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7 BEST Cooking Classes in Venice (by an Italian)

Looking for Italian cooking classes in Venice? We got you covered with the ultimate culinary experiences available in the city of canals. Check them out! 

Ready to get saucy with Venetian flavors? While Italy is world-renowned for its cuisine, each region of the country proudly has its own specialties, and Venice is no exception!

The floating city is famous for its cicchetti, its take on tapas, and for a great number of seafood and pasta dishes. Spaghetti alle Vongole, Sarde in Saor, Bigoli in salsa, and Risi e Bisi are but a few of them. My mouth is watering just thinking about them!

And while relishing the local cuisine is a great way to try the food…how about learning to make it?

Cooking classes are not only a super fun activity (I’m Italian and LOVE joining cooking tours in my country!) but also a great investment. After all, you’ll learn all the secrets and techniques to prepare authentic Venetian meals long after your vacation is over!

I have curated a list of the very best cooking classes in Venice, ensuring each of them offers top value and a truly memorable experience. This way, you can trust that whichever tour you choose is going to be phenomenal.

So check them out, and prepare to be whipping up traditional dishes like a pro!

I usually use Viator and Get Your Guide to book activities around the world, and I especially recommend them for their cancellation policy. If your travel plans change, you can get a full refund by canceling most tours up to 24 hours in advance.

Limited time? These are the best cooking classes

THE BEST TOURTraditional Home-Cooking Experience in Venice
COOKING CLASS & MARKET TOURRialto Market Tour & Hands On Cooking Class
PRIVATE TOURFresh Pasta Class at Local’s Home in Venice

OUR PICK: The BEST Cooking Class in Venice

This Traditional Home-Cooking Experience in Venice will teach you to cook like a local. Your host will welcome you in their Venetian home with a glass of Prosecco, and get you all set up in the kitchen for the class.

You’ll start by making traditional pasta fresca, which literally means fresh pasta, from scratch. Equipped with an apron and all the necessary equipment and ingredients, learn to prepare the pasta dough and sauces to go with it.

The dish is followed by a side of baked vegetables, and later you’ll delve into the creation of tiramisu, Italy’s most iconic dessert. Once your culinary wonders have been cooked, sit down at the table with complimentary local wines to relish the meal. Cap it off with Italian coffee.

Why is this the best tour? The class takes place on the picturesque Giudecca Island, one of the last authentic neighborhoods in Venice. It teaches you three very different local dishes – from pasta to veggies and dessert – and includes half a bottle of wine per person to pair with your meal.

Read what the reviews say

This was a fantastic experience— the highlight of the trip. The discussion of cooking was serious— Rosa introduced important principles of cooking that we have taken to other recipes. The environment was fun— we got our hands dirty making pasta and tiramisu. The food was delicious, one of our best meals in Venice and we have recreated several of the dishes at home. We cannot recommend this enough!”

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This cooking class in Venice, Italy includes: A hands-on cooking class, a 3-course meal, wine, water, and all recipes. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Other Great Options To Consider

▶️ The Yummy Cooking Class in Venice is the ultimate combination of culture and cuisine. You’ll get to channel your inner chef and whip up mouth-watering dishes with a professional.

Your host will guide you through the steps to make fresh pasta filled with meat, fish, or seasonal vegetables. Then, get ready to craft heavenly crème patisserie and Italian cookies for dessert.

The best part? You’ll be part of a small, exclusive culinary squad with a maximum of 6 people, ensuring a personalized culinary journey. The class takes place in a local’s home, adding to the intimate experience.

At the end of the lesson, sit down with your fellow foodies to relish your meal and drink regional wine.

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This tour includes: A hands-on class, all ingredients, wine, and food. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ In this Venice: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class you’ll be making lunch and dessert from scratch! Roll up your sleeves and learn how to make two varieties of pasta, such as tagliatelle, ravioli, or gnocchi.

Then, delve into the art of making tiramisù like a true Italian “Cesarina” with the help of your expert teacher.

After all that hard work, indulge in a sampling of the dishes you’ve prepared, starting with an aperitivo and sparkling wine.

The class is held in a local home and offers you the chance to taste authentic Italian cooking in the most satisfying way – by making it yourself! 

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This tour includes: All ingredients, a local chef, a meal, aperitivo, and drinks. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Venice Cooking Class with Market Tour

The Venice: Rialto Market Tour, Hands On Cooking Class & Lunch is a delicious adventure! It starts with a visit to one of the most vibrant sites in Venice, the Rialto Market.

Here is where the locals do their shopping, and you’ll get to select the freshest ingredients before the class. Then, roll up your sleeves for a hands-on cooking class! 

Led by a local chef, you’ll whip up a mouthwatering starter, a main dish of homemade pasta, and dessert. The cherry on top? Sit down and enjoy a full lunch with the dishes you prepared, accompanied by local wine.

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This tour includes: A cooking class, a visit to the market, food and wine, and a guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Private Cooking Classes in Venice

▶️ Relish authentic Venetian cuisine with this Private Market Tour and Cooking Class in Central Venice with a Fun Loving Local.

Join a Venetian native as you explore the market stalls to pick up ingredients for the class. Then, head back to their home kitchen, where you’ll learn cooking tips and prepare for a delicious and very fun lesson.

Following your guide’s instructions, you’ll craft a multi-course meal with a starter, a main of risotto or fresh pasta, and tiramisu for dessert. Discover the secrets behind Venice’s most iconic dishes, and enjoy the fruits of your labor at the end of the day.

This tour includes: A market visit, a private class, all ingredients, a multi-course meal, and alcoholic beverages. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ Roll up your sleeves and get ready to master the art of pasta-making in this Fresh Pasta Class at Local’s Home in Venice. A Cesarina (a local home cook) will teach you the tricks to craft three regional pasta recipes, including gnocchi and bigoli.

You’ll have an individual workstation, equipped with all the necessary ingredients and utensils. This will make the experience so much comfortable and enjoyable!

As you probably already expect…the class ends with a scrumptious meal of all your creations paired with a selection of local wine. Take home a souvenir apron and shopping bag as a reminder of your culinary experience!

This tour includes: A cooking class, all ingredients, a meal with wine, and a souvenir apron and bag. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

A Fish Cooking Class in Murano

Get ready for a unique adventure on this small-group Fish Shopping in Rialto and Home Cooking in Murano. It starts with a tour of Rialto Market, where you’ll mingle among locals and pick up fresh fish with your local guide.

Then, hop on a Vaporetto and ride across the canal to reach your chef’s home in Murano. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of Prosecco, and immediately delve into the culinary masterclass.

Once in the kitchen, whip up a multi-course fish-based feast. Dishes will include the classic spaghetti alla busara, and oven-baked seabass with potatoes. 

Indulge in your meal paired with strong Italian coffee and local liquors as you take in the canal views.

This tour includes: A gondola ferry, a market visit, a cooking class, a meal, drinks, and a guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

  • Stefania Guglielmi

    Stefania Guglielmi is the founder of Every Steph. Originally from Bologna, Italy, she's been traveling full-time since 2016 and has visited over 50 countries across 6 continents. She believes sustainable travel and luxury travel can go hand in hand and has been advocating for responsible tourism since 2014. Stefania's advice and travel experiences have been featured in important publications such as Business Insider, Refinery29, and Yahoo Money.