If you've always dreamed of jetting off to Tuscany and taking a proper pasta-making class with a third-generation noodle master, you're in luck. Thanks to Airbnb's new experiences program, which connects wanderlusters to virtual happenings around the world, you can enroll in a hands-on pasta demonstration that's hosted in the Italian countryside. The best part? You don't have to put on real pants if you don't want to, because you won't be leaving the house.
The interactive virtual class is hosted in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Italy, where host Lucrezia shares tried-and-true recipes that have been passed down through the women in her family. During the two-hour course, participants will learn how to make the perfect pasta dough and form one specific shape, like cavatelli, tagliatellle, ravioli or tortelli—all without any expensive equipment.
Hosted via Zoom, the class costs $29 per person and guests are asked to have a handful of ingredients ready in advance, including flour, eggs, cherry tomatoes, sausage and wine. Throughout the cooking lesson, Lucrezia and her mother check in on participants individually, offering personalized guidance through the screen—just like they would if you were in their home.
There's one big surprise that separates this hands-on pasta-making class from all of the rest: a live performance of classic Italian opera sung by professional musicians. Close your eyes, sip your wine and you might just be transported to the Italian countryside—if only for a moment.
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