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Group cooking lesson

If you are looking for a truly FABULOUS day of culture, food, wine and cooking in Tuscany, look no further than this amazing cooking lesson! Ciao Laura is the sole provider of this truly unique experience and we know you will agree that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime!

One day lesson or Multi-day itineraries available

Fresh pasta with pesto made from basil in the garden

Picture yourself immersed in a charmingly renovated stone cottage sipping delicious wine and enjoying time in the kitchen on the family estate of your native Tuscan cooking instructor whose passion for her culture exudes in everything she does and you've arrived at this world-class cooking lesson!

Your FABULOUS cooking instructor is a native Tuscan whose passion for cooking started at a very young age in the home of her Nonna who shared her Tuscan family recipes with her which she's perfected and now shares with all who are lucky enough to spend time in her kitchen!

Your cooking instructor would love nothing more than to share these passions with you and your friends and family in this truly AMAZING day in her Chianti kitchen! She also provides amazing market tours in Florence on request to include stops for breakfast and a special tea house on the return to her estate.........not to miss!

Cooking instructor

Welcome snack!

ABOUT YOUR COOKING LESSON IN CHIANTI

Join your lovely native Tuscan host in her cucina where she’ll share her traditional family holiday recipes with you in an amazing day filled with warm food and beverages as you cook your special meal in a hot Tuscan oven! Sip wine, learn about Tuscan holiday traditions and share family stories and recipes in this wonderful festive environment - there is truly no better place in Tuscany to spend the holidays!

On arrival, you’ll enjoy a nice warm beverage with homemade cake while your hostess provides an overview of the lesson of the day. With the day's menu in hand, you'll roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty in what many of our clients have said was the highlight of their trip to Italy - cooking in an authentic Tuscan kitchen in the company of a wonderful native Tuscan cook!

Around noon, you’ll take a break by sipping a glass of wine and enjoying organic Tuscan treats such as fresh pecorino cheese with homemade marmalade, pepper jelly, pear jelly, pumpkin jelly, plum jelly, or a classic Tuscan antipasto that you've prepared during the first part of the class..

After your break, you'll get back to work in the cucina as you put the finishing touches on your delicious authentic Tuscan meal! At approximately 1:30 pm, you’ll enjoy lunch based on the fruits of your labor.

ABOUT THE PROPERTY

This private estate is located near the charming medieval villages of Impruneta, Greve, Radda in Chianti - only 12 km from Florence.

The cooking school is situated on a 17th century estate, and was purchased by the family in 1963. Your host’s father was a painter and meticulously restored the property with historically correct brick and stone.

The property is surrounded by 8 hectares of land, which is partly cultivated with olive trees and vineyards, where they make their own olive oil, wine and grape juice.

Welcome!

Tuscan gift shop

Included in the class:

  • The menu includes: first course, second course, side dish and dessert
  • Classes are all hands on and the ingredients in the recipes are written in Italian, so that also during your class, you will learn a few Italian words that you can take with you when shopping in the markets in Florence!
  • The meal includes house wines made on the property and bottled water

Not included:

  • Please note that the price does not include transportation, room and board or any other excursions

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  • One day cooking lessons are held at either 10 am or 5 pm daily
  • Add a market tour in Florence for an additional fee
  • Add a visit to a goat cheese farm for an additional fee
  • Multiple-day fully customizable programs available on request
  • Affordable transfers available from Florence on request

BOOKING AND CANCELLATION POLICY:

A non-refundable booking deposit is required to book this cooking lesson. Cancellation of the class by the client within 30 days of the date of the lesson will result in forfeit of all funds paid.

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS:

We highly advise you to purchase travel insurance in the event of emergency, illness, change in your itinerary, accident or act of God, which we are not responsible for covering.

No refunds will be provided for any non-refundable amounts paid unless the class or course is canceled by the school due to unforeseeable reasons and in this instance, we are not held responsible for anything other than refunding the monies paid, less wiring and credit card fees. Under no circumstances shall we be held responsible for any additional refunds of purchases made by the students for travel related expenses, or otherwise.

Testimonials

Jan 2011 - "We had our cooking class in Tuscany today and I just wanted to thank you so much!  We had a truly wonderful time. She was so kind to our children and our daughter in particular, thought that she was completely lovely.

We cooked delicious vegetarian meals and she had clearly put a great deal of thought into creating a menu that catered to our needs.  We loved the focaccia and we are looking forward to making our own gnocchi when we get home.

The room where we cooked was delightful when we arrived with fresh flowers, fresh herbs, a welcoming fire and warm drinks for us.

It was a special time for us as a family and I am sure that we will recall our time with great fondness in years to come.  

Thank you once again and I hope that we can return one day!

- T. Turnbull & Family, Australia

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