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Join us on a week-long
cooking class in Tuscany!

Certificate of excellence

Join us on a week-long
cooking class in Tuscany!

Certificate of excellence

Let our passionate team welcome you on a hands-on Italian cooking week in a beautiful villa.

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 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 and relaxing in the gorgeous villa with its beautiful garden.

The cooking classes in Tuscany

For over ten years, we have enthusiastically shared our passion for Italian cuisine. We keep our groups small (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 on 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.

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The villa where you will stay

You will be staying in a charming, lovingly restored villa which 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.

Our team

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.

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What our guests say

Reviews from TripAdvisor, Google, Yelp and Facebook

There are no words to describe how fantastic Shilpa and crew were for our week of cooking and touring Tuscany. She has perfected the balance of cooking, eating, touring and relaxing. Learned so much about italian food, wine and history of the region. I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat!

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Kate
11/29/2019

5 star ratingAmazing local experiences and food! There are no words to describe how fantastic Shilpa and crew were for our week of cooking and touring Tuscany. She has perfected the balance of cooking, eating, touring and relaxing. Learned so much about italian food, wine and history of the region. I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat!

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210katev
11/28/2019

5 star ratingbest holiday ever have always wanted to go to a cook school and have always wanted to visit Tuscany, so for a big (unmentionable) birthday my husband and I went to join 8 others at Riccardo and Shilpa's cook school.

From the minute we walked through the doors we could not have been better looked after. Nothing was too much bother for them. The itinerary was perfect, opportunities to visit key places in Tuscany, a guide to show us round and give us the...
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11/27/2019

5 star ratingOne of our best vacations! Shilpa and Ricardo were excellent hosts and their entire crew was awesome!

The villa was beautiful and the views spectacular.

The cooking lessons were very well prepared and well organized. The chefs were amazing as well as the kitchen staff.

Christina is a wonderful teacher and she taught us a lot about olive oil and wine. Clara, Elizabetta, and Chiara were wonderful guides on our excursions.

Terry and Ricardo and friends gave us a memoral evening of music and singing. It was...
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11/14/2019
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We have been featured in:

Lonley Planet
Departures
Travel Leisure
The Guardian
USA Toady
Washinton PostTreeHugger Olive Magazine

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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.

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If you’d like to speak to us, you can call our UK or US numbers (we answer them from here in Italy!)
UK flag from the UK:  0208 144 9164
US flag from the US:  347 410 9690