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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
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
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
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