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Hands-on cooking in Sorrento

Hands-on Cooking Lesson in the heart of Sorrento

Available year-round - 7 days per week!

This is a wonderful hands-on cooking lesson with a warm, friendly family in their stunning private villa situated on luxurious grounds in the heart of Sorrento.

Eggplant involtini lesson!

This cooking lesson is held in a private villa surrounded by a gorgeous manicured garden that includes an impressive array of palms, English meadow, colorful flowers and fountains, including lemon and orange trees, a swimming pool, “Pergola” and ceramic decorations, all in the heart of Sorrento.

Cooking mozzarella in lemon leaves

Upon arrival your hosts will welcome you with fresh orange juice and a flavored plum cake. You'll then join the lovely ladies in the kitchen to begin a unique experience learning to prepare delicious local dishes such and spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams), lemon chicken, eggplant parmigiana, gnocchi, ravioli or another local delicacy - whatever is fresh and in season!

Classes are based on menus of the traditional Italian cuisine, with a particular emphasis on Neapolitan recipes. All the recipes will be clearly demonstrated in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Enjoying time with Zia Angela!

The cooking lesson itself is approximately 3 hours, during which you will have a break to visit the family's wine cellar for a taste of the family's home made wine made with grapes from the vines that line the path to the villa. This is a very special and unique opportunity to learn about local wines and it is one of the highlights of the day!

At the end of the day, you'll enjoy a delicious meal based on the fruits of your labor - by the pool or under a Pergola or in a nice winter garden setting indoors near the fireplace.

Itinerary for the Day

Schedule is flexible - please inquire if start time does not fit your schedule.

9:30 am  Welcome and taste of the delicious home-prepared plum cake and a glass of fresh squeezed juice

10:00 am Begin your 3 hour cooking lesson based on a multi-course menu using fresh local ingredients

11:30 am - Visit the wine cellar for a tasting of their delicious house wines

1:00 pm - Lunch by the pool or garden (weather permitting)

2:00 pm  Return to Sorrento

Outside table

Price 130 euro per person
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Discounts available for groups of 6 or more persons

Minimum of 2 per day - please inquire if a solo traveler

Recipes and apron included in the price of the lesson


We are back from our holiday in Italy, just wanted to let you know we had a really fantastic day cooking in Sorrento, the family were really welcoming and hospitable – it was a beautiful place and the day was a lot of fun.  the food we cooked was amazing, really tasty and we enjoyed the company of everyone we met, all so friendly and gracious hosts.  Thanks for organizing and please pass on our thanks to the family!

- Bally from the UK

I want to tell you that our trip to the Villa was by far the most special day of our entire vacation.  All of us: my kids, my husband, my brother in law and myself were blown away by the warmth and hospitality of the entire family.

We made great food and had a fabulous time.  Thank you so much for all of your help and I have been recommending both you to all my friends and family.

- M Marcello, Canada

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  We loved the class, the family were so warm and friendly and the food was delicious.  I will recommend this to everyone! 

D. Brown, Owner of Just Cruises! New Jersey


We LOVED this family, the food, the lesson - everything was so wonderful - THANK YOU! My mother cried tear of joy when she saw birthday candles on her Tiramisu! Thank you so much for arranging that as a surprise for her birthday!!!

- Mary in CA

"There isn't anything I can think of that would improve my overall experience - I loved it!"

- Gals in North Carolina

"The class was great..the villa/property was so beautiful and comfortable and relaxing.  The whole experience felt so genuine and everyone involved was incredibly sweet and pleasant.  If all of your excursions are of that high of quality, I salute you, and would definitely utilize your services again in the future.  I will also take the time to post a review on Trip Advisor.  Take care and thank you so very much for the wonderful experience.  We will cherish it always."

- M DiMaggio, Atlanta, GA

"Our cooking lesson at this beautiful villa in Sorrento was amazing.  The family was so warm, friendly and fun. It was the highlight of my time in Sorrento.  Thank you for your help in arranging this time for us.  I would recommend it to all who are visiting Sorrento."

J. Lessly, CA USA

"The cooking class “Simply Delicious™ Hands-on Cooking Lesson in a Gorgeous Private Villa in the Heart of Sorrento!” was well organized and the food was delicious!"

- Charles & Deborah, San Diego, CA

"My husband loves to cook so this gift was a special present for him on our 25th wedding anniversary trip. I knew he would prefer the feeling of being amongst a family and experiencing the Italian life as well as the hands-on cooking of recipes passed down over the generations. We were pleasantly surprised from the moment we walked into Villa Ida.

The family was pure joy to spend the day with as each member welcomed us in their own way. The father taking us to his wine cellar was like experiencing a treasured art often disappearing with newer technology. The food was delicious (go prepared to eat a lot so as not to offend) and plentiful. They were eager to answer questions and visit about cooking methods and options. We were even surprised with a bottle of champagne and silver almonds to celebrate our anniversary! I couldn't have asked for a more special memory for this gift for my very special husband."

- N. Arnold, Texas USA

"Mama mia. We had a blast. What a great time. Awesome location and wonderful people. Really really great."

- C Singer & Family, Indianapolis, USA

I wanted to thank you very much for recommending and making the arrangements so that my daughter and I could go to this villa for our cooking lesson.  We had the best time.  My daughter thanked me so much for the experience.  It was our favorite day on our visit to Italy. 

The entire family was so warm and fun.  We will recommend this experience to all our friends and online as well.  In the future, whenever we visit Italy, we will contact you to help with our plans.

Thanks so much and hope you have a great year!

- D. Snyder, US Jan 2010

Just wanted to say thank you for booking the Simply Delicious cooking class in the Villa.

The family were fantastic and the whole afternoon was very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Sorrento. Was a highlight of our trip (even for my husband who doesn't like to cook!).

J & R Vasta, Australia


A non-refundable deposit of 40 euro per person is necessary to confirm your booking in a one day cooking lesson. The remaining balance is due upon arrival - paid in cash only please.

We also require a credit card number to reserve your placement. The credit card will not be charged for the remaining balance due unless we receive cancellation after the initial booking (upon receipt of your non-refundable deposit) and in this case, we reserve the right to charge your credit card for the balance due in the event of a no show or cancellation for any reason.

Please note that no credit will be given for anyone who decides not to cook after the initial deposit is received, and the client will still be responsible for paying for the person if you do not show for class or decide that you no longer wish to participate. If the class is canceled by the school, your deposit will be returned in full less wiring fees, if applicable.

We highly advise you to purchase travel insurance in the event of emergency, illness, change in your itinerary, accident or act of God, which we are not responsible for covering. This includes missed transfers and connections and if the client is not able to find the driver, you agree to call the number provided in the confirmation letter and not hold us responsible for a missed transfer.

The school reserves the right to alter its programs. No refund or make-up classes will be provided to students who miss their scheduled classes.

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