Marco’s Kitchen, your cooking class in Italy

June 15, 2020Niry Fidelis
Cooking class in Italy

As I wrote in my previous post about Things to do in Modena, Italy is slowly moving forward with reopening. At this stage we are left to move around the country, so it’s time to discover our own local gems.

With many borders being closed and our upcoming abroad trips being cancelled we are left to our countries. But thankfully, in our case, that is not too bad. Italy offers a lot, so I’m sure we are not going to feel stuck.

If you are one who likes road trips and Italian food, then you may want to consider this amazing off the beaten path experience during your road trip through Italy.

I’m taking you this time to Marco’s Kitchen in Sesto Calende, a town on the Maggiore Lake. Orta Lake and Como Lake are 45 minutes by car, while Milan is only about an hour away. And now you wonder, why should I leave the lake areas and the second most popular city of Italy for an off the beaten path cooking class? I’ll tell you why.

First of all, I’m a huge fan of off the beaten path activities and throughout my travel experiences I have learned that whatever is far from the crowded tourist areas, often offers an authentic experience. This is something that I like. It gives me a feeling like I’m carrying back home something original.

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That been said, Marco is a great person. Whatever the level of your cooking ability, he will guide you through the cooking class with patience. You can choose the menu in advance and without any doubt he will make your cooking class in Italy really unique.

In case you don’t have your own car, the owner, Marco, will pick you up at the railway station of Sesto Calende.

The maximum number of participants in Marco’s Kitchen cooking classes in Italy is 8 but if you have more than that, check with him in advance to see if it can be arranged to accommodate you.

There is then the location which can’t be underestimated. Lost in the middle of the green countryside of Sesto Calende, you can taste the traditional Italian food cooked by your own hands. This cooking class will last about 5 or 6 hours. After you finish cooking, you are served your own food and after the meal you are taken for a walk into the woods. Marco is also a home chef, which means that even if you don’t participate in his cooking class, you can just reserve him as your chef during your trip in Italy. Chef Service is provided in the area of Milan, Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta, and Lake Como.

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Marco’s Kitchen website gives all the information you need but in case you have any doubts I highly recommend that you contact him at He speaks good English, French, and of course, Italian.

Yes I’m Italian. No, I don’t cook pasta everyday!!!

Comments (11)

  • Kelly Francois

    June 17, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    I completely agree with you. The best way to explore anywhere is to get off the beaten path away from the tourist attractions. There is also no better way to experience culture than through food. I love “in home” cooking classes when I travel, they are so authentic.

  • Sarah Camp

    June 17, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Oh my goodness – Italy is my absolute favourite place to be. The food there just doesn’t compare to anywhere else! I agree with you in loving to do off-the-beaten-path experiences, away from the “touristy” things (but I have to see those too!). This looks like such a wonderful experience! I would totally reserve him as our personal chef!!!

  • Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women

    June 18, 2020 at 12:40 am

    What a wonderful experience this would be! I must admit that I am not the best cook but I do love many Italian dishes. Totally appreciate experiences that are authentic like this and off the beaten path. Marco certainly sounds like an accomplished chef that loves sharing his knowledge of Italian cuisine. It would be so good to try this in person and learn something more about cooking in the process. Hopefully, we will be able to travel again before too long.

  • Kelly

    June 18, 2020 at 5:53 am

    This sounds like such a fun idea! I love that everyone is exploring their own areas this summer and finding hidden gems in their backyards. I would love to do something like this whenever I am able to visit Italy again 🙂

  • Agnes

    June 18, 2020 at 7:49 am

    I love Italian cuisine, especially seafood. I would like to take part in such cooking classes one day. Dishes look great!

  • Agnes

    June 18, 2020 at 7:51 am

    Dishes look great! I love Italian cuisine, especially seafood. So, I would like to take cooking classes one day.

  • Michelle Segrest

    June 18, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    As fun as the cooking class seems and as delicious as the food looks, I think my favorite part of this experience would be the walk through the woods afterward! What spectacular scenery in a truly lovely part of Italy!

  • Michelle Segrest

    June 18, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    As fun as the cooking class seems and as delicious as the food looks, I think my favorite part of this experience would be the walk through the woods afterward! What spectacular scenery in a truly lovely part of Italy! Thanks for the interesting post!

  • WanderlustBeautyDreams

    June 18, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    This looks a great experience to have whilst in Italy. I love taking cooking classes and this sounds something right my alley. I hope to travel again to Italy whenever its possible. This will def be on my itinerary!

  • Lydia

    June 19, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    I have always wanted to go to Italy! Do you know if he caters for vegans / vegetarians?

  • Melissa

    June 19, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Italian food is my favorite! A off the beaten path cooking class sounds like a lot of fun! I haven’t yet done a cooking class, so it is definetly something in the plans coming up. One in Italy sounds perfect. The location here looks beautiful to, I can see how you could get a much more authentic experience here than some of the more touristy spots. I love off the beaten path destinations to!

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