Cooking holidays in Italy

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

Cooking classes in Umbria, at the border to Tuscany

Learn to cook in Italy !

Join La Rogaia´s "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 Italian cooking classes. 

Our chef, 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”.



Tuscany and Umbria are famous for their exquisite cuisine.

La Rogaia cookery school offers cooking lessons for Umbrian and Tuscan specialties, accompanied by wines from Umbrian and Tuscan cellars and first class extra virgin olive oil. Your ideal vacation if you love Italian food and wine.

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

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

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:

Trainer: Ornella Carletti
Price double room: 1) starting from EUR 1.590 per person and week with lodging in double room (shared bathroom and kitchen for 3 to 4 persons)
Price single room: 1) starting from EUR 1.790 per person and week with lodging in single room (shared bathroom and kitchen for 2 to 3 persons)
Hint: only two more availabilities
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

Class with lodging in apartment for 2 persons: starting from EUR 1550 per person per week
Class with lodging in apartment for 1 person: starting from EUR 1790 per person per week

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 and a La Rogaia apron
  • 1 welcome dinner at La Rogiaa or at a local restaurant including wine
  • 1 truffle hunt and truffle tasting lunch
  • 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:

  • 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. Please inquire for the rate of accompanying persons.

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

La Rogaia is a place to feel safe during your vacation

* Lots of space, lots of green, lots of privacy: each apartment has a separate entrance.
* Each apartment has its own terrace, garden and relaxation area.
* Pool: Since the pool is small (4 x 10 m, i.e. a maximum of 5 people at the same time), we plan daily time slots for each family / group.
* The accommodations will be disinfected and cleaned in accordance with the new regulations before a new guest is accepted.

* In our courses we have reduced the maximum number of participants by a third to a half in order to be able to keep the physical distance during the course activities.
* Of course, we comply with all hygiene requirements when preparing and serving food, and, if necessary, the distance rules at the dinner table.

Despite the requirement of physical distance, there will be no "social" distance:
Our guests are as welcome as ever and will feel at home at La Rogaia just as before!

Book a Holiday at Zero Risk

Of course, we cannot predict the development of the COVID19 pandemic and the associated travel restrictions. Nevertheless, we will offer our courses again in 2021 and are happy to take reservations or bookings.

In view of the special situation, we have adjusted our cancellation policy for all bookings for 2021:

- If a course cannot take place due to "force majeure" (e.g. the COVID19 pandemic) or if the participants cannot travel due to travel restrictions / travel warnings, we grant free cancellation up to 24 hours before the start of the course. We will refund your full payment.

- If we have to cancel the course from our side (e.g. due to insufficient number of participants), you will of course receive your full payment back. We will inform you at least 1 month before the course starts whether the course can take place or not. However, unfortunately we cannot assume any costs for flight bookings or the like that have already been made. We therefore recommend that you wait with flight bookings etc. until we have finally confirmed a class.

For all other reasons for cancellation, our usual cancellation conditions apply, which you can find HERE

To make your mouth water we will give you some examples of Ornella’s recipes 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 rooms/apartments with private facilities (for 1 to 4 persons).

Language of instruction is Italian with English translation.

Did you already know? We offer also Culinary tours in Umbria and Tuscany

If you want to combine your cooking class

  • with visits to celebrated restaurants the average tourist never will find
  • with guided sightseeing to some of the most beautiful places and breathtaking landscapes
  • with shopping tours to renowned wineries, small producers of high class food and skilled Italian artisans

book our "Full immersion culinary week" Click Here!