When you want to experience Tuscany as a local, experiencing all the beauty and aromas and flavors like a local Tuscan would, you must visit us in the golden hills. Our classes immerse you in the local culture where you will enjoy a culinary experience like no other. Cooking and tasting opportunities change daily and with each meal.
Our classes are designed to impart the real flavor of Tuscan cuisine. If you’re looking for professional chefs, you won’t find them here. You will not find any chefs in tall white hats, or electric appliances in our kitchens, no fancy blenders, and there are no food processors used; everything is done by hand. Our cooking school in Tuscany is like no other. We go to the real source of the cooking traditions. Our classes are taught by local Tuscan women. The mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and wives who know what real traditional Tuscan cooking is all about. The kitchen is busy with wooden spoons and women who look and act like a distant family member. Each woman teaches and entertains differently; each is unforgettable.
Class Dates 2019
|May 5 – 11||2 spaces available|
|May 12 – 18||Full|
|May 19 – 25||Full|
|May 26 – Jun 1||Full|
|June 2 – 8||2 spaces available|
|June 9 – 15||2 spaces available|
|June 16 – 22||Full|
|Sep 1 – 7||Full|
|Sep 8 – 14||2 spaces available|
|Sep 15– 21||2 spaces available|
|Sep 22 – 28||Full|
|Sep 29 – Oct 5||4 spaces available|
|Oct 6 – 12||4 spaces available|
Class Dates 2020
|May 3 – 9||Open|
|May 10 – 16||6 spaces available|
|May 17 – 23||Full|
|May 24 – 30||8 spaces available|
|June 7 – 13||Open|
|June 14 – 20||Open|
|June 21 – 27||Open|
|Aug 30 – Sep 5||Open|
|Sep 6 – 12||8 spaces available|
|Sep 13– 19||6 spaces available|
|Sep 20 – 26||Open|
|Sep 27 – Oct 3||Open|
|Oct 4 – 10||Full|
Class Dates 2021
|May 2 – 8||Open|
|May 9 – 15||Open|
|May 16 – 22||Open|
|May 23 – 29||Open|
|June 6 – 12||Open|
|June 13 – 19||Open|
|June 20 – 26||Open|
|Aug 29 – Sep 4||Open|
|Sep 5 – 11||Open|
|Sep 12 – 18||Open|
|Sep 19 – 25||Open|
|Sep 26 – Oct 2||Open|
|Oct 3 – 9||Open|
Booking & Cost Information
Beautiful Montefollonico, Italy
We offer two places to stay in Montefollonico. Your home for the week will be La Chiusa hotel and restaurant. Our newest addition to the Cook, Eat, Play, Travel family. This 300 year old olive mill will delight you with views of the Tuscan countryside.
Our program fits all levels of cooks. Class sizes range from 10 – 16 people and all skill levels-just enough, but not too many.
$3850 per person for our 6-night 7-day all-inclusive program, based on double occupancy. There is an extra fee of $300 for single supplemental. Cost includes 6 nights at La Chiusa in Montefollonico, hands-on cooking classes, all meals, wine and receptions, excursions, tours, bus tours, and all gratuities. In other words…as long as you are with the group, you pay for “nothing” –except for your souvenirs! Airfare and airport transfers are not included. We accept checks and credit cards.
$500 required at the time of booking. The balance is due 120 days before start of the program.
150 days before start of program – full refund
149 days to 90 days before start of program – 50% refund
90 days before start of program you will unfortunately forfeit 100% of your payment.
BUT… if you do not cancel, and only want to change your date and notify us of this change before your arrival date, we can change this for you without any charge–assuming we have availability. (Time restrictions apply)
Meet the people behind the food.
Sandra & Ulysis
Antonietta & Danielli
Elena & Simone
Flavio & Lara
Sample Schedule Of Your Cooking Vacation
A view to die for.
Arrival – Check in at La Chiusa
6:00 pm Aperitivo on the terrace of La Chiusa
Dinner following aperitivo
Cooking Under the Tuscan Sun.
Cooking class and lunch in the heart of Cortona with Antonietta
Visit Le Celle, Franciscan Monastery–built by Saint Francis in 1211, still inhabited by Franciscan friars
Dinner in Montefolloncio
A Pope, a Roman Bath & Pici
Cooking class with Elena
Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites
Shopping in Pienza, followed by dinner
Wine Tasting, Cooking, and Shopping
Cooking class & Lunch
Wine tasting and vineyard tour in the valley underneath Montepulciano
Montepulciano for shopping, an underground tour, and dinner
Cheese and Bread.
Cheese and bread making class at a local farm
Tasting lunch while enjoying the amazing view of Pienza and Montecchiello
Truffle hunting in the afternoon
Pizza night in Montefollonico
Raviolli and Wine.
Cooking ravioli in Montefollonico
Lunch with a fantastic view and incredible wine
Wine tasting and cellar tour with a fifth-generation winemaker
Farewell dinner in Montefollonico
Leisure departure in the morning.
“Arrivederci e viaggi sicuri.” Goodbye and safe travels.