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3 Days Cooking Holidays in Italy

  • The Gritti Epicurean School, Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, 2467, 30124 Venice, Italy

Italy Cooking Vacations

Learn exceptional Venetian recipes, discover seasonal products from the Venetian lagoon and savour the culinary creations of Executive Chef Daniele Turco. An indigenous culinary experience awaits in Venice, featuring demonstration classes and visits to the markets, themed courses and indulgent ingredients. Come join this course and enjoy yourself!


  • Rialto market visit
  • 1 3-hour cooking session
  • The Gritti Epicurean School apron and recipes
  • 1 4-hour cooking session in The Gritti Epicurean School
  • 2 nights stay in a Venetian double room
  • Cicchetto tasting in Venetian bacaro
  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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The Gritti Palace is where history and culture meet with renewed Venetian style. A place of exceptional art and elegance, reassuringly intimate with a homely feel. The Gritti Palace is where multiple generations of elite global influencers gather to socialise, draw inspiration, and celebrate. The reference point for the world's elite at international city events such as the Biennale of Contemporary Art and the Venice Film Festival. After a meticulous restoration, explore the hotel's original wooden ceilings, original entrance flooring dressing-table mirrors and 18th century wall lamps, hand-made in Murano, and more.

Venetian room

Symbolic of the splendor of the most serene Venetian Republic in its 18th century heyday: Venetian Rooms exude a historic richness and individual personalities that transport occupants back in time. Boasting jewel box designs in opulent and eclectic Venetian style, these romantic rooms are decorated with hand-painted ceilings, wooden wall boiserie and pastel-coloured furniture featuring hand-painted floral motifs. Expertly restored glass mirrors and appliques of Murano tradition, precious silk damask archival design fabrics by Lorenzo Rubelli in blues, pinks and cream, oil portraits, and heritage headboards add to the dreamy atmosphere.

Day one

  • 18:00 Welcome cocktails in The Epicurean School with Executive Chef Daniele Turco for a course overview.
  • 19:30 Dinner at Club del Doge with a tailor made menu by the Chef.

Day two

  • 09:00 Visit to the Rialto market with the chef.
  • 11:00 Basic preparation and cooking techniques lesson, followed by hands-on lesson with the ingredients purchased at the market.
  • 13:30 Lunch at The Gritti Epicurean School with the prepared dishes.

Day three

  • 09:00 Cooking session, choosing between one of the following options: Venetian cicchetti, a dessert from the Veneto region, or Bar Longhis signature souffl.
  • Lunch at leisure and afternoon departure.

Thank to its long history and its peculiar urban shape, the city of Venice offers a full range of activities catering to different travelers, from those who are seeking a relaxing day at the beach at the Lido, to those interested in cultural destinations and museums, and those who fancy the best Made in Italy products of this season and local products. La Serenissima is full of exciting entertainment options and events all year long.

Starting your day in Saint Mark's Square, explore Palazzo Ducale and the Secret Itineraries Tour where you can unveil Venice mysteries, or Saint Mark's Basilica and its Byzantine Mosaics, Saint Mark's Belltower and its views of Venice and the renowned Bridge of Sighs. Discover the markets at Rialto just moments from The Gritti Palace, and take a vaporetto to gaze at the historical palaces. Pause for lunch in one of the many traditional bacari to taste a few cicchett paired with a bubbly glass of Prosecco.

  • Cooking classes
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Bar nearby
  • Caf
  • Caf nearby
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Free bottled water
  • Library
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

Starting your day in St. Mark's Square, explore Palazzo Ducale and the Secret Itineraries Tour where you can unveil Venice mysteries, or St. Mark's Basilica and its Byzantine Mosaics, St. Mark's Belltower and its views of Venice and the renowned Bridge of Sighs.

Discover the markets at Rialto just moments from The Gritti Palace, and take a vaporetto to gaze at the historical palaces. Pause for lunch in one of the many traditional bacari to taste a few cicchett paired with a bubbly glass of Prosecco.

  • 1 four-hour cooking sessions with dinner in The Gritti Epicurean School
  • 1 three-hour cooking session
  • Cicchetto tasting in Venetian bacaro
  • Dinner in Club del Doge Restaurant with tailor made Chef menu and wine
  • Rialto market visit
  • The Gritti Epicurean School apron and recipes
  • Two-night stay in a Venetian double room (based on two people sharing) with daily breakfast
  • Welcome cocktail

Arrival by bus

The ATVO bus service to Venice Piazzale Roma is available from the bus terminal in front of the airport arrivals hall. Tickets may be purchased from the ATVO office located in the arrivals lounge. A single fare ticket 3,00 EUR to be paid in cash. Travelling time is 20 minutes.

Arrival by ferry

A public boat service run by Alilaguna is available on regular basis from the airport pier to S. Maria del Giglio. Tickets are 15,00 EUR per person and may be purchased, cash only, from the Alilaguna desk in the airport arrivals hall. Travel time is approximately 90 minutes. Alternatively, you can take vaporetto N1 at San Marco Vallaresso (the vaporetto stop near to San Marco Giardinetti) to S.Maria del Giglio stop. The street entrance to Hotel Gritti Palace is on the left-hand side, near the Grand Canal end of the square.

For information about the booking conditions, please send The Gritti Epicurean School an inquiry.


  • Review by A traveler from USA
    9 out of 10

    "A truly Epicurean experience and our best meal while in Italy. A great option if you have a day and want to do something different away from the crowds and tourist shopping."


    "We spent the day with Chef Franco, a 15 year veteran chef of the Gritti Palace. We started our day at 9:15 am with a nice walk through Venice to the Rialto Market. The market was busy with locals and restaurants buying their fresh seafood and product for the day."


    "Chef Franco scanned the market for the best seafood and produce to create a menu for our wonderful lunch. Chef Franco lives in Venice so he knows a lot of people just wondering the market. For lunch, he chooses some fresh Seabass, Soft shell crabs (still alive), fresh herbs and vegetables."


    "For a little break, Franco showed us a couple Barcato's in the area. The tradition in Venice is to order a glass of wine and an appetizer in these small shops. It was only 10:30 am, so prosecco was the choice."


    "We headed back to the wonderfully renovated Gritti Palace. My wife and I had a coffee in the Riva Lounge overlooking the canal. Chef Franco and his team were off preparing for the cooking experience."


    "The cooking school is amazing as seen on the website, a new state of the art kitchen and large table. It is very well decorated. You are not really doing much cooking in this experience. It is more like assisting a great chef over a glass of wine. There are also lots of people cleaning up, setting table, etc."


    "However, we learned some great techniques. We assisted Chef Franco in preparing Fried Crabs and artichoke salad for our appetizer. We had a white asparagus risotto with fennel prawns for our first course and then Sea Bass poached in fresh herbs and vegetables for our main course. A chocolate dessert finished the meal. A Michelin quality meal with the freshest ingredients and quality preparation."


    "We have been to a number of cooking schools in wine country, French culinary institute, La Cuisine de Paris, and CIA. They all are different. This is really a luxury experience like being a guest of the Barefoot Contessa as she prepares a wonderful meal on her show."


    "Chef Franco and the entire Gritti team created a memorable experience for us."

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  • Review by a traveler from Pennsylvania, USA
    9 out of 10

    "I spent two days with Chef Franco Sanna and could not have been happier. Our trip to the Rialto market to buy fresh ingredients was only the start. Chef Franco was very informative and helpful. The food that we prepared was fresh, light and flavorful. The wine and food pairings for our lunches were molto bene. If you want to get the most out of your experience, brush up on your Italian."

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  • Review by Karen K from Missouri, USA
    9 out of 10

    "This was our first experience with a cooking school and we loved every minute! Chef Franco is very personable. He is exacting in his discipline and also very easy going, fun and just delightful in every way. We loved the soft shell crab and enjoyed helping with the preparation, but each course stood on it's own! We were so fortunate to have wonderful "classmates" joining us that day. Great conversation, fun, excellent wine, outstanding food... what more is there?"

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  • Review by Willie K.

    "Service was top notch. Rooms were top notch. Even though I had to pay for breakfast at 53 Euros I thought it was worth it (twice) because just being on the Grand Canal was amazing. Very special experience and the best use of hotel points I can imagine"

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  • Review by Karim N from New York, USA

    "Chef Daniele Turco and the cooking school at the Gritti far exceeded our expectations. This is not a cooking school this is a cooking experience. Not only do you get hands-on experience cooking with the executive chef, but he guides you through a culinary tour of his beloved Italy. As we navigated each ingredient he talked passionately about the quality and each purveyors' attention to detail. Turns out, not all arborio rice is the same. Clearly, neither are cooking schools."

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  • Review by David Y. from USA

    "Definitely a highlight of our trip - spending an intimate morning with Chef Franco Sanna working on risotto, a "particular" salad, sole rolls, bass and souffl is definitely worth the cost and time. The kitchen is spotless, well stocked and clean but not so hard to recreate at home. The ingredients are high quality and the chef walked us through preparing each one and how to clean and prepare the pieces."

    "Hard to pick only one favorite - the risotto was particularly good - flavor that you won't get In the United States (Ifalian olive oil is just different). We also really liked Franco's personal sole rolls, beautiful and not impossibly hard to prepare. They also provide ample wine, water and other drinks. Highly recommended - a great time!"

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  • Review by Teb B. from USA

    "We loved this experience. What a kitchen! We started in Rialto Market. Chef Franco Sanna took the time to explain what he was looking for both in type and quality of materials. The glass of prosecco and stop for cicchetti on the return trip was a good way to prepare for the afternoon's lesson. On return to the Gritti Palace, we were met by Angelo who greeted us like family. The Gritti Epicurean School kitchen is a marvel and is likely to send you home looking for a designer and supplier of cooking toys. Chef Franco made souffl seem easy; we'll see when we get home. We picked up a gigantic sea bass in the market and watched while Chef Franco entombed it in an artful sarcophagus of merengue and salt. Amazing. Angelo continued to ply us with wine and Chef Franco kept up a steady and informative dialogue. Thus far, the highlight of our trip."

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