Welcome to the "Culinary Art School NONNA ORSOLA" in Ravello on the Amalfi coast.

The school

Nonna Orsola cooking school, founded in 1974, has more than thirty years experience and is renowned both in Italy. The courses include:

  • Teaching techniques from the oldest to the most advanced cooking styles with recipes from both classical and historical research, as well as more modern and creative cuisine;
  • Active participation (hands-on) of the "pupils" in the preparation of the dishes;
  • Practical courses in each culinary section;
  • Courses provided in several languages;
  • The opportunity for the participants, to collect the vegetables for the course, from Villa Maria's organic garden;
  • Full menu from starter, first and main courses, vegetables to desserts from Amalfitan, Neapolitan and Italian cuisine; what is commonly called "Mediterranean cuisine";
  • School run by a famous gastronomy historian, author of several books and of renowned culinary recipes.

The location

Ravello, is a "terrace" overlooking sea and hills of the Amalfi Coast. A unique town, where art and culture merge with the natural beauty in a inimitable and extraordinary setting. The renowned Festival of Ravello is held annually in Villa Rufolo and is dedicated to Richard Wagner who found inspiration here for his last masterpiece, the Parsifal. Ravello has a permanent seat of the European Center for Cultural Heritage, which each year organizes major conferences. In 1996 UNESCO declared Ravello, and the whole the Amalfi Coast, a World Heritage Site.

Activities beyond the kitchen

In addition to the cooking school there is Ravello and the Amalfi Coast with its beauty and its culture. For those staying just a few days in Ravello, there is the possibility to visit the beautiful gardens of Villa Rufolo, look out of the Rondinaia balcony "of infinity", or take an excursion to Amalfi, Positano, Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii etc.. etc.. What about the night, the magical atmosphere of a Wagner concert in Villa or continuing "school" in an unique restaurant?

The climate

The climate of Ravello is indeed ideal, the winter is almost unknown here. Our summer lasts from April to October with temperatures around 25° C. The heat of August is tempered by the breeze of the Tyrrhenian Sea (western) and the coolness of the northern Tramontana wind (from Tramonti in fact!).

An inviting opportunity to discover, enjoy and learn the secrets of good Italian cooking. A tasty pathway between the old recipes that enhance the flavours of our products and make unique our Mediterranean cuisine. Its position among the finest in the world, makes this school the perfect match for rest, the study of the culinary arts and entertainment in a charming and evocative atmosphere.

John F. Kennedy: "... Ravello? Simply wonderful and unforgettable".