Sardinia & The Costa Smeralda™

Cooking Classes Sardinia With Chef Manuela ~ 6 Day

Join Chef Manuela on the island of Sardinia for hands-on cooking!  Shop with the chef, tour the outdoor marketplace and taste the local flavors of sunny Sardinia!

Islands often have a touch of mystery about them and Italy’s beautiful Sardinia is no exception. With its gorgeous white beaches, exclusive resorts and Mediterranean climate, Sardinia is a must for healthy living and cuisine.  Whether you would like to visit Sardinia’s unexplored most beautiful areas that are tranquil spots far from the famous tourist spots, the Costa Smeralda or the cities of Sassari or Cagliari–the island offers something for everyone.

Cooking and culture reign in an authentic cooking tour that takes you on an unforgettable journey to the town of Olbia near the Costa Smeralda and your charming accommodations in the centro storico of the town. During your stay we welcome you to our kitchen where you will discover the secrets of local Sardinian cuisine.  Learn how to make velvety homemade pasta and delicious sauces, vegetable antipasti and local fish and meats.  And if vegetarian is your menu choice or gluten free, we accommodate any and all food allergies.

Imagine the fun of creating delicious local handmade pastas like the famous fregola and matching with seasonal sauces, learning how to clean and prepare various type of fish along with other seasonal local produce and enjoying the island’s local wine. When you are not touring, visit two different wineries where you’ll enjoy wine tastings accompanied by appetizers. Then it’s off for a full-day excursion to the islands of Tavolara and Molara. This includes a boat tour and drop off at Tavolara Island, where you will have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking beaches before returning aboard. Excellent hands-on cooking classes, local cuisine, splendid weather, warm-hearted hosts and long white beaches are just a few of the things we love of Sardinia!

Cooking Classes In Sardinia

Welcome to our kitchen with our Sardinian Chef on the island of Sardinia. You will discover the secrets of local Sardinian cuisine while making antipasti, homemade pasta, sauces, vegetarian too, local fish, meats and dessert. Excellent hands-on cooking classes, fine Sardinian wines and local liqueurs are included.

Our cooking tour is hosted at the Chef’s kitchen. His knowledge and enthusiastic attitude will soon get you excited about local cooking. He grew up in the center of Sardinia where his family reared their own chickens, rabbits, and pigs, so he is very particular for his sourcing of quality organic ingredients. Therefore, foods vary according to the seasons using the local organic ingredients.

You will learn to prepare fresh pasta, such as lasagne, ravioli, tortellini and tagliatelle. Fresh fish is a key ingredient on Sardinia making zuppa di pesce, the local fish soup a specialty. Additional fish and seafood are included and you will learn how to clean, cook and know correct cooking times. He will also teach you how to fillet, salt and grill both fish and meat. Classes always end on a sweet note and might include papassini, local cookies perfect for dipping into coffee, tiliccas, a typical sweet made with honey and toasted almonds, or even seada, a flaky, fried pastry puff stuffed with sheep’s milk ricotta, orange zest and different herbs then drizzled with honey. Lunch or dinner follows and includes the foods prepared in your cooking class and includes fine Sardinian wines and local liqueurs to conclude.


The second largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia is as famous for its as its wild mountainous inland areas as it is for its long stretches of white beach along the coasts. All over the island you’ll find the ruins of thousands of Nuraghi – the ancient megalithic stone fortresses of Sardinia’s first inhabitants, the Nuraghic people, along with countless other archeological treasures.  Over the centuries, Sardinia was invaded by Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans, and was later colonized by Pisans, Spaniards and Austrians all of whom left their mark, if not in terms of architecture, then in terms of customs or gastronomy. The island boasts mile upon mile of unspoiled countryside, both highlands and coastline, and there are numerous nature reserves where you’ll find herons, flamingoes, wild pigs, deer, Peregrine falcon, golden eagles and griffin vultures.

Town of Olbia

Known as the gateway to Sardinia, Olbia is a town just south of Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda known for its splendid sea and beaches, and looks out over a spectacular gulf that spans the Tavolara Marina Area. The coast leading north from Olbia is truly mesmerising, with its crystalline waters and myriad turquoise inlets. In the 7th century B.C. the Greeks arrived and gave the name Olbia – ‘happiness’. But archeological findings suggest Olbia was first settled by the Phoenicians before them. However, the area also contains Nuragic ruins dating back to the Bronze Age, including the Tomb of the Giant of su Monte de s’Aba, the riu Mulinu nuraghe, the village of Belveghile and the sa Testa sacred well. The centro storico (historic center) is alive with boutiques, wine bars and inviting piazzas where you can grab a steaming caffè or a glass of local Vermentino at one of the many cafés. But it also has much to recommend it from a historical and cultural viewpoint. Apart from the historic ruins just outside Olbia, visit the town’s harbor-side archaeological museum, and its Pisan-style basilica, San Simplicio.

Sardinia Accommodations

Your 3-Star Accommodations is situated in the heart of the historic center of Olbia. The central location allows you to reach the main shopping streets, the waterfront for relaxing walks, the Archaeological Museum, the Town Hall, Basilica of San Simplicio and the church of St. Paul in a few minutes. It is an excellent starting point for an unforgettable vacation on the Emerald Coast or tour of Sardinia.All rooms have free wireless Internet access and are equipped with the most modern comforts such as ensuite private bath, hair dryers and air conditioning. Breakfast is served in the breakfast room each morning, and daily maid service is provided for your convenience.

An upgrade to 4-Star Accommodations is available on request based on availability and at extra cost.

Itinerary ~ 6 Days, 5 Nights

Day One: Arrival & Welcome

  • Transfer to accommodations from Olbia airport or train station.
  • Arrival & Check-in.
  • Welcome Dinner, local wine and liqueur included.

Day Two: Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Morning free to relax or explore your surroundings.
  • Afternoon – Cooking Class 1: gather in the kitchen for your first Sardinian cooking class with your Chef. All lessons start with the chef proposing a few ideas then students helping decide which local dishes to cook with the ingredients available. Your first lesson will cover fabulous fresh pasta, so get ready to knead, roll delicious lasagne, ravioli, tortellini and tagliatelle.
  • Dinner is served at the table with some fine Sardinian wine and local liqueurs served to conclude.

Day Three: Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served
  • Morning free to head to explore the surrounding countryside or even head to the beach.
  • Free for lunch.
  • Afternoon – Cooking Class 2: head to the kitchen for your next cooking class with your chef for a lesson on how to cook the island’s delicious fish. Here, he will give tips on cleaning and preparing fresh fish, explaining how to recognize when it is at its freshest.
  • Dinner is served at the table with some fine Sardinian wine and local liqueurs served to conclude.

Day Four: Sail To Tavolara and Molara

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Transfer to pier for full-day excursion to the islands of Tavolara and Molara. This includes a boat tour and drop off at Tavolara Island, where you will have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking beaches before returning aboard. Return to pier and transfer to accommodations.
  • Late afternoon return to hotel.
  • Free for dinner. Suggestions available on request.

Day Five: Excursion to Wineries & Cooking Class 3

  • Breakfast is served
  • After breakfast, meet your driver for a visit to two local wineries, with tastings and appetizers included.
  • Afternoon – Cooking Class 3: tie on your apron for your third and final cooking lesson. Today you’ll create some of the island’s best-loved meat based dishes, from antipasti to pasta and secondo.
  • Dinner is served at the table with some fine Sardinian wine and local liqueurs served to conclude.

Day Six: Check-out & Arrivederci

  • Breakfast is served
  • Check-out & transfer to Olbia airport/train station.

Program Includes:

  • 6 days, 5 nights accommodations, based on double occupancy. Click to view!
  • Daily Breakfast.
  • Welcome dinner, local wine and liqueurs included.
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes with the chef. Lunch or dinner follows with the foods prepared in class, local wine and liqueurs included.
  • Full-day excursion to the islands of Tavolara and Molara. This includes a boat tour and drop off at Tavolara Island, where you will have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking beaches before returning aboard. Return to pier and transfer to accommodations. All included. ****(When weather conditions are unsuitable for your Tavolara excursion, the excursion will be replaced with an equal value dinner.)
  • Half-day wine tour including a visit to 2 wineries, tastings and appetizers included. English-speaking driver included.
  • Aprons and recipes provided for cooking classes.
  • Round-trip transfers to Olbia airport / train station.
Program Prices

$2,795 per person, based on double occupancy.
$790 Single Supplement, based on minimum 2 people in the program.


Check Availability

2021 Dates: This program is available April to October. You can check in and start your cooking program 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.