Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Modena

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From $96.95

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Go off the beaten path and try something new with this traditional home cooking experience in Modena. Travel to the home of a local chef who has chosen an array of foods for you to learn how to prepare. From a special Italian appetizer to a tortellini entree, walk away from this experience with the skills to cook for your friends and family when you return home. Plus during this experience, after your cooking session, enjoy the home-cooked meal you helped create.
  • Traditional home-cooking experience in Modena
  • Travel to an Italian chef’s home, and learn to cook like a local
  • See how to cook an appetizer, a tortellini dish, and a popular Italian dessert
  • Taste coffee and wine during your cooking session
  • Enjoy eating the meal you helped prepare

Sample Menu


Pasta fresca

What's Included

  • Lunch or dinner ( 3 courses )
  • Local Wine and beverages
  • Hands on cooking class with the chef
  • Grandma cooking equipment and apron
  • Recipes to surprise guests back home
  • Hotel pickup
  • Hotel drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Emilia Est, 163
    Via Emilia Est, 163, 41121 Modena MO, Italy

    Go to Via Emilia Est 163 and ring Maria Luisa Nicolini, then once inside take the stairs B

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

This traditional home-cooking experience starts by meeting in central Modena a little before 11a.m. Make your own way around backstreets and through alleys to find your cooking instructor’s house in the city.

Your instructor is an actual Italian chef and is very passionate about the art of cooking. He has created a menu for you to tackle during your time with him. Learn how to cook vegetable cakes, pork-and-ham-stuffed tortellini, a popular dessert, and tigelle, a thin round-shaped bread. Your instructor also teaches you to make one of his favorite surprise dishes.

After all the hard work, sit down and enjoy the meal you just prepared. Sip on fine Italian wines or coffee while you eat, and make great conversation with your instructor and other group members. Leave the house with a full belly and lots of new skills.

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Do you have any dietary requirements?
  • If you don't want to experience the cooking lesson and simply want to enjoy the atmosphere of the house while chatting with Mercedes, while she prepares your menu, you can ask for this option
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Beyond excellent, authenitc, cooking experience has created a lifetime memory for our family
Katejunhappy, Jun 2019
Our family with two young teenagers did this cooking class with Stefan and his mother in their actual house just outside the Modena city center. We did it as a day-trip from where we were staying in Verona). Under the direction of Stefan and his mother, we made pasta dough from scratch, rolled it out, and then used this to create, both a stuffed tortelloni (spinach and cheese filled) as well as a pasta that resembled rigatoni. Stefan's mother then cooked these for a few minutes, added a few ingredients to create two simple sauces, and we all sat down to eat lunch together (with Stefan's family). Our meal included these two past dishes, some other dishes that Stefan prepared for us: an appetizer of cheese and aged balsamic vinegar - the best balsamico we've ever tasted, by FAR!!, as well as a freshly prepared mini pita type breads that you stuff with cured meats and eat hot, right off the iron - delicious!), along with wine and suitable drinks for our kids. We spent over a week in Italy and had some fantastic restaurant meals, but I think this one was probably the best! I can not say enough positive things about this experience. Stefan and his family welcomed us into their home and made us fell like we were visiting relatives who were helping them prepare a usual meal we could all enjoy together. They showed us the importance of using the freshest ingredients and told us everything we used so that we would have to chance to try to replicate this in our own home kitchen. If you can manage to visit the Modena area while in Italy, I highly recommend you do this incredibly authentic cooking class.
Great experience with amazing food...
Alexandra F, Apr 2018
Great experience with amazing food! Loved the home setting.
Highlight of our 6 week Europe...
Natashia_T, Oct 2017
Highlight of our 6 week Europe adventure! Small group, hands on learning and heaps of food and vino. We were stuffed and learnt a lot. Highly recommend :)