Has anyone here taken the cooking class offered at Il Caminetto, a little restaurant above Varenna? Was it fun? Informative? Did you actually do some "hands-on" work? The photos show the class sitting around tables and watching while the chef prepares a meat dish, then show a few people actually rolling and cutting pasta. I'm curious how much one actually gets to do, as opposed to watching him do the prep work.
Also, if you have been to Varenna and hiked up to or down from the old castle ruins, how long did that take? We're thinking of including that hike in the cooking class visit.