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Milan: Central Market Tour and Cooking Class

1. Milan: Central Market Tour and Cooking Class

First, explore Milan’s culinary scene by visiting the city’s bottegas (shops) which are stocked full of fresh produce and local specialties. Led by your expert chef, browse the stores and learn about local cuisine. Liaise with vendors, butchers, and bakers as you pick out the tastiest ingredients to prepare your meal. With your groceries in hand, take a short walk to the cooking school, a brand-new facility in the heart of the city. Put on your apron and follow the chef's instructions in order to create exquisite traditional dishes. Learn how to create dishes such as cheese fondue, ragout, fresh hand-rolled pasta, and dessert. Measure, mince, mix, season, and stir to create authentic Milanese cuisine.  Take a break to savor a selection of premium wines and local cheeses. Once everything is ready, sit down with a glass of wine and enjoy your culinary creations. At the end of the experience, you will receive an attendance certificate and a recipe booklet so you can share the recipes you learned with your friends and family at home.

Milan: Market Tour and Lunch or Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

2. Milan: Market Tour and Lunch or Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

Visit the local market with your guide. Enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Go to the local home for a cooking demonstration where your cook will share the secret of her family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starters, pasta, and main courses with side dishes, desserts, and drinks of water, red and white wine from regional cellars, and coffee. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Como: Half-Day Authentic Market Tour and Cooking Class

3. Como: Half-Day Authentic Market Tour and Cooking Class

Go food shopping like a local, enjoying the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Then immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

Milan: Private and Personalized Highlights Tour

4. Milan: Private and Personalized Highlights Tour

Book this tour and the local supplier team will contact you within 24 hours and ask you questions about your preferences and interests, so they can match you with a like-minded Local Milanese. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Keeping in mind your personal answers they will put together an itinerary, just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible. They will arrange a meeting with your guide in the most convenient place for you. If during the tour you feel like changing direction, or your guide believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, they will suggest and discuss the changes to the itinerary with you. Enjoy discovering amazing spots in Milan that you don't know about and are difficult to find in any guidebook or on the Internet, because they are lesser known to the crowd but beloved by Locals! The day revolves around your wishes so enjoy your private meet-up and itinerary and let your local show you the Milan you will love.

Como: Farmers Market Tour

5. Como: Farmers Market Tour

In Italy food isn't just nutrition, but culture and passion. To deeply understand this country you need to visit a local market and taste it with all your senses. The Lake Como local market will be just the place to do that. In Italy, there is a standardization of savoring in food and distribution, this situation makes little local producers work harder and harder, with a much tastier outcome. This is why this tour selects only the finest farmers and little producers stands where you will find true local delicacies. Meet true produce-making artisans who keep going proudly with their traditions in their own alternative way. These, of course, are the stands where you will buy food for your families, where farmers and breeders sell directly to the public. Be introduced to their stories, their deep bond with the territory and learn about what drives them.

Milan Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

6. Milan Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Go food shopping like a local with your host, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land.  Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

Mantua: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class, and Dinner

7. Mantua: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class, and Dinner

Go food shopping like a local, enjoying a distinctive Italian local market and learning how to recognize the best products from the land. Following your market experience, immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. Throughout your lesson, your cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for authentic local recipes. You can have fun putting your cooking skills to the test, and will also have a workstation equipped with utensils and all of the ingredients required to make the dishes. At the conclusion of your experience, you will taste everything you have prepared throughout a 4-course meal accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, this is your opportunity to take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

From Milan: Bologna the Capital of Italian Food Tour

8. From Milan: Bologna the Capital of Italian Food Tour

Depart from Milan Central Station. Wake yourself up with an Italian coffee (espresso) offered by your professional guide and get ready for your enogastronomic route through Bologna, the Capital of Italian food. You will reach Bologna by train in one hour (approximately). Once in Bologna, your guide will show you the heart of the city with its Porticos, Medieval Towers, the Emilian capital commences in Piazza Maggiore, a rather large square that was originally a market.  After a quick stroll, stop for a food and wine tasting. Try the famous Gnocco Fritto (salty fried bread) served with Italian salumi and cheese. Your guide will give you a curious explanation of these traditional dishes. Taste the flavor of the authentic regional wine and spend unforgivable moments in a typical trattoria. Spend an afternoon dedicated to visit the beauties of the city with some free time for shopping. Before taking the train to Milan, get some energy through the taste of a small piece of chocolate in one of the most famous chocolate factories. Depart from Bologna in the late afternoon and arrive in Milan the next evening.

Bergamo: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

9. Bergamo: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

Create a delicious meal and beautiful memories with a market tour and cooking experience, hosted by a local chef. After arriving at the home of your expert cook, head to a market and learn how to select the best ingredients. Return to your host’s home to enjoy a private cooking demonstration. Learn the secrets of Italian cuisine as your host provides tips from their family cookbook. Watch as a delicious meal is prepared before your eyes, then sit down to share the authentic dishes with your host. Savor a seasonal 4-course menu of a starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, and dessert. Chat with your host as you enjoy a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, as well as an after-dinner coffee, along with the food. Experience Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Bergamo: Market Tour and Private Home Cooking Class

10. Bergamo: Market Tour and Private Home Cooking Class

Arrive at the home of your expert cook then go food shopping like a local. Enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produce. Immerse yourself in a cooking class learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of the region. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for 3 authentic local recipes for a delicious starter, pasta, and dessert. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes so you can have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Once the end result is ready, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

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What people are saying about Lombardy

A father and 3 young daughters required a slightly more unorthodox approach to a day out in Milan. From ice skating in the park, beautiful villa gardens, best pizza and gelato in town and completed with a return to the hotel on one of the city’s iconic trams - a wonderful day all round. Big thanks to Marco for hosting us and sharing his knowledge of this wonderful city.

Simone was an extremely knowledgeable and friendly guide. The tour of Milan was very interesting and he took us to places that we would never have discovered on our own, who knew their was a family of pink flamingos living in the centre of Milan. It’s inspired us to return to Milan at a later date and see more of this beautiful City!

Everything was perfect, excellent cooks very available and caring. Visit of the market with explanations very well done and dishes cooked together excellent. Well done continue.

Really learned a lot about cooking Italian food. Our hosts were wonderful and high spirited. We had a great day in a safe environment for learning.

The best guide ever ... unbeatable knowledge and local knowledge. Immediately again!!!