6 Days Italian Cookery Holidays in Venice, Italy

  • Tenuta Castel Venezze Villa, Via Feniletti, 420, 45030 San Martino di Venezze, Veneto, Italy

Italian Cooking Holiday in Veneto

Maria's cooking philosophy is quite simple: she wants to teach people to cook and enjoy good and healthy food. Choose our hands-on cooking classes in a historic Venetian Villa of the 15th century, to create an unforgettable holiday that combines Italian food, wine, art and culture. Class includes the main menu, soup, appetizer, snacks or dessert. The local women of Veneto will share their techniques, special ingredients, and family recipes. Our classes are ideal for cooks at all experience levels. Enjoy our traditional cuisine and the noble wines of the Veneto. A half-day excursion is organized with visits to a fish market of Chioggia.


  • 4 cooking classes
  • Cooking class in the morning for 4 hours
  • Market visit at Chioggia for seafood class
  • Meals with beverages and wines
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 4 days with instruction
  • Italian, English
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Tenuta Castel Venezze, once a prestigious villa owned by noblemen, was built in the fifteenth century. Beautiful antiques and ornaments reflect the elegant style of that era. This original villa is the oldest building in the area.

With the Contessa's concern for the ecology and authenticity of Tenuta Castel Venezze, she has developed the estate to retain its rural charm but with the additions of superior modern accommodation.

Enjoy maximum privacy with a warm, kind, pleasant atmosphere. It also features a beautiful garden and a swimming pool that is disinfected with mineral salts only. The size of the swimming pool is 12 x 6m available from May to September.


  • Air conditioner/heating
  • Beautiful antiques
  • Biological outdoor swimming pool
  • Dining room
  • Fine furnishing and linen
  • Large living room with fireplace
  • Private parking
  • Roof terrace
  • Rooms ensuite bathroom & shower
  • TV
  • Two hectare park
  • Views of terrace and garden

Day 1: Arrival

  • Arrival at Tenuta Castel Venezze.
  • Time to mingle with the other guests and welcome dinner offered by the family.
  • Introduction to the program.

Day 2: Cooking class, free time

  • Get ready! Today we're going to start making pasta using techniques and recipes handed down through generations of local women.
  • Lunch at the villa with d.o.c. wine.
  • Optional tour: In the afternoon, if you wish, you can meet our Sommelier Mario Piccinin for a wine and cheese tasting course. There will be a focus on the nearby regions of the Euganean Hills (Colli Euganei), Valdobbiadene-Conegliano to prepare you for your upcoming excursions. This wine and cheese tasting covers four wines, and four d.o.p. Italian Cheeses. You will study each wine in depth as you discuss the names, colours, aromas, tastes, food pairings, serving temperatures, best ages, alcohol levels and geographical areas.
  • Dinner at the villa.

Day 3: Cooking class, free time

  • Hands-on cooking lesson during which you will learn how to make and cook another complete traditional Italian menu, from appetizers to dessert.
  • Lunch at the villa with wine.
  • Optional tour: After lunch you can choose a wine tasting at the historical winery Il Dominio di Bagnoli where you'll taste the famous Friularo (red dry wine) in the cellars of the 14th century. You will be back at 18:00. Transfer included.
  • Dinner at the villa.

Day 4: Cooking class, free time

  • Third hands-on cooking lesson. At the end, we sit down and enjoy the meal together.
  • Optional tour: In the afternoon you have the possibility to visit a Salami production farm or a Buffalo Cheese farm near Ferrara, where we will have an unforgettable tasting together with the farmers and your guide. If you prefer, you can choose a guided visit with wine tasting to a beautiful wine cellar on the Euganean Hills.
  • Dinner at the villa.

Day 5: Market visit, cooking class

  • We go to Chioggia today, the "little Venice". First, we will visit the Mercato Centrale, the famous fish market, and then take time also for sightseeing and shopping.
  • Cooking lesson with focus on Seafood and lunch today will be at one of Chioggia's oldest and best trattorias.
  • Return to Tenuta Castel Venezze after lunch, and free time.
  • Tonight we will enjoy dinner at the villa.

Day 6: Departure

  • Breakfast, transfer to airport or train station, departure.

Fish market tour

During your course, you will be staying near Venice, at Tenuta Castel Venezze, Contessa Maria Giustiniani's Estate. A private property set in the heart of a beautiful green and cool garden, it offers you an oasis of peace and tranquility.

The historic Venetian Villa of the fifteenth Century is located in the heart of the Venetian countryside, between 20 minutes to 1 hour distance from well known cities of art and beautiful places like Venice, Ferrara, Padua, Lake Garda, the fishing port of Chioggia, Vicenza, Verona, Ravenna, Bologna, the Po Delta, and the Brenta Villas.

  • Golf course nearby
  • Horse riding/rental nearby
  • Kayak nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Car rental nearby
  • Tour assistance
  • 6th night at the villa with full-day wine tour to the Euganean Hills
  • Guided tour and tasting to a salami or buffalo cheese production farm
  • Wine and cheese tasting course with Sommelier
  • Wine tasting tour to the historic Dominio di Bagnoli
  • 1 full-day seafood cooking lesson in Chioggia
  • 3 hands-on cooking lessons at the villa
  • 5 nights accommodation double rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily meals
  • Lunch at the trattoria
  • Visit to the fish market in Chioggia

Arrival by air

The nearest aiports are Venice, Bologna and Verona (1 hour). Treviso airport is about 1.5 hours.

Many people from Britain fly from Stansted with Ryanair. Their destinations are Treviso, Bologna, Bergamo.

For our area Treviso is excellent because within 5 minutes of the airport there is a motorway road that has an exit just ten to fifteen minutes from us. It is better if you rent the car at the time of booking the air tickets, particularly if you do it on-line.

Low-cost flights are with Ryanair.com and Easyjet.

British Airways and Alitalia fly to Venice and Bologna and many guests use those routes.

Arrival by train

You can take a train to Santa Lucia’s Venice train station: there is one every hour to Rovigo, which is the nearest city to Maria's Cookery Course, it takes about 1 hour to get there and a single ticket costs 7 Euro per person. At Rovigo Maria's Cookery Course will provide a taxi, the cost of which is 20 Euro one-way. In case Maria will be free, she can come directly to the station to pick you up to our Tenuta for free (She has almost always the time to do it). Please contact Maria's Cookery Course for further information.

Arrival by taxi

In case you decide to come directly by taxi, Maria's Cookery Course will provide one directly to Piazzale Roma in Venice: it takes about 1 hour to reach our Tenuta and the price is 90 EUR one way or 200 EUR round trip.


  • Review by a traveler from United States
    10 out of 10

    "Gianluca was so accommodating and helpful with all aspects of our experience. He translated as needed and even helped entertain the kids once their attention span had finished :) The villa is enchanting and the location is so quiet and beautiful. The menu is completely customized to your preferences and needs. Our kids loved making the biscottino and pizza. I loved learning how to make fresh pasta :) Sitting down to our own meal and enjoying conversation with Gianluca was fantastic! If you have a day to do something a little obscure from the beaten path of Venice, I highly recommend this!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United States
    10 out of 10

    "Maria's Cookery Course was incredible! My boyfriend and I were staying in Venice on vacation and it was very easy to get to, just a quick train ride to Rovigo and then, Gianluca will come from the villa to pick you up and drive you to the class, really easy. The course itself was fun, educational, and most importantly, delicious! The staff at the villa was extremely friendly and the villa itself was beautiful. All of their fresh produce comes from their own farm. I would go back there in a heartbeat and would recommend to all!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United States
    10 out of 10

    "My 12 year-old daughter loves to cook, so my husband and I wanted to plan an authentic Italian cooking experience for her during our trip to Italy. We couldn't have chosen a better place. The cooking course was on our first full day in Italy, and was a fantastic way to begin our trip. Gianluca is a great host, and the kitchen staff is fantastic. A true, hands-on cooking experience. My husband and I also participated in the cooking, and I'm still amazed at the number of different dishes we prepared in just a few hours - pizza, ravioli, tortellini, two vegetable dishes (zucchini and red peppers with tomato and anchovy), eggplant parmesan, and chicken wraps. I had mentioned to Gianluca that my daughter's birthday was a month away, so he arranged to have her favorite chocolate cake for dessert. He even let her take the leftover cake with us! To top it off, he emailed me all the recipes so we can make all the dishes at home. Gianluca also gave us a tour of the estate and explained its history. We were lucky enough to have him join us for a lunch of all the food we prepared. We rented a car for the day and drove to the estate from Venice, but he's also able to arrange transportation. Gianluca was flexible and easy to work with in the time leading up to our cooking course. If you're interested in an authentic Italian cooking experience in a great location with wonderful hosts, look no further!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United States
    8 out of 10

    "What a dream to view this property, cooking authentic was a dream come true! Diego was fantastic in coordinating and communication assistance! Our meal together when we were done was like a celebration. Highly recommend the experience!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "We took the train and taxi through the countryside to this beautiful and quiet setting - a nice contrast to the busy tourist activities in Venice the day before. Pleasant greetings and introductions led us into the cooking lessons where we prepared pizza, ravioli, peppers and other side dishes - all vegetarian as per our request. Patiently they guided us (their less accomplished students) through the process, with lots of encouragement. We then sat down to a delicious feast of what we'd helped prepare along with local wine and prosecco. What a fantastic meal!"

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  • Review by Michelle H from South Africa
    10 out of 10

    "My husband and I travel every year overseas and have always dreamed of a holiday in Italy where we could attend a cooking course. My husband found Maria's cooking course at Tenuta Castel Venezze on TripAdvisor. It is 1-hour car drive from Venice - we used a navigational system to find our way around - it worked brilliantly. After a week's cruise, we hired a car at Marco Polo airport (Venice) and drove to Tenuta Castel Venezze in the small town of San Martino di Venezze. We were so thrilled when we drove down the tree-lined avenue leading to the villa. Riots of color in the form of red, pink and yellow roses greeted us and this unique and charming villa that was to be our home for the next 4 days. Diego is the star of the villa, he manages the running of the villa, doing admin, dealing with guests and staff and he also translates during the cooking courses. He is always so helpful and happy with an amazing laugh. Thanks to Annalise and Suzanna, who were wonderful, so patient and friendly and for teaching us so many Italian dish from fresh pasta, pizza, vegetable dishes and puddings. All the fresh produce comes from their own vegetable garden and orchard on the property. We then sat down and ate all the delicious dishes that we had prepared with stunning wine and of course Italian Prosecco. Our thanks to Andre, Diego, Annalise and Suzanna for making our stay so memorable - will always think of our time with you when we are making our Italian dishes."

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  • Review by Tammy Dolling from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "My husband and son recently had a cooking class with Maria and her team and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. They learned how to make a variety of delicious dishes which were quick and simple. Riccardo was kind enough to email us the recipes and I am looking forward to them making them at home. Its a wonderful way to experience true Italian cooking!"

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  • Review by Emma Seymour from UAE
    10 out of 10

    "Maria's cookery school was a fantastic experience. After being collected from Venice we spent the morning cooking with the countess, and her band of fab Italian ladies. My husband's pasta making was 'perfecto' apparently! We learnt how to cook aubergine parmigiana, tiramisu, chicken with sage, spinach, and ricotta ravioli. It was so much fun! After lunch we washed down with some Italian wines. We also enjoyed a cheese and wine tasting session with the resident sommelier and went back to Venice, thoroughly satiated and proud of our cooking skills! The grounds of the castilla are amazing and I would heartily recommend this experience!"

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  • Review by Bridget Thomas from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "My daughter and I took a cookery course last week with Maria and her team. We learnt how to make delicious pizza, pasta and profiteroles, also a main course and side dishes. Then we sat down and ate what we had cooked. We both really enjoyed it and Maria has her own hens and much of the produce is grown at the premises. We had a wander round the grounds which contains a swimming pool and a look round the rooms. It would be a wonderful place to stay for a few days. We were staying in Venice, so we took the train to Rovigo and we were collected by Riccardo at the station. Riccardo also emailed us the recipes and we will be trying them out at home."

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  • Review by a traveler from Brisbane
    10 out of 10

    "I was in Venice for 5 nights accompanying my 88 year old mother on a really special trip of very memorable experiences. We loved our time in Venice it was so rich with wonderful moments, beautiful scenery and a history that could constantly reappear before our eyes with every step.I definitely have a huge desire to come back to Venice one day one could easily fill 3-4 weeks in this beautiful place and that would allow us to partake in one of Maria's longer live in cooking schools. We had pre-planned a one day visit to Maria's cooking school as we really wanted the opportunity to learn some truly Italian cooking.Our emails to organize this from Australia - were all done so efficiently, I always received prompt reply and had a great feeling of excitement and trust for all that we could expect on our day trip from Venice. The cooking school is part of the beautiful grounds of Maria's Tenuta Castel Venzze, in Rovigo, a little over an hour outside of Venice.My mother's mobility is limited (she uses a walker) but we were determined not to let this get in the way, we were met at our hotel by Paolo and managed a short walk carefully navigated over the easiest bridge to the waterbus and then Paolo took us by Car to our destination. This trip could easily be managed by train however with my mother's limited mobility this was by far the best solution.Our day started with some morning tea outside - it was a beautiful day and it is the sort of place that you just feel instantly at home in and relaxed! We then went straight in to our cooking, Ricardo interpreted for us and Mauela and Annalaisa were our teachers for the day.They are so patient and very good at making sure you really do take part with hands on experiences, language is no barrier in fact it makes you pay more attention and you really do remember the whole experience. We made the most delicious Pizza Margherita, Ravioli Alla Zucca, Gnocchi Di Patate, Melanzane Alla Parmigiana, Zucchini Ripieni and the very best Tiramisu that I have ever tasted!We finished all this and then sat down to enjoy our creations with some beautiful local wines carefully selected to match our food. I might also mention here that the food cooked is very specialized to the local area and they only use produce that is local, fresh and in season, so you really do come away feeling you have had an authentic Italian encounter.After our meal we enjoyed some special time walking around the grounds and sitting by the pool. We met some of the guests that were staying there and they also seemed very relaxed and at home in their surrounds. Paolo returned at 16:00 to take us back to Venice.We were sad to go but so very pleased we had made this choice to include Maria's Cooking School in our itinerary, I would not hesitate to recommend it or come back to visit again. Thank you and our special thoughts to Maria, Ricardo, Paolo, Mauela and Annalaisa - you were so much a part of this very special moment during our trip."

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  • Review by a traveler from Austria
    10 out of 10

    "If you are looking for a cookery class with true Veneto cusine in a paradise alike settings, this is the right place to be! Two extremely charming Italian female chefs will pass on their knowlege and tricks so that you can learn and be a great chef yourself in a short time. Riccardo, the manager of the place, is extremly helpful for translation and logistics questions so that your stay will not only be a experience but a treat! The domestic herbal garden next to the kirchen provides great ingredients for cooking, even the flour they use is from an organic local supplier within the same village ! What a privelige ! The course is well-planned, demonstration for the dishes is clear and logical, and most importantly, all ingredients are simple to organize so that you can immediatlely practise at home . Stay for minimum 3 days if not 5, you will not regret ! It is better than reading 1 million cook books !"

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  • Review by a traveler from United States
    10 out of 10

    "We were picked up at Piazzale Roma for one day cooking class for four of us. The most enjoyable part for us is making our own pizza, gnocchi, eggplant lasagna, and tiramisu, then eating our meal with regional wines of our choice. We were forewarned that our Monday reservation had 19 people; it really didn't matter since some stayed very involved, others lost interest after a while.About 8 of us stayed with most of the prep. The director, Riccardo is so gracious. We relaxed as much as we desired in a beautiful setting until Riccardo called for our ride back to Venice (ride included in fee). Fun day outside of Venice, for novice or experience cooks."

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  • Review by Kelly
    10 out of 10

    "We were a group of 10 celebrating various life milestones. Everything was perfect! From the communication prior to booking with Maria and Riccardo, the awaiting airport pickup, accomodations, excursions, wine tastings, the pool and lastly but certainly not the least - the food...it is unbelievable!We are all still savoring our experience from this beautiful historic villa. We chose the full board, which included breakfast and dinner daily. We all participated in Maria's cooking class, this was certainly the most auhentic Italian cooking experience...we had so much fun and came home with new recipes and many incredible memories. It was the trip of a lifetime and we are already looking at plans to return!"

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Veneto, Italy

Maria's Cookery Course is an italian cooking school near Venice. You can do a charming and funny course to learn a bit of Italian culture.

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