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Organic Tuscany is EVERYTHING we wanted and MORE! My husband and I went to cooking school at Organic Tuscany last October (2017). I was so pleased... so terribly over-the-top pleased... that I've put off writing a review, fearing I wouldn't be able to do the experience (and the people) justice. Having looked at several cooking schools in Italy, I was having trouble finding THE one, and then I came across Organic Tuscany's website. Oh my gosh! It just had it all! Authentic Tuscan villa, warm, engaging, and amazing... read more
An authentic Italian experience! My husband and I were there September 23-30, 2017. Friends had recommended this cooking school to us. Cooking amazing italian food with the backdrop of the hills of Tuscany, with amazing chefs, what could be better! Met a great group of people from Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and the US. You get a copy of all the recipes and the apron you wore to cook to boot! My husband and I have recreated the recipes at home, delicious. Hosts Riccardo... read more
Just the Best ! My week at Organic Tuscany was the highlight at the end of 6 weeks in Italy and Greece. Initially we were given specific and detailed instructions for travel to the house which was extremely helpful. The classes are very carefully planned and well organised to run smoothly with charming and very competent tutors. The house and setting is lovely and our rooms were spacious and very comfortable. A warm feeling of friendship developed from the outset between the guests and... read more
Nothing could have been better for these Canadian ladies! Myself and four other ladies had the pleasure of taking part in the cooking school and staying at Organic Tuscany. It was by far the highlight of our three week trip. Riccardo and Shilpa are the ultimate hosts and have put together a week that was fun, exciting and educational. The chefs, cooks and tour guides were unbelievable. I was a bit concerned about driving but it turned out to be no problem with Shilpa’s careful directions and my insistence... read more
Love Love Love Organic Tuscany! My two kids, ages 26 and 23, and I had a wonderful week of cooking and eating the most delicious food and learning about the beautiful life and culture of Tuscany. Shilpa and Ricardo, along with their friendly, knowledgeable team, created such a delightful environment for my children and I to make magnificent memories together.
My experience with Organic Tuscany was absolutely fantastic! The accomodations and location were just beautiful, and a huge shout out to Shilpa and everyone for helping us deal with lost luggage. The overall itinerary for the week went well beyond the actual cooking classes; encompassing private tours and olive oil and wine tastings that we never would have had access to without Organic Tuscany's impressive network around the Chianti region. Lastly the cooking classes were wonderful - very collaborative and... read more
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! What a great balance of cooking classes, local sightseeing, wine and olive oil tastings, and the most fabulous food! Every day was a new adventure! This is a week I can see myself repeating at a later date!
Best way to get a flavor of Tuscany! My husband and I went for our 25th wedding anniversary in September and it was fabulous. The villa was beautiful and comfortable. Host, Ricardo and Shilpa and the staff were amazing. It was a great balance for me, cooking, resting, sight seeing, and eating! We were able to get a real flavor of Tuscany. Highly recommend it!
The most amazing experience! I can't say enough good things about our week-long stay at Organic Tuscany! Excellent cooking classes, beautiful and comfortable room, fabulous staff, stunning location in the hills of Tuscany, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees galore! And then there's the amazing organic food and wine!! Drop everything and get there now!
Great people, great setting, great food. A perfect week! This was a truly great week in a picture-perfect villa in the Tuscan hills. My husband was a "non-cooking guest" and had no problem amusing himself during the 10 or so hours when we were actually in classes in the kitchen. The instructors were great, there was plenty of hands-on time, and the food from the four classes (two lunches and two dinners) was as good as the food from the other catered meals (yes!). Other highlights: the tour of... read more
Organic Tuscany was a magical experience. Set in the beautiful countryside overlooking vineyards, olive groves and wheat fields, with a view of a nearby castle perched on the adjoining hillside which we viewed from our bedroom window. The food was of the highest quality and prepared with love and excellence. The small group of 8-10 people from around the world gives it an added bonus, and you will be sure to leave with new friends. The pace of cooking classes... read more
Beautiful location, wonderful people, and amazing food All around just an amazing experience. The entire team at Organic Tuscany was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and passionate, and the cooking classes were the perfect in terms of the amount of dishes covered and the hands-on practical aspect of cooking. Not only did we have a chance to cook and eat some of the most delicious food I've ever had, we had a wonderful tour of nearby Certaldo, where we learnt some of the local history of the area, we... read more
A perfect week of cooking in Italy Organic Tuscany was perfect! I have learnt so much and I'm continuing to use the recipes at home. They are simple and adaptable and the tutors were great. Shilpa and Riccardo were very welcoming and the villa was just lush. I would highly recommend for anyone of any cooking ability!
Tuscan Bliss I didn't want to leave. The heady combination of tranquil, green rolling hills,a huge garden filled with scented plants and the best Italian food I have ever eaten was irresistible. Shilpa, Riccardo and all their team of experts made this one of the best 7 days I have ever had. As an experienced cook I was surprised at the number of new tips I learnt about local ingredients, seasoning how to make vegetables tastier. The vegetable garden was a thing... read more
My husband and I first experienced Organic Tuscany back in the fall of 2008, and we had such an incredible time, we decided to go back just this past spring (2017). The wonderful couple who run Organic Tuscany (Shilpa and Riccardo) are simply fabulous hosts, who have created an itinerary with the perfect balance of sightseeing, cooking and downtime. Our group was just nine people--small enough to easily travel, explore, dine out, and cook together without any problems. We had... read more
Simply perfect! A beautiful villa, charming hosts (Riccardo and Shilpa, who are multilingual and an utter delight), fascinating cookery classes, and the most delicious food - this really was the holiday of a lifetime! The villa is surrounded by flower-filled gardens, and has perfect views of the Tuscan hills. You can cool off in the pool, or lounge under the willow trees and watch the fireflies at night. Pure bliss! Each room is tastefully and individually decorated, and you can help yourself... read more
Stunning location, exquisite food and a charming crew The photos don't do it justice – the villa is not only picture-postcard perfect, but utterly peaceful, with no sound but the birdsong. The air is thick with the scent of jasmine and lemon blossom, and the grounds are rambling, with a thousand shady corners in which you can read undisturbed until it's time to go in for yet more superb food. The cooking classes are hugely fun and informal, and interesting for experts as well as beginners, and the... read more
Wonderful Tuscan Experience While the success of experiences like this is totally dependent on the mix of fellow travellers, the Organic Tuscany group go out of their way to create a wonderful experience for all. We had a fabulous week with Shilpa, Ricardo and their team. The food was excellent and the dishes we made were authentic and achievable. The wine and olive oil tastings were really interesting and alot of fun. We loved every minute of our stay. The food and wine,... read more
I would never take another cooking class because nothing could compare with the week I had at the "old place". Your new villa looks lovely! The food, the people and the countryside was perfection! If you have the chance GO!
Thank you Shilpa and everyone at Organic Tuscany for a wonderful week of cooking, eating, laughter and the ‘Tuscany Experience’. The cooking classes were so informative and such fun. The relaxed atmosphere, food and the people, made the week a holiday to remember. The new villa looks lovely and I would love to come back again. Anyone thinking of taking a trip to Tuscany to a cooking school, don’t miss this one. Best, Diana.
The Best of Tuscany For a week in Italy you can't beat, you have to experience Organic Tuscany Cooking classes. It starts with a stay at a small villa surrounded by vineyards in a setting that reminds you of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. And then you get to learn how to cook amazing Italian dishes, sample and taste great Tuscan wines, and even learn what olive oil you should be using. Best of all you eat what you cook. You also meet... read more
Authentic Italian Experience My husband and I spent an entire week in September of this year with Shilpa, Ricardo and their excellent team. This was our first experience in the Tuscan countryside and it sure lived up to all the expectations and exceeded them in many ways. The villa was well equipped and the views spectacular. We did the vegetarian cooking classes - which by itself is wonderful for non-meat eaters like us. There are not many cooking classes that offer a week... read more
Unforgettable experience and immersion in Italian culture and cuisine! We had an absolutely marvelous stay at the Organic Tuscany Cooking school in September 2016. Everything was extremely well-planned by the organizers, all of the small details that count. They thought of everything possible to make our stay enjoyable and to introduce us to the Italian culture, not only the Italian culinary culture, but also the Italian historical culture, local Tuscany culture, etc. I'd do it again anytime. And the food was excellent, and it was Great to be able... read more
"So special, a unique experience!" My best friend and I spent a simply amazing week in May with Shilpa, Ricardo and their fantastic team. Its hard to sum up what we experienced as it was a week full of experiences, learning from amazing local chefs, eating and drinking fantastic local wine everyday, guided tours of Florence and Sienna (loved the guides; charismatic and very knowledgeable and accommodating), and meeting and staying friends with wonderful people we met on the course. We both found Shilpa, Ricardo... read more
Peak Experience!!! Wow--what can I say! This week with Shilpa, Riccardo, and their talented and wonderful colleagues far exceeded my expectations. Organic Tuscany is an intimate experience where our hosts shared with us all the things they love about Tuscany--the food, the wine, the history, the landscape, the aromas, the flavors, the friendships.... This is not a mere cooking school, but an opportunity to experience the richness of Tuscany. If you like to eat, drink wine, laugh, learn, and establish new friendships,... read more
Amazing experience under the Tuscany sun! My wife and I had the pleasure of an amazing week (June 2016) at Shilpa's and Ricardo's school. They both exceeded our expectations, from the pre trip planning to the rental cars, agenda for the week, food, classes, wine, day trips and even the final dinner and evenings entertainment. That really knocked the ball right out of the park! Location was perfect, the small classes were fun and educational and the various meals we cooked were just so delicious. We... read more
Outstanding experience! This was one of the best vacations I have ever had (and I have traveled quite a bit overseas). It was perfectly planned out -- from the cooking classes and meals, the setting, the trips to Tuscan towns, and the behind-the-scenes look at a vineyard and olive estate. Most of all Shilpa, Riccardo, and the whole team were delightful to learn from and get to know. They not only shared their expert knowledge but also their joy in what they... read more
This review is long overdue, but the Organic Tuscany Cooking experience was so wonderful and memorable, it remains as the special highlight of the year. To begin, the staff were warm, generous and helpful and provided a well rounded genuine and unique Tuscan experience in cooking and culture, with unforgettable side tours to local vineyards, cheese farms, olive oil and wine tasting. The food we made was seasonal and delicious and we came away with wonderful recipes and techniques we... read more
Fantastic food, people, views, organization... wow! My husband and I were able to attend one of Shilpa's Organic Tuscany cooking classes in June of 2016. We could not have been more pleased with the entire experience! First, the entire week is organized beautifully. The first night you are treated to an amazing multi-course meal out on the patio. Then, the group spends a few days cooking meals and a few days touring the area. We were so relaxed the entire time and of course the food... read more
Beyond our expectations My mom and I attended the Vegetarian cooking week in May and could not have been more pleased. From the minute we first inquired about the class, they were helpful and professional, helping to arrange a car rental, telling exactly how to download Google maps, giving us turn by turn instructions for getting to the school and even advising us on some other places we were wanting to visit in the days before the class started. They have a nice... read more
“Good Food Good Friends - What could be better” This was our first trip to Italy and our vacation was based around the OrganicTuscany Cooking classes. What an amazing experience. I would highly recommend the cooking course. We made some wonderful new friends that we missed the minute we left. The food and hospitality were top notch! I can't say enough about all of the instructors - fabulous. The schedule was a perfect combination of free time, cooking, eating and site seeing. We loved the trips to SanGimignano, Siena... read more
Wonderful Cooking Experience in Beautiful Tuscany Beautiful Tuscany. This week was spectacular. The food was amazing and the people were down to earth and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this cooking school if you are thinking of a trip to Tuscany. The day trips to Sienna, Florence and San Giaminano were amazing and the guides were so knowledgeable. The food we made and prepared exceeded my expectations. So many wonderful delicious flavors! Made some new friends for life as well. Thank you Shilpa and Ricardo.
Amazing week! Went on the vegetarian week with my best friend in May and was the most wonderful week! The highs: great food, great wine, great sightseeing and great hosts and tour guides. The lows: not applicable! The takeaways: cooking skills, amazing memories and photos and most importantly friends for life! Could not recommend this experience highly enough! Everything was lovely and it was a good mix of cooking, eating drinking fab local wine and seeing some of gorgeous Tuscany. Seems a... read more
A week in the real Tuscany At the Organic Tuscany villa, you will sleep, cook and eat in the middle of tranquil beauty, among the vinyards. You will feel a part of Riccardo and Shilpa's extended family and friends. You will learn new cooking skills, such as making handmade gnocci and egg pasta. You will cook with local chefs and friends of the villa's, all of whom are warm, friendly and passionate about fresh, local, top quality food. And you will eat everything you prepare and... read more
I had the pleasure of recently enjoying a week at the Organic Tuscany Cooking School with my 2 adult children. Our week was nothing short of amazing! The dishes we learned to make will be ones we make time and time again. The side trips were spectacular. Organic Tuscany should be a must when going to Italy! By far the best trip we have ever been on!!!! We felt like the staff was family.
Beyond Tourism Organic Tuscany took us beyond tourists into the heart of Italy and some very special new friends. The accommodations were excellent, the sightseeing options fantastic, and the cooking classes phenomenal. Every staff member made us feel at home and welcome, as well as treating us like royalty. We will happily return, possibly at a different season to experience the fresh produce and recipes of Italy in the autumn. We miss all of our friends and tutors--Serenella, Manuella, Clara, Anya, Riccardo... read more
Best experience ever in cooking! And vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free friendly! I am not an experienced cook so I worried that it would be above my head but I was so happy I took it. Silvio, Manuella and Sarefena were incredible hosts and patiently explained each dish. We are vegetarian and the team took pains to make sure everything was vegetarian. One of the other attendees was gluten-sensitive and they made sure to have the correct ingredients as well for him. Our course was the day (4 hour) course but there... read more
One of our favorite vacations ever (and we have traveled quite a lot)! The staff is excellent, the food and accommodations excellent and the cooking time is a blast. Every detail is covered, the itinerary is well thought out, interesting and giving you enough to do while allowing time to actually rest. Well done. We definitely want to do it again.
Exceeded Expectations! I have never done anything like this before and really did not know what to expect. The photos and reviews convinced my husband and me to give it a try. What a wonderful and truly memorable experience we had! I want to highlight the incredible team of people who were there to teach and guide us. Their passion for what they do shines through and we learned so much while having fun. The "field trips" were so memorable, and the... read more
We had a wonderful time at Organic Tuscany. The combination of cooking, camaraderie, specialty tours, and experiencing the Tuscan countryside was outstanding. Many thanks to Shilpa, Riccardo, and all the friends and relatives who made it such a memorable time. If I could only find the mezzaluna we used in the US, it would be perfect! Paul and Susan
What a great week! The cooking adventures were lots of fun, and I brought home several recipes which I've made and shared often. In addition, we enjoyed being off the well-beaten tourist path, experiencing beautiful and less-crowded parts of Italy that not everyone gets to see. We learned about wine, olive oil and local produce; we met local artists; and we enjoyed many good conversations with Shilpa, her team members, and other guests at the villa. Truly, it was an... read more
I spent a week with Organic Tuscany's wonderful staff, cooking, eating, hiking, sight-seeing, sleeping well, and laughing a lot. Add plenty of wine, olive oil, and smiling faces, with a sprinkling of good music, and what more could I have asked for? Well, for starters: to be able to speak more than tourist Italian, but then again... I didn't find the genie in the bottle to grant my wishes for me. If you have some hard-earned money aimed toward a... read more
A memorable week with Shilpa and the team at Organic Tuscany I have just returned from the cookery school after an exceptionally enjoyable week. Everything is 11/10. The hospitality from the Organic Tuscany team, the accommodation, the food, the classes and the clever itinerary are nothing less than excellent. I cannot think of a better way to visit Tuscany and the week will stay with me for a long time to come. I highly recommend the Organic Tuscany school and team if you are spending a week or longer in Tuscany.
Second visit to this wonderful adventure We spent a week at Organic Tuscany Cooking Class over 2 years ago and just completed our 2nd visit. We wanted to visit in the fall when the grapes were being harvested and the olive trees were full. It was amazingly beautiful. We enjoyed the experience even more the 2nd time. The setting is beautiful and the people are warm and friendly. If you enjoy laughing, eating great food and drinking good wine in a beautiful setting then this is... read more
I attended the course in 2010 with a friend and a nonparticipant (didn't cook, but did eat) and it was a wonderful first leg of our Italian adventure. Tuscany is absolutely gorgeous. The local agriturismo with the bee farm was lovely. Best honey ( castagna, acacia, girasole) in Tuscany. The sidetrips to Siena and Florence with great tour guides ( loved Elisabetta!) and the free time to explore San Gimignano and Volterra were great. Saving the best for last--the beautiful... read more
An Amazing Life and Culinary Adventure Cooking classes in Tuscany have long been on my bucket list. Organic Tuscany was the ideal choice for spending a week in Tuscany with my husband and seven friends cooking, eating, wine and olive oil tasting, exploring Tuscany, laughing, drinking too much chianti and just living in the moment. Our hosts, Shilpa and Riccardo, and their team were gracious, warm and very entertaining. Having coffee and homemade biscotti on the terrace each morning while gazing at the lush, rolling vineyards... read more
Life Experience! My fiancee and I participated as cooks in a one-week vegetarian session at Organic Tuscany. It was the experience of a lifetime! First the place; the beautiful villa, with terraces overlooking the countryside and a view of San Gimignano, is well furnished with comfy rooms and bathrooms. Classes are held on-site in a spacious great room with range tops, baking was done in the kitchen. The whole place is in the center of beautiful Tuscany, and activities included tours of... read more
An absolutely fabulous experience. We spent a week at the organic tuscany course last October as part of our honeymoon and enjoyed every moment of it. The villa is quaint and rustic, set in a stunning area surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. The week was planned out perfectly with cooking classes almost every day, either in the morning or afternoon. The classes were wonderful and very hands on, getting to eat our creations outside on the patio in October... read more
A new happy place The dream Tuscany vacation does exist, including the authentic and caring package at Organic Tuscany. On my drive through the Tuscan hills, I hit a realization that I had arrived to the dream. From the moment I arrived to the grounds I felt the warmth of Shilpa. Shilpa is amazing and living the life that she needs to be living in this world- being a part of it was a slice of heaven. I was excited to get out of... read more
Lovely, peaceful, interesting We loved our stay at Organic Tuscany. The accommodations were excellent - clean and comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, fabulous view and delightful pool, very very quiet. We enjoyed the whole program, including the cooking classes, the organized tours, and the other guests. The staff were well informed and extremely pleasant, very engaged with the guests and passionate about their work with delicious, well sourced foods and access to interesting places to visit. I highly recommend Organic Tuscany with absolutely no reservations.