Where we are

The cooking school is located between Florence and Siena: one of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy. As well as seeing the 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).

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Certaldo

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.

2023 Calendar

Our weeks include 7 nights accommodation - Saturday through Saturday. Check-in is on Saturday afternoon, departure is on the following Saturday morning. The dates show Saturday through Friday for clarity.

April 29th - May 5th
Full
May 6th - 12th
2 places available
May 13th - 19th
4 places available
May 20th - 26th
Places available
May 27th - June 2nd
Places available
June 3rd - 9th
Full
September 2nd - 8th
4 places available
September 9th - 15th
Full
September 16th - 22nd
4 places available
September 23rd - 29th
Places available
Sept 30th - Oct 7th
Full

Prices

* Prices are in Euros and are converted into each guest's currency according to the exchange rate the day they book. To give you an idea, we show the current USD prices.
Type of guest Euros USD*
 Cooking guest1 €2,000 $1,932
 Non-cooking guest1 €1,500 $1,449
 Double room for single use2 +€700 +$676

1) Based on two people sharing a double room with an ensuite bathroom.
2) We only have space to accept 2 solo travellers per course. They pay a €700 supplement and are offered their own double room with ensuite bathroom.

What people say about us

Lorraine Edick
21 Jul 2022 - Google

Spent a wonderful week at OT in June. The entire staff was amazing and helpful. The classes were fun and the food was delicious! All set in the beautiful countryside of Tuscany. We enjoyed excursions to a local winery, a local olive oil producer, and the nearby towns of Certaldo, San Gimignano, and Sienna. Thank... read more

478lorrainee
5 star rating
26 Jun 2022 - TripAdvisor

The perfect week in Tuscany Such an awesome week spent at Organic Tuscany! They definitely had a perfectly planned week for us with just the right amount of classes and excursions. It was fun getting to know new people, new cooking techniques, olive oil tasting and wine tasting! We still had time to relax and enjoy the amazing view! The week... read more

Lori L
21 Jun 2022 - Google

A perfect week. The classes were fun, informative & the food was exceptional. The week was a good balance between cooking, sight seeing and down time.

Richard Haase
21 Jun 2022 - Google

Well organized. Nice blend of seeing Tuscany sites and learning foods and recipes of the region. Great hosts, pleasant company, great setting, knowledgeable assistants. Food, wine, olive oil, culture - a nice blend. Highly recommend! Barb & Rich Haase

MMacDad
5 star rating
20 Jun 2022 - TripAdvisor

Beautiful Tuscany with food, wine and tours. Our month long Italy experience was designed around Organic Tuscany. We weren't disappointed. It was the perfect blend of cooking, exploring nearby towns complete with tours and wine tasting. Our week-long stay was never boring, a perfect balance and our group from England, Australia, US and Canada embraced our common love of food and wine. This is what Italy is... read more

dianakW9997MO
5 star rating
12 Jun 2022 - TripAdvisor

An Exquisite Tuscan Culinary Experience I loved the whole package deal: the gorgeous location, the amazing cooking experience, the excursions to the picturesque Tuscan towns, the wine and olive oil tasting, the comradery among the participants and the kind and caring leadership of our hosts. I have traveled extensively, been on some wonderful river cruises all over Europe and this experience rates on top of... read more

Our team

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.

Learn more about our team

Contact us

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.

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Call us

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