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Experience the kitchen: cooking classes in Tuscany

If you love Tuscan cuisine, head to a cooking class

You only need a few ingredients to create incredible flavours. If you're a fan of Tuscan cuisine, why not attend a cooking class? The options are endless in Tuscany. It doesn’t matter how much time you have at your disposal: you'll find plenty of one-day lessons or short courses in wonderful places with amazing views, not to mention the best chefs and tutors... and of course, you'll find classes in English too!

In Florence, individual lessons can be combined with visits to wineries, farms, markets or museums at Apicius. Here, you'll also find customized programs specially created for groups interested in exploring Tuscan cuisine, wine and culture with expert guidance.

Looking for a Master Chef style cooking course? Then head to Florence's Central Market; located on the first floor, the Lorenzo di Medici cooking school is equipped with seven workstations with innovative appliances, including induction cooktops. 

The city offers a full range of cooking and wine courses for enthusiasts and professionals, as well as food photography and table design classes. Check the Desinare cooking school offerings in the Oltrarno area of Florence and the MaMa Florence calendar.

Making pasta at Desinare cooking school
Making pasta at Desinare cooking school

Enjoy learning the secrets of Tuscan cooking while immersed in the beautiful countryside! Far from the city bustle, you can learn how to cook from the famous food blogger Giulia Scarpaleggia (aka Juls' kitchen) in a traditional country home located between Siena and Florence.

In Montefollonico, in the heart of the Brunello de Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano zones, you can visit Tuscan Women cook - from a Michelin star chef to modest but talented at-home chefs, the women of this cooking school will be sure to amaze you. 

Cooking class at Mama cooking school
Cooking class at Mama cooking school

In the Cortona countryside (a few kilometers from the famous Villa Bramasole of "Under the Tuscan Sun") you'll meet Ryan Hanley, an American chef whose cooking classes are perfect for guests of all ages. Here, you can prepare fabulous lunches, from antipasto to dessert. And kids are welcome in the kitchen too! 

In Valtiberina you'll find experiential tours where guests learn about farming and how to make pasta and bread, not to mention learning about picking olives, grapes and mushrooms and hunting for truffles. Agriturismo Le Ceregne organizes special family cooking lessons where you can join your kids or leave them with the cooking instructors while you take a break - and come back to find dinner ready!

At Agriturismo le Ceregne - [Photo credits: Agriturismo le Ceregne web site]
At Agriturismo le Ceregne - [Photo credits: Agriturismo le Ceregne web site]

In Borgo San Lorenzo, a few kilometers from Florence, opt to follow a guided cooking & bike tour, where you'll ride through fields and over hills visiting medieval villages and castles. At the end of the day, pick your own ingredients from the area's vegetable garden and head to your cooking lesson with an expert chef.

Cook and bike course at Monsignor della Casa Spa and Resort
Cook and bike course at Monsignor della Casa Spa and Resort - Credit: Monsignor della Casa Spa and Resor web site

In Colle Val D'Elsa, book a market tour and cooking class. At the end of the day, choose to indulge in a three-course meal paired with excellend wine with famous blogger Judy Witts Francini.

Cooking lessons at Podere Scurtarola
Cooking lessons at Podere Scurtarola - Credit: Emma Ivarsson

In Carrara, tour vineyards and learn the best of the area's local recipes, such as rice cakes and handmade tortelli, while enjoying a stunning view of the Lunigiana from the Candia hills. All this and more at Podere Scurtarola.

Podere Scurtarola in Carrara
Podere Scurtarola in Carrara - Credit: Emma Ivarsson

In Quarrata, near Pistoia, become a baker for a day and learn how to make delicious pizza, Tuscan bread, chestnut flour cake and the famous schiacciata flat bread. At the end of the afternoon, you can enjoy the freshly-baked food over a mouth-watering dinner.

Baker for a day at Panicio Giuntini
Baker for a day at Panicio Giuntini

Are you on holiday in a B & B, resort, villa, or apartment? No matter the city, call cuoche in vacanza (private chefs on holidays) and they will arrive wherever you are to show you how to cook traditional Tuscan food. 

Cuoche in Vacanza
Cuoche in Vacanza - Credit: Cuoche in Vacanza

But this is only a small taste of what the region has to offer; Tuscany boasts countless possibilities for testing your skills in the kitchen. If you're interested in learning more, check out these other cooking courses.

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