Our aim is to propose a new concept of travel where the visitor encounters the culture and the social life of the visited place with the mind of an anthropologist. Medius Terrae offers the following tours: Astonishing Stone (program on art history and the Lecce limestone), Cheese (on the history of farming, pastoralism,cheese varieties and cheese recipes), Tour of the Five Senses (real taste of the Mediterranean life style), Parole al Sole (interactive language course of Italian language and culture).
Contact: email@example.com, www.medius-terrae.com
New Itineraries Cultural Association
Activity and Cultural Holidays in Florence
Holiday accommodations in a Tuscan host family. Cultural holiday for individual and small groups. Art history excursions in Florence.
An Italian cooking school that offers week-long "farm to table" organic cooking courses. The program Includes visits to local organic farms, cooking classes using organic ingredients, olive oil and wine tastings and tours of Siena, Florence and San Gimignano.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.organictuscany.org
Painting Tours in Italy
Painting and drawing in the heart of Italy, join Leanne for a unique tour of amazing places. An unforgettable trip of fun, relaxation and learning. Art, culture, excellent food and wines, and beautiful places to enjoy.
Contact: Leanne@portray.it, www.portray.it
Santa Reparata International School of Art
Semester and Summer Art Courses in Florence, Italy
Santa Reparata offers accredited semester and summer courses in studio art and art history. The school is located in the historical center of Florence, and provides housing in nearby apartments. The faculty is made up of Italian and American artists andd scholars and all teaching is in English.
Contact: email@example.com, www.santareparata.org
Slow Food: Master Italian Cooking
An exclusive 10-week program for professional chefs located in Jesi. The courses are designed for chefs working outside Italy who wish to widen and improve their knowledge of Italian cuisine. In particular we are addressing cooks who have completed their training and have worked alongside established chefs for some time. Our aim is to provide a wide-ranging frame of reference with plenty of in-depth detail that will enable cooks to interpret Italian cuisine to the highest standards throughout the world.
Sorrento Cooking School
Italian Cooking Lessons On The Sorrento & Amalfi Coast – Wine Tours
Daily hands-on cooking classes with lunch or dinner Included; 3-night Or 7-night packages; wine tours with wine tasting; culinary excursions.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.sorrentocookingschool.com
Taste A Place: Unique Culinary Vacations in Tuscany
Website contains information on Italian food, wine, olive oil, festivals plus great Tuscan recipes.
Contact: email@example.com, www.tasteaplace.com
Tenuta di Capezzana
Sample Program: A five day program exploring the foods and wines of Tuscany. Faith Heller Willinger, Director of the Capezzana Wine & Culinary Center, has designed a program to meet the needs of the food professional as well as those interested in exploring wines and foods of Tuscany.
Toscana Mia Cooking Program
Toscana Mia offers a variety of programs about Italian cooking, wine, food and language in Florence and Chianti region, Tuscany's countryside, with an Italian family to experience real Italian life.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.welcometuscany.com
Tuscan Women Cook
A cooking school run by American expatriates. Learn to cook Tuscan style from the source -- the local women using recipes and techniques passed down over the generations, cooking with what they find fresh each day at the market and in the garden.
Tuscany Cooking Class
Gastronomical Adventure in Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany Cooking Class offers beginning and advanced cooking classes in Tuscany and wine tours in Chianti, Tuscany.
Contact: email@example.com, www.tuscany-cooking-class.com
The Venice School of Photography: Photography Workshops, Tours & Expeditions
The Venice School of Photography specialises in photographic workshops to some of the world’s most inspiring locations. Under the expert guidance of world-class teachers, you will discover some the most magical destinations whilst pushing your photographic boundaries. Destinations include Venice, Rome, Florence, Tuscany, Andalucia, Prague, Iceland, and Namibia.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.learninitaly.com
Women's Studio Workshop
Printmaking Workshops in Italy
Learn safe, non-toxic printmaking mediums, Carborundum Aquatint or Silk Aquatint, in an inspiring Tuscany location. The workshop package includes tuition, housing and full board (3 meals/day), a day trip to Siena, and ground transportation to and from Grosseto to the workshop site at Castello di Potentino.
Contact: email@example.com, www.wsworkshop.org