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lele Apr 18th, 2008 09:58 AM

Looking for suggestions on cooking class Tuscany
We are leaving Venice on 31st of May to go to Florance and or Tuscany.
Which one to do first? I need many suggestions on a cooking class for me, my husband and 9 year old daughter.
We hear so much about Tuscany we have till the 11th of June from Rome.

ellenem Apr 18th, 2008 10:46 AM


Some cooking classes in this area have been discussed before. Do a search for "Florence cooking class" to find some info. Note the correct spelling of "Florence" for the best search.

thegilbeys Apr 18th, 2008 10:50 AM

I can recommend Accidental Tourist (just google them and you'll find their address). They took a small group of us (10 people) on a tour of a family run winery and olive oil business that operates from a gorgeous villa then we made our own pasta (2 types). There was freeflowing wine, great food and new friends! We got to eat our creations as well as more delicacies from our host, Nonna!

MomDDTravel Apr 18th, 2008 11:07 AM

I am interested in this as well - I have done a search on this forum as well as google, slowtravel etc. I have not come up with anything that also caters to a child (12 years old at time of travel) I would like to do one day next spring...


reddots Apr 18th, 2008 11:09 AM

Any suggestions for a 1/2 day cooking class near Montalcino would be appreciated as well!

ekscrunchy Apr 18th, 2008 02:31 PM

tuscanlifeedit Apr 18th, 2008 06:25 PM

I will qualify my rec by saying that I used to do some freelance work for the people that own the company, some years back. I now have no connections with them. But I really want to recommend Good Tastes of Tuscany.

Lisa, the instructor, would be perfect to have work with a 9 year old. She is sweet and she and her partner are great teachers, formally trained.

The company will pick you up in Florence and take you to the pretty fabulous Villa Pandolfini. I'm not exaggerating when I say this is a spectacular edifice, more than a villa. More like a palazzo. After the class, they take you back to Florence.

The class is done in an amazing kitchen. I really think anyone would like it, but it would be perfect for a family.

MomDDTravel Apr 18th, 2008 06:27 PM

Thank you Tuscan!



pamela_in_tuscany Apr 25th, 2008 06:51 AM

I don't think I can beat my own chest, but thanks for the earlier mention of Poggio Etrusco.
Probably one of the better resources for cooking classes is the Shaw Guides,

Also, is great for traveling with kids.

Buon viaggio,
Pamela in Montepulciano

MomDDTravel Apr 25th, 2008 07:42 AM

Thanks for the links Pam!

weindell Apr 25th, 2008 08:38 AM

DH and I did an Elderhostel in Siena that included five or six classes at Scuola di Cucina di Lella. We loved the experience. Here's a link to Lella's website:

lele May 17th, 2008 05:19 PM

Ok, I booked a cooking class with the Accidental Tourist. I verified the recommendation also through our Hotel and said many were pleased.
It sounds wonderful. We are going to be picked up near our hotel and will do the all day class that includes wine tasting and olive oil tasting.
I will let everyone know!!

MomDDTravel May 17th, 2008 05:25 PM

sounds great lele - report back!

loves2sing Jan 6th, 2009 03:16 PM

Bookmarking...and thanks!

h2babe Apr 15th, 2009 05:45 AM

Hi Lele, please report back. We're also contemplating to book with Accidental Tourist, but we're concerned that they would cancel at the last minute and leave us high and dry.

kybourbon Apr 15th, 2009 07:15 AM

h2babe - lele's post is a year old.

ekscrunchy May 1st, 2009 09:04 AM

Here is another option for cooking classes near Florence:

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