We welcome you to Tuscany by slowing right down. You’ll cook with the locals, using their family recipes and fresh local produce. We’ll sit and talk over delicious food and wines. We’ll visit local producers who still work the traditional way. You’ll see unmissable sights in the area with our local guides but will love coming back home to the gorgeous villa and its view.
We think that the best way to experience Tuscany is to slow right down. When you spend a week with us, that’s just what you’ll do. You’ll cook with the locals, using their family recipes and fresh local produce. We will take time to sit and chat over delicious food and wines. We’ll visit local producers who still work the traditional way. You’ll see unmissable sights in the area with our local guides but will love coming back home and relaxing in the gorgeous villa with its breathtaking views.
Hands-on classes with the locals
For over ten years, we have enthusiastically shared our passion for Italian cuisine. We keep our groups small (8-10 people in the kitchen) so that everyone gets a chance to try their hand at several techniques, from making fresh egg pasta dough to turning out gorgeous little potato gnocchi. You’ll cook several dishes each day and go home with many new tricks up your sleeve and several menus that will delight your friends and family!
A privileged setting
The cooking school is located between Florence and Siena: one of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy. As well as enjoying the stunning countryside, you’ll explore the medieval cities in the area (we are perfectly situated to easily visit several beautiful towns) and learn plenty about the region’s culinary traditions of top-quality foods and wines through meals and tastings.
The villa where you will stay
You will be staying in a charming, lovingly restored villa that is tucked between the rolling Tuscan hills. The view from the pool and garden is of the medieval town of San Gimignano, set amidst fields of olive groves and vines. The cooking classes will take place on-site, in a spacious ground floor kitchen. We eat outside whenever we can (almost always!) and just like a big Italian family, we take our time to fully enjoy the food we have prepared together. Buon appetito!
Where we are in Tuscany
The villa is in central Tuscany, between Certaldo and Barberino Val d’Elsa, two small but picture-perfect medieval towns which have not really made it onto the tourist trail. The villa has belonged to the same family for several generations and was the manor house of a farming estate. Our visitors agree that our corner of Tuscany is unrivalled as a place to relax, soak up Italian culture and learn to cook some authentically delicious dishes.
What our guests say
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I attended a week long cooking class at Organic Tuscany and couldn’t have had a better time. The classes were amazing as were the side trips to neighboring towns. Shilpa and Ricardo and all the staff were incredible. From the moment I walked in the door they made you feel welcome. I highly recommend this amazing experience.
Better than expected What an amazing trip to Organic Tuscany. Our experience was more than expected. It was a great mix of cooking and side trips. The villa is beautiful and Shilpa and Riccardo took great care of us, as did all the guides, and cooking assistants. Incredible value for a cooking week that included trips to Sienna, San Gimignano and... read more
What an absolutely wonderful week! Organic Tuscany's cooking week was a perfect balance of cooking classes and local experiences! Funny how sometimes the most innocuous things can change your life: how did I ever cook without a mezzaluna?! How did I live without real, fresh, easy-to-make-after -OT-taught-me-how gnocchi?! Such a variety of fun and informative opportunities! Every day was a... read more
Organic Tuscany was a wonderful experience in every respect. We are really thinking of doing it again. T’was the nicest combination of classes, touring and meeting a few really enjoyable people. The facility and environs are large and comfortable while being nicely removed from hustle and bustle
I enjoyed a lovely week at Organic Tuscany. It was the perfect blend of cooking instruction, relaxation and exploring nearby towns. Riccardo and Shilpa made us feel completely at home. I would go back in a heartbeat.
You will love Organic Tuscany! I will never forget the fabulous week we had at Organic Tuscany. Shilpa and Ricardo were amazing hosts and everyone on their team, from the cooks to the tour guides, to the local artisans were approachable, knowledgeable and fun. It was a perfect mix of cooking and touring. I highly recommend the Organic Tuscany experience.
We are a team of friends and family members who enjoy working together and love welcoming people to our little corner of Tuscany. It’s a privilege to share the amazing places we know and to enjoy with our guests the great food that we prepare together and the wines from the vineyards that we visit.
If you’d like more information about our cooking courses or you are interested in booking a space, please call us, email us or send us a message using the form below.
If you’d like to speak to us, you can call our US number (we answer them from here in Italy!)
From the US: 347 410 9690