Online Experience: A Unique Historical Cooking Class

Experience history and culinary delight combined in this one-of-a-kind online experience with our very own Ph.D. Italian noble count. Cook up an Italian feast from home!

Cook up a feast with an Italian Count!

Enjoy cooking with our fascinating friend Count Niccolo Capponi in his Florentine Palace and Tuscan Wine Estate Villa Calcinaia!

In this unique online cooking class, you’ll be captivated from the first minute with your charismatic host Count Capponi. We say no one knows Florence better – he’s descended from one of the most important Italian noble families.

For the first time, history and food combine in this fun, follow-along cooking class. Fresh ingredients, healthy, typical Italian flavors, the menu will vary day to day and we’ll send you an ingredient list beforehand – don’t worry there won’t be anything too obscure!

Highlights of this online cooking class:

  • An online cooking masterclass with a unique historical spin and Italian character!
  • Be part of an exclusive event and Q&A with a prestigious scholar, countr & chef
  • Transport yourself to Italy from the comfort of your home

Your Masterclass Historian & Cooking Teacher

Count Niccolò Capponi is an erudite PhD historian. A scion of one of Florence’s noble families, his family dates back to the 1200’s in Florence. From an early age he developed a passion for history, stimulated by the presence of a substantial family archive. Graduating Summa cum Laude in 1988, after a spell managing Villa Calcinaia, he returned to school obtaining a doctorate in Military History. He now divides his time between writing, teaching, and some PR work for the winery.

As a prolific writer, he’s authored 5 books besides countless articles. His latest book on Niccolò Machiavelli (from whom he is descended) received international acclaim: ‘Victory of the West: The Great Christian-Muslim Clash at the Battle of Lepanto‘ (Da Capo, 2007). When asked about the title by an interviewer, Capponi replied that he was hoping to win the prize for ‘best fatwa of the year’, but found that he was up against some rather stiff competition!

Niccolò Capponi has appeared on a number of television documentaries, including the celebrated PBS ‘The Power of the Past‘, with Bill Moyers. His latest appearance has been in the History Chanel’s ‘The Medici Murder‘, dealing with the 1478 “Pazzi Conspiracy” against Lorenzo de’ Medici.

Virtual Locations:

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

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Or Discover them all here

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Request a Private Online Masterclass Experience

All of our online virtual masterclass experiences can be hosted privately just for you and or your group. We can customize the virtual experience however you like. Whatever you are looking for we can create and design something specifically for you.

Go ahead and leave us some details below with what you are looking for and we’ll be in touch.

Explore our Private Online Virtual Masterclass Experiences

Enjoy exploring the world from your own home at a time that suits you.

We have amazing experts from around the world. World leaders and passionate locals, all great story tellers, able to enthral you with enjoyable interactive live master classes.

Live Interactive Online Experiences and Masterclasses for Families and Kids

Home schooling kids can be exhausting. Our amazing experts are available for one on one exciting learning time. From the secrets of the original Da Vinci detective to bringing to life the incredible stores that made ancient Rome one of the greatest empires that ever was to foraging for wild herbs-to making handmade pasta with a Michelin chef-we have it all on tap for you from your own home.

Our family-friendly experts are great at bringing learning to life. Our online experiences are designed for children, teens and multigenerational families.

Fill out our enquiry form, tell us about yourself and we will get back to you.

Enjoyable Online Group Learning Experiences

Enjoy connecting virtually with friends, family and colleagues near and far. Our fabulous experts will guide you through an interactive online experience focused on the topic of your choosing. Whether it’s a tasting of fine Italian wine with a noble sommelier, or a fun relaxed masterclass with a Michelin chef, or experiencing the Vatican with a world leading expert, or going on a hunt with the Original Da Vinci Code detective, or just having a zany dancing around the world virtual disco with a focus on the destination of your choice… We will work with you to create a private experience for your holiday, a special occasion, team building or just for fun. Enquire using our form.

Live Online Curricula for Schools, Universities & Colleges

We work with you to develop your own custom multi-session curricula for preschool, kindergarten, middle, upper schools, colleges and universities. Our amazing experts are great at engaging with our dive in deep learning aided by fascinating visual presentations and virtually guided tours. We can break out of geographical constraints and jump from viewing masterpieces up close in the world’s greatest museums to going into iconic monuments where history was made. We can tailor our interactive virtual journeys to suit your curriculum. We can virtually go anywhere and can enhance enjoyment and learning for the classics, to art masterpieces, to specific periods in history, to art classes, to restoration, to cooking and foraging.

With our interactive conversational Socratic approach, your students will be able to ask our experts questions as they go. Our curricula are also available for parents looking for immersive engaging home-schooling content.
Enquire using our form.

Enjoyable Team Building Online Experiences and Incentives

Enjoy connecting virtually with colleagues near and far. Our fabulous experts will guide you through an interactive online experience focused on the topic of your choosing. Whether it’s a tasting of fine Italian wine with a noble sommelier, or a fun relaxed masterclass with a Michelin chef, or experiencing the Vatican with a world leading expert, or going on a hunt with the Original Da Vinci Code detective, or just having a zany dancing around the world virtual disco with a focus on the destination of your choice… We will work with you to create a bespoke team building experience that will be talked about for years to come.
Enquire using our form.

Date & Times

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm Central European Time (CET)

US East Coast EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) : 12:00 pm

US West Coast PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) : 09:00am

London BST (British Summer Time): 5:00pm

Rome CET (Central European Time) : 6:00pm

Australia, Brisbane : 02:00am

Other time zones can be organised on request as private experiences. Use this handy time converter to check the time at your locations



Can I visit Italy at the moment?

Keep checking with your government’s official travel advice and your airline, as information and regulations change quickly. Regardless of whether you can physically travel to Italy or not these Live Experiences will transport you there from wherever you are in the world!

What are our Online Live Experiences?

These new experiences are live and interactive guided tours or masterclasses with one of our amazing experts.

Each Online Experience will have a unique link to an exclusive online webinar with our world-class experts, where not only will they take you around the world and back in time through their video, but you can ask questions via chat and even interact directly!

It’s not just a lecture, it’s an interactive experience with a live Q&A satisfying all your questions. You get to be in the same ‘room’ as our experts!

What time of day do online experiences take place?

Please see the Date & Times tab for details. You can use this handy timezone converter link to verify what the start time is in your city/region.


What do I need to bring to an online experience?

All you need is a strong internet connection on your phone, tablet or computer. We recommend getting comfortable with a good coffee of nice glass of wine depending on your preference.

What age group is best suited for this online virtual experience?

This experience is appropriate for all ages. Please be aware, historical art, particularly in the renaissance, often features nudity, as in Michelangelo’s famous David sculpture!.

Can my family join this virtual live experience?

Yes of course! There will only be one login per booking on a device, so make sure you can all clearly see the screen.

Do I need to download a software program or install anything?

The experiences are via Zoom, usually this does not require installation but it can depend on your device.  We will send you everything you need with instructions and the link to access the experience when you book.

Do I need a Webcam or and a Microphone? Will other people be able to see me or and hear me?

You do not need these. You have the option to turn on your video and microphone to ask questions or you may use the chat function. You are welcome to interact during the experience; our expert will guide you.  In the question and answer part of the experience you can ask questions via audio or chat. For some experiences with a small group you may also interact with video if you like. We will always ask permission beforehand.

Can I cancel the Virtual Experience?

Virtual Experiences are non-refundable, but are transferable with sufficient advance notice to another time/day. Please see our terms and conditions.

How many spots should I book?

Please consider purchasing an extra guest spot on the experience. It will greatly help our local businesses. We very much appreciate your support.

Minimum Participants:

To run this virtual live experience we require a minimum of 2 people


Like all small businesses in Italy we have been hugely affected by the crisis, and are very grateful for any donations supporting our local community using the button below. Or you can contribute to our crowdfunding campaign here!


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