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Pasta cooking class while on Best of Italy in 17 days

Hello, I am taking the Best of Italy in 17 days tour in Early June. I love Italian food and would like to take a pasta making class while on this tour. Has anyone ever done this and in which city? I remember that we are making Pesto in Cinque Terre, but I need to know how to make pasta to go with it. Thank you for any recommendation.

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Ask your guide the meeting day. He/she can probably make a recommendation that would fit in the schedule so you could do it on your free time. If some of your tour buddies join in it could be an even more enjoyable experience.

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I would contact the RS office and ask them. They will know the dates & locations where this would fit in your free time, and you can make a reservation early before the class is full. Any chance you're staying in Rome a day or two after the tour is finished? We took the cookingclassesinrome.com with Chef Andrea and can highly recommend it. If you're not staying longer, just realize that you would be giving up your very valuable time in one city when you're only at each location for 1 1/2 days.

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Yes ,I know I will be giving up some time... but I have been to Florence 3 times before and Rome 4 times so there are a few things I do not need to see again. Looking for new experiences. Thank you.

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If I had to pick a city to do it in, it probably would have been Siena, just because the preplanned activities were lighter in that city. Or maybe it was just because after seeing the duomo, we didn't personally have any specific sights we really wanted to see. We enjoyed an afternoon free of any "must-see" attractions and just wandered the streets, ate a lot of food and people watched. It would have been easy to do a class that afternoon. Of course if you've already been to cities the tour covers, maybe one of those cities would be better in case you opt of of a planned activity. I don't have recommendations for a specific place, so not sure if this helps at all. It's an awesome tour though, I hope you have a wonderful time!

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You may be in luck! This tour starts in Varenna, on Lake Como, and there is a great cooking class at Il Caminetto, in a nearby village. It takes most of a day— he demonstrates & you do some preparation & and then you eat. He’ll pick you up @ bring you back to Varenna. It was one of the highlights of our visit there.

He does book up so contact him ASAP.

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You might want to post this question under the “Destination Q&A’s, Country = Italy”, also, so you receive replies from people who have favorite cooking classes in Florence, etc. not related to a RS tour experience.

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Charlene has it correct. We took the class a few years ago and it was fantastic. Still using the terrific receipies we received. Pick up and drop-off in Varenna made it easy. Highly recommend.

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I took a great cooking class in Rome and we made two pastas and two sauces, plus much more. Very fun, delicious, great teacher and atmosphere. Would do it again!
https://www.cookwithusinrome.com

The Best of Italy tour is awesome-you're going to have a fantastic time!