Cooking School Tours In Italy with Mama Margaret & Friends

Cook, Eat, Drink, Make Friends With Local People In Authentic Italy

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Italy Cooking School Tour With Four Chefs And Explore Tuscan Towns


5 nights

Experience authentic life in small Tuscan towns through cooking, learning about wines, drinking, exploring on foot with a cast of local people in private visits.

Cook with exceptional chefs in their restaurant kitchens and an excellent home cook in her old style Tuscan country kitchen in her 600 year old house. Rich, insider tastes of local food culture.

Explore ancient Tuscan towns with your local guide, who soon feels like your new friend and takes you to places and people off the tourist path. Tuscan gems like Volterra famous for its Etruscan art or San Miniato renowned for its white truffles.

Live at an elegantly restored, boutique country inn with gardens and pool in scenic hills. Get to know the very hospitable family owners.

Read about the “Italians you will meet” on this Italy cooking school tour.

Italy Cooking School Tour Itinerary

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Italy Cooking School Tour Traveler’s Story

Laura D, Canada

“Our Italy cooking school tour was nothing short of amazing! The hotel was the best. Susanna was so friendly and welcoming and made us feel at home. The cooking lessons were really good.

The winery visits were awesome. We saw the cellars, bottling area and learned about the wine making process. The towns we visited were beautiful and
didn’t feel too touristy.

Our guide knew his stuff, the history, the best routes, the people. I really enjoyed his company–very friendly. The Benz with the very professional driver was a nice touch.

Our tour was beautiful! Thoroughly enjoyed it!”

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Tuesday: welcome at boutique hotel in the countryside

Meet at Castelfiorentino train station (on the Florence-Siena line) between 5 to 6 p.m.

Drive into country hills to a boutique inn, each room decorated differently with fun, modern touches. The warm, friendly family owners make you feel welcome right away.

Welcome dinner at your country inn’s fine restaurant.  Their sommelier daughter gives you excellent advice on best wines to complement your dishes.

Wednesday: Pisa walk & restaurant cooking class

Drive to Pisa. Cook a multi-course Tuscan lunch with exuberant Chef Stefania in her restaurant kitchen. Dine on your creations.

Pisa offers a lot more than its leaning tower. A local guide takes you on a walk to discover parts most tourists never see, where local people live and shop. Free time to explore.

Drive back home. Enjoy another exquisite dinner in your inn’s restaurant.

Thursday: cooking class at hotel restaurant, winery visit & tasting

Morning cooking class at your inn’s restaurant with their outstanding chef, also the son-in-law of the family owners. Lunch of your creations follows.

Afternoon visit at an excellent winery for a tour and guided wine tasting of their best wines.

Dinner at a typical trattoria where local people eat.

Friday: explore Volterra, cooking class at your country hotel

With your guide, explore Volterra, a fascinating hill town, famous for its Etruscan art and museum, alabaster as well as its Roman and Medieval history and art. Lunch in a typical restaurant in town.

In the late afternoon at your country inn’s restaurant, cook recipes based on Italian Renaissance ones. Dinner of your creations.

Saturday: San Gimignano cooking class in a home & walk in town

Cook with Emanuela in her home in her old country style Tuscan kitchen just outside San Gimignano. Learn traditional recipes and saffron specialties. Lunch of your creations with her around her elegant dining table.

Explore San Gimignano, famous for its medieval towers and white Vernaccia wine. The beautifully preserved medieval centre has a variety of piazzas, churches with frescoes by Ghirlandaio (Michelangelo’s teacher) and Gozzoli, palaces and cafes where you sit back with a glass of Vernaccia and watch local life go by.

Dinner at your country inn.

Sunday: San Miniato walk & lunch

Walk in town, San Miniato. Lunch “al fresco” on the terrace of renowned, old restaurant.

Private transfer to San Miniato train station, on the Florence-Pisa line, around 4 pm.

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  • 5 nights in lovely country inn with private bathroom and breakfast
  • 4 hands-on cooking classes (3 different cooks/chefs in 3 locations)
  • 5 lunches & 5 dinners
  • local guide & driver (2 staff)
  • visit a winery for a tour and tastings
  • guided walks in Pisa, Volterra, San Gimignano and San Miniato
  • private transfer from Castelfiorentino train station
  • private transfer to San Miniato train station

Not Included:

  • wine with restaurant meals so you can choose the wines you want

Tour Dates

  • Apr 29- May 4
  • May 27-June 1
  • June 17-22
  • June 25-30
  • July 8-13
  • Sep 23-28
  • Oct 14-19

or ask us for the dates you want

Tour Prices

# of people in group  2-10

Prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.

CDN: $4120
U.S.: $3855
Euros: about €2640



Single Supplement

CDN: $655
U.S.: $615
Euros: about €420

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