Just as influential as its artistic and cultural legacy, Tuscany offers a renowned cuisine that is rich, colourful, and bursting with flavour. Thanks to its diverse natural landscape, traditional Tuscan cuisine can be described in three words: fresh, simple quality.
Everything you need for a Tuscan feast (Photo: Il Falconiere)
Whether it’s learning about the local wines or cooking traditional dishes that make up Tuscany’s cucina povera, there is a culinary school that will teach it to you. At Travel Mag, we have compiled 5 of the best cooking classes in Tuscany, based on location, price, reviews, and offerings.
Cook Eat Discover
From €998/ per person
With Cook Eat Discover, you will be hosted by an experienced chef for an intimate Italian gastronomy and cooking retreat in the hills of Tuscany. Chef Oli Haenlein spent his summers in the Italian Maremma region and he brings this passion and experience to all of his cooking holidays in Italy. With four- and seven-day retreat options, you will participate in vineyard visits, farm and producer tours, and participate in risotto, gnocchi, and pizza masterclasses. You will have the option of staying in a private or shared apartment of Residence Il Ciliegio, a poolside residence in a traditional style in the Tuscan Maremma region. The vacation includes daily cooking classes and workshops with private instruction, tours and wine tastings, all meals, wine, and aperitivos, and accommodation throughout the holiday.
Il Falconiere is an elegant country resort near Cortona that offers a range of experiences, from one-day cooking classes to culinary vacations in Tuscany. The classes are designed by Michelin star chef Silvia Baracchi and focus on how to cook authentic Tuscan cuisine. Highlights of the vacation include cooking lessons, a wine tour and tasting of Baracchi cellar, and wine-paired lunch or dinner following the lessons. You will stay at The Relais Il Falconiere and Spa in a private double room furnished with a queen bed, antique furniture, and access to a variety of amenities. Room upgrades are available. The vacations include cooking lessons followed by lunch or dinner, tours, accommodation with access to Thesan Spa, and daily buffet breakfasts.
Join Francesco Falciani to learn how to harness to the rich colours and delicate perfumes of Tuscan cuisine on an authentic cooking vacation in Siena. You will visit famous food and wine producers and learn to cook local dishes. Highlights of the retreats include an excursion to Val d’Orcia, visits to local producers and markets, and delectable daily meals typical of Tuscany. The cooking holiday takes place at Villa Vetrichina which features private double rooms, a spacious dining room, and a flower lined alley at the entrance. The vacation includes cooking classes, all meals and excursions, as well as transfer to Perugia airport.
Cucina della Terra is a premier cooking vacation program that will take you to the verdant hills of Umbria and Tuscany. Highlights of the experience include wine tasting, cheese tasting, and walking tours through Cortona, Montepulciano, and Siena. You will receive six hands-on cooking courses with professionally trained chef instructors, teaching you the skills to make boar ragu, ravioli, risotto, and more. The vacation takes place at Romitorio, a country house surrounded by olive groves and vineyards near Castiglione del Lago. All meals, accommodation, daily tours, and cooking classes are included in the rate.
La Mezzaluna organizes cooking classes and culinary vacations in Tuscany. You will join chef Rita Lucherini in Bargo for an all-inclusive cooking and wine tour experience, including visits to a local market and Tuscan vineyard, live entertainment shows, and four traditional cuisine classes that will teach basic meals and sauces, homemade pasta, pizza, focaccia, and desserts. You will stay at La Mezzaluna, a bed and breakfast with self-contained apartments and en-suite rooms. Cooking lessons, daily meals, tours, wine and cheese tastings, and airport transfers to Pisa airport are included in the price.
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