Traditional Cooking Course

This course is aimed to allow you to immerse yourself in the Italian culture and lifestyle and learn to cook authentic Italian recipes in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. This unique cooking vacation in Italy will show you Italian cooking techniques (while sharing some of Nonna’s secrets) to create meals that promise to delight your family and friends.

The lectures are held in the morning, while excursions and meetings with local people are generally held in the afternoon.
After completing the course will receive a certificate of attendance and level of the cooperative Arenacea, training institution accredited by the Region Basilicata.

   Accommodation and meals

Irsina old town

Typical houses of the old town of Irsina

Course participants are housed in typical houses of the old town, interacting with the country and its people, discovering the history, art, culture, environment, food and wine.

Breakfast and lunch are included in the price and are held in the bright dining room or outdoors on the terrace of the roof garden of the convent. In the evening you can dine in the convent for € 15.00 including wine or one of the restaurants in the country.



San Francesco Cloister

The Cloister, Internal view of San Francesco convent

San Francesco convent Irsina

High view of the San Francesco convent in Irsina

The course takes place in the charming former convent of St. Francis of Irsina, houses the Archaeological Museum Janora. The building is a convent of the XVI century, situated in a panoramic position in the hear


Sunset in Irsina

Sunset in Irsina in summer time


Arrive in Irsina
Welcome Drink
Lunch or Dinner (depend on the arrival time)


“Capond”, traditional home made pasta from Irsina

Morning: lesson of home made pasta
Lunch in San Francesco convent
Afternoon: Excursion in Irsina
Evening: Free


Palmenti of Pietragalla


Laboratory of pizza

Morning: Guided tour of Palmenti in Pietragalla, to learn the antique way to make wine
Lunch: in a typical restaurant of Pietragalla
Afternoon: Laboratory of Pizza in a real pizzeria, dinner included



View on Castelmezzamo

Excursion: Visit Pietrapertosa – Castelmezzano, You can enjoy the “Flight of the Angel
Lunch: free, not included
Afternoon: lesson with the Chef of “al becco della civetta” second best restaurant in Italy +
Dinner at the same restaurant.


“Casatedd” Traditional sweet of Basilicata

Morning: Visit of the local market for buy fresh products, lesson in class, traditional food used for special events + lunch

Afternoon: Visit of the Sassi of Matera, famous also for its DOCG bread.
Evening: Free dinner in Matera (not included)

Rose cake

Cake decorated with roses and with rose taste

Morning lesson: Cake decoration

Afternoon: presentation of certificates and greeting of the Tourism of the City of Irsina.

Landscape Irsina

Landscape view from Irsina



Date of the courses

From 14 to 20 May
From 11 to 17 Jun
From 12 to 18 Jul
From 07 to 13 Aug
From 18 to 24 Sep
* the courses will be held after reaching the minimum number of 5 participants
* In case of an already made group, is possible to book different dates.

Included in the course
20h of cooking course
Transfer from/to the airport of Bari
Transfer during the excursions
Accommodation in houses of the old town
With Half Board service