Have you ever wanted to learn to cook in Italy, to participate in Tuscan cooking classes? Then join one of our culinary vacations in Tuscany in the medieval town of Montefollonico . Tuscan Women Cook is the original total immersion cooking school in Montefollonico since 2000.
Indulge yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the regions passion for food and wine. The best cooks in all of Tuscany, the local women, teach our classes. Theyll share regional techniques, ingredients, and family recipes that have been passed down over the centuries.
Put on your apron, gather around the old farmhouse table, get wrist-deep in pasta dough and learn Tuscan cooking from the source. Youll learn first-hand how to make gnocchi, tagliatelli, and pici—thick strings of handmade eggless pasta made originally in the area of Montefollonico.
For wine lovers, were situated in the heart of Brunello de Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano country, and border on the Chianti wine region. This is the center of the new Italian wine renaissance!
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Morning classes include both hands-on cooking and demonstrations at local country houses, plus visits to food artisans, olive oil producers, local food markets, and food festivals. We will stop and buy the days ricotta and Pecorino cheeses from local farmers. The classes are taught in Italian and are translated into English. Tuscan Women Cook is an insiders view of true Tuscan seasonal cuisine.
At both lunch and dinner, youll dine in a variety of Tuscanys finest restaurants, humble local osterie, and the private houses on Tuscan farms. You will dine at La Chiusa in our village of Montefollonico and sample the lamb with rosemary oil or duck with fennel, or both if youre so inclined. Conde Nast called this Michelin-starred restaurant the best country inn in Italy.
There will be plenty of free time to explore the area on your own and in small groups. Outings often include day trips to any of the wealth of local towns or cities within striking distance by car.
Youll want to take advantage of local markets, festivals or sagre, and flea markets. Depending on the time of year, you may have the opportunity to visit the Palio in Siena, Tuscanys best antiques market in Arezzos Piazza Grande, the donkey races in Torrita di Siena, the olive oil festival in San Quirico dOrcia, or even experience first had the picking and crushing of the seasons grape—what Tuscans call Vendémmia.
For lovers of Italian food, we offer a unique hands-on opportunity to participate in small groups as Tuscan women cook. The local women of Tuscany will share their techniques, special ingredients, and family recipes. Our cooking classes in Italy are ideal for cooks at all experience levels. And youll join them a tavola to enjoy what youve prepared.