Planning Your Dream Italian Adventure?

Recently we put out a call from our blog subscribers for tour guide recommendations and cooking class instructors in Italy. The response was wonderful! This post is your one-stop shop for crafting the perfect Italian itinerary, fueled by the incredible recommendations of our fantastic subscriber community.

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Many recommendations poured in, highlighting hidden gems and local experts across Italy. While we haven’t personally vetted every single suggestion (that would be one delicious, whirlwind adventure!), we’re confident this list will be a fantastic starting point for your Italian explorations.

Of course, we at Our Italian Journey have also thrown in a few of our own tried-and-true experiences. We want to ensure you have a truly unforgettable trip, filled with mouthwatering cuisine, enriching cultural experiences, and memories that will last a lifetime. This list and our informative blog posts should assist you in whatever region you plan to visit.

Here’s the best part: this post is constantly evolving! We want to keep it a living resource for all our fellow Italy-philes. If you use one of the recommended guides or cooking classes, we’d love to hear about it! Please shoot us an email at [] to share your experience, both good and bad.

Your feedback is invaluable in helping us keep this list current and reliable. Did a particular guide bring the history of Pompeii to life? Did a cooking class in Bologna transform you into a pasta-making pro? Or perhaps, something unforeseen impacted your experience. Your honest feedback ensures we can continue to recommend the best possible options for your Italian adventure.

So, get ready to dive into a delicious journey through Italy. We have the perfect tour guides and cooking classes waiting to be discovered!

Tour Guide Recommendations…

Cooking Class Recommendations…

AbruzzoRosyCooking with Rosy
Phone: +39 328 806 7231
Amalfi CoastRaffaele
Phone: +39 338 9462860
FlorenceMonica MartiniPhone: +39 0574 692974
LuccaWanda Martinelli Walking tour of Lucca and villas outside the historic city
Phone: +39 347 5597279
LuccaAntoinette MasiniCooking classes, an easy taxi ride from Lucca Centro
Phone: +39 333 170 5006
NaplesFederica RubinoFederica Rubino Tour Guide
Email: and
Phone: +39 393 110 7593
Parma, Piacenza, Reggio EmiliaAlice
Phone: +39 3395931754
Instagram: @exploraemilia
Polignano a MareFlavia GiordanoSpaghetti ABC (cooking classes and food tours)
Phone: +39 328 172 8410
RomeBruno Tours
Phone: +39 392 216 3049
SicilyAlfred & EszterGroup and private customized tours
Phone: +39 978-604-1273
Sicily, PalermoFabrizioEat and Walk – Street Food Tour
Phone: +39 328 350 8503
TuscanyAnna Maria MadafariBoth Private & Group Tours
Phone: +39 3477071332
TuscanyGiovanni PalmieriThe Tuscan Wanderer – Private and Custom Tours and Transfers
Phone: +39 366 416 2266
TuscanyRobertoWe Drive You Tuscany
Phone: +39 333 621 9136
TuscanyThe Dandelion Journals
Tuscany, ChiantiDanieleChianti Taxi di Mogni Daniele Tours, Shuttle
Phone: +39 389 816 0050