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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.


Cooking is very creative and you will get an explanation of the technical facts of cooking such as the difference between cooking with or without a lid, adding red or white wine or vinegar, and similar examples of simple, easy-to-learn and practical cooking methods. You will be in an authentic home, with the ground floor presumably built in the Middle Ages, while the third floor where you take your cooking classes was added three centuries ago.


Montalcino is a must see while in Tuscany and one of my favorite villages in Italy. It is one of the most picturesque hill-top villages, located 20 miles south of Siena. Inhabited since the Stone Age, it became famous in the Middle Ages for its fine cooking and leather works for knights and horses. Today it is famous for its delectable wine: Brunello di Montalcino.


The name Montalcino means "monte dei lecci", "mons ilcinus", or "mountain of the oaks". From archeological artifacts, the hill was inhabited during the Paleolithic era. Its main development occurred in the Middle Ages around the year 1000. Its first wall dates back a century earlier. The main road in the Orcia Valley is the Cassia, that leads from Rome to Florence. It was laid out by the Romans. Another road was the Francigena, at times crossing, while at others is parallel to the Cassia, taking pilgrims through France to Rome for holy year celebrations.


Here you can find an attraction of undisputed interest, the Strada del Vino (the historic wine road) that passes through the fragrant homeland of the legendary vineyards of Brunello di Montalcino wine.






Your hands on cooking class will take place in an authentic home in Montalcino. The cooking class lasts about three hours and the class includes learning to make three sauces for pasta as well as three vegetables in season, prepared in various ways, such as roasted peppers, fennel, artichokes or eggplant. As the sauces are cooking, your exuberant instructor will teach you how to prepare some appetizers.


For dessert, you may learn a spoon dessert. As an example, you might use a fresh fruit such as banana or apple, cooked, with a marmalade, with something crunchy like walnuts or almonds, accompanied by some ladyfingers in fruit syrup and a drop of liqueur, with some whipped cream. Simple and delicious!


At the end enjoy some liquers or a hot coffee - but this is not regular coffee - it will be an Orzo or a Barley coffee you can now find it in Italy in every caffè or bar or restaurant.


This cooking class experience is a favorite amongst our clients. The view from the home where your class takes place is wonderful and your hostess will make you feel warm and welcome, sharing with you her secrets of Italian cooking.


 If you are vegetarian or gluten free - no problem! Just let us know and we can create a menu to accommodate your dietarty restrictions. We can also talk about different menus. If you already know the basics, your instructor can concentrate on risottos or on the many, many different ways to make a pasta sauce. You can even make pasta by hand or invent new fillings for cannelloni or ravioli and make your own cakes. You will also be surprised on the many ways there are to make a good coffee! 





*Morning Cooking Classes are from 11:00am-2:00pm

*Evening Cooking Classes are from 5:00pm-8:00pm or 6:00pm-9:00pm


*Please inquire about vegetarian and gluten free menus. Food allergies are also taken into consideration.






A minimum of 1 participant is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 6/8 participants (if you have a villa/farmhouse please inquire about larger groups since your cooking instructor can also teach there)


(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)






Closest Airports/Train Stations


Airports: Florence
You can also fly into Pisa or Rome
(Additional transportation is necessary to get directly to Montalcino. (Rental car, train, bus).



From Florence, take the train to Siena and from Siena to Buonconvento. From Buonconvento take a bus up to Montalcino, which is only 8 km. away.


From Pisa, take the train to Grosseto, where you can ask for the special train to Siena. Get off at Buonconvento and take the bus to Montalcino.


From Rome Termini Railway Station, take the train to Grosseto and three times a day there is a connection for Grosseto-Siena. You will get off at Buonconvento. From Buonconvento take a bus up to Montalcino.


*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.







2020 Fees Per Person

Day/Evening Cooking Classes/US$180 (1-9 persons) and US$145 (10-15 persons)
Non-participant (just joining in the meal)/US$60


*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation



After availability is confirmed, full payment is due as well as the completed and submitted registration form which will secure your reservation. 


2020 Dates

Available year round.


*Cooking Class(es)
*Meal(s) associated with cooking class with wine
*Printed recipes 


Airfare and personal expenses are not included.

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Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.





Lisa G., Netherlands

"Teresa is a warm and giving person and her love for cooking is contagious! I learned many tricks and about how to take risks with my cooking. I loved Montalcino, its views over Tuscany are spectacular!"


Albert and Sandi S., Shaftsbury, Vermont

"Teresa was very personable and helpful in every way. Welcomed us into her home, and gave us some history of her home. Greatly appreciated her very much. Would stop by and see her again."

Diane D., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

"Jo-Ann was a pleasure to work with throughout the entire booking process. Teresa's love of the Italian culture, food, and passion for cooking is evident in all she does and gives back to her "students"! We enjoyed the many cooking secrets and various techniques she shared with us. We had a wonderful meal, some great laughs, and it was an experience we will always remember!"

Amanda C., Issaquah, Washington

"My cooking class in Montalcino was amazing! My cooking instructor went out of her way to first give me a tour of the town. Then, she taught me and helped me cook a few family recipes while also giving me a few more to take home and try on my own. She fully accommodated my gluten free sensitivity and request to make gnocchi (which was so good!). Not only did I learn a lot but I had so much fun and created memories that I will cherish forever!"



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Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!


Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,
New York, New York

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