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Italian Cooking Schools

Would you like to learn more about traditional Italian cooking? Why not schedule your next vacation around a cooking school in Italy? There are many cooking schools available in regions across Italy, and the prices do vary from the very affordable, to the ultra extravagant. Some are hosted by famous Italian cookbook authors and chefs, while others are taught simply by native Italians who want to share their passion for Italian cuisine. Here are just a few presently offered across Italy at this time, sorted by regions, in alphabetical order.


Chef Paolo Monti’s Italian Cooking Course 
Chef Paolo Monti – Hotelier, Chef, and Self Styled Gourmet, will let you into the secrets of Italian “Mediterranean” cooking; teaching you how to prepare delicious gourmet italian dishes in only a few minutes, to keep your palate titillated and your body healthy!

For the last two centuries Badia a Coltibuono, originally a medieval Benedictine abbey, has been the gracious villa and prestigious wine estate of the Stucchi-Prinetti family. And, for the last fifteen years it was the setting for Lorenza de Medici’s weeklong Villa Table cooking classes. In 2002 two new programs are being introduced: Tastes of Tuscany: A Gastronomic Sojourn in Chianti and Cooking Classes at Badia a Coltibuono. The principals of the programs are guide John Meis and chef Paolo Pancotti. Meis, a longtime resident of Tuscany, is the author of A Taste of Tuscany and collaborator with Lorenza de Medici in the Villa Table cooking program and numerous cookbooks. An experienced leader of food, wine and art tours, he is a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Pancotti, chef at the esteemed wine estate, continues the renowned Coltibuono culinary tradition established by Lorenza de Medici, adding his personal approach and professional experience from some of Italy’s best restaurants. During their sojourn guests stay in comfortable rooms located along the characteristic fourteenth century corridor of the ancient abbey. Each room enjoys a delightful view and a private bathroom. There is also time to relax in the magnificent frescoed drawing room, read in the extensive library, stroll in the gardens, enjoy the swimming pool, and walk in the vast woods that surround Coltibuono.

Tuscany Cooking Classes at Castello La Torre in Florence, Italy is meant for those who appreciate and love Italian cuisine. CookinginTuscany.net’s cooking classes specialize in Italian & Tuscan cuisine conducted at a magnificent castle La Torre situated near the River Arno in Florence, Italy. The castle has a historical significance; it is believed that the King of France, Charles VIII, stayed in this magnificent castle before entering Florence, Italy. Single as well as multiple day cooking courses are offered, and a variety of wine appreciation courses are also offered.

Cucina con Vista
Cucina con Vista is born from the experiences that Elena Mattei has gained since 1987 from managing her restaurant La Baraonda in Florence. A few years after beginning the business, she found that clients were not only interested in tasting the dishes that were served at her restaurant every evening, but also in experimenting with the art of Tuscan cookery at home. The Cooking classes take place in a traditional farmhouse at the gates of Florence and each participant will be able to taste the dishes prepared during the classes.

Dante Alighieri
A cooking course offered by a language school. These group demonstration sessions can be taken for 3 evenings over 2 weeks or 6 evenings over 4 weeks, from 18.15 until about 22.00. Under the expert guidance of their friendly chef, students learn how to prepare traditional Italian dishes, which vary according to the fresh ingredients available each season. At the end of each session all participants eat what they have prepared together – food and wine are included in the price. This course is designed for people who wish to learn the secrets of Italian gastronomy as a complement to their Italian language studies.

Divina Cucina
Discover the art of eating and cooking with your own custom culinary program in Tuscany. Come and enjoy hands-on cooking lessons in small groups, never more than 6 students. Judy Witts Francini, CCP, who teaches these course, is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, a Certified Culinary Professional, and a student of cooking for over 20 years.

Enoteca – Cooking Lessons
An introduction to preparing, and eating traditional dishes along with appropriate wines. You prepare the dishes and enjoy the products of your work with the appropriate wines. Classes may be scheduled for any dates with two day advance notice, and can be conducted in Italian, English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Japanese. You may take one lesson or combine them to fashion a program to your interests. The lessons begin at 16:00 daily.

Ecco la Cucina
Ecco La Cucina is a hands-on Italian cooking class offering an in-depth learning experience about the foods and wines of Tuscany. The small, intimate classes, limited to six people, are designed to maximize your exposure to Italian foods and cooking techniques, allowing you to brush up on your skills or learn new ways of approaching food. Taught by Italian-American chef, Gina Stipo, this fun and informative week-long immersion into Italian cuisine will highlight regional dishes, locally produced cheeses, olive oils and wines. Class also includes excursions to the surrounding area to enhance your learning experience.

Flavours of Italy
Flavours Italian Cookery Holidays offer a selection of cooking courses in 6 regions of Italy. Choose from Rome, Puglia, Ravenna, Sicily, Tuscany or Bologna. Perfect for people who love food, travel and Italy.

Italian Cookery Course At Casa Umberto
Learn to cook authentic Italian dishes in Tuscany in an informal and friendly environment where you will learn the passion of the Italian kitchen and have fun doing it. A comprehensive hands-on cookery course given by Carla and Michele (for more info click here) who will teach you to make splendid Italian 4 course dinners covering all the basic Italian cooking techniques, from pasta to pastries and everything in between. The cooking lessons are given in the “Cantina” of an old recently restored large Tuscan villa.

Organic Tuscany
Organic Tuscany offers week-long “farm to table” organic cooking courses. The program Includes visits to local organic farms, hands-on cooking classes using organic ingredients, olive oil and wine tastings and tours of Siena, Florence and San Gimignano.

Taste Tuscany
Hands-on cooking classes held in English, teaching traditional recipes from the north, center and south of Italy. From picking herbs and vegetables in the garden to talking with the local farmers at the open market, cooking will be fun and delicious. You will be guided to discover the art treasures of Tuscany, visit traditional craft workshops and enjoy local events. In wine classes you’ll learn all the secrets of wine appreciation and visit Chianti producers and their cellars. The art and archaeological guides, will tell you ancient stories of the the past, stories of kings and bishops, of pilgrims and knights. In the delicate rolling hills you’ll find the right atmosphere to share the food you prepared with your new friends, sitting in the magic circle of cypresses, whose dark leaves melt into the starry night.

Toscana Saporita
Toscana Saporita is an Italian cooking school located in Tuscany offering small classes and hands-on instruction in English, as well as daily tours with professional English speaking guides. They have attracted accomplished chefs who come to study the unique nature of Tuscan cuisine, and compliments from The International Herald Tribune as well as from Italian Food, Wine, and Travel and other publications. Anne Bianchi and Sandra Lotti are the founders of Toscana Saporita. Bianchi, an Italian American, and Lotti, a native Tuscan, are cousins, and authors of many internationally acclaimed cookbooks.

Tuscan Way
You are personally invited to spend a few days or a week in an enchanting old medieval homes in the village of Arcidosso, near Siena in the South of Tuscany. Carlo Innocenti will teach you how to prepare dishes typical of this region and enjoy, recognize and appreciate its famous wines. Daily-guided field trips to the picturesque little towns of the area are provided as well as airport and station transfers.

Tuscan Women Cook
Indulge yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the region’s passion for food and wine. The best cooks in all of Tuscany, the local women, teach these classes. They’ll share regional techniques, ingredients, and family recipes that have been passed down over the centuries. The program includes 7 night’s accommodation at Agriturismo Belagaggio in Montefollonico, all meals for 5 days, including wine, olive oil and cheese tasting, and visits to local markets and historical towns. Airfare and local transportation are not included.

Tuscany Cooking Class
Tuscany Cooking Class offers beginning and advanced cooking classes in Tuscany and wine tours in Chianti, Tuscany. Cooking Tuscan recipes in a Tuscan villa is the perfect way to experience Tuscany at its most.



Diane Seed’s Culinary Adventures
Diane Seed, author of the best-selling “The Top One Hundred Pasta Sauces” and many other books on Italian cooking, has lived in Rome for over 30 years. She has a cooking school in her own home in the beautiful Doria Pamphili palace in the centre of Rome at Piazza Venezia. Her apartment is in the part of the palace used to house guests on the Grand Tour in the early part of the last century, and the cooking school has a round window that looks over Piazza Venezia, down to the Forum and the Colosseum. The back terrace looks over the tiled roof to see the dome of St.Peter’s.

Fontana del Papa ~ Let’s Cook In Italy
Assuntina Antonacci, and her husband Claudio host cooking courses that offer a unique opportunity to experience first hand authentic top quality regional cooking techniques and recipes that have been developed and handed down over generations. All of their courses include excursions, such as tutored wine & olive oil tasting. They will also take you walking in the surrounding countryside to pick and learn about wild mushrooms, wild salads herbs, according to the season.

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