Rome for Kids™

Kids & Family Cooking Class in Rome ~ 6 Day

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“In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen,
a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom.”
-Barbara Costikyan

Come have a ball in the Eternal City with this Kids & Family cooking class & tour, sure to interest children and parents alike! Chef Eugenio takes the food loving family on a journey through Rome’s Outdoor Marketplace, gets everyone involved making pizza & pasta while learning fun facts about the Eternal City!

Your three cooking classes provide a great opportunity for families to learn about Rome and Italy through its cuisine and the marketplace tour. In addition to your Cooking program, we will give you our personal addresses for the best things to do with children, while keeping parents and children interested as well, creating unforgettable memories for all.

Rome Kid’s Cooking Classes

Your hands-on cooking classes take you into the heart of Rome, with Chef Eugenio’s authentic Roman-style cooking, where the past comes alive through pasta making, pizza making and more. Highly celebrated, Chef Eugenio has both talent and passion, and leads his classes with a fervent love for cooking while creating a fun atmosphere for both parents and children. Taking you up on a journey through the classical cuisine of the Eternal City, where history and traditions come alive around each dish prepared in class.

Chef Eugenio’s family, originally from outside of Naples, immigrated to the Eternal City in the early 1900s. Though still very connected with his countryside roots, Chef Eugenio is 100% Roman and allows no exceptions in his kitchen. Learn how to cook without recipes, timers, measuring cups and scales, but with the smells, instinct, and technique that only Chef Eugenio has gained after years of experience. He cooks with his eyes, like most Italian chefs, using his senses and know how.

His philosophy is ‘to experience the action in the kitchen,…look, try, and learn, and not focus on the steps in a recipe.’ In fact he does not use recipes, as he works the kitchen turning out antipasti, pasta, main courses and pizza. In this unique cooking class, he will teach you his philosophy of cooking, tricks of the kitchen, along with passion and love for food. Chef Eugenio loves to eat too! Following each cooking class everyone enjoys the delicious foods that were prepared in class at the Roman table!

While in your pizza making class, you will learn the tricks of the trade when it comes to mixing, kneading, rolling, and baking the dough into a crisp golden creation; and which can be topped with whatever your heart desires; fish, vegetables, or even the famous Bismark, with an egg in the middle, to name a few. During your pasta making class, Chef Eugenio shows you the art of mixing, blending, kneading, twisting, and rolling a variety of pasta shapes, and sauces to go with them.

Head into the marketplace with Chef, as he teaches how to choose only the best fresh seasonal ingredients for cooking, as well as food notes about the products you’ll use in your cooking classes. From San Marzano tomatoes, to the smallest little cherry ones, pomodorini, kids will learn “green light food notes,” as well. Pizza and pasta classes are hands-on, and lunch or dinner follows with the foods prepared in class.

A recipe book is included with compilation of Eugenio’s creations; recipes may vary depending on the seasons, so we encourage each guest to bring a notebook and camera into the kitchen.

Rome Landmarks

Journey into a Rome where history comes alive for your children, leaving you wide-eyed in this breathtaking city, where the past and present live side by side. Rome offers a broad spectrum of sites and activities for families to take pleasure in. Stick your hand in the Bocca Della Verita, and wait to see if it closes its mouth if you are lying! Visit the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, a gothic church built on top of the ruins of the Roman temple of the goddess Minerva, where history and present day ties unravel themselves. Kids will love the eerie Cappucini Crypt, decorated all in bones, or experience the optical illusion as you look upward in the dome of San Ignazio. The Villa Borghese offers bike rentals, pony rides, and a good amount of shade on a hot Roman summer day. Want to visit the Vatican but keep the kids amused too? Don’t worry as the Vatican has mummies and statues throughout to keep kids giggling along the way! Stop to eat in a restaurant built with stones stolen from the Colosseum hundreds of years ago. Stop for traditional pizza, kids will love when an entire pizza arrives just for them! Save room gelato as we head to Giolitti, with an endless list of flavors from dark chocolate, nero, and hazelnut, nocciola, to strawberry, fragola, pineapple, ananas, chocolate chip, stracciatella, and hazelnut-chocolate Nutella to name a few-our black book on Rome is yours to share.

The Giolitti family welcomes you to their family owned and operated gelateria. This family business started out selling just milk, until Nonna Giolitti decided to expand and make home-made gelato, which they have since been doing for over 100 years! Nonna’s ad-campaign starting out was her 8 children whom she sat outside the gelateria. Upon being complimented on her beautiful little family, she always graciously replied that their rosy cheeks and happy faces were thanks to the many flavors of gelato they ate! Today the family business continues their tradition of making delicious gelato in hundreds of flavors including watermelon, baci, nutella.

Rome Accommodations

Rome 3-Star

Our charming jewel-box 3-Star hotel located between the 18th-century Spanish Steps and the famed Via Veneto. The conveniently located hotel has been newly renovated, while preserving its old world charm. Privately owned, clean, bright, the Hotel has a professional staff to help you with all your questions while staying in the Eternal City.

The property has welcomed travelers since the days of the Grand Tour, and was a favorite with the famous Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen. The archeological treasures on display in the spacious hall, the furniture, the antique paintings, and the 18th-century entryway are all part of the priceless décor, and will give you the impression that you are lost in time, in an enchanted world. Staff cater to their guests’ every need with a winning combination of welcoming warmth and high professional standards. Elegantly furnished rooms, a reading room near the bar and a rooftop offering a spectacular view of the historical city, make this home-away-from-home a haven of relaxation in bustling Rome. Each room offers a private bathroom, air conditioning/heat, minibar, Satellite TV, hair dryer & Wi-Fi internet.

Rome 4-Star

Our welcoming 4-Star hotel is located between the 18th-century Spanish Steps and Piazza Del Popolo. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Rome, with its atmospheric streets full of history and surrounded by the most elegant shops, making it the perfect haven after a day of sightseeing or shopping. Here, the owners have succeeded in perfectly blending the timeless style of the old Fellini films with modern-day comfort. An intimate atmosphere, refined in every detail, combines the warmth of wood and gold in a contemporary and sophisticated design. Rooms are all different, each with its own exclusive details, with mirrors harking back to the old Parisian styles, and designed to offer guests maximum comfort. Each room offers a private bathroom, air conditioning/heat, minibar, personal safe, Satellite TV, hair dryer & Wi-Fi internet. Enjoy a drink at the hotel’s piano bar, or treat yourself to a bite at its restaurant and pizzeria.

Itinerary: 6 days, 5 nights

This program is available 12 months per year. You can check in and start your program on any day of the week.

Day 1: Arrival and Check in

  • Arrival transfer from Rome Airport or Train station to your hotel in central Rome.
  • Check in and relax
  • Chef’s Welcome Dinner at our favorite trattoria. Beverages not included and are available at a surcharge.

Day 2: Cooking Class 1 & Ancient Rome

  • Breakfast is served
  • Cooking Class 1 features Chef Eugenio’s hands-on pizza-making class. From start to finish, mix, knead, toss (if you dare) and bake your dough to form the perfect Italian pizza! Learn the history, myths, and modern marvels of the multi-faceted Italian pizza. Lunch follows on your foods prepared in class. Wine and soft drinks not included.
  • City Sight Seeing Roma Tour.
  • Dinner free and on your own. Cooking Vacations provides our favorite restaurant hot picks.

Day 3: Market Tour & Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Rome Market Tour: Early morning pick-up from your hotel for a one-hour tour of Rome’s history and colorful Testaccio Market. Rome’s fresh-produce markets are treasured reminders of a more traditional way of life. A dazzling array of fresh fruit and vegetables greet you, often marked by meat and fish stalls. The Testaccio market on Piazza Testaccio, is the most traditionally Roman of all the city’s markets and is noted for its excellent quality and good prices. It’s a great place to find such delicious dinner table delights as the baby chicory shoots, broad beans, and Roman artichokes, and also a fun place to socialize in the morning. Be sure to visit the late actor Marcello Mastoianni’s cousin’s stand, with Marcello’s face on the sign, where fresh fish is sold.
  • Chef Eugenio knows everyone by their first name, he leads the way as his eyes & nose seek out the best produce of the day! After, return to the restaurant to get cooking!
  • Cooking Class 2: Join Chef Eugenio for demonstration-style preparation of a full Roman menu including two primi piatti, first courses, and two secondi piatti, second courses, all kid-friendly of course! Lunch follows on the foods prepared in class. Wine and soft drinks not included.
  • Dinner free and on your own. Cooking Vacations provides our favorite restaurant hot picks.

Day 4: Cooking Class 3 & Piazzas of Rome

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Cooking Class 3: Pasta making with Chef Eugenio. Roll up your sleeves and work along side your Chef to turn out different pasta shapes and delicious fresh sauces to go with them. Lunch follows on the foods prepared in class. Wine and soft drinks not included.
  • Spend the afternoon exploring the Piazzas of downtown Rome. Visit the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and the Campo De’ Fiori. The Fontana Dei Quattro Fiumi, the Fountain of Four Rivers, found in Piazza Navona, is one of Bernini’s most celebrated masterpieces. The fountain symbolizes the four great rivers known in ancient times; the Nile, Ganges, Danube and Rio de la Plata. Stroll into Piazza Barberini, where kids are certain to enjoy Bernini’s Fountain of the Bees.
  • Kid’s Tip: Don’t miss the San’Ignazio church, near the Pantheon, famous for it’s false dome. From the entrance the ceiling appears to be a painted dome, however as you walk in through the church, you will discover it is an illusion.
  • Tired from a long day? Stop by the famous Tazza D’Oro, just by the Pantheon, and reward yourselves with a work-of-art cappuccino for Mom and Dad, and a hot chocolate for the kids, so thick and scrumptious as if it were melted chocolate! One of the most famous Cafes in all of Rome.
  • Dinner free and on your own. Cooking Vacations provides our favorite restaurant hot picks.

Day 5: Colosseum Tour & Gelato Tasting Tour

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Colosseum Tour with English speaking guide.  Kids can become gladiators for a day, as you are guided through the ancient amphitheatre with your English speaking guide.  The Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre ever built and is considered one of the greatest works of architecture and engineering.  The Colosseum, at the east side of the Roman Forum, is a landmark not to be missed. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, and was completed in 80 AD under his successor and heir Titus.  Explore the arches, columns and staging of Rome’s greatest landmark.
  • Following, Cooking Vacations original Gelato Tasting Tour.  Every child loves gelato and there is no better place than Rome to taste the many flavors.  Our expert food guide takes us on a gelato tasting tour with discussion and tastings included.
  • Spend the day visiting Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican, suggestion.
  • ***You can also add on a half or full day tour to the Vatican with our English speaking guide, Stephano, including Vatican, Sistine Chapel or even a Food Lover’s Walk.  Please let us know your interests.
  • Audience with the Pope.  If it’s Wednesday, the Pope, holds the General Audience in Saint Peter’s Square, so arrive early to get seats. People travel from all over the world to be apart of this event, and the Pope even moves through the crowd on his ‘Popemobile’, a sure pleaser for the kids as well as kids-at-heart.
  • Walk in the elliptical piazza of Saint Peter’s Basilica and challenge the kids to find the two spots where the columns surrounding the piazza align. Then head into Saint Peter’s to admire this incredible cathedral. Inside you will find Michelangelo’s Pieta’ (1499), Bernini’s ornate Baldacchino (1633), carved all in bronze, and his celestial Throne of Saint Peter (1666), among the many marvels.
  • Next head to the Vatican Museums, just a short walk from Saint Peter’s to visit the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel. Kids, did you know artists often painted themselves into their paintings? See if you can find Michelangelo’s face in The Last Judgment, on the wall behind the altar.
  • Kid’s Tip 2: Have the kid’s write a postcard from the Vatican Museums and mail from there; they will have the post mark not from Italy, but from the Vatican City!
  • Dinner is free and on your own. Suggestions provided at the hotel.
  • Kid’s Tip 3: Your last night is the perfect night to visit the Trevi Fountain, extraordinary by day, but truly magical when lit up at night. Toss your coins in the fountain for luck and to ensure that you will return to the Eternal City. Just near the Trevi Fountain is what many hail as the ‘best gelato in Rome.’ Taste a dish and decide for yourself whether you think Il Gelato di San Crispino merits this great praise.

Day 6: Check Out & Departure

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check out and departure.
  • Transfer to Rome Airport or Train Station.

Note: This sample itinerary schedule may vary due to inclement weather, saints days; festivals. All activities, in the event of rescheduling, are always included during the week.

Program Includes:

  • 6 days, 5 nights accommodations, based on double occupancy. Click to View!
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Chef’s Welcome Dinner on your first night. Beverages not included and are available at a surcharge.
  • 3 cooking classes, starting at 10am, followed by lunch (afternoon classes upon request followed by dinner) with the foods prepared in class. Wine and soft drinks not included.
  • Market Tour with morning pick up from your hotel.
  • Guided tour to the Colosseum with English speaking guide.
  • Gelato Tasting Tour with guide, tastings and discussions included.
  • City Sight Seeing Roma Tour.
  • Round trip transfers from Rome Airport or Train Station.
  • Recipe book Chef Eugenio’s recipes.  Recipes may vary depending on the seasons, so we encourage guests to take recipe notes during the cooking class.
Program Prices:

$2,195 per person, based on double occupancy in the 3-Star Accommodations.

$2,825 per person, based on double occupancy in the 4-Star Accommodations.

Kids under 10 are half price (based on 2 adults in program in family room).

Transfers from Airport or Train Station

*110 Euros – Transfers to/from Rome Airport (Fiumicino or Ciampino) to Rome Hotel each way, based on 1-3 guests.

*85 Euros – Transfers to/from Rome Train Station to Rome Hotel , based on 1-3 guests.

*An Italian visitor tax may apply in some cities and must be paid directly on site at check out.

Check Availability

2020 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. 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.