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The Best of Italy!

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Venice-Florence-Tuscany-Umbria-Cortona-Amalfi Coast, Italy - 15 nights
Available year round


The Best of Italy trip is for those who either have been to Italy before but perhaps did not have time to experience all of the "must-sees" of this beautiful country or for those who are making this their first trip to bella Italia. Make your trip to Italy an experience of a lifetime! Take the guessing out of where to go and what to see. This tour has it all, taking you from Venice, Florence to Rome and the Amalfi Coast. See the Chianti region of Tuscany with its fabulous wineries, as well as the Umbrian countryside. You will understand why people talk about Siena and San Gimignano and Cortona. Taste the famous Brunello wines in Montalcino and have lunch at an Italian farmhouse.

 

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Charming Abruzzo

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Abruzzo, Italy - 6 nights
Available February to December - Sunday to Saturday

 

Southern Italy is one of the most beautiful areas of Italy. During this six night culinary and exploration tour you will get to known this incredible region through its cuisine, its people, its landscapes and its traditions. During the week you will also have the unique opportunity to visit the local trabocchi "fishing houses" located on the Adriatic Sea. You will meet a native fisherman and his family and enjoy a delicious meal with them. Although a mountainious region, you will have the chance to discover the mountains and ocean, returning home with memories that last a lifetime. We offer many similar itineraries in this region with a different theme and different dates throughout the year depending on season. 

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Amalfi Coast Immersion

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Amalfi Coast, Italy - 3 or 5 nights
Available April to October - Sunday to Friday

 

Immerse yourself into Italian living by visiting this little fishing village situated in an enchanting location among the beautiful inlets of the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Nicely located just a couple of miles from Positano and about 6 miles from Amalfi, your home for this cooking holiday is a prestigious seaside resort with a beautiful rooftop pool. Learn traditional regional cuisine along with a few modern twists from your talented and passionate instructors.

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Amalfi Coast Walking and Cooking

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Amalfi Coast, Italy - 6 nights
Available March to November

 

We have designed the perfect combination of walking and cooking lessons for this six night experience on the Amalfi Coast. Spend one night in a beautiful three star superior hotel in a small village on the Amalfi Coast and five nights in a four star hotel in the popular village of Positano. You will have guided walking tours so as to work off all of the delicious food and wine you will consume on this fabulous getaway!

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Amazing Amalfi!

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Amalfi Coast, Italy - 5 nights
Available March to June, September to October

 

The Amalfi coast is one of the most romantic spots in the world. Spend five fabulous nights at a beautiful relais while enjoying hands-on cooking classes from a talented chef in a two star Michelin restaurant, with excursions to the area's finest spots, all with some time for relaxing and shopping for the treasures that this magical area has to offer. 

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Captivating Capri

(Options: Customized Itineraries, Trekking)
Capri, Italy - 6 nights
Available April to October

 

The island of Capri captivates everyone who visits. You will stay at a beautiful four star boutique hotel with a swimming pool in the most exclusive village in Capri. Enjoy cooking lessons with a professional chef where you will learn how to use wonderfully fresh ingredients with recipes you can recreate at home for family and friends.

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Cooking Sorrento Style

Sorrento, Italy 
Available year round 

 

Take cooking classes at a cooking school located within a four star holiday complex, in a residential area of Sorrento close to the sea and the city center. The cooking school offers a unique way to experience Sorrento and its famous surroundings through personal interaction with local food and wines. This is a wonderful way to learn about the foods of the area, meet new friends, and enjoy delicious cuisine in a beautiful atmosphere with your friendly hosts. It is a day you will treasure and reflect upon in years to come.

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Home Cooking on the Amalfi Coast

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Amalfi Coast, Italy - 3 or 7 nights
Available year round

 

High up in the hills lies a beautiful home where you will enjoy cooking lessons from a self taught Italian woman who specializes in typical regional dishes. The home in which you will stay has been recently renovated with love and each room is tastefully detailed. Take in the gorgeous view of the Amalfi Coast while you relax on the property during your free time. Choose from a three or seven night itinerary including family recipes, foodie visits with a chance to immerse yourself in this scenic area of Italy.

 

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Positano Cooking

(Options: Customized Itineraries)
Positano, Italy - 5 nights
Available April to October

 

Anyone who has ever traveled to the Amalfi coast raves about its gorgeous coastline, wonderful people and its tranquility. During this holiday, you will stay in a beautiful four star hotel with a sea view, take hands on cooking lessons with a talented and popular chef, visit a working farm and have lunch with the owners and enjoy all that the area has to offer, including a guided visit to the wondrous Pompeii. Indulge in delectable cuisine, world famous wines and immerse yourself in the Italian way of life. Positano is the most charming and picturesque village on the Amalfi Coast and boasts breathtaking views, the best shops and gourmet restaurants.

 

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Sorrento and Positano Foodie Adventure

(Option: Shorter Stays, Customized Itineraries)
Amalfi Coast, Italy - 9 nights
Available April to November

 

Experience the delights of two of the most beautiful and popular places on the Amalfi Coast - Sorrento and Positano. You will stay in a gorgeous 4 star relais (country hotel) in Sorrento for seven nights with spacious rooms, a private beach and a friendly and helpful staff. And in Positano, you will stay for two nights in either a luxury apartment with amazing views, or depending on your group size, at a four star hotel. This tour can be customized to include fewer or more nights in each place as well as tailoring it to your groups' needs. 

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Sorrento's Kitchen

Sant'Agata, Italy - 4 or 6 nights
Available year round

 

Learn to cook traditional and authentic dishes from southern Italy and Sorrento by participating in hands-on cooking classes in a spacious professional kitchen. You will stay in a luxurious five star boutique hotel with a gorgeous view located in the beautiful Sorrento peninsula. The hotel was once an ancient villa that was built in 1892 and was also the birthplace of your host who is also one of the cooking instructors. With the use of local and organic vegetables and the finest of ingredients, you will learn recipes from both your host as well as a talented chef. Together, their partnership will help you discover this delicious Neapolitan cuisine.

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Taste Ravello

(Option: Residential Cooking Programs)
Ravello, Italy
Available year round

 

Visit the beautiful Amalfi Coast and learn the delicious cuisine of this area by taking a hands on cooking class with a Master Chef. You will collect the ingredients you will use for the course with your chef from an organic garden. The meal will then be enjoyed during the preparation of the menu. What better way is there to experience all that this area has to offer? If you'd like, we can also arrange a residential course where you can stay at this beautiful four star property, take cooking classes, go on a tour to Capri or Amalfi, and get your exercise in by taking a walking excursion. And we are not done yet .... how about a pizza course to learn about the famous Neapolitan pizza?

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Traditional Cuisine of the Amalfi Coast

Minori (Amalfi Coast), Italy - 4 or 6 nights
Available year round

 

Become part of the culinary traditions of this special gem on the Amalfi Coast. Learn authentic Mediterranean recipes passed down from generations when you partake in hands-on cooking classes from an experienced chef. You will stay in a beautiful four star hotel with views of lemon groves and whose location is perfectly situated to explore the coastal towns and sites of the area. Your host is an active participant in organizing events based solely on the area's food and wine so if you want to immerse yourself in the flavors of this pristine spot, this is the perfect choice.

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Villa Cooking in Sorrento

Sorrento, Italy - 7 nights
Available year round

 

Learn traditional Italian cuisine with an emphasis on Neopolitan recipes in this seven night culinary program in spectacular Sorrento, Italy. Your hands-on cooking lessons will take place in a private villa. You will be surrounded by an impressive array of old palms, English meadow, colorful flowers and fountains with lemon and orange trees and a swimming-pool. During your stay you will also have guided excursions on the Amalfi Coast including to a flagship winery and to a cheese farm where you will have lunch with the farmers!

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Enchanting Apulia

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Apulia, Italy - 5 nights
Available year round

 

This enchanting region of southern Italy is a destination that you do not want to miss. It is located in the south eastern tip of the Italian peninsula and forms the "heel" of the boot of Italy. Apulia (or "Puglia" in Italian) is one of the richest archaelogical regions in Italy. During this five night stay, you will stay in two 4 star accommodations. One hotel is located in a small village and the other is a historic mansion in the Salento region, the southernmost area. You will be able to experience the area through guided visits to points of interest and of course you will be immersed in the area by indulging in the delicious cuisine this area offers through cooking classes and tastings of local products.

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Cinque Terre Cooking and Walking

(Options: Day Cooking Classes, Customized Itineraries)
Cinque Terre, Italy - 5 nights
Available March to October  

 

Immerse yourself in the delicious Cinque Terre cuisine with a chef who was born and grew up in this area and has formerly owned some restaurants in Liguria. Your hands-on lessons will feature typical Ligurian cuisine and simple, yet fresh and flavorful ingredients, most of which will be picked up from the garden of the 17th century estate where you will stay. You will also have a couple of guided walks in the area and if you'd like we can even add some other more challenging hikes. If you already have an accommodation but are in the Cinque Terre, we also offer an afternoon cooking class.

 

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Hiking and Wine in Cinque Terre

Piedmont/Cinque Terre, Italy - 6 nights
Available September - Sunday to Saturday

 

This hiking and wine tour spotlights two diverse regions: the Barolo wine zone of Piedmont and the Italian Riviera seacliffs of the Cinque Terre. Enjoy the best of both worlds: vineyards and seascapes, woodland cuisine and seafood, majestic red wines and white wines as light as a sea breeze.

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Italian Riviera Cooking

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Liguria, Italy - 5 nights
Available February to October

 

Learn more about Ligurian cooking in your own private cooking classes with a trained chef, a native of the area and stay in a beautiful 4 star hotel during your stay. Liguria is one of the loveliest and most picturesque regions of Italy. This northwestern region of Italy is home to captivating seaside villages such as Santa Margherita, Portofino and Camogli and further south to the simply darling Cinque Terre hamlets of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, not forgetting beautiful Portovenere just below the Cinque Terre. The coastline is breathtaking, with pastel colored villages crowned with medieval churches and abbeys rising up on dramatic rocky outcrops, and vineyards and olive groves descending vertically down to the turquoise sparkling sea. Lush pine forests hug the coastline, shading many trekking paths between villages. This land so rich in history, culture, natural beauty, perfumes and mouth-watering cuisine will give you an extraordinary Italy experience.

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Portofino Cooking and Discovery

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Portofino, Italy - 5 nights

Available March to October

 

Put Liguria on your bucket list! The Italian Riviera is known all over the world as one of the most beautiful destinations. The region of Liguria is captivating and it is here where you will learn about the cuisine which is the true Mediterranean diet characterized by the use of fresh herbs and vegetables. Take two hands on cooking classes in breathtaking Portofino featuring typical Ligurian cuisine and simple, yet fresh and flavorful ingredients. Your instructor is a native chef who was born and grew up in Liguria. You will also learn about the very important olive oil of this area and explore charming seaside villages.

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Tasty Treasures of Emilia-Romagna

(Option: Shorter Programs)
Emilia-Romagna, Italy - 6 nights
Available March to October 

 

If you are interested in staying at a charming bed and breakfast in the Emilia-Romagna region, taking hands on cooking classes by the owner, and tasting your way through this gastronomical area of Italy, this may be the escape for you. You will visit the famous market of Bologna, taste balsamic vinegars at the local factory, sample incredible wines and see the area's castles and palaces. 

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The Flavours of Rome

Rome, Italy - 4 nights
(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Available year round - Monday to Friday (excluding mid July to end of August)

 

Spend four nights in the Eternal City! While here you will learn to cook like a native Italian in the center of ancient Rome. You will stay in a luxury 4 star hotel (or 3 star hotel if you prefer) and have a guided walking tour, two hands-on cooking classes at the chef's elegant private home and a personalized tour of the most famous ancient gastronomic markets in Rome. 

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Roma!

Rome, Italy
Available year round 

 

Welcome to Roma! During your stay why not delve into the culinary traditions of this very special place? Take a pasta cooking class and enjoy a walking tour along cobblestone streets in this enchanting city of Rome. You will be taught by an experienced chef who will share with you the knowledge of authentic Italian cuisine. You can also choose a traditional Italian cooking class taking place in a medieval village about 30 minutes outside of Rome. 

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The Tastes of a Roman Holiday

Rome, Italy - 6 nights
Available March to November - Sunday to Saturday or Monday to Sunday

 

Enjoy an amazing six night culinary holiday in the region of Lazio in the Roman countryside, an hour outside of Rome. You will stay in a completely renovated 18th century villa with beautifully decorated rooms in this lovely medieval hamlet. Through hands on cooking classes featuring a different course for each class, you will learn traditional recipes from local cooks whose recipes have been passed down from generation to generation. Depending on availability, you can choose between two different itineraries both with amazing accommodations. 

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Yoga and Cooking in Le Marche

Le Marche, Italy - 7 nights
Available year round - Saturday to Saturday

 

Join us for a week of hands-on cooking classes and yoga in the hidden region of Le Marche, Italy. Le Marche is a province in east-central Italy with rolling vineyards surrounded by walled cities, castles, history and breathtaking scenery. Your accommodations will be in a totally renovated traditional country home, with five en-suite double rooms and three self catering apartments. The atmosphere is peaceful, tranquil and ideal for yoga. The property also boasts a wellness corner with jacuzzi and the opportunity for massages so you can totally relax during your holiday! You may also inquire about bringing your own yoga instructor from home and discussing alternate programs for your own group of friends!

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Beautiful Barolos

Piedmont, Italy - 5 nights
Available October - Sunday to Friday

 

Enjoy a six day gourmet wine tour where you will sample Piedmont’s culinary delights: white truffles, mountain cheeses, and, best of all Piedmont’s stunning array of wines, with Barolo and Barbaresco at the top of the list

 

 

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Bella Sicilia!

(Options: Italian Language Classes, Customized Itineraries, Longer or Shorter Stays)
Sicily, Italy - 4 or 6 nights
Available March to October

 

Sicily invites you to discover its authenticity by engaging in hands on cooking classes with a chef who was born right in the surrounding area where the program takes place. Learn recipes that he learned both as a young man from his family and as a trained chef with instruction by a well known chef in Sicily. His gentle nature and passion for food will be evident as he guides you through the lesson. Stay in beautiful accommodations, explore fishing villages, markets and indulge in incredible food and wine during a four or six night exploration of northern Sicily.

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Culinary Sicily

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Sicily, Italy - 7 nights
Available year round (excluding August)

 

Discover the secrets of Sicily with this unforgettable seven night experience. Stay in three different accommodations while immersing yourself in the tastes and flavors of this very special land. Take hands-on cooking classes with wonderful instructors, including a Duchess and the famous Eleonora Consoli's daughter, Monica, visit areas of interest including The Valley of the Temples and enjoy the culinary side of Sicily! You will be pleasantly surprised at how much Sicily has to offer.

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Sicilian Delights

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Sicily, Italy - 7 nights
Available year round

 

Experience the incredible island of Sicily through this fantastic seven night journey. Stay in three different accommodations: an olive estate, a lovely bed and breakfast and a four star hotel in Palermo. During this tour you will taste exquisite cuisine, you will meet the wonderful Sicilian people and above all, you will get the authentic taste of this Mediterranean gem.

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Sicilian Flavours

(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Sicily, Italy - 6 nights

Available year round

 

Experience six days of magical travel through the stunning Sicilian landscape, meet and cook with a wonderful chef, Fabrizia Lanza, who follows in her famous mother Anna Tasca Lanza's footsteps. You will stay at her stunning wine estate as well as two other beautiful accommodations. You will also have a market visit followed by a cooking class in Siracusa. This tour will allow you to discover the most traditional Sicilian dishes in Palermo, Agrigento, Catania, Siracusa, Taormina and the Etna Volcano area.

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The Wines of Sicily

Sicily, Italy - 5 nights
Available October - Monday to Saturday

 

Come see why the ancient land of Sicily is now Italy’s hottest new wine zone. On this 6-day gourmet wine tour, you’ll visit the new top wineries, see Greek temples and Byzantine cathedrals, lunch at an olive oil producer, take a boat ride on the Mediterranean, and feast on Sicily’s multicultural cuisine.

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Authentic Tuscan Cooking

(Options: Cycling, Longer/Shorter Stays, Wine Tours)
Tuscany, Italy - 7 nights
Available year round - Saturday to Saturday

 

This culinary program is perfect for those who are lovers of all that is Tuscan – the charming medieval towns, the centuries old traditions, the people and their culture, the art and of course, the great food and wine!! You will enjoy hands-on cooking courses learning the art of Tuscan cuisine from our wonderful chefs in an original kitchen of a 14th century villa. We also offer vegetarian, vegan, celiac and organic cooking vacations so please inquire. Interested in cycling the hills of Tuscany? We we will just adjust the itinerary for you to include this activity. Just ask about the details and see a sample itinerary below!

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Buon Appetito Florence

(Options: Longer Stays on B & B basis)
Florence, Italy - 3 nights
Available year round

 

Enjoy practical hands-on cooking lessons from an Italian woman who learned how to cook at a very young age. You will stay in a lovely bed and breakfast which is located in the heart of historical Florence - a perfect spot for you to explore Florence and the surrounding Tuscan countryside. 

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Classic Tuscan Cookery Lessons

Tuscany, Italy - 7 nights
Available April to November - Saturday to Saturday

 

Spend a fabulous week at a remote villa in the gorgeous countryside of Tuscany where rolling hills, ancient vineyards and Etruscan history will fill your senses. Learn to cook in a magnificent kitchen with a native born Tuscan who will teach you this wonderful peasant cuisine using the freshest ingredients available. Groups are kept small and vary between 8 and 14 participants to ensure hands-on cooking instead of only demonstration.

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Classico Cooking Classes

Tuscany, Italy - 3 nights
Available April to October - Thursday to Sunday

 

This culinary experience will be like no other. Stay in an abbey in the Chianti region that dates back to the 11th century and has since been turned into a spectacular wine resort. The estate became popular many years ago when the owner became a famous author and cookbook writer. Now these residential cooking courses are held by a celebrated and renowned Italian chef and are taught in English in the spring, summer and autumn. Choose from a day or evening cooking class or our three night program where you will take four cooking classes and stay at this renowned property.

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Cooking and Italian Lessons in Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy - 5 nights
Available April to October

 

Come to Tuscany to learn traditional family recipes from native instructors who have been teaching hands-on cooking lessons for over 20 years. Aside from improving your culinary skills and bringing some fabulous recipes back home, you will learn the beautiful Italian language with daily private instruction in the home. This is truly an authentic experience where you will stay in a true Tuscan home and this vacation comes highly recommended by everyone who has participated.

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Cooking, Hiking and Yoga in Tuscany

(Option: Yoga Classes)
Tuscany, Italy - 4 or 7 nights 
Available May to October - Saturday to Saturday

 

If you are looking for breathtaking views of the Tuscan hillside, a tranquil environment in which to relax and "take it all in", a traditional Tuscan property with beautifully decorated rooms, hiking and cooking classes with the option of adding some yoga classes, look no further! This program features sightseeing to some of the area's most interesting places, hands on cooking classes with an entertaining and professional chef, wine tours and tastings including one led by your gracious English speaking host and a guided hike with a picnic lunch. Choose from a 4 or 7 night itinerary. This tour has it all!

 

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Cook Like a Tuscan

Cortona, Italy - 3, 5 or 6 nights
Available year round 

 

Stay in a gorgeous 17th Century Relais & Chateaux property located in the quiet countryside of Tuscany, just over one mile from the beautiful walled Etruscan town of Cortona which has been written about in the very popular Frances Mayes books. Enjoy an unforgettable cooking vacation with hands-on cooking classes taught by the chef/owner or one of the restaurant chefs. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking panoramas of this famed area of Italy. This promises to be an incredible experience.  

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The Flavours of Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy - 6 nights
Available April to July, September to November - Sunday to Saturday

 

Whether you are a novice or experienced cook, this holiday will teach you all there is to know about Tuscan cuisine. Classes are taught by experienced and professional instructors in a beautiful state of the art kitchen where lessons are truly hands-on and conducted in English. Located between Viareggio and Lucca, the school lies within a beautiful 16th century old estate and all rooms have ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning. In your down time how about some bicycling, horseback or kayaking? One of our best selling cooking holidays! If you already have a place to stay, ask about joining in a day cooking class or truffle hunt followed by a truffle based lunch!

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Florence Home Cooking

Florence, Italy - Day Cooking Classes
Available year round 

 

Discover the secrets of Italian cuisine by taking a hands-on cooking class in a family kitchen in Florence. Your instructor, who is Sicilian and now lives in Tuscany, will teach you about the steps involved in preparing a traditional Italian supper, including an appetizer (antipasto), pasta (primi piatti), main course (secondi piatti) and a dessert (dolci). You can choose to have a meat, fish or vegetarian dish as your main course. A delicious meal follows your lesson, where you can sit down and relax, dining on your creations. Our host also offers a gastronomic tour of Florence or a cooking class in a beautiful home in the Chianti Hills. Just ask for details!

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Florentine Escape

(Options: Customized Itineraries, Longer Stays, Market Visits)
Florence, Italy - 3 or 4 nights
Available year round

 

Treat yourself to a relaxing getaway in a small and elegant family-run hotel, located less than 10 minutes from the center of Florence. The relais is an excellent base for excursions in the Chianti area and has received many awards including Condé Nast Johansens Award Winner as "Most Excellent European Relais" and Karen Brown’s guide Award Winner as "Most Romantic Inn" and Trip Advisor's Award of Excellence. You can choose to have cooking lessons, learning the secrets of authentic Florentine and Tuscan cuisine from the host's mother while her daughter translates for the guests. 

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The Florentine Table

(Options: Chianti Cooking Course, Cooking in Your Villa)
Florence, Italy - Day Cooking Classes
Available year round 

 

This is an opportunity of a lifetime! Step into a private Florentine home located in a quiet upscale residential area and enjoy a unique culinary experience. Enjoy a market visit and cooking class with a woman who has lived in Italy for over three decades, and who is an author of several books on Tuscany and is an expert on the area. She will not only share simple and delicious Tuscan recipes but will also talk with you about what everyday life is like in this enchanting part of Italy.

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Homestyle Tuscan Cooking

(Options: Wine and Food Tours, Shorter or Longer Stays)
Tuscany, Italy - 3 nights
Available end of March to end of October for packages
Available year round (except week before Christmas) for Day Cooking Classes

 

If you want to learn how to cook true Italian food, then this cooking vacation is the one for you. You will learn traditional family recipes from Italians who have been giving hands-on cooking lessons for over 25 years. Classes are taught in English in an authentic country home, a beautiful stone farmhouse with an organic garden. If you prefer, you can stay in other accommodations in a nearby village. 

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Magical Montalcino

Montalcino, Italy - Day Cooking Class
Available year round

 

Take hands-on cooking lessons in Montalcino from a warm and wonderful woman, born in Rome, who speaks fluent English and French. She will share her knowledge of food preparation with you as well as giving you the tools you need to create simple dishes that are easily replicated once you get home. This is a class you will not soon forget as your instructor has a passion for her craft and for meeting new people and telling them about her beautiful village.

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Tastes of Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy - 7 nights
Available April to November - Sunday to Sunday

 

Learn to cook in a spectacular, recently restored villa set in the hillsides close to Arezzo. There is a truffle estate surrounding the villa, making it famous in the area and wonderful for seeing how truffles are found and of course how to prepare these in many wonderful dishes. 

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Trekking for Wine in Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy - 6 nights
Available May to October 

 

Enjoy a fantastic wine and walking tour in Montalcino and San Gimignano. There will be morning hikes and afternoon wine tastings offering an active tour for foodies and wine aficionados. Plus, there’s pecorino cheese in Pienza, art in Siena, and Gregorian chants in Montalcino.

 

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Tuscan Wine Roads

Tuscany, Italy - 5 nights
Available June - Monday to Saturday

 

Explore Tuscany’s most historic wine zones: Chianti Classico, Montalcino, and Montepulciano. Two to three in-depth wine tastings per day are complemented by the art of Gothic Siena, a tasting of pecorino cheese in Pienza, Gregorian chants in Montalcino, and a hands-on cooking lesson at a Chianti farmhouse.

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Cooking and Walking in Medieval Umbria

(Options: Day Cooking Classes, Self Guided Version)
Umbria, Italy - 7 nights
Available year round

 

Umbria invites you to discover its history, beauty, delicious cuisine and warm people. This tour allows you to see all that this region has to offer by enjoying walking tours with a certified guide. You will be in awe of the beautiful Umbrian countryside with its vineyards and olive groves. Enjoy two hands on cooking classes at different venues so you can enjoy a couple of unique experiences with different instructors. 

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Cooking in an Umbrian Home

(Option: Customized Itineraries, Walking Tours)
Umbria, Italy - 3 nights
Available year round

 

Learn to cook with an Italian family who will show you the secrets of Umbrian cuisine. Your hostess has been conducting cooking courses for many years and invites you into her restored nineteenth century country house for day cooking classes or residential cooking programs. You can either choose to arrive on your own so you will have your own vehicle (the non-escorted tour) or if you choose not to have a vehicle you will be picked up at the train station and be accompanied during your tours and wine tasting.

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The Cuisine and Wine of Umbria

(Options: Customized Itineraries, Biking, Walking, Wine Tours, Shorter/Longer Stays)
Umbria, Italy - 2 or 4 nights 
Available March to October

 

This tour is for all food and wine lovers who would like to discover traditional Umbrian recipes and great wines! Spend time taking hands-on cooking classes, sampling wine, doing some sightseeing and relaxing in a beautiful 17th century patrician villa in the Umbrian countryside. Over the years this villa has been the home of nobles and has retained its large fireplaces, frescoes, ancient cotto floors and period furnishings and is the perfect setting for your getaway. 

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Umbrian-Tuscan Cooking Classes

Umbria, Italy - Day Cooking Class
Available March to October - Monday, Wednesday or Friday

 

Enjoy hands-on cooking classes at a multi-awarded, breathtaking villa set in the rolling hills of Umbria. This experience is dedicated  to offering you the chance to learn authentic Italian recipes. Your instructor will provide you with an explanation on exquisite recipes using traditional cooking methods. Following the class you will enjoy the prepared food accompanied by a selected wine.

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Cooking in the Veneto with Giuliano Hazan

Verona, Italy - 6 nights
Available May and September - Sunday to Saturday

 

Experience a culinary adventure of a lifetime! Join Giuliano Hazan and Marilisa Allegrini (one of Italy's most distinguished producers of noble red wine) for a week of total immersion in Italian food, wine, and life. You will stay at an incredible villa, Renaissance Villa della Torre, near romantic Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet. It is here that the cooking classes take place and from where you will set off for exciting excursions, including a visit to a market, a winery, a traditional rice farm and a cheese and culatello production facility.

Read more: Cooking in the Veneto with Giuliano Hazan

 

 

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION:  Each program lists the Fees Per Person, Deposit, Dates and what is Included. Use the right side navigation (the booking information link) to view this information listed at the bottom of every program.

 

CANCELLATION POLICIES:  Please inquire about the cancellation and refund policy of the tour in which you are interested. 

 

CLIENT REMARKS: Our clients' thoughts and remarks about their experiences are 'click expandable' at the bottom of our tours. Use the right side navigation (the client remarks link) to view this information.

 

MAPPING: Our exciting destinations are depicted in regional mapping for each program. You can also access Google MapsTM when available! In some cases mapping may give clients a general sense of location due to changes in venue. Please inquire about specific location.

 

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 CULINARY DELIGHTS OF ANDALUSIA

“This was the experience of a lifetime.  It was more than a culinary excursion, it was an unforgettable life experience from learning new cuisine to finding serenity in olive country.  I was introduced to a wonderful world of Spanish cuisine and the down-to-earth lifestyle that defines Andalusia.  I cannot wait to go back!” - Opal H., Northport, Alabama

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