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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!

Cooking in Florence proposes, for example, a wide selection of private and personalised lessons such as gluten free or organic classes, evo oil or wine courses.

A few steps from the city center, the Cordon Bleu school runs a range of amateur and professional courses aimed at housewives, young learners, managers, foreigners, food lovers and aspiring professional cooks.

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. 

Cooking Class at Cordon Bleu School
Cooking Class at Cordon Bleu School - Credit: Cooking Class at Cordon Bleu 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.

The Valdichiana area offers plenty of cooking activities. Through the website you can book, for example, a cooking lesson in a farm and learn how to cook like grandmothers or have fun with your children enjoying a pizza making class for the whole family.

Agriturismo Le Ceregne
Agriturismo Le Ceregne

Featured by Channel 5 (UK) as the guest chef in their TV series A Celeberity Taste Of Italy, Simonetta Demarchi offers cooking courses and charming holiday accomodation options in the Cortona countryside.

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!

Duck a l'orange at Biagio Pignatta Restaurant
Duck a l'orange at Biagio Pignatta Restaurant

In the Carmignano area, you can learn the secrets of the Medici cuisine and the dishes of Catherine de 'Medici at Biagio Pignatta restaurant a few steps from the Artimino Villa or arrange a personalized course at Tenuta Capezzana.

Baker for a day
Baker for a day - 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.

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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