Cooking Schools in Tuscany

Old Mar 9th, 2006, 08:14 AM
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Cooking Schools in Tuscany

My aunt gave my uncle an IOU for his birthday to do a week long cooking school in Italy (I think he would prefer Tuscany). They are going to be in Italy with my parents on a tour in September and would like to add on a week of cooking school. Has anyone gone to one that you can recommend? I had seen an article in the Chicago Tribune several years ago, but I can't seem to find it now. I've gotten good recommendations from this board in the past, so I'm counting on some good ones for them !
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Old Mar 9th, 2006, 01:09 PM
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Look at classified ads at slowtrav.com to find several. The real thing is at www.tuscanwomencook.com
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One of the most famous Tuscan schools is the one at Badia e Coltibuono winery. You can see listings of culinary and other types of schools around the world on www.shawguides.com.
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Old Mar 9th, 2006, 02:43 PM
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and yet another recommendation:

www.divinacucina.com
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Old Mar 9th, 2006, 02:52 PM
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Also Il Falconiere near Cortona....
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Old Mar 9th, 2006, 04:19 PM
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Maybe this link will help:

http://travel.timesonline.co.uk/arti...825382,00.html
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Old Mar 9th, 2006, 05:55 PM
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There are so many schools and so many different prices - I am amazed at what some people are willing to pay!!

As soon as I can in the next 2/3 weeks I am going up to see a friend of a friend of mine who gives lessons both in and out of Florence - you could write to her and get details ([email protected]) if you want to have another option to choose from.
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You can stay at Villa Bordoni www.villabordoni.com and they have cooking classes - it's very upscale and, I suppose, expensive. You can stay at Casa Mezzuola www.mezzuola.com (actually very close to Villa Bordoni) and the owner can organise cooking lessons at an Antinori restaurant near Badia a Passignano, not far away. You taste a range of Antinori wines when you eat the meal you've prepared.
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Old Mar 13th, 2006, 12:26 PM
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Thanks so much for all of these great suggestions. Now I'm just jealous that these are not ideas for me ;-)!
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We used http://www.theinternationalkitchen.com, I believe they are out of Chicago. We went to In terre di Toscana. We had a great time. You stay on the chef's farm in his cottages. He also owns a fine dining restaurant in town. Cook in the morning and then eat everything you make for lunch. There was always way too much food. And it was all delicious!
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My daughter went to a fantastic one--www.sienacookingculture.com
If he goes, tell Elizabetha that Erin sent him!
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