A 5-day hands on cooking course in a luxury holiday villa set amongst the rolling hills of le Marche, is the perfect escape

If you love food and you’d like to learn how to cook and prepare mouth-watering local dishes and then sit back and enjoy them with a nice bottle of Verdicchio or Rosso Piceno then this cooking holiday is the perfect choice for you.

You will be cooking, dining, wining, socialising, relaxing and having a great time while staying at our luxury holiday villa Prati. During the five days cooking lessons in Italy you will not only learn some great techniques but you will also make friends for life.

Villa Prati is situated in Le Marche Region of Italy, just 5 minutes away from the medieval village of Mogliano. Le Marche Italy is an unspoilt region of Italy with its rolling hills and breath-taking scenery you will feel like you are part of a picturesque painting where time stands still. It has some magnificent sights not to mention delicious recipes waiting to be discovered and sampled!


Le Marche's mountains, coastline, and rolling countryside are peppered with beautiful cities and quaint villages, making it an ideal spot for idyllic culinary vacations. Its people are known for their adherence to ancient traditions and their warm hospitality, and the excellent local cuisine boasts fine seafood, flavourful meats, and some of Italy's best olives and wines. Whether you are a seasoned globe-trotter or a first-time traveller, your Italy cooking vacation in Le Marche will be an unforgettable experience

Villa Prati has a large well equipped kitchen which is perfect for the cooking courses and has lots of outdoor space giving you chance to relax and soak in the sun by the pool. Our cooking holidays host a maximum of 8 participating guests so that we can make sure everyone has enough space to get wrist deep in pasta dough and learn while having lots of fun and meeting new friends! Check out Villa Prati here.

  • Transfer to and from the airport for guests at a set time. Minibus setting off from the airport at 2 pm on arrival day and departing at 7 am from Villa Prati.
  • All meals, fine italian wines and other beverages
  • Luxurious accommodation in Villa Prati
  • Four cooking lessons
  • Apron and recipe book
  • Wine tasting and culinary excursion

Arrival day: Sunday in time for lunch

Departure day: Saturday at 7 am

Cost per person based on 2 people sharing: € 1100

Cost per person single occupancy: € 1500

Cost per person based on 2 people sharing not doing the course: € 800

A taste of our Cooking Retreat

We offer a 5-day cooking and wine tour and tasting of Le Marche’s best wines. It is an immersion into the Italian lifestyle though cooking, tasting delicious traditional dishes, learning about le Marche wines, meeting the locals and visiting well known wine cellars.

Guests will arrive on Sunday, greeted at Ancona airport by our lovely driver Stefano who will personally take you to Villa Prati where you will receive a warm welcome with Prosecco and a lovely lunch and the rest of the afternoon to unwind and relax.

Monday through to Thursday, there will be 4 cooking lessons starting at 2,30 pm.

The idea of our cooking classes are to teach as well as prepare with the guests their meal for the evening in order for them to see how to plan a menu and execute a complete meal.

The menus will vary depending on the season and will consist of fresh seasonal ingredients

During the first 3 lessons you will learn how to make some of the most famous local and traditional dishes such as vincisgrassi (traditional lasagne from le Marche), il brodetto di pesce (fish soup), home made tagliatelle with duck sauce, gnocchi, focaccia bread and many other mouth-watering recipes. 

Your teachers will be, the local woman, who according to tradition are the people who know best about local recipes, ingredients and cuisine. You will participate in a true cultural immersion, learning family recipes in Italian with the help of Daniela, who will translate everything into English and getting hands on in a local kitchen atmosphere. 

The last day will be the piece de resistance, where your final cookery course will consist of teaching you how to prepare a delicious gourmet meal with our super talented chef, Rosaria Morganti, owner of the famous restaurant in Montecosaro I Due Cigni.

Breakfast will be served daily at 9 am with a buffet of delicious food including our homemade granola, porridge, cereal, fresh fruit and berries, fresh cakes and croissants, Greek yogurt, fresh breads with home-made jams and butter, omelettes and poached eggs.

There will be some morning visits available for who would like to local farmer’s markets, visiting local farmers, cheese factories and salumerie to gather the ingredients for the cooking class. The idea is to see what is in season and learn to plan a menu with what is available.

Lunches will be served from 1 pm buffet style so you can come and go at your leisure. Included are a selection of hot and cold Italian dishes.

Dinners will consist of a meal that you helped prepare with our chefs accompanied with delicious wines.

One day will consist of a wine tasting where the sommelier will come to the villa and begin a lesson on the history of wine making in Italy, the native grapes of the region before venturing into wine making in le Marche with a guided tasting of 4 of the region’s top wines.

Our aim of our cooking holiday is for you to leave the retreat relaxed, unwound and with great memories and a handful of great culinary tips and recipes to try out on your family and friends.

We guarantee to work to make your LUXCULINARYRETREAT experience the best it can be! 

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