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Aug 12th, 2012, 05:10 AM
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Italy Farrmhouse Cooking Vacation

My wife and I have been dreaming of a farmhouse cooking vacation in Italy, in either the Piemonte or Toscano region. We want to relax, learn a few dishes, visit local sites not tourist it up but enjoy a village or small town. Anyone with any ideas?
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Aug 12th, 2012, 08:38 AM
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I am going on a one week cooking vacation in Tuscany in late September. It is in the province of Arezzo just outside a small village called Poppi.

It is called Tuscookany and looks amazing. I think they have a 3 day course as well. I am clueless as to how to include the link but if you Google it you will find the site and it gets good reviews on Trip Advisor as well.
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Aug 12th, 2012, 08:47 AM
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Aug 12th, 2012, 10:35 AM
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Not in Tuscany or Piedmonte, but we just spent a week doing exactly that in Le Marche at La Tavola Marche http://www.latavolamarche.com/html/ and would highly recommend it!

You can read our trip report here http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...t-do-italy.cfm
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Aug 12th, 2012, 10:36 AM
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Here is the link mentioned by raincitygirl as well http://www.tuscookany.com/
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Aug 12th, 2012, 04:41 PM
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What do you want to learn to cook? They are two entirely different cuisines (Piemonte
and Toscana.) Do you need a place with English-speaking teachers?

There is a lot of different levels in cooking classes anywhere you go in Italy. Many places are geared toward tourists with no knowledge of cooking or regional Italian cuisine, and others are for people who are already accomplished cooks and are looking for something deeper. Piemonte in particular has some very focused instruction in the Langhe area, where the Slow Food movement is located.

If you would like to master certain Italian specialties or recipes, it really does pay to go to the region where cooks excel in these dishes: Emilia-Romagna for pasta, Piemonte for risotto and antipasta (and desserts), Toscana for soups, Naples for pizza, etc. If you want to mastery, try asking on the Chowhound message board for Italy for guidance. (Or search their past threads.)

If your main objective is to have a great vacation and meet some fun people and learn "Italian" cooking from scratch, Toscana probably has the most infrastructure for that, geared toward English-speakers only.
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