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 [email protected] He speaks good English, French, and of course, Italian.