Where we are

The cooking school is located between Florence and Siena: one of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy. As well as seeing stunning countryside, we explore the medieval cities in the area, and investigate the regional culinary traditions of great food and wine through meals and tastings.

How to get to the cooking school

We are conveniently placed for both Florence (Amerigo Vespucci) and Pisa (Galileo Galilei) airports (50 minutes or one hour and 15 minutes drive, respectively). It is also possible to get to Certaldo by train from Rome or Milan (around 3 hours, changing in Florence).
If you will already be in Europe, you may also want to consider taking the train to Tuscany. There are often special offers for Paris-Florence trains on Rail Europe. Or make a week with us a part of a longer holiday travelling by train around Italy or Europe-wide, and buy an Inter-Rail pass (available for all ages).


We run the courses from a lovely farmhouse which is a few miles outside the medieval town of Certaldo. Certaldo is a little off the usual tour routes, so its charming historic centre is refreshingly free of tourists and tourist traps. Its claim to fame is that the author of the Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio, lived and died there. Forty minutes away are the unique art towns of Florence and Siena, and half an hour away is the little medieval gem of San Gimignano (whose towers – which give it the jokey nickname of the Tuscan Manhattan – we can see from the garden).
The hills all around are covered in vines and olive groves, and there are great walks to be taken. Horse-riding is another great way to see the surroundings. The countryside is dotted with charming hamlets to explore, and of course farms and vineyards to visit where you can buy delicious produce and wines.

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Explore Tuscany

You can get to Certaldo easily by train from the local airports and from all cities in Italy, but once here, car rental is a must. In Italy, train services between cities are good, but the public transport system in rural Tuscany leaves much to be desired. We do not transport you in a minibus, so you need a car (we can put you in touch with other participants so you can share one, even as a non-driver!) This way you can also explore the area on your own and tailor the week’s cookery holiday programme to your wishes. For example, following your afternoon tour of Siena, you can stay and watch the city empty of tourists and dine at one of the excellent restaurants; alternatively you can explore the stunning countryside on your drive back, then have a dip in the pool and a healthy bite to eat in the garden outside the villa.

What people say about us

5 star rating  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

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5 star rating  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

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5 star rating  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

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5 star rating  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

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5 star rating  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.

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5 star rating  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

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Contact us

If you’d like more information about our cooking courses or you are interested in booking a space, you can contact us by email, by telephone or send us a message using the form below.

Call us

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