Hi! I'm Barbara.

Image Profile
4.6 (27 reviews)
wilmaCesarina from 2018
My speciality: Seafood risotto
I speak: Spanish, Italian, English

Good to know...

I offer vegetarian alternatives

Cesarina Barbara welcomes you into her home with open arms. This breathtaking house is situated in the perfect location, right in the city centre, but sheltered from the hustle and bustle of the tourist hotspots. At her dinner table, you will be guided through the most evocative culinary traditions of the lagoon. “Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved learning how to cook. I learned from my grandmother, who prepared traditional Venetian dishes with infinite wisdom: in fact, my grandparents ran a restaurant for many years, so I have always lived and breathed for making guests feel welcome. I love cooking for my friends and family, and over the years I’ve specialised in Venetian dishes, as they are so varied and full of flavour, a true expression of Venice’s precious and rich history.”

Immerse yourself in the captivating atmosphere of the most famous canals in the world, where you will enjoy a timeless selection of traditional dishes. Only a magical city like Venice can promise such a special experience.

My specialities

- Crostini topped with salt cod mousse

- Seafood risotto

- Grilled cuttlefish

- "Castraure di S. Erasmo" artichoke salad

- Sheep's milk ricotta with orange blossom honey, almonds and figs

Clean and safe

Our hosts are updated on the latest hygiene and social distancing protocols

At your service

Our team of Culinary Guides are there every step of the way to provide assistance

Safe purchases & Cancellation policy

Guaranteed payments and free cancellation up to 24h before the start

Reviews from our guests

Find out what people thought of their experience with Barbara

My daughter and I had a great time with Barbara. She was wonderful. It was cool to see a more local side of Venice.

Josh Lenox

October 2022

Excellent class, Barbara was so nice, so informative, so sweet! Just a fabulous class. Loved her little home!


September 2022

Excellent! Barbara was so nice, personable, easy and interesting.


September 2022

I came with my sister and 4 year old son to Barbara’s class. She was a wonderful teacher, very clear, professional, fun and made the best tiramisu and pasta!! Thank you so much for being so patient today and giving us your secret recipes :)


August 2022

Barbara was an INCREDIBLE chef and teacher!! Our whole family LOVED cooking with her at her home. Our experience helped us to enjoy authentic Italian cooking at a private home to be able to experience it as an Italian would!! We are only sad that we couldn't take her home to the US to cook with/for us here :-) Highly recommend her and this whole experience. My kids (26, 18, 13) are still raving about it.

Lamia Gabal

August 2022

We thoroughly enjoyed our class and meal with Barbara. Fun, informative, tasty. BUT, think twice about booking if you have allergies. I wrote in the notes for my booking AND in the on-line survey that I am allergic to cats, but was paired with a cooking teacher with TWO cats in the home where the class took place.


August 2022

Cooking with Barbara in her apartment was a highlight of our time in Venice. It was great to go to a quieter local neighborhood. Barbara's apartment was wonderful. The Prosecco, pasta and Tiramisu were delicious. And she and Claudio were wonderful hosts. Real, charming, funny and generous. Mille Grazie.

Janice M.

July 2022

Amazing time with Barbara! She was so kind and helpful. We had so much fun!


May 2022

Me and my girlfriend had a 3 hour cooking lesson with Barbara where we learnt to make tagliatelle, ravioli and tiramisu in Barbara’s home. We thoroughly enjoyed the cooking lesson, Barbara was a great teacher and host with very good English. After the lesson Barbara set the table for us to enjoy our meal together that we had prepared. The pasta was fantastic and the tiramisu also brilliant. I would highly recommend this experience with Barbara!


March 2022

The most amazing experience. Barbara was friendly and welcoming and made us both feel relaxed. The food we made was so good and we will definitely be making it again. Would definitely recommend booking this experience with Barbara as she is just a lovely woman in general. Gave us recommendations of places to go while we were on our trip. The experience made our entire trip.


March 2022