Sample Itinerary

Sample Schedule Of Your Cooking Vacation


A view to die for.

Arrive on our free shuttle from the train station

Check in at La Chiusa Hotel in Montefollonico

6:30 pm Prosecco  and Aperitivo on the terrace overlooking Mount Amiata at La Chiusa

6-course welcome dinner


Cooking Under the Tuscan Sun.

Cooking class and lunch in Cortona with Antonietta

Roll pasta and make crostatas under the main street of Cortona in a 700-year old palace

Walk and shop on the streets of Francis May’s “Under the Tuscan Sun”

Visit Saint Margherita Cathedral–where Saint Margherita lies in state

5-course wine-paired dinner in Montefollonico

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A Pope, a Roman Bath & Pici

Cooking class with Elena

Dance and sing as we roll Pici and grill Bistecca Fiorentina

Lunch with wine paired by our world-class sommelier

Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites and stop at famous Tuscan movie settings

Let George serve you the best gelato in Tuscany.

Shopping in Pienza

Dinner in Pienza prepared by the “understudy” of Gordon Ramsey

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Wine Dinner, Truffles, and Shopping

Cooking class & Lunch at La Chiusa

Roll Pasta, grill chicken, bake eggplant Parmesan, and prepare panna cotta

Shopping and underground tour in Montepulciano

Tour the ancient Etruscan caves under the hilltop village

Truffle Hunting to gather our truffles for dinner

Enjoy a Tuscan hay-ride thru the ancient vineyards

7-course dinner with 7-different wines in a 300-year old vineyard


Cheese and Bread.

Bread-making class at a local farm

Bake and eat fresh Focaccia out of a 300-year old brick oven

Make cheese with a master cheese maker–and eat the same cheese for lunch!

Tasting lunch with 9-different artisanal cheeses while enjoying the best view of Pienza and Montecchiello

Pizza night at La Chiusa.  5-different pizzas prepared fresh by our pizza maker


Raviolli, Gnocchi, and Wine

Cooking class with our Michelin-starred Chef

Learn to make raviolli, gnocchi, and home-cooked gelato

Lunch outside with a fantastic view and incredible wine

Wine tasting with a world-class sommelier

Visit our local market and shop for local items you used throughout the week

7-course farewell dinner at La Chiusa

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Enjoy another fantastic breakfast

Take our free shuttle to the train station

Leisure departure in the morning

“Arrivederci e viaggi sicuri” Goodbye and safe travels

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Experience Your Own Tuscan Adventure

Much more than a cooking school in Tuscany…join us for a hands-on, all-inclusive culinary tour with daily cooking lessons from local Tuscan women, first-class accommodations in the medieval hilltop village of Montefollonico, visit the region’s wineries and cheese makers, daily tours of local and historic sites, recreational activities and more!