8 days
Available in English
All levels
Max. 20 people

What's included

  1. 7-night accommodation
  2. 4 Italian cooking classes
  3. All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  4. Guided tours of Sulmona, Prezza and Scano
  5. Tour of Trabocchi Coast
  6. Wine tastings
  7. Olive oil tasting
  8. Truffle hunt
  9. Raw milk cheese tasting
  10. Sausage-making demonstration
  11. Canoe excursion at Gran Sasso National Park
  12. Gelato lesson
  13. Airport transfers (from Rome–Fiumicino airport)

Not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
Day 1: Arrival

On the first day you will be picked up from Rome–Fiumicino International Airport and transferred to the medieval town of Sulmona, the birthplace of Ovid, situated in the heart of the Peligna Valley. This will be the starting point of all your activities during your stay. You will be greeted by your hosts and sample delicious home-made lean salami, prosciutto alongside assorted aged local pecorino and soft cacciota cheeses from artisan cheese-makers before checking in to your room.

Later in the afternoon you will take a guided tour of the town and explore the many delights that it has to offer. In the evening you will sit down for a four-course dinner and you will begin to unravel the complexity of the Abruzzo region cuisine.

Meals included: sample lunch, dinner

Today you will have your first cooking class, centered around the Abruzzo provinces of L’Aquila, Pescara, Teramo and Chieti. All courses will be paired with red and white wines from the region. The class will be as hands-on as participants wish.

After lunch you will visit the small town of Prezza. A wine tasting will take place in a family-run winery (Praesidium) and for those who want to sample Italy's liqueurs, you will get to try Ratafia - an amarena cherry liqueur.

A traditional dinner will be served at Letizia’s Villa in Prezza, where you will have a chance to discuss and bond with your fellow participants over drinks.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Make sure to have your swimwear handy, for you will visit the Trabocchi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your journey will start in Pescara, Abruzzo's Adriatic hub, where you will explore the town at your own pace before moving on and indulging in a ten-course fish meal on a traditional fishing trabocco. The meal will be a succession of fish and shellfish served sushi-style, mixed in salads, grilled or baked, and accompanied by delicious sides.

After a relaxing walk on the beach you will head to an award-winning winery, Tenuta i Fauri, where you will be treated to yet another wine tasting session.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast you will go to the local market and buy all the ingredients needed for the cooking session. You will learn to make fresh pasta and sauces specific to the province of L’Aquila. 

In the afternoon you take part in an olive oil tasting before going on a truffle hunt. Franco will be your host and with the help of Lara the dog you will try your luck looking for the elusive black truffle. If you're lucky enough to find some, they will be used in your evening meal.

Dinner will be served at a traditional farmhouse where chef Cosimo will prepare several ancient Abruzzese recipes that you will enjoy while listening to local folk music.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Adventure will be the key ingredient for the day. You will go down a gentle canoe excursion from Bussi down the turquoise Il Tirino river. Continue your trip to Campo Imperatore for a traditional Abruzzese picnic at a mountain refuge. Your meal will include arrosticini, a traditional food consisting of grilled skewers of meat.

After lunch you will visit he Romanesque church of Bominaco and have an aperitivo cooking lesson at a bio-dynamic vineyard and saffron farm. Sparkling wines will accompany your meal and ensure you end the day in proper style.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast you will start your final cooking lesson dedicated to the most famous culinary creation that Italy has to offer: pizza. Under chef Ezio's careful guidance, you will make your own pizza from scratch, then savor it for lunch.

You will then visit Scanno, one of the most beautiful town in the region, famous for its maze of steps and light that bursts through its narrow alleys and filigree jewelry. Later in the afternoon you will head south into the Valle Scannese, where you will get the chance to taste organic raw milk cheese at Gregorio Rotolo’s acclaimed farmhouse.

In the evening you will return to town and enjoy a relaxing Scannese dinner.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

The local butcher will give you a demonstration on how to make local sausages and you will also taste an authentic porchetta sandwich, served with an indulgent sampling of local wines. You will also have a fun blind tasting session and a food quiz, after which diplomas will be presented to all participants.

The afternoon will be dedicated to Italy's legendary treat: gelato. Local gelato makers will show you how they hand craft their ice-cream and what ingredients they use in order to obtain different flavors.

Your last evening will be spent at a local sagra (festival) where you will enjoy local delicacies.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner; if the festival gets canceled, you will serve dinner at a local terrace

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Rome–Fiumicino International Airport. Arrivederci!

Meals included: breakfast
Standard room
Double bed
Ensuite bathroom
Led TV
Room safe
Daily room cleaning

For the duration of your Italian cooking vacation you will stay in an elegant hotel situated in the center of Sulmona.

All meals are included at the hotel and at selected restaurants and trattorias handpicked by chef Ezio.

Breakfast optionsFull breakfast buffet with eggs, cereal, meats and cheese, yogurt, fruit, pastries, tea, coffee
Lunch and dinner optionsRestaurant or home-cooked meals consisting of pastas, salads, fish, pizza, local sausage, arrosticini, and many other local delicacies
Vegetarian and vegan meals are provided
Please get in touch in advance to discuss your specific dietary requirements.

The Italian cooking vacation with chef Ezio takes place in the Abruzzo region. The accommodation is located in the medieval town of Sulmona.

How to get there:

Please book your flights to arrive at Rome–Fiumicino International Airport "Leonardo da Vinci" (FCO). Please plan for a morning arrival.

Transfers to and from Rome Fiumicino Airport are included in the package. Please get in touch in advance to make all needed arrangements.
Ezio Gentile

Chef Ezio was born in Prezza, a little village in the Abruzzo region, where his mother’s cooking was revered by all. It's there that he learned to cook and acquire the skills that shaped his passion into a career. Eventually Chef Ezio opened The Sunflower Café, where he spent many years doing what he loved and winning prestigious awards and accolades for his efforts.

Are the cooking classes available to all levels?

Absolutely, no prior cooking experience is required. All levels of knowledge and ability are more than welcome.

When is the cooking vacation available?

The cooking vacation takes place several times a year, please check our calendar for availability.

What language is used during the cooking classes and other activities?

The entire experience is available in English.

How many people are to be expected on this trip?

Up to 18 people can take part in this experience.

Is any equipment provided?

Everything you need for the cooking lessons is included in the package.

I am vegetarian / vegan. Can I still book this cooking vacation?

Yes. Please get in touch in advance to discuss your specific dietary requirements.

Is WiFi available?

Yes, WiFi is available at the accommodation.

Are there any age restrictions?

This experience is available to guests of all ages. However, please keep in mind that you must be 18 years of age to travel independently.

I have food allergies, is this experience right for me?

Please get in touch to discuss your specific requirements, dietary restrictions, and concerns. Guests who suffer from severe, life-threatening allergies are strongly encouraged to come prepared with all the necessary medication and be capable of self-administering it.

Do I need a visa?

Guests traveling from EU and/or Schengen member states may enter Italy for tourist purposes without a visa. Please contact us for further guidance.

Where should I land?

Please book your flights to arrive at Rome–Fiumicino International Airport "Leonardo da Vinci" (FCO). Please plan for a morning arrival.

Are airport transfers included?

They certainly are. Transfers to and from Rome Fiumicino airport are included in the package. Please get in touch in advance to make all needed arrangements.

Are there any check-in and check-out hours?

Since airport pick-up and drop-off are included, you will check in and check out with the rest of the participants. For separate arrangements, please get in touch in advance.

What should I pack?

Please make sure you bring comfortable clothing, walking shoes, swimwear, sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

How far in advance should I book?

Please try to make a reservation before the summer season starts, spots usually get filled well in advance.


"Last summer, 2018, my wife Kathie and I vacationed with Chef Ezio on the Italian Cooking Holiday in Abruzzo, Italy. We had a great time exploring the beautiful country side away from the crowded tourist areas. Experiencing the culture, foods and wines of the region was amazing. Chef Ezio and his wife Marie were incredible hosts. I even learned how to prepare a few of the local meals. 

The vacation certainly exceeded our expectations. We had such a wonderful time. We are returning next year. We are also joining Chef Ezio aboard the Royal Clipper as it cruises from Rome to Sardinia, Corsica, Monte Carlo and Cannes. "


"Italian Cooking Holidiay was my first tour vacation! It was the most enjoyable relaxing time. Ezio and Marie handled everything and made the trip so memorable. All we had to do was show up and everything was handled for us. The cooking classes were amazing, the afternoons in Prezza, the visit to the beach in Pescara, dinner on the Trabocco, DeLucas winery and The trip to Scanno. It was a great way to experience everyday life in Italy! I would highly recommend this!!"


"Highlighting the rustic beauty of the Abruzzo region - this tour was a culinary feast for the senses! If you love food and wine and clean mountain air, you will be pleased beyond any expectation! The inviting, warm and casual atmosphere of every location visited had us already planning our next visit. Chef Ezio and his wife Marie were most gracious and friendly, providing an abundance of regional history. For me, this was a journey back to my place of birth, and my family and I will forever be grateful for this bellissima adventure!"


"If you love Italian food, wine, culture, landscapes, laughing and eating amidst beautiful quintessential Italian landscapes, this is a must do. We spent the week in a small hilltop village living like locals, learning to cook and exploring the surrounding area, eating and drinking everything it has to offer (literally, everything!). From truffle foraging in the woods with Lara the dog to eating a 10+ course wine paired lunch of fresh caught seafood by the ocean, to tasting olive oil and wine this holiday was the perfect balance of learning, exploring and indulging. I truly ate (and made!!) some of the best food I have ever had in Italy and I have been a handful of times. Chef Ezio is brilliant yet casual and brings food, wine, laughs and great people together for the trip of a lifetime! Highly recommend!"