Our team

Many people tell us how lucky we are to do what we do! And we do feel very lucky: 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 of course to sit down with new friends and enjoy the great food we prepare together and the wines from the vineyards that we visit.
Shilpa

Shilpa

Your host

Many years ago, Shilpa fell in love with Tuscany‘s great ingredients and tasty yet simple dishes. She and her team will open the doors to the beautiful organic farms in the area for you and to many of the area’s culinary secrets. As a teenager, she learned to cook at a family-run gourmet Italian restaurant in England. After obtaining a degree in French and Italian from the University of Cambridge, and living in both Florence and Rome, she moved to Barcelona, Spain, where she worked as a chef at Sesamo, an Italian-owned vegetarian organic restaurant; she then set up her own successful restaurant, Mosquito, which she later sold. Shilpa and her family now live between Spain and Italy. They are members of the Slow Food association.

Manuela

Manuela

Our chef

Manuela is a Tuscan mother of two college-aged girls, and lives in the heart of the Chianti. She will teach you dozens of her unbeatable dishes, including melt-in-the-mouth sformati (vegetable flan-like souffles), aubergine croquettes (to die for!), and her amazing Torta della Nonna, a warm custard and pine-nut pie. There is not much Manuela does not know about local cuisine, and you’ll have the chance to ask her plenty of questions!

Arturo

Arturo

Wine and oil expert

Arturo is passionate about the Tuscan countryside and all it has to offer and is lucky enough to use this passion every day - from working with his family on their rose farm and vineyard, to helping people gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of wine and extra virgin olive oil. His enthusiasm and energy is infectious!

Elisabetta

Elisabetta

Your guide to Florence

Elisabetta is a native Florentine with a British mother.
Her father’s work in the UN took her all over the globe as a child, but she came back to Florence when she was 18. She studied at the Università di Firenze and became well versed in literature and art history. She has now lived in Florence for over 25 years and loves showing visitors the hidden corners of the birthplace of the Renaissance.

Riccardo

Riccardo

Your host

Riccardo was born in Florence and grew up there. He studied graphic design and history of art at the Istituto d’Arte and at the University of Florence. He works in graphic design, a job which over the years has taken him to live and work in several cities: New York, Rome, Barcelona and Florence. He designs and maintains the Organic Tuscany website and recipe blog and helps run some of the organic cookery courses. He has always been an enthusiastic cook and is passionate about quality ingredients and Tuscan food and wines.

Clara

Clara

Your local guide

Clara is originally from Milan but embraced Tuscany as her adopted home over twenty years ago. She lives in the hills near the villa with her partner Terry, an accomplished British ceramicist. She knows the area like the back of her hand, and loves guiding guests around the local countryside and farms, explaining some history, pointing out the interesting flora and fauna and some eccentric neighbours too!

Chiara

Chiara

Your guide to Siena

Chiara is a very proud native of her beloved Siena and has a degree in foreign languages and literature. She adores talking about her city, and always infects those listening to her with her enthusiasm for it. She loves to make visitors to her city laugh, to make them curious about the things that they see with her and to hear that irrepressible "ooooh" when they see Piazza del Campo for the first time. She says "I love my city and I love people. What better job than to be a guide?"

2024 prices

Prices

* Prices are in Euros and are converted into each guest's currency according to the exchange rate the day they book. To give you an idea, we show the current USD prices.
Type of guest Euros USD*
 Cooking guest1 €2,200 $2,372
 Non-cooking guest1 €1,700 $1,833
 Double room for single use2 +€700 +$755

1) Based on two people sharing a double room with an ensuite bathroom.
2) We only have space to accept 2 solo travellers per course. They pay a €700 supplement and are offered their own double room with ensuite bathroom.

2024 Calendar

2024 Calendar

Our weeks include 7 nights' accommodation - Saturday through Saturday. Check-in is on Saturday afternoon, departure is on the following Saturday morning. The dates show Saturday through Friday for clarity.
Our 2024 cooking weeks are fully booked. If you're interested in joining our waitlist for potential cancellations, send us a message at [email protected]

April 27th - May 3rd
Full
May 4th - 10th
Full
May 11th - 17th
Full
May 18th - 24th
Full
May 25th - May 31st
Full
June 1st - 7th
Full
Aug. 31st - Sept. 6th
Full
September 7th - 13th
Full
September 14th - 20th
Full
September 21st - 27th
Full
Sept 28th - Oct 4th
Full

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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