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Milan: Small-Group Pasta Making and Tiramisu Class

1. Milan: Small-Group Pasta Making and Tiramisu Class

Immerse yourself in a private pasta and tiramisu-making class in a welcoming home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and tiramisu and savor the fruits of your labor for lunch or dinner accompanied by local wines. Start the lesson with an Italian aperitivo. Then, learn how to roll 'sfoglia' (fresh pasta) by hand and how to prepare 2 simple different kinds of pasta (filled pasta + fresh pasta) from scratch with your local chef host who will teach you the tricks of the trade. As the icing on the cake, learn to prepare the iconic Tiramisu for a truly immersive Italian experience. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family when you get home with an authentic Italian meal. 

Tirano to St. Moritz: Bernina Red Train Return Day-Ticket

2. Tirano to St. Moritz: Bernina Red Train Return Day-Ticket

Travel on the classic Bernina Red Train, the red fairy-tale on rails, and experience the magical countryside of the Swiss Alps. Depart from Tirano and admire spectacular scenery as you cross the Alps from the Valtellina vineyards to the glaciers of the Bernina Pass. Enjoy panoramic views from the train's windows, which have been gazed out of for over 100 years. Sit back and relax during this fairy-tale journey as the beautiful alpine landscape flows by before your eyes. Feel free to leave the train at any station and hop on the next train when you want to continue your journey. Ride all the way from Tirano to St. Moritz and back again. You can choose an optional cablecar ride to the Diavolezza Refuge to admire the mountain scenery.

From Milan: Wine Tasting Tour in the Countryside

3. From Milan: Wine Tasting Tour in the Countryside

Treat your taste buds to a fruity and fun-filled wine tasting tour. This is the perfect trip for every wine lover. Meet your local guide in Milan city center and ride 40 minutes south to the beautiful region of Oltrepo Pavese. Marvel at the countryside as you discover a hidden side of Milan. Travel over the hills and make a stop at a traditional, family-run winery. Immerse yourself in the beautiful landscapes. Sip a glass of sparkling Pinot Noir and enjoy a light lunch made from seasonal products. Start the wine tasting session and discover the history and passion behind every bottle produced. Make sure you take photos of the eye-catching hills and stunning vineyards. Embrace the stunning views before you take a ride back to Milan. This is an experience you won't forget.

Milan: Pasta, Ravioli, and Tiramisu Cooking Class

4. Milan: Pasta, Ravioli, and Tiramisu Cooking Class

Enter the beautiful home of your professional chef in one of the most dynamic districts of the city and follow his guidance to prepare a menu of typical recipes using fresh produce and raw ingredients sourced from the local market. Learn to cook homemade ravioli, pasta and tiramisù in a friendly atmosphere. Start your pasta class by preparing the dough for authentic ravioli (filled dumplings, sealed between 2 layers of thin pasta dough). Discover how to make perfect tagliatelle to complete your meal. Finally, learn to make the perfect tiramisù dessert to finish your traditional meal. Enjoy the fruits of your labor with your chef and learn how to combine local recipes with fine Italian wines. Get a copy of all the recipes you prepared to continue your cooking adventure back at home.

Milan: Central Market Tour and Cooking Class

5. Milan: Central Market Tour and Cooking Class

First, explore Milan’s culinary scene by visiting the city’s bottegas (shops) which are stocked full of fresh produce and local specialties. Led by your expert chef, browse the stores and learn about local cuisine. Liaise with vendors, butchers, and bakers as you pick out the tastiest ingredients to prepare your meal. With your groceries in hand, take a short walk to the cooking school, a brand-new facility in the heart of the city. Put on your apron and follow the chef's instructions in order to create exquisite traditional dishes. Learn how to create dishes such as cheese fondue, ragout, fresh hand-rolled pasta, and dessert. Measure, mince, mix, season, and stir to create authentic Milanese cuisine.  Take a break to savor a selection of premium wines and local cheeses. Once everything is ready, sit down with a glass of wine and enjoy your culinary creations. At the end of the experience, you will receive an attendance certificate and a recipe booklet so you can share the recipes you learned with your friends and family at home.

Milan: Wine Tasting Experience in the City Centre

6. Milan: Wine Tasting Experience in the City Centre

Enjoy a 1.5-hour special event in an elegant and traditional wine bar located in the heart of Milan. Taste 3 of the most important Italian wines, known all around the world. A sample of red, white, and sparkling wine will be served with delicacies made by a chef with local products.   During this journey through the winery world, a professional sommelier will explain to you in depth the particularities of these Italian wines. Learn to match your wine with food and all about how wines is grown and produced.

Milan: Cooking Class with an Italian Chef

7. Milan: Cooking Class with an Italian Chef

Learn to make 3 authentic Milanese dishes with a live chef during this cooking class. Immerse yourself in Italian cuisine during Milan's hands-on cooking class. Then, discover the secrets of preparing fresh Italian cuisine, dine on your dishes and enjoy a glass of local vino (Wine). Roll up your sleeves and start cooking; your chef will teach you how to make delicious dishes that you can recreate time and time again. Immerse yourself in Italian cuisine as you discover fresh, high-quality ingredients that don't require a lot of complicated techniques to release their flavor.  Begin by making an appetizer, followed by the main, and finally, whip up something to satisfy your sweet tooth by making a dessert. At the end of the class, you will taste the dishes you created paired with a glass of wine and a cup of coffee.  Enjoy a day out in a professional kitchen that you won't forget. Return home with something more than just souvenirs — traditional Italian cooking knowledge that will stay with you for life.

Milan: Private Welcome Tour w/ a Local

8. Milan: Private Welcome Tour w/ a Local

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. During the walking tour, you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city. Please contact the local tour operator if you’d like a private car included in the tour.

Milan: Private Fashion Tour

9. Milan: Private Fashion Tour

Led by a fashion expert, your private fashion tour begins in Milan’s Navigli District. Admire the artisan boutiques and hear the stories behind the showrooms as you walk through the city streets. Stop at the Roberta e Basta art gallery, which presents a collection carefully selected from rare and exclusive works of art, design objects, and renowned vintage furniture. Continue to one of Milan’s hidden gems, known for its quality fabrics. Walk along the chic streets and stop to visit a Japanese jewelry shop and atelier, where the designer makes her jewelry. Enjoy a coffee break at a rustic-chic café before heading to the Cavalli e Nastri boutique, known for its stylish garments. Your last stop is the Armani boutique, an impressive building filled with luxurious items.

Milan Private Home Cooking Class

10. Milan Private Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines.  During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 92 reviews

Super fun evening with Debora! She’s a great host with a great sense of humor. We were 7 people that we’re late to arrive (and depart!) but she was so accommodating through it all. She gave a warm welcome with prosecco and focaccia, she was so patient with the pasta making process insisting that each of us have our turn, the whole session was so well organized and of course she’s a great chef with great tips! Proud to say that our home made meal was simply delicious! Thank you Debora!

We slept in Tirano, a charming little town, from where the Bernina Express leaves, a wonderful ride, beautiful landscapes! It's really worth it! In Tirano we opted for the B&B where Bruno kindly took care of us. The regional train from Milan to Tirano has a beautiful view of Lake Como...completes the tour.

Fantastic train. Incredible views an beauty. We were very,very happy.

Beatrice was so much fun! We learned a great new way to make pasta!

Wonderful experience on the Bernina Train. Easy and comfortable.