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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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