7 Days Foodie and Cooking Holidays in Italy

  • Antica Dimora del Gruccione, Via Michele Obinu, 31, 09075 Santu Lussurgiu, Oristano, Italy

Italy Cooking Vacations

This vacation will take you to the most uncontaminated and fascinating parts of Sardinia in touch with people escorted by a local insider. It is an intense tour designed around the unique accommodation - a worth living experience in itself. You will find the perfect balance through ancient traditions, cultural inheritance, food and gastronomic excellences, hospitality, magnificent views, environmental sustainability, and wellbeing.


  • Bread making experience
  • 2 hands-on cooking lessons
  • Wine tour and wine tasting session
  • Entrance for culture visits in Sardinia
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Enjoy your stay in a mud-bricks traditional house in Villamassargia, in the historical center of the village. It is a very characteristic bed and breakfast where modern design meets tradition and past meets present. At breakfast you’ll enjoy a typical breakfast with local products.

Riola Sardo

A charming house restored following the principles of organic architecture. In this hotel, located in a rural area, you can feel the spirit and the elegance of the ancient culture. You can breath an atmosphere of the past. You can enjoy the real, authentic Sardinia.

Domu Antiga

A traditional house built in 1800 which offers its guests a lovely and warm atmosphere. This bed and breakfast, located in the historical city center, will welcome you in the morning with a rich and genuine breakfast made by local products. You will experience the charm of the past without forgoing the relax and the comfort.

Locanda Lunetta

A country house of the 1600s, once a staging post, turned into an elegant welcoming inn with all comforts and a countless numbers of small hidden charms to be discovered. The breeze and crisp air from the hills invite passer-by to pause and admire the romantic garden in the evening while tasting a fresh sparkling cup of Vermentino.

These hospitality structures are small and they haven’t got many rooms. In case of no availability Travel Motus will choose for you a similar accommodation.

Day 1

Upon your arrival at Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG), you will be greeted by your personal English-speaking guide and local insider. Enjoy a welcome aperitif at Calamosca with a wonderful view, then explore suggested Poetto beach and flamingos tour. You'll get to experience sea urchins and you'll have the chance to taste a delicious see urchins pasta at a simple yet picturesque beach restaurant bar. Stroll through the historical city center with your guide.

Meals: Lunch

Day 2

Discover the colorful and characteristic local market of San Benedetto. Your guide will teach you to distinguish the different products and to recognize the freshest and most flavorful ones. There will be a tasting session at the market during lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit the mud-bricks traditional house in Villamassargia, in which you will enjoy a hands-on cooking lesson, where you will learn how to prepare homemade pasta, followed by a dinner of what you have prepared. You can spend the rest of the day to wander through the village center and visit the ancient church.

Meals: Breakfast, tasting at the market (lunch), dinner

Day 3

Today you will explore Porto Flavia dismissed mines and visit of Pan di Zucchero cliff. You'll have a pocket lunch in the dazzling Cala Domestica beach, and then you'll experience a knife makers workshop in the village of Arbus.

You will visit Piscinas beach and the highest sand dunes in Europe, included in the UNESCO world heritage list. Check in and take a fish dinner at the Hotel Lucrezia.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Day 4

Let yourself be amazed by Monte Prama Giants in the Cabras Museum. There is a guided visit of the ancient Phoenician city of Tharros. Immerse yourself in the past of this legendary city and discover its history. You will enjoy a tour of the best Sinis beaches. The lunch will be at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will experience a Vernaccia cellars tour, inclusive of wine tasting. Enjoy a free dinner in the village.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5

Visit of Su Nuraxi, a nuragic archaeological site in Barumini, included in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. You will explore the Giara di Gesturi plateau, a high and steep-sided basaltic plateau with a surface of more than 40 square kilometers, where a local and unique-in-its-species small dark horse lives. Lunch will be in a traditional oil mill, where you will taste local products and oil and have a guided tour with the owner. You will visit an ethnographic museum and an old bakery, where you will discover the secrets of bread making. You will have dinner with a local family in their house.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6

Visit the renowned local winery, Olianas, where you will learn everything about the wine tradition. You will have the chance to enjoy the local atmosphere by meeting centenarians and talk to them about longevity secrets. Enjoy a "sheperd lunch" in the countryside and, in the afternoon, a hands-on cooking lesson, where you will discover ancient recipes, dismissed tools, and centenarians meal. After dinner, you will experience a launeddas, private concert and a demonstration Sardinian dance.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7

Depending on your flight departure time, you will be at leisure and/or visit of the Archaeological National Museum of Cagliari. Then, you will be transferred to the airport.

Meal: Breakfast

This vacation will take place in Santu Lussurgiu, in the center of a well-preserved ancient Sardinian town.


Sardinia, blessed with an incredibly sunny climate, is Italy's most undiscovered region. Holidays in Sardinia can take place all year round. The weather is a pleasure in Sardinia and summer lasts from April to November, raining very little during this period. The interior can be even drier than on the coast. This is one of the most scenic parts of Europe with a beautiful rocky coast, islands everywhere, and the Mediterranean at its most emerald green. Interspersed among the rocks are seductive beaches that are sometimes pelted by dry winds.

Sardinia (in Latin and English, Sardegna in Italian, Sardigna, Sardinna or Sardinnia in the Sardinian language, Sardenya in Catalan) is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, at the center of the basin, directly south of Corsica (France) but north of Tunisia. It has an area of 24,090 square kilometers and a population of 1.6 million. It was called "Ichnusa" by the Phoenicians and "Sandalyon" by the Greeks because of its unique footprint shape.

Genuine cuisine is prepared by the owner with typical "casizzolu" cheese, the local "bue rosso" cow-meat, and superb olive oil. The house has been selected by the gourmet association, Slow Food.

  • 2 hands-on cooking lessons
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Bread making experience
  • English speaking guide
  • Entry tickets for the cultural visits
  • Ground transportation and airport transfers from Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG)

Driving direction from Alghero / Porto Torres and Olbia

Exit Abbasanta / Santu Lussurgiu.

Driving direction from Cagliari / Oristano

Exit Tramatza.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG). Travel Motus will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Alternatively, you can also choose to arrive at Alghero-Fertilia Airport (AHO) or Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB), but please bear in mind that airport transfers are not provided.

Arrival by ferry

You can arrive at Porto Torres, Cagliari, or Olbia.

Arrival by train

Take the train to Macomer, Abbasanta oder Oristano. From there, take a coach to Santu Lussurgiu.


  • Alghero-Fertilia Airport (AHO), 114 kilometers
  • Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG), 122 kilometers
  • Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB), 170 kilometers
  • Porto Torres, 107 kilometers
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 31% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.


  • Review by a traveler from Missouri

    "This intimate journey through the land of Sardinia, including beaches, plains, and mountains, was one of the most personally moving adventures I have taken. We were introduced to the people of Sardinia and the hospitality was warm and inviting. We have made lifetime friends and once in a lifetime memories. The food was incredible and the guide's passion for the country was palpable. I have made the trip a delight from beginning to end. Thank you for the best honeymoon I could have ever imagined! "

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  • Review by Glenn C.
    9 out of 10

    "Travel Motus helped to plan our itinerary for our 3-week honeymoon in Italy. We went to 6 locations: Rome, Naples, Florence, Tuscan Countryside, Venice, and Milan. In each location, Mario and his team helped to arrange: hotels with excellent location, clean facilities, with breakfast included; introductory walking tours with experienced guides in each location; pick up to and from airports and train stations; train tickets between cities; tickets for attractions/sites that we wanted to visit; 1-day tour of the Tuscan countryside and an amazing lunch at a Tuscan winery. Travel Motus helped make planning for our holiday absolutely fuss free. Mario even helped us book a table at restaurants which we wanted to eat at but were not able to contact via email. Communication with them was great, with emails replied promptly and clearly. When we encountered any difficulty during our trip, we were able to contact Mario easily, who promptly helped to solve the problem. All their services were of much help to us, and we would definitely recommend them to anyone who is planning a trip to Italy. The value of all that they did for us was definitely worth the price we paid. Very reasonable prices and great service! Thank you, Travel Motus!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Canada
    8 out of 10

    "Travel Motus did an excellent job of arranging all our travel plans for Sardinia. When we arrived, every detail was taken care of. The local providers were prompt and on-time. They gave us excellent service and were in constant contact with Travel Motus arranging and re-arranging our schedule based on weather patterns. It was a wonderful beach holiday. We will definitely return!!! Thank you Travel Motus for a trip of a lifetime!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Australia
    8 out of 10

    "Group of 7 Australian friends, with a keen interest in food and wine, contacted Travel Motus regarding setting up an itinerary for a 10-day tour of Sardinia and Corsica with a driver/guide. Paola organised this tour and her professional and prompt service in the setting up of this tour was exemplary. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting these two amazing Islands - the scenic beauty and history, but especially enjoying all the different culinary delights and tasting many varieties of wine."

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  • Review by Jill H. from Australia

    "I was part of a group of Australians (7 of us with Sue L.) who traveled through parts of Sardinia and Corsica last month. Martin was our guide / driver. Just wanted to say thank you to you for organizing a great tour and it was wonderful to be able to meet you and have lunch in Sassari - great memories of that lunch! I also wanted to say thank you for your gift of saffron - so very unexpected, but very special!"

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  • Review by Melanie F. from Canada

    "Dear Paola, thank you so much. We just wanted to let you know we had the most wonderful vacation ever. It was so terrific we had tears in our eyes as we drove out of Cala Gonone. The local people and all the Dolmen and Bue Marino employees were so attentive to our needs - they were very professional and we were very fond of them when we left. We could have easily stayed many more weeks there! We will definitely be back again! Thank you for all the efforts you made to make this trip the best of our lifetime. We will never forget it!"

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  • Review by K. Cohlmia from United States

    "Everything worked perfectly in Sardinia, from picking up car in Gulfo Aranci to arriving at President Hotel in Olbia. We had a very nice trip. We loved the Orosei area with lots of trekking, beaches, and small towns. Hotel Mannois was very cute, more like a B&B. Calgliari was probably our least favorite because of the traffic, but loved our B&B and the local people. Algheri was picturesque, the hotel had a fantastic view, and the grotto and the surrounding area were good to see. Olbia was the biggest surprise, nice hotel, cute historic area, and the drive to the north coast was beautiful with all the different rock formations. Again, thanks for your help, the trip was wonderful."

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Sardinia, Italy

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Arrival: Sunday September 24, 2017
Departure: Saturday September 30, 2017

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