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).
We run the courses from a lovely villa 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 Manhattan of the Middle Ages – 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. 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.
What people say about us
I attended a week long cooking class at Organic Tuscany and couldn’t have had a better time. The classes were amazing as were the side trips to neighboring towns. Shilpa and Ricardo and all the staff were incredible. From the moment I walked in the door they made you feel welcome. I highly recommend this amazing experience.
Better than expected What an amazing trip to Organic Tuscany. Our experience was more than expected. It was a great mix of cooking and side trips. The villa is beautiful and Shilpa and Riccardo took great care of us, as did all the guides, and cooking assistants. Incredible value for a cooking week that included trips to Sienna, San Gimignano and... read more
What an absolutely wonderful week! Organic Tuscany's cooking week was a perfect balance of cooking classes and local experiences! Funny how sometimes the most innocuous things can change your life: how did I ever cook without a mezzaluna?! How did I live without real, fresh, easy-to-make-after -OT-taught-me-how gnocchi?! Such a variety of fun and informative opportunities! Every day was a... read more
Organic Tuscany was a wonderful experience in every respect. We are really thinking of doing it again. T’was the nicest combination of classes, touring and meeting a few really enjoyable people. The facility and environs are large and comfortable while being nicely removed from hustle and bustle
I enjoyed a lovely week at Organic Tuscany. It was the perfect blend of cooking instruction, relaxation and exploring nearby towns. Riccardo and Shilpa made us feel completely at home. I would go back in a heartbeat.
You will love Organic Tuscany! I will never forget the fabulous week we had at Organic Tuscany. Shilpa and Ricardo were amazing hosts and everyone on their team, from the cooks to the tour guides, to the local artisans were approachable, knowledgeable and fun. It was a perfect mix of cooking and touring. I highly recommend the Organic Tuscany experience.
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 to enjoy with our guests the great food that we prepare together and the wines from the vineyards that we visit.
If you’d like more information about our cooking courses or you are interested in booking a space, please call us, email us or send us a message using the form below.
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