Cookery class in Umbria

Umbrian cookery class with Maestra Ornella
Umbrian cookery class with Maestra Ornella

Italy, at the border to Tuscany

Due to strong demand we offer a second cookery class in 2016 !
There are still very few availabilities in our "Full Immersion Culinary Weeks"
Book right NOW to secure your spot!

Learn to cook in Italy !

Join the "Umbrian Dinner Club" !

Is cooking your great passion? Do you never miss a cooking show on TV? Do you love novels and memoires such as "The Umbrian Dinner Club" by Malena de Blasi or "Under the Tuscan Sun" by Frances Mayes?
Then you should not miss our cooking school classes.  Join our "Umbrian Dinner Club" for one week!  Mamma Ornella has been initiating our guests for many years into the secrets of Umbrian cuisine. She is second to none and as entertaining as Julia Child portrayed by Meryl Streep in the movie “Julie & Julia”.

Book a week of authentic cooking and fun in Italy ...

By the way, you can give away a cookery class as a present. If you wish we will provide a nicely crafted gift voucher for free.

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Tuscany and Umbria are famous for their exquisite cuisine: La Rogaia cookery school offers cooking lessons for Umbrian and Tuscan specialities, accompanied by wines from Umbrian and Tuscan cellars and first class extra virgin olive oil. The ideal vacation for all lovers of Italian food and wine.

If you want to combine your cookery classes with guided sightseeing and shopping tours you can book our "Full immersion culinary week" with additional meals in celebrated restaurants and guided trips every day, all tailored to your personal interests.

Guest comment

My stay at La Rogaia was a wonderful experience in every way.  Ornella and the cooking classes were enjoyable and educational.  Our tours of Cortona, Perugia, Sienna and Assissi including tasting the excellent local food and wine were made so interesting by sharing your knowledge of the history and culture of the area.  I would most definitely return and have recommended La Rogaia to friends and family.
Connie Dattilo, Pittsburgh

 

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Upcoming courses:

2016-10-22 - 2016-10-29
fully booked
Trainer: Ornella Carletti
Price double room: 1) EUR 1090
Price single room: 1) EUR 1290
2016-10-29 - 2016-11-05
Trainer: Ornella Carletti
Price double room: 1) 1790
Price single room: 1) 1990
Hint: Lodging with halfboard for 7 days, 4 cooking classes, guided tours every day

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2016-11-12 - 2016-11-19
Trainer: Ornella Carletti
Price double room: 1) EUR 1090
Price single room: 1) EUR 1290
Hint: only 2 more availabilities; 7 nights lodging with breakfast, 4 cooking classes, 1 truffle hunt, 1 oilve oil tasting, 1 Vin Santo tasting, 1 dinner in restaurant.
La Rogaia cooking school prefers fresh products from the garden or the market
La Rogaia cooking school prefers fresh products from the garden or the market

In the cookery lessons you will prepare four complete dinners from the Antipasto to the Dolce, under the guidance of Ornella, a maestra of Umbrian Cucina casalinga. For her simple but delicious cuisine she prefers fresh products directly from farms, markets and the meadows and woods around La Rogaia. You will enjoy all the meals accompanied by excellent wines from Umbrian or Tuscan cellars. Get inspired by Ornella’s mediterranean temperament and original recipes!

One morning we will accompany a truffle hunter with his dog to witness how these precious delicacies are found. We will also visit a producer of Vin Santo, the local sweet wine. And in autumn we will of course taste the freshly pressed olive oil.

Itinerary of the cookery week

Carpaccio arancie
Carpaccio arancie. Photo: Bernadette O.

Day 1 (Saturday): We will start the cookery class with a dinner at a typical Umbrian restaurant where we will get to know each other and Mamma Ornella during a lush meal with local wine. You will get a first impression of the culinary delicacies and the Italian "Dolce Vita" awaiting you during the week to come.

Day 2 (Sunday): Breakfast. Guided half day walking tour and olive oil tasting.
The lunch, the rest of the day’s program and dinner at your free disposal.

Day 3 (Monday): Breakfast. The day program and lunch at your free disposal. From 4 pm onwards cooking class with Mamma Ornella.

Day 4 (Tuesday): Breakfast. The day program and lunch at your free disposal. From 4 pm onwards cooking class with Mamma Ornella.

Day 5 (Wednesday): Breakfast. This day will see us off for a half day trip to the Upper Tiber Valley, one of Italy’s most important truffle regions. In the morning we will accompany a truffle hunter and his dog to join them for a truffle hunt. After the truffle hunt we’re in for a real treat, a truffle tasting lunch. In the afternoon we will visit a traditional winemaker of “Vin Santo”. The dinner is at your free disposal.

Day 6 (Thursday): Breakfast. The day program and lunch at your free disposal. From 4 pm onwards cooking class with Mamma Ornella.

Day 7 (Friday): Breakfast. The day program and lunch at your free disposal. From 4 pm onwards cooking class with Mamma Ornella.

Day 8 (Saturday): Breakfast, departure.

Rates for 8 days/ 7 nights cookery class at La Rogaia

EUR 1.090 per person per week with lodging in double room (shared bathroom for 3 - 4 persons)

EUR 1.290 per person per week with lodging in single room (shared bathroom for 3 - 4 persons)

The price includes:

  • 4 cooking lessons with Ornella (starting at about 4 p.m.)
  • all cooking ingredients
  • selected wines from Umbria and Tuscany
  • translation into English
  • Ornella‘s personal cookbook
  • 1 welcome dinner at a local restaurant including wine
  • 1 truffle hunt and truffle tasting
  • 1 guided walking tour with olive oil tasting
  • 1 Vina Santo tour and tasting
  • lodging for 7 nights
  • breakfast for 7 days


Not included in the price:

  • Extra charge for lodging in private apartment for 2 persons (with private bathroom and kitchenette): depending on the size of the apartment from EUR 60 to EUR 200  per person per week (double occupancy)
  • Extra charge for lodging in private apartment for 1 persons (with private bathroom and kitchenette): depending on the size of the apartment from EUR 300 to EUR 500  per person per week (single occupancy)
  • All lunches. There is the possibility for selfcatering either in a spacious common kitchen or in the apartments. There are restaurants and shops at the village of Castel Rigone at 4 km distance from La Rogaia.
  • Dinner on 2 evenings.
  • Travel arrangement to and from La Rogaia. A detailled map and description how to get to La Rogaia and futher information about trains and flights you can find at how to get there.

Want to come with a partner or friend who does not want to cook? No problem - he or she can participate in meals and the truffle hunt only, at EUR 700 per person and week including lodging.


Contact us about more information about all included in the price.

To make your mouth water we will give you some examples of Ornella’s recepies on our page Culinary Umbria. You will also find our personal recommendations for the best restaurants, wine producers and delikatessen stores in our vicinity. Please also read our story about a cookery class at La Rogaia.

The cookery week takes place at Villa La Rogaia, an outstanding old Umbrian countryhouse with many gardens. It is situated near Lake Trasimeno between Rome and Florence. Participants stay in individually crafted double or single rooms (shared bathroom for two bedrooms) or in holiday apartments (for two persons).

The number of participants of the cooking class is limited to 12 persons. Language of instruction is Italian with English translation.