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A truly wonderful experience and certainly one of the best cooking classes and experiences you can enjoy in Italy. The food was awesome, the location was spectacular and our hosts nothing but amazing. We also enjoyed a very like-minded group of people which made for an exceptional time out. Happy to come again !
My week at Organic Tuscany was one of my favorite vacations. It was a perfect combination of cooking and eating wonderful food, sightseeing trips organized by the staff, wine and oil tasting events, a trip to a vineyard where we were served a fantastic lunch made by the owner of the vineyard and meeting wonderful people. Shilpa, Riccardo and all of their staff were fantastic. The villa was beautiful. I would definitely go back to Organic Tuscany, and I highly... read more
This was an amazing experience, we were six Canadian girls travelling in Italy, Organic Tuscany cooking school was one of our fabulous experiences. The hosts provided an amazing five days of Italian cooking, we enjoyed the meals paired with an unlimited amount of special wines. Many local chefs from the area attended the school to assist or teach us the food we were preparing. Learning about olive oil from an expert has given me the knowledge what to look for... read more
If you are looking for an amazing week of cooking in beautiful Tuscany, great food and wonderful hosts, then this is it! It was truly one of my best vacations ever! The villa is surrounded by beautiful grounds. Meals are on the outdoor dining patio overlooking the Tuscan hills. Beautiful accommodations, lots of cooking with truly wonderful hosts. You will be enchanted!
My wife and I went last year, and had a truly memorable time. We are still in touch with the people we met on the course.There is a certain amount of driving and personal initiative required, but the accommodation is lovely and comfortable, the hosts and teachers are lovely, the guides to interesting areas of Tuscany are local and really informative - and the food and friendliness are superb.Strongly recommend, have been treasuring the memories of this over the miseries... read more
My friend Susan and I spent a week with Organic Tuscany learning to cook traditional Italian dishes. The setting was wonderfully peaceful and scenic. Our hosts could not have been nicer. I cannot say enough about how we enjoyed our week. We came away with recipes and cooking tips, knowledge of wines and olive oils and great memories of the beautiful villa. I highly recommend Organic Tuscany cooking classes!!
We attended Organic Tuscany Cooking classes in late June of 2018, and had a thoroughly enjoyable tome. Our accommodations at the villa werevery good and the villa itself was in a wonderful rural setting, in Tuscany.The cooking classes were excellent with lots of hands on preparation, instructed by. some wonderful local chefs. We were cooking in the morning or the afternoon, which allowed us time for excursions to several well known towns, as well as local wineries and... read more
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!
Amazing 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!
best 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... read more
One 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... read more
Highlight of my time in Italy! If you are looking for an amazing week in Tuscany, this is it. The hosts are amazing, all of the chefs and other professionals who worked with us and spent time with us were warm, friendly and very knowledgeable. We learned a lot while enjoying truly amazing food and wine. It was a perfect combination of relaxing, learning, laughing, touring and making many great friends. The "field trips" were well planned and also amazing. The... read more
My whole experience at Organic Tuscany Cooking Classes was wonderful! I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys cooking. The hosts, cooking teachers and tour guides were are very hospitable and knowledgable. The accommodations were beautiful and comfortable. I loved the cooking classes, meals and the tours around Tuscany. It was a very memorable and magical experience from start to finish.
I highly recommend this experience to anyone looking to experience Tuscany. The setting is impressive, relaxing and magical! Shilpa, Ricarrdo and their team do an outstanding job at ensuring you get the most out of your experience with them. The week is a mixture of food, wine and historic sightseeing. The menus taught by the team are authentic and absolutely delicious! Lots of hands on opportunities and step by step instruction from the chefs. ... read more
An Experience of a Lifetime Cooking in Tuscany has been a life long bucket list wish. I could not have chosen a better company to take me on my journey. Riccardo, Shilpa and their team of chefs are extremely professional, personable, knowledgeable about their menu choices and the region. All our authentic dishes were made as a team- plenty of opportunity for hands-, and were absolutely delicious. The setting of the villa- the countryside of Tuscany- was absolutely magical! The week... read more
Ricardo and Shilpa along with their entire crew guarantee you a delightful experience. I feel like I have ten new friends who live and work in Italy doing what they love most. In every sense of the schedule and sights they allowed us to experience were amazing. It just kept getting better and better every day. I highly recommend Organic Tuscany if you want a true Italian experience.
A Fabulous Experience To cook in Italy has always been a dream for me and in September, this dream came true. The location was in the hills of Tuscany and the villa where we stayed and which also had the cooking classes was cozy and very comfortable with fabulous grounds and scenic views. The cooking classes were excellent - complete with knowledgeable chefs who explained not only what we were cooking but the techniques used. The class was limited to... read more
Experience of a Lifetime My wife and I attended the Organic Tuscany one week cooking class in May 2019. From the very first contact I had with Shilpa and Ricardo I knew we were going to love this cooking class. It's not easy making a monetary commitment like this from half way around the world but their patience and warmth were evident right from the start and made the decision easier. What made this our most memorable experience of our whole trip to Italy?1.... read more
Time of my life I didn't really know what to expect when my sister and I signed up for this week-long cooking adventure. Little did I know that not only would I leave with new found knowledge of cooking, recipes and techniques, but that I would gain a whole new family of friends.We were treated like royalty from the moment we arrived and left feeling like we were leaving our new family. Shilpa and Riccardo are marvelous hosts and constantly ensure that... read more
I highly recommend this cooking tour My friend and I wanted to do a cooking class for 10 years. We were so lucky to find Organic Tuscany with Shilpa and Riccardo. Everything about the week was spectacular. The accommodations were top notch , the cooking classes were kept to small groups with lots of hands-on instruction. In between the cooking classes they set up wonderful tours visiting neighboring towns like Florence and Sienna. I highly recommend this cooking tour to anyone who wants fantastic value for money.
Organic Tuscany is the perfect Tuscan experience! Not only do you get to eat and make some amazing food, but you also get to truly experience Tuscany. Visit local towns, learn about the amazing history of the area, and meet some truly remarkable and fascinating people along the way! This is absolutely the "organic" way to explore Tuscany.
Amazing Experience with Organic Tuscany This was the third time that my sister and I have travelled to Europe together and we decided to try the Organic Tuscany week-long experience for something new and different. Two months later I am still thinking daily about the things we learned and the variety of memorable moments we enjoyed which included cooking, sightseeing, interacting with and learning from local artisans, and just slowing down long enough to get to know some really lovely people. It's difficult to describe... read more
Superb Experience with Organic Tuscany My sister and I signed up for the week long stay with Organic Tuscany, and we cannot say enough wonderful things about the week! The Villa, rooms and service were extraordinary! We truly felt pampered and very comfortable at once. We enjoyed all the lessons, the food is amazing, and we met the most interesting people along the way, especially the other people signed up for our class. Every single detail is well thought out,... read more
Suberb week at Organic Tuscany My husband and I just returned from a week of cooking classes at Organic Tuscany. Ten people from the US and the UK came to enjoy the art of learning to cook Italian food together. Shilpa and her husband, Riccardo, head up this wonderful organization. There are not enough superlatives in the English language to tell you what a fantastic time we all had. Wonderful tours of Florence and Sienna were included during the time we were not... read more
AAA+ Holiday Experience! It will be hard to do the experience we had at Organic Tuscany justice with words.....it was that amazing! Every part of the holiday from early on correspondence with Shilpa to having Ricardo greet us while making fresh focaccia for our first dinner and onwards to the full week of cooking and adventures, it was over the top excellence. I could go on and on but the best way is to simply book a trip for yourself and ENJOY!!
What a fabulous week ! Just the right amount of classes by great teachers, loads of fun, lovely people to meet , beautiful surroundings and comfy and clean accomodations! Learned loads. We are so happy to have experienced this week at Organic Tuscany :) Thanks Shilpa and Ricardo and team.
A fantastic week! Just the right balance of scheduled events (the cooking classes are NOT to be missed!) and free time to explore Tuscany (ask to visit the estate where they make olive oil--just amazing!). The accommodations are lovely and clean, the hosts are friendly and knowledgeable, and their enthusiasm for the region's foods and flavours is infectious. Thank you, Shilpa and Ricardo, for truly making this a dream trip!
Right Out of a Foodie Magazine If you are looking for a different way to experience Italy, I recommend Organic Tuscany! What could be more fantastic than a 7-day stay in the hills of Tuscany, complete with cooking courses, lessons in wine and olive oil tasting, tours of neighbouring towns, and "field trips" to an organic vineyard and an estate that bottles its own olive oil? You will think you've stepped into an article from "Gourmet" magazine! Shilpa and Ricardo have assembled a marvelous team of... read more
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! This was one of the best vacations ever. The people were fantastic, the cooking was out of this world, and the setting was picture perfect. Everything was "out of the garden" fresh. We had wonderful side trips into the country side along with private wine and olive oil tastings. Could not have been more perfect.
My sister and I spent a week at Organic Tuscany in May and it was one of the best experiences of both our lives. We both love food and cooking so we wanted to take a food-centric vacation and we were not disappointed! The cooking classes alone are worth the 5 star review - taught by both professionals and local people who have been cooking these recipes their whole lives. You can tell that everyone who works there genuinely cares... read more
Absolute magic My sister and I spent a week at Organic Tuscany in May and, to put it simply, it was one of the best experiences of both our lives. We both love food and cooking so we wanted to take a food-centric vacation and we were not disappointed! The cooking classes alone are worth the 5 star review - taught by both professionals and local people who have been cooking these recipes their whole lives. You can tell that everyone who... read more
Amazing Part of our Italy Dream Vacation We stayed in Villa Fillanelle and had a cooking class with Manuela and Silvio that we will never forget! Our family (wife, husband and two teenage daughters) enjoyed an evening of creating delicious recipes and conversing with this wonderful Italian family. We loved our class! We learned so much and enjoyed getting to know Manuela and Silvio. We are back home now and have already made two of the recipes we learned. They will become... read more
My new Italian Family I spent a week with my new Italian family. From the moment I arrived I was made to feel special by Shilpa and the team. I really enjoyed becoming immersed in the Italian culture of food, and enjoying one of the most amazing views I've ever seen. Cooking classes were certainly the highlight, but there were so many others. The vineyard tour was incredible and totally unique...no where else will you experience something like this :) I'm not really... read more
Wonderful and welcoming Cooking school We were in Italy for 2 weeks but Organic Tuscany Cooking Classes, were the highlight of our trip. The staff was welcoming , helpful, and had great insight into teaching our class the finer details of Italian cooking. The recipes are great and the atmosphere of the villa made for a wonderfull experience. If you want to go to cooking school in Italy this is the place to do it.
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
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
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
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.
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
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