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Spring Culinary Vacations in Italy

Be immersed in the authentic, exquisite, and unique Italian cuisine during magical days in Basilicata town. Join chefs Marisa and Pietro during the spring season in hands-on workshops and learn how to make fresh pasta and mozzarella cheese, and study the traditional techniques and styles. During this holiday, you will enjoy Italy's taste for food and culture. Admire local art and historical castles, and discover the secrets behind the delicious cuisine that have delighted generations of Italians.

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Marisa & Pietro
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  • Fresh pasta making class
  • Mozzarella making workshop
  • Cultural and artistic tours at Matera
  • Visit to Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa
  • Tour to Matera's historical places
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily local meals


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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During this holiday, you may choose to stay either in a double, a triple, or a quadruple room at the farmhouse. All guests will stay in a typical Lucana farmhouse room complete with a double bed, wardrobe, Wi-Fi connection, air-conditioning, fan, heating, refrigerator, towels, bedding, and hand soap.

Each room has an en-suite bathroom complete with a shower cubicle and all amenities including a hair dryer. They all gives access to a large terrace where you can enjoy spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding area. This communal terrace is inspired by the terraces of the Sassi where the people of Matera would meet together and talk.


Day 1

Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the airport by La Lucana and they will take you to the farmhouse near Matera where you will enjoy a welcome dinner and be introduced to La Lucana culture.

Day 2

You will start the day with a typical Lucana breakfast including fresh fruits and juices, coffee, home-made jams and marmalades, fresh Materan bread and typical sweet breakfast cakes. Around 10:00 a.m. they will take you to Matera for a guided tour of the UNESCO world heritage site, The Sassi.

The tour will be delivered by an English speaking local expert and you will discover all of the treasures of this ancient stone city. There will also be free time to explore the many shops, galleries and other places of interest before they break for their siesta.

During the afternoon, you will have free time to relax, take a stroll, ride a bike through the woods or even enjoy the wildlife. In the evening you will dine together in typical Lucana fashion style.

Day 3

After a delicious breakfast, you will enjoy a relaxing morning with free time. In the afternoon, Marisa and Pietro will show you how to make fresh pasta in a hands-on workshop. You'll learn all about the techniques and different types of pasta and in the evening you'll get to see how it's cooked in Basilicata. For dinner you'll get to eat the fresh pasta that you have made with your own hands.

Day 4

This day you will start with a fresh made breakfast and around 10:00 a.m. you will take a minibus through the Dolomite mountains of Basilicata. There you will visit two stunning little mountain towns, Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa, situated right in the heart of the Dolomites.

These ancient towns have a variety of beautiful churches and chapels and are surrounded by lush vegetation and Sivlia and Greg will show you around and tell you all about some of its interesting Ancient Greek origins. After, you will have lunch and you will return back to the farm to relax. In the evening you will get to enjoy another one of Marisa's fantastic dinners.

Day 5

After breakfast, it's time for you to learn all about how to make fresh mozzarella with Antonio. He comes from a long line of Lucana mozzarella makers and there's not many people in the world who know more about this than him.

In this hands-on workshop you will be guided through the process of making this wonderful cheese and then get to taste it. After a light lunch, you're once again free to enjoy the farmhouse and the surrounding area.

Day 6

Following a Lucana breakfast you will take a trip around some of the more local towns in this part of Basilicata. First, you will visit Pisticci, known for being the production site for Amaro Lucano, one of the most famous liqeurs in all of Italy. You will explore the historic centre of the town which is full of winding streets and beautiful buildings. Pisticci is also surrounded by yet more impressive scenery, including the Calanchi which are characteristic clay mountains famous in Basilicata.

The second town this morning will be the abbey-town of Montescaglioso. This larger town is famous for its beautiful abbey and historically it was the centre of a county in the Norman Kingdom of Sicily. Its beautiful streets are well-kept and less known amongst tourists to Basilicata.

In the afternoon, after eating lunch in Montescaglioso, you will continue on to the small castle-town of Miglionico, which you can actually see from the farm. This small medieval town is famous for its beautiful castle, Castello del Malconsiglio and has an intriguing history. After some more relaxation at the farm, La Lucana will conclude with a farewell pizza party where you will make pizzas and celebrate the fantastic week you've had in Basilicata.

Also, in true Lucana style, we will invite local musicians to the farm who will introduce you to some of the fascinating music and instruments that have been played there for generations.

Day 7

During this day, you will check out and depart.

Included excursions

  • Guided tour of Matera
  • Tour of Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa
  • Trip to local towns of Pisticci, Montescaglioso, and Miglionico


Marisa and Franco opened L'Assiolo 13 years ago. They both shared a passion for moving into the countryside and opening up their very own agriturismo and bed and breakfast. Marisa has a passion for Lucana cuisine, is a well-known chef in these parts and is excited to share her incredible food with you.
Pietro, Franco and Marisa's son, is also an accomplished chef who shares his Mum's passion for Lucana food and home grown produce. Like Silvia, he's spent many years helping his parents make L'Assiolo what it is today and he's excited to welcome even more people to their stunning place in the years to come.


This holiday will take place at La Lucana farmhouse, in Basilicata, Italy. The L'Assiolo farm is situated 10 kilometers from Matera town, one of the most treasured jewels of Basilicata, in a nature reserve that is full of wildlife and greenery. The farm is right next to the San Giuliano Lake and is surrounded by olive groves, orchards and stunning landscapes in an untouched part of Southern Italy. This region grows a range of fruits and trees including, olives, aubergines egg plants, peaches, oranges, and watermelons.

Places nearby

  • Matera town, 10 kilometers



  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shopping nearby
  • Swimming nearby


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Lake
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Terrace


  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Tour assistance


This holiday includes three organic daily meals. You will enjoy a daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and beverages, typical from La Lucana and the region specialities. All meals are home cooked and sourced from the farm or locally.

On every evening at La Lucana you will get to eat some of the finest food in all of Italy, and taste the fresh produce from the farm and other products from local businesses. Marisa and her team will cook up some fantastic pastas, meat dishes, and desserts that will leave you amazed.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you can take a stroll through the woods, borrow one of La Lucana's bikes or enjoy a spot of birdwatching at the farmhouse.

After a morning of exploring Matera or an afternoon of cooking with Marisa, you can cool off in the pool or simply lay back and enjoy the sunshine.

What's included

  • 1 cultural tour to Sassi world heritage site
  • 1 fresh pasta making class
  • 1 mozzarella making workshop
  • 1 tour to Basilicata local towns
  • 1 tour to Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa towns
  • 3 daily organic meals plus drinks
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transportation
  • English speaking tuition and guided tours
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airport transfer

How to get there

Arrival by plane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bari International Airport Karol Wojtyla (BRI). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 3 days before arrival.
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