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Tuscany Villa Cooking Class Experience

A hands-on cooking class in a historic Tuscan setting

Highlights of the Tuscany Villa Cooking Class include:
  • An English-speaking Tuscan chef will guide you through the techniques to prepare a traditional menu
  • Prepare mouth-watering recipes passed down through the chef’s family and comprising only the freshest seasonal ingredients
  • Make a fabulous starter such as ‘bruschetta’ or onions stuffed with Pecorino cheese
  • Learn the tricks of the trade to making delicious first courses like hand-made pasta or gnocchi with a perfectly matched sauce
  • The second course may be a Chianti Beef Stew or Etruscan Chicken
  • Find out about the history of the dishes, such as how the Tuscan Orange Duck  was taken to France by Catherine de’ Medici upon her marriage to the French royal Henry II
  • No great meal is complete with a traditional dessert such as Tuscan Apple Cake or the best Tiramisù you’ve ever had!
  • To conclude your great culinary activity, dine on the amazing results
  • Enjoy a sumptuous meal served with the estate’s very own traditional Chianti wine and extra-virgin olive oil produced from the estate’s own grapevines and olive groves
  • Receive a 150-page cook book to take home, ensuring your day out will stay with you forever
  • On certain occasions, you might also have the privilege of a guided tour of the estate – and you might also have the opportunity to see where the wine is made and visit the ancient underground cellar

Tour Details

The finer tour details:

Includes: hands-on cooking lesson, 4-course meal, 150-page Tuscan cookbook.

Activity length: approximately 4 hours in the kitchen, plus travel time to/from the location.

Weather: runs rain, hail or shine.

Location: The Tuscany Villa estate is equipped with two professional kitchens and features a stunning historic Villa including a frescoed ballroom, chapel, wine cellar and ‘limonaia’ (lemon tree house), on-ground farmhouses and a medieval tower surrounded by grapevines and olive groves, as well as historic hunting grounds in the hillside beyond.

Please note: If you have any food intolerances or requests, please let us know as soon as possible. Whilst we do our best to accommodate all, we must take into account the wishes of the entire group. This activity may conclude later than expected. It is best not to make museum bookings or other timed plans too soon after this cookery class. Dinner courses and Private Tuscany Cooking Classes are available upon request. Email [email protected] for more details.

Meeting Point

The meeting point will be confirmed after booking

FAQ's

We accept most major credit cards and payment forms. Please see the bottom of our website for the payment types accepted.

Most of our customers enjoy having the benefits of a private tour. You have your own guide. You can have rest stops when you like. We can tailor the tour to suit your needs and preferences. We always choose the best guide for your needs, whether you are a family, an art school, or a company doing an incentive event.

All our tours except our Sex, Drugs and Renaissance tour are kid friendly. When doing a private tour with us, you have your own guide, so tell us in the notes of the booking the ages of your kids and we will tailor the tour and choose a guide that’s great for kids for you. We also have 4 special kids’ tours in Florence.

No large bags or backpacks in museums, in churches shoulders and knees must be covered so bring a scarf to cover your shoulders. IF it’s a walking, bicycle or a countryside tour make sure to bring comfortable shoes.

It’s important for everyone to bring their ID

student or children for the museum

All tours are conducted in English only unless otherwise noted or requested. Other languages available for all private tours on request.

We recommend arriving 15 minutes before departure time for all tours and services

We are offering mainly Private and some Semi-private tours at the moment. We do not offer many semi private small group tours anymore due to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The difference between Private and Semi-private is that the private tours are fully private tours with your own guide and the Semi-private are small shared group tours where individuals can join others.

Knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the churches! Travelling in hot weather? Don’t worry, you can drape a shawl over your shoulders.

If you enjoyed your tour and would like to give your guide a token of appreciation, tips are happily accepted. When asked, the office staff recommends whatever amount you feel comfortable with giving.

Yes, visit our Get In Touch page for all our contact details.

Save time by browsing our website for ideas on romantic getaways, historic residences, palace and castle stays, beautiful views, good value vacations, classic Tuscan country holidays and top attractions. Stop by to chat with us about the best shopping and restaurants in Florence and Tuscany!

Yes. ArtViva, The Original and Best Walking Tours is an ASTA registered company based in Florence, Italy, respecting national and international laws and regulations regarding tourism. (Chamber of Commerce Number 516411)

Reviews

2 reviews for Tuscany Villa Cooking Class Experience

  1. Halli

    My husband and I loved the cooking class recipes so much, that when we got back to Brooklyn I made biscotti straight away. Luciano is a pleasure, his guinea hen is the best I’ve ever had, and it was a highlight of our trip. Glad we read about the discount through a travel book. The class would have been out of our price range without it!

  2. Susan and Andrew Bakken

    Both ArtViva and Chef Luciano are highly recommended! ArtViva was very accomodating in rescheduling our cooking class five different times over a period of two years due to pandemic cancellations, and Chef Luciano made our cooking class at a Tuscan Villa the highlight of our visit to Florence! He took time to explain the reasons we used certain ingredients and why we prepared them the way we did. He was very open to questions and thoughtful in his responses. Chef Luciano made us feel comfortable from the very first minute we met him and spent extra time with us to help us truly enjoy our cooking experience and being in Florence. Cooking in a Tuscan villa made this experience even more authentic and we returned to the US with many wonderful new cooking techniques, recipes we are excited to try again ourselves, and wonderful memories of a very special day in Florence!

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