Taste the Mediterranean With a 3-day Cooking Adventure in Italy

Puglia, a southern region forming the heel of Italy’s “boot,” is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline.

Puglia also serves up exceptional cuisine featuring locally produced ingredients including olive oil, artichokes, tomatoes, aubergine, asparagus, and mushrooms. Travel to Lecce, Italy to enjoy all life can offer a hungry traveler.

With this adventure, take home a souvenir from Puglia in the form of the new Italian cooking skill, during a three-day break, and discover a beautiful region of Italy.

During this Apulian break at the hotel Il Tabacchificio, an ancient tobacco factory converted in a 4-Star Hotel, famous for its cooking school COOKING PUGLIA. Here you will learn the tricks behind the traditional Italian recipes, utilizing local ingredients from your instructor, one of the hotel owners.

Puglia, Italy Cooking Class

You will roll on your sleeves and learn to prepare the two main types of dough: egg (all’ uovo) mostly for filled pasta, flour-and-water (all’acqua), gnocchi and some typical sauces and vegetarian appetizers.

Each night you can taste your recipes and other amazing dishes at the restaurant by the pool, tasting exceptional wine from the region.

One boat tour is included: you can decide if you want to see the Adriatic rocky coast or the white sandy coastline, called the Maldives of Italy.


Day 1 Arrival in the afternoon

You will be greeted in the afternoon by the owner of the hotel. Accommodation in double standard room. The day is at your leisure for relaxing by the pool or discovering the beautiful surroundings. Aperitivo by the pools offered. Dinner is at the hotel restaurant.

Day 2 Boat cave tour and cooking class

After breakfast a transfer will bring you to the departure of the cave tour. In the early afternoon you will relax by the pool until you start of the first cooking class: homemade pasta, flour-and-water (all’acqua), gnocchi and some typical sauces. Dinner to taste your personal attempt with wine pairing

Day 3 Free time and cooking class

After breakfast free time to discover the region with hotel staff providing you information about the most beautiful places to visit. In the late afternoon, you will start your second cooking class: homemade pasta, egg (all’uovo) mostly for filled pasta and three types of vegetarian appetizers. Dinner to taste your personal attempt with wine pairing.

Day 4 check out

Check out after breakfast


  • 3 nights accommodation in standard double room on half board basis (breakfast, dinner included with wine pairing)
  • Two (2) hands-on cooking class
  • 1 boat cave tour
  • Apron and recipe book


  • Transfers and local transportation (private car is recommended)
  • Additional 'super' alcoholic drinks not included

Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available; please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please specify any dietary requirements at time of booking
  • This class accommodates between two and 8 attendees
  • Please do not wear open shoes during the cooking class
  • If you are interested in single occupancy please contact us for a quotation

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Solve a Thrilling Murder Mystery in Venice, Italy

This thrilling murder mystery will bring you to Venice in the XVII century, and will guide you through the history and the rooms of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia.

You and your family will be transported in time to accompany intrepid investigator, Adelaide, an enterprising researcher who is investigating a “cold case” about Francesco Querini. However, the hints are many and so are the suspects. She needs help from the best! To solve the mystery, she is going to need to recruit a special team of experts to help her on her journey. Who else could it be, if not you?

This thrilling murder mystery will bring you straight into the heart of Venice in the XVII century during one of the most turbulent times in the history of Italy. As you embark upon your mission to solve a murder, your search for justice will guide you through the Fondazione Querini Stampalia and its many extravagant and opulent rooms. In each room there lurks mystery and intriguing stories which need to be unpicked and investigated by a professional detective.

Teamwork will be fundamental to succeed as real detectives. Every great detective has his sidekick, from Poirot and Hastings to Sherlock and Watson, However, as Sherlock himself would say if he has the opportunity to take part in this fascinating adventure, “The game is afoot!”

The price includes: operators, materials, entrances to the monuments, final prize. For bigger groups please ask for a quote. This tour is available in multiple languages (English and Italian) upon request.

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Cozy and Comfortable Rome Hide-a-way

Offering a lovely rooftop view of St. Peter's Dome!

This small guest house is set in a quiet Roman neighborhood, 10 minutes' walk from the Vatican Museums.

Take your stay in Italy up a notch with all air-conditioned rooms, free WiFi in public areas, and a private bathroom. Rooms are bright and spacious, with parquet floors and wooden furniture. Each comes with an LCD TV. Two rooms have an en suite bathroom, the other has a private bathroom outside the room.

The property has an elevator, pets are allowed, and it is wheelchair accessible.

Upon arrival, the owner will greet you and give you some basic information with a map to nearby eating places, night places, shopping places, bus routes, and metro. The property is a 15 minute walk to Vatican City.

With good transport connections, Rent Rooms Filomena E Francesca is 800 metres from Ottaviano Metro Station. Buses to Piazza Venezia square and the Colosseum leave from Piazzale Clodio, 2 minutes' walk away. You will need to arrange transportation in advance if you are taking a taxi.

Visitors save 10% through March 2019!



Special Tour Offer - Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica, a guided Vatican walking tour in a group of no more than 20 people!

Offer expires 3/31/19. Posted 9/19/18