The Original Total-Immersion Cooking School in Montefollonico. Since 2000.
Tuscan Women Cook invites you to our memorable weeklong, cooking programs in May, June, September, and October.
Our all-inclusive program includes six night’s accommodations at the historic La Chiusa in Montefollonico (double occupancy), three daily delicious gourmet meals, spectacular local wines, all cooking classes, sightseeing excursions complete with local translators (sharing insider tips available only to our guests), winery tours and tastings, with visits to local markets and historical towns.
We provide ground transportation during the week for all activities. (Airfare and ground transportation to and from Montefollonico are not included.)
The cost of the weeklong program is $4,150 per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $350. A deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking. The balance is due 90 days before the start of the program. Cancellations received 120 days before the start of the program will receive a full refund.
Classes accommodate cooks of all levels and are ideal for groups of family, friends and gourmet food and wine clubs. We also warmly welcome and encourage solo travelers. You will meet your new best friends at Tuscan Women Cook.
Whether you choose the spring or the fall, your week cooking with many of the best Tuscan cooks will truly be a vacation to remember.
Say YES! to Tuscan Women Cook.
Our 2018 programs are completely SOLD OUT. But we would be delighted to see you in 2019. We are booking quickly!
2019 Dates for Weekly All-inclusive Program
May 12-18 – SOLD OUT
May 19-25 – 6 spaces available
May 26-June 1 – Space available
June 2-8 – Space available
June 9-15 – Space available
June 16-22 – Space available
September 15-21 – Space available
September 22-28 – Space available
September 29-October 5 – Space available
October 6-12 – Space available
October 13-19 – Space available
October 20-26 – Black Apron Week Spaces available
2020 Dates for Weekly All-inclusive Program
May 10-16 – Space available
May 17-23 – Space available
May 24-30 – Space available
May 31-June 6 – Space available
June 7-13 – Space available
June 14-20 – Space available
September 13-19 – Space available
September 20-26 – Space available
September 27-October 3 – Space available
October 4-10 – Space available
October 11-17 – Space available
October 18-24 – Black Apron Week Space available
We encourage you to extend your vacation to Italy before and after your week with us. Book your Tuscan Women Cook week during May or June and you’ve selected one of the best times of the year for visiting Italy. You’ll find longer, warmer days (low 50s to low 70s) filled with an array of outdoor activities including food and wine festivals along with antiques and handicrafts exhibitions. Many of the late spring/early summer celebrations highlight regional traditions and ancient customs.
If you are going to Rome, before or after your stay in Paradise with Tuscan Women Cook, here is a list from Condé Nast Traveler of the 22 best things to do in the Italian capital.
Book the last week in June and stay for the Palio in Siena in July. It’s more than a horse race. It’s a passionate competition of Sienese contrade, or neighborhoods, set in the heart of the city in the Piazza del Campo.
In mid-June, head to San Gimignano for the medieval festival Ferie delle Messi. For 3 days, San Gimignano travels back in time to celebrate the traditional Ferie Messum, a fertility festival that dates back to 1255. The entire village takes part in which the four “contrade” of the town—San Giovanni, San Matteo, Castello and Piazza—compete against each other in traditional games in honor of fertility.
And, just a short drive from the Tuscan Women Cook’s home in Montefollonico is the town of Chiusi where you can experience the Palio delle Torri in June, a game of carrying “towers” up a hill to the main square of the of the town.
Music fans love the Torrita Blues Festival late June with music and dinner in the piazza.
Book your week with Tuscan Women Cook in September or October when Tuscan weather remains crisp and mild and villages are filled with harvest celebrations dedicated to the season’s bounty.
Chianti d’Autunno kicks off in September when many private vineyards, wine cellars and oil mills open to the public with guided tours and tastings.
Truffle fans especially relish this time of year in Tuscany when truffle festivals feature cooking demonstrations, and recipes. Tourists visit San Giovanni d’Asso, just south of Siena, where an entire museum dedicated to truffles opens, the first one of its kind in Italy.