Chef Maria's Venice™

Venice One Day Cooking Classes, Market & Food Tours

Join us in Venice, the land of food & dreams, for an extraordinary 1 day cooking experience, a Rialto Market Tour, A Venetian Kids Tour, & Food Tour with endless Scampi, Spaghetti alla Buara-Brasato con Amarone di Valpolicella,…Baccala Mantecato, Venetian Vongole & linguine, Branzino, Bigoli, and a dessert tray of Zaletti Biscotti, Baicoli, & Bussola. Venice is magical with its winding waterways, Saint Mark’s Square, Carnival masks and rich long history. Enjoy it like a local with with Chef Maria and our guide Sara.


One Day Cooking Class

Cooking hands-on, learning the food history of Venice’s past & present, and eating the foods prepared in class with Chef Maria are included in your 1 Day Cooking Class. You will learn the traditions, technique and cooking style of a great Venice’s Chef using fresh fruit, vegetables, produce and fish from the Rialto Market. You will be cooking like a true Venetian making appetizers, pasta & risotto, main dishes and desserts. Delicate pastas and sauces; Venetian rice, or risotto gently flavored with arugula, artichokes or tiny pink shrimp; Venetian cakes, or torte; polenta biscotti; and creamy fruit tarts are a small sample of the foods that you will prepare in class. Tie on your apron and get ready for a splendid authentic experience with with your chef in her Venetian kitchen!

Cooking Class menus vary by season, a sample includes:

Seafood Menu

Seasonal vegetables sautéed and served with sea salt, herbs & olive oil
Risotto with shrimp and artichokes
Fresh Sea Bass encrusted in a bed of sea salt and slow baked
Venetian-style Tiramisu’

Meat-Based Menu

Venetian flan finished with a creamy cheese sauce
Risotto with mushrooms served with homemade sausage
Tenderloin encrusted with herbs
Creamy warm custard drizzled with Marsala wine and served with Baicoli biscotti

Fresh Pasta Menu

Venetian pasta served in a light tomato sauce with Parmesan cheese
Potato Gnocchi with a duck sauce ragu
Fresh hand-made ravioli stuffed with fresh spinach, Ricotta,
Mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, and sautéed in sage butter
Mixed seasonal salad with fresh fruit, walnuts & extra virgin olive oil
Fresh fruit Bavaroise

Menus vary to use the best seasonal ingredients available at the market, and can be tailored to accommodate special requests and/or diet needs.

Cooking classes begin 10:30am and end at 2:30pm.

Program Prices

$295 per person, based on minimum of 2 people, including all taxes and Italian VAT.
Please call for single supplement pricing.

* Please note: prices do not include transportation, accommodations or any other excursions. If you would like to add on transfers to and from your hotel or cruise ship port ~ please let us know your group size and we will be happy to reserve transfers for you. (Extra cost).


Rialto Market Tour & Cooking Class

Join Chef Maria for a morning tour through Venice’s famous Rialto Market. The infamous outdoor market is a busy scene starting at the crack of dawn as suppliers sail up from their barges, unload and set up their stands for what becomes a boisterous scene of buyers, sellers and spectators passing by, examining, negotiating between crates and stands piled sky high with goods. Fish is famous here, along with vegetables, herbs, spices, fruits and more. And this landmark marketplace has been setting up and doing this daily since 1097. Chef Maria heads directly to her established merchants for the best products and of course conversation of the day.

Following the market, it is off to the kitchen for your hands-on cooking class. Choose from Seafood, Fresh Pasta or Meat-based on Chef Maria’s seasonal menus. Special diet menus are available upon request. Lunch follows on the foods prepared in class. Local wine, water & dessert included. (Transportation not included)

Tour and cooking classes begin at 9:30am and end at 5:30pm.

Program Prices

$355 per person, based on minimum of 2 people, including all taxes and Italian VAT.
Please call for single supplement pricing.

* Please note: prices do not include transportation, accommodations or any other excursions. If you would like to add on transfers to and from your hotel or cruise ship port ~ please let us know your group size and we will be happy to reserve transfers for you. (Extra cost).


 

One Day Venice-For-Kids Tour

Venice has an endless list of kids things to do, and with native Venetian Sara as your guide who will lead your family through the city’s labyrinth layout you will learn while having fun. The children of Venice are the most fortunate, -there are no cars, no noise, and lots of gelaterias (ice cream shops)! With Sara you will sail along the Grand Canal in a Gondola, climb the Bell Tower in Saint Mark’s Square towering 323 feet tall for a city view, cross over to the Lido for a different perspective or visit the Rialto Bridge by foot. Hop on a vaporetto to the Island of Murano to see the ancient art of glass blowing. These are a few of our favorite Kids’ things to see and do in Venice.

Your Choice, Doge’s Palace Tour or Saint Mark’ & Canal Boat Ride

Depending on the ages of your kids, and preference, we offer two options for your tour: -

Doge’s Palace Tour

A 3-hour walking tour including the Secret Doge’s Palace tour.
(Recommended for kids ages 8 and up).

- Saint Mark’ & Canal Boat Ride

A 3-hour tour including 1-hour by private water taxi
(Perfect for kids of all ages).

Or, for kids of all ages, including the little ones, ride along the canals on our private water taxi, picture-taking and learning how a city built on water survived throughout the ages. See the traces of the highest acqua alta, the high water. End your visit with the exploration of the calm and evocative backstreets and squares of Castello or Dorsoduro, where of course we’ll find time for a gelato stop! We’ll make a point to include some Venetian history too, including Marco Polo! Our Venice Tour for Kids includes a 2-hour walking tour and 1 hour tour in a private water taxi. Historical notes, fun facts and interesting sights make it a memorable way to visit Venice with a history lesson included.

Please note: entrance fees to the museums are not included and are payable upon entry.

Program Prices:

3-hour guided tour with Secret Tour of the Doge’s Palace: $450 total, for groups up to 10 people. All taxes and Italian VAT included, museum entrance tickets not included.

3-hour guided tour with 1-hour private water taxi: $650 total, for groups up to 6 people. All taxes and Italian VAT included, museum entrance tickets not included.

* Please note: prices do not include transportation, accommodations or any other excursions. If you would like to add on transfers to and from your hotel or cruise ship port ~ please let us know your group size and we will be happy to reserve transfers for you. (Extra cost).


2015 Dates: These programs are offered from February 18 to July 20 and from August 25 to November 22, and cooking classes are held every day. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included.