Italian Baking

Wow your friends & family with your delicious Italian cakes and breads

Bake and stay in the welcoming luxury that is La Serena


Join in the fun preparing, baking and tasting


Make new friends or come with your own group

2017 Dates & Prices



25 - 29 October 



Come by yourself or with a group of friends. La Serena Baking Holidays run for 5 (or 8 days), from €660[£550] (or €990 [£825]) per person, with all accommodation, meals and excursions included.


Please Note: The single supplement for the above holiday is €80 (or €120).

The above prices are based upon double occupancy in a luxury double or twin room.


Prices & Booking

Italians have a long history and love of delicious breads, cakes and pastries, so why not join them and indulge your longing for baking your own successful panettone, pizzas, focaccia, ciabatta and other Italian classics. At La Serena, we pride ourselves in our 'personal touch' and we involve you as much as you want at every stage of the baking & tasting process.

So, come on, roll your sleeves up and get you hands dirty!!

Richard & Ruth share their secrets of over 40 years for making cakes, pastries & breads of all kinds.

As a master baker, Richard ran his own business along with his wife Ruth, after his father and grandfather before him. Having got bored with retirement Richard and Ruth now work as Chefs at a UK training college.

Above all else, Richard & Ruth remove the mystique of baking in a fun way.

Here are some thoughts from previous participants in our successful, fun baking holidays:


I was so happy to have                              It was a wonderfull course      

so much opportunity to                              my freezer is full & I must      

do everything myself. I                              find people to help me eat     

like to watch experts                                 all these delicious cakes &      

demonstrating, but                                   bread!!!                                

there is nothing better                                                   

than trying your own                                                    

ideas - thank you!                                                        

                       Sue                                                          Margaret                



Such a fantastic experience

we so enjoyed ourselves.

Learning all about baking

with yeast - and even how

to use my ovens properly.

Mike is now our regular

'in-house' bread maker -

without a machine!!

                Jenny & Mike

An example 5-day all inclusive Holiday Schedule
Day 1 Arrive at La Serena and enjoy a welcome drink with your tutors & hosts. After an introduction to your holiday activities, relax with your group ready for a traditional Italian 3-course dinner prepared by Chef Derek at La Serena, discussing your baking experiences with Richard & Ruth.
Day 2 The Bread Day - Enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast, followed by preparation of Ciabatta (part 1), Torta di Formaggio, Focaccia. Snack lunch of your own Focaccia, wine & dessert. Afternoon tea at luxury cafe & supper at a lake-side restaurant.
Day 3 The Dough Day - After breakfast, we finish the Ciabatta and make Pizza dough, Torta al Testo & Piadini. Lunch will be your own Pizzas with a choice of toppings. Leisure time, then late afternoon tour of historic Perugia and dinner at a traditional Umbrian restaurant.
Day 4 The Cake Day - After breakfast, we make a selection of rustic and celebration cakes: Mimosa, Gateau Saint Honore, Umbrian Apple Cake. Afternoon trip to local flour mill & leisure time followed by a gourmet dinner at La Serena, tasting your own desserts.
Day 5 After a leisurely breakfast, say reluctant goodbyes and head for home. If you are continuing your holiday in Italy, Steph & Derek will help you with ideas, transport and other information.