Cooking With Chef Anna™

Cooking On The Lakes Of Lombardy ~ 6 Day

Signora Anna and Signor Jacques welcome you to their 15th-century villa property for hands-on cooking classes while sipping excellent wine in the heart of Lombardy. This culinary tour Lake Garda is set in a picturesque garden with charming villa which have been carefully restored.  Each room, from dining room to bedroom suites, holds the beauty of the past with flourishing frescos in the great style of Guido Reni.  Signora Anna and Jacque share their traditions and secrets to la dolce vita! Married for over 20 happy years, they have followed their dream to the Italian countryside on the Lake of Lombardy and passionately welcome guests from all over the world to this Lombardy Italy vacation.

During the cooking classes and pasta making classes in Lombardy, you will learn about the best in-season fruits and vegetables and local products such as Garda DOP olive oil made with freshly pressed Casaliva olives, oranges and lemons from the shores of Lake Garda, tiny plums from Dro in summer and chestnuts from Drena in the fall. And along with Signora Anna and Signor Jacques, you will experience a local winery tour with tastings – a truly Dolce Vita lifestyle. Take time out on your own to explore the elegant town of Mantova with its grand palazzos, or enjoy a boat trip along Lake Garda and stroll along the pretty lakeside streets of Desenzano del Garda. Be prepared – this beautiful part of Italy will utterly charm you!  Our cooking classes in Lombardy on Lake Garda will have you cooking like an Italian!

On The Lakes Of Lombardy Cooking Classes

Anna invites you into her kitchen to teach you her favorite family recipes. Learn hands-on along with Anna and prepare antipasti, pasta, main courses and desserts with passion. In each class, use only seasonal products from Anna’s garden and the nearby local marketplace. And if Anna’s mother is in the kitchen – get ready to prepare her famous handmade pasta and polpettone!

Following each cooking class, everyone enjoys the food that was prepared in the class with wine included.  You will not only take home recipes, but create memories that will last a lifetime in our Lombardy food and wine experience.  Our cooking classes on Lake Garda in Lombardy are a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Some of Anna’s favorite recipes:

Polpettone con Prosciutto e Speck – “Polpettone” with Prosciutto and Speck
Filletto di Maiale con Funghi – Pork Tenderloin with Mushrooms
Pollo con Gorgonzola e Speck – Chicken with Gorgonzola and Speck
Pasta al Forno con Verdura – Baked Pasta with Vegetables
Pasta Fresca: Tagliatelle and Bigoli – Fresh Pasta: Local types
Pane Fresco – Homemade breads and brioche
Torte Salate – Savory quiches and tarts


The region of Lombardy is located in northern Italy with its capital Milan, the business and fashion capital of Italy. Nearby Monza boasts a Grand Prix racetrack and travel just a bit further north and you arrive to the beautiful Lakes region of Italy including Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Lake Iseo and Lake Garda. The charming small towns that line the lakes were a destination for the Grand Tour and today, visitors still marvel at the grand villas, luxurious gardens and incredible landscapes.

Milan is home to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper, the gothic Duomo, and the golden yellow risotto alla Milanese. The origins of Milan’s famous risotto date back to medieval times when the courts would coat their food with gold before serving it to guests. The Lombardians looked for ways to create the same effect and came up with the vibrant golden hue of saffron risotto alla Milanese.

For wine lovers, sip and swirl Franciacorta spumante and Prosecco.  This sparkling wine is made in the traditional way and re-fermented in the bottle to produce the fragrant bubbly. Try Franciacorta’s rose, saten, vintage and riserva which is produced in this area.

Just a bit further west, you arrive at Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, which is halfway between Brescia and Verona and borders both Lombardy and Veneto. Visit Catullo’s Villa in Sirmione known as “La Grotte di Catullo,” take a boat to visit the islands of the lake such as Isola Del Garda with its neogothic castle and botanical gardens, or sample the fresh-water fish such as trout or lake carp at a lakeside trattoria with a glass of Garda DOC wine.  Our Lombardy food and wine experience is simply delicious!!!

Lombardy Accommodations

Located just about 20 minutes from the shores of Lake Garda, Anna’s Villa B&B offers a perfect location to enjoy the countryside and visit Lombardy’s beautiful lakes region. The guest bedrooms and suites are furnished with antiques from generations past, tasteful fabric and linen, along with elegant tea and caffè making facilities and there is a common sitting area that can be enjoyed by all guests. Each room is equipped with fans and air conditioning, central heating for the winter months, private bathroom and daily maid service.

Wake up each morning to a delicious breakfast in the sitting room, admire the ancient frescoed ceilings of angels or step out into the garden with your caffè in hand.

Anna offers fresh bread, baked daily, delicious homemade yogurt and a variety of jams, cakes, croissant, cereals, orange juice, tea and coffee.

Itinerary ~ 6 Days, 5 Nights

Day 1: Arrival & Welcome Dinner

  • Arrival – Check in and meet your hosts Signora Anna, Jacques and their staff.
  • Relax with a welcome aperitivo.
  • Settle down to a Chef’s Welcome Dinner with Anna and her family featuring local fare. Water, local wine, homemade liqueur, coffee and great conversation included!

Day 2: Cooking Class 1 & Visit to Desenzano del Garda

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, tie on your apron for cooking class 1.  You will make an antipasto, pasta, main course and dessert.   Anna makes you feel like a part of her grand Italian family for a taste of the true dolce vita.
  • Lunch on your own. You’ll enjoy your creations this evening!
  • After lunch, Anna will drop you off at the town of Desenzano del Garda, once the largest Roman city in northern Italy. Explore this charming town on foot, taking in the medieval castle with its battlement towers right at the center of the city, the Archaeological Museum and the ruins of a Roman villa with its well-preserved collage of black, red, olive and orange mosaics, depicting hunting, fishing and chariot riding.  Stroll along the promenade and enjoy a drink down by the harbor at one of the many waterside cafés and watch the world go by. Or head to Sirmione with its 13th-century Scalinger Castle and the medieval city in a tiny peninsula jutting out into the lake. Sirmione has charmed visitors for centuries: from the Roman poet Catullus (today you can still visit the Grotto of Catullus), to Nobel-prize winning Italian poet Giosuè Carducci, to opera singer Maria Callas whose villa still perches overlooking the shores of the lake.
  • Return to property.
  • Everyone enjoys dinner on the foods prepared during your morning cooking class, with a toast of wine.

Day 3: Cooking Class 2 & Visit the Morenic Hills

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, tie on your apron for cooking class 2.  You will make an antipasto, pasta, main course and dessert.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon, set off for a visit to the Morenic Hills with guided tour. Visit an ancient abbey and a castle fortress overlooking the lake.
  • Everyone enjoys dinner on the foods prepared during your morning cooking class, with a toast of wine.

Day 4: Cooking Class 3 & Guided Lake Tour

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, tie on your apron for cooking class 2.  You will make an antipasto, pasta, main course and dessert.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon, head out with Anna for a guided tour of the West side of the lake. Visit the charming Castle in Padenghe, the gorgeous Rocca di Manerba and its prettu Torchio Harbor, and on to the picturesque town of Toscolano Maderno with an Abbey built in 1100 with original crypt and frescoes. On the way back to the property, stop by the stunning perched village of Pozzolengo and come home through the Valtenesi, wine region.
  • Everyone enjoys dinner on the foods prepared during your morning cooking class, with a toast of wine.

Day 5: Cooking Class 4 & Visit to Montichiari with Guided Walking Tour

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, tie on your apron for your hands-on cooking class 4 including the preparation of antipasto, pasta, main course and dessert.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • After lunch, visit the picturesque town of Montichiari for a guided walking tour.
  • Everyone enjoys dinner on the foods prepared during your morning cooking class, with a toast of wine.

Day 6: Departure

  • Breakfast is served
  • After breakfast, check out and transfer to local train station.
  • Arriverderci!

Program Includes:

  • 6 days, 5 nights villa property based on 2 guests. Click to view!
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • Welcome aperitivo.
  • Welcome dinner including a Chef’s Tasting Menu with local fare with wine included. Additional wine & beverages at a surcharge.
  • 4 hands-on cooking classes with lunch or dinner following on the dishes cooked during class. A glass of local red or white wine included.  Additional wines, including bottles, after dinner drinks are available and may be ordered on site.
  • Transfers to and from Desenzano for a visit to the town.
  • Visit and guided tour of the Morenic Hills and visit to a Castle Fortress overlooking the lake.
  • Afternoon guided tour of the lake, including Toscolano Maderno, Padenghe Castle, and Polpenazze.
  • Afternoon guided waling tour of Montichiari.
  • Arrival and departure transfers to/from Desenzano del Garda train station.
  • Cooking Vacations welcome bag with chef’s apron, Prosecco and recipe book.
Program Prices:

$2,895 per person, based on 2 guests.

For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

*Check-in time after 3pm. For early arrivals, please advise as soon as possible.

Check Availability

2024 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. Check in and start your program on any day of the week. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.