Cookery class in Umbria

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

Italy, at the border to Tuscany

Learn to cook in Italy !

Is cooking your great passion? Do you never miss a cooking show on TV? Then you should not miss our cooking school classes. At Villa La Rogaia we can not offer cookery classes with Jamie Oliver or Emeril Lagasse. But Maestra Ornella who has been initiating our guests for many years into the secrets of Umbrian cuisine is second to none. She is as entertaining as Julia Child now portrayed by Meryl Streep in the movie “Julie & Julia”. Book a week of 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.

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

Upcoming courses:

2014-09-17 - 2014-09-20
Trainer: Ornella Carletti
Price double room: 1) 890
Price single room: 1) 990
2015-04-18 - 2015-04-25
Trainer: Ornella Carletti
Price double room: 1) 890
Price single room: 1) 990
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

Participants will cook four complete dinners from the Antipasto to the Dolce, under the guidance of Ornellai, a maestra of Umbrian Cucina casalinga. For her simple but delicious cuisine she prefers fresh products directly farms, markets and the meadows and woods around La Rogaia. The group will accompany a truffle hunter with his dog to witness how these preciuos delicacies are found.
Each meal can be enjoyed together with a bottle of good wine from Umbrian or Tuscan cellars. Get inspired by Ornella’s mediterranean temperament and original recipes!

Regular rates:

EUR 890 per person per week with lodging in 
double room (shared bathroom for 3 - 4 persons)

EUR 990 per person per week with lodging in 
single room (shared bathroom for 3 - 4 persons)

EUR 990 per person per week with lodging in 
private apartment "La Grapo", “La Pipo” or “I Cuccioli” with bathroom, kitchenette and private terrace (double occupancy)

Fee includes:

  • Four cooking lessons with Ornella (starting at about 4 p.m.)
  • truffle hunt and truffle tasting
  • all cooking ingredients
  • selected wines from Umbria and Tuscany
  • translation into English
  • Ornella‘s personal cookbook
  • Umbria-Tourist-Card for reduced entrance tickets to museums and for discount in many shops in Umbria


Price does not include:

  • Lunch. 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 the 3 evenings without cooking lesson.
  • 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 580 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), partly at the village of Castel Rigone at 4 km distance from La Rogaia.
The number of participants of the cooking class is limited to 14 persons. Language of instruction is Italian with English translation.