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Would you like to learn more about traditional Italian cooking? Why not schedule your next vacation around a cooking school in Italy? There are many cooking schools available in regions across Italy, and the prices do vary from the very affordable, to the ultra extravagant. Some are hosted by famous Italian cookbook authors and chefs, while others are taught simply by native Italians who want to share their passion for Italian cuisine. Here are just a few presently offered across Italy at this time, sorted by regions, in alphabetical order.


In her culinary workshops, Pamela Sheldon Johns shares the pleasures of food and wine... at the table, in the kitchen, in an artisan's workshop, or simply strolling through the farmers' market. Discover a world of culinary treasures.

Adventures in Tuscany
Tours for small groups featuring luxury and authenticity. The setting is the stunning 11th Century fortified village of Castello di Tocchi, located 25 minutes outside the city of Siena. A variety of course are offered.

Apicus - Cooking School In Florence
Located in the historic center of Florence the Apicius Cooking School is affiliated with Lorenzo de'Medici / The Art Institute of Florence. Programs are shaped either for people who approach "the art of Italian cooking" for the first time, or are experts in the field who wish to refresh and deepen their cultural and practical experience of Italian cooking. They consider cooking to be an art, a complete experience involving the whole body in its appreciation. Courses at the Apicius Cooking School may be taken for one day, a week, a month or for a semester; you may also enroll in a year-long diploma program. Those interested in designing personalized group courses are invited to do so. Semester students will participate in internships at one of many fine Florentine restaurants.

Aquilanti Viaggi
On this tour you can find out about Italy's medieval dishes and cooking techniques, enjoy the company of Chef Giovanna Scappucci and her dear Italian friends as they introduce you to the wonders of the medieval food, wine and cooking lessons. If you have been dreaming of cooking, drinking Italy's top red wines, strolling in the Florentine wine country and visiting famous Italian historical sites? Then let Aquilanti Viaggi help you discover the gastronomic wonders of Italy.

Chef Paolo Monti�s Italian Cooking Course
Chef Paolo Monti - Hotelier, Chef, and Self Styled Gourmet, will let you into the secrets of Italian "Mediterranean" cooking; teaching you how to prepare delicious gourmet italian dishes in only a few minutes, to keep your palate titillated and your body healthy!

For the last two centuries Badia a Coltibuono, originally a medieval Benedictine abbey, has been the gracious villa and prestigious wine estate of the Stucchi-Prinetti family. And, for the last fifteen years it was the setting for Lorenza de� Medici�s weeklong Villa Table cooking classes. In 2002 two new programs are being introduced: Tastes of Tuscany: A Gastronomic Sojourn in Chianti and Cooking Classes at Badia a Coltibuono. The principals of the programs are guide John Meis and chef Paolo Pancotti. Meis, a longtime resident of Tuscany, is the author of A Taste of Tuscany and collaborator with Lorenza de� Medici in the Villa Table cooking program and numerous cookbooks. An experienced leader of food, wine and art tours, he is a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Pancotti, chef at the esteemed wine estate, continues the renowned Coltibuono culinary tradition established by Lorenza de�Medici, adding his personal approach and professional experience from some of Italy�s best restaurants. During their sojourn guests stay in comfortable rooms located along the characteristic fourteenth century corridor of the ancient abbey. Each room enjoys a delightful view and a private bathroom. There is also time to relax in the magnificent frescoed drawing room, read in the extensive library, stroll in the gardens, enjoy the swimming pool, and walk in the vast woods that surround Coltibuono.

Cucina con Vista
Cucina con Vista is born from the experiences that Elena Mattei has gained since 1987 from managing her restaurant La Baraonda in Florence. A few years after beginning the business, she found that clients were not only interested in tasting the dishes that were served at her restaurant every evening, but also in experimenting with the art of Tuscan cookery at home. The Cooking classes take place in a traditional farmhouse at the gates of Florence and each participant will be able to taste the dishes prepared during the classes.

Dante Alighieri
A cooking course offered by a language school. These group demonstration sessions can be taken for 3 evenings over 2 weeks or 6 evenings over 4 weeks, from 18.15 until about 22.00. Under the expert guidance of their friendly chef, students learn how to prepare traditional Italian dishes, which vary according to the fresh ingredients available each season. At the end of each session all participants eat what they have prepared together - food and wine are included in the price. This course is designed for people who wish to learn the secrets of Italian gastronomy as a complement to their Italian language studies.

Divina Cucina
Discover the art of eating and cooking with your own custom culinary program in Tuscany. Come and enjoy hands-on cooking lessons in small groups, never more than 6 students. Judy Witts Francini, CCP, who teaches these course, is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, a Certified Culinary Professional, and a student of cooking for over 20 years.

Enoteca - Cooking Lessons
An introduction to preparing, and eating traditional dishes along with appropriate wines. You prepare the dishes and enjoy the products of your work with the appropriate wines. Classes may be scheduled for any dates with two day advance notice, and can be conducted in Italian, English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Japanese. You may take one lesson or combine them to fashion a program to your interests. The lessons begin at 16:00 daily.

Ecco la Cucina
Ecco La Cucina is a hands-on Italian cooking class offering an in-depth learning experience about the foods and wines of Tuscany. The small, intimate classes, limited to six people, are designed to maximize your exposure to Italian foods and cooking techniques, allowing you to brush up on your skills or learn new ways of approaching food. Taught by Italian-American chef, Gina Stipo, this fun and informative week-long immersion into Italian cuisine will highlight regional dishes, locally produced cheeses, olive oils and wines. Class also includes excursions to the surrounding area to enhance your learning experience.

Giuliano Buglialli's Cooking in Florence
Giuliano Bugialli, popular Italian cooking teacher, and famed cookbook author hosts this culinary course in Tuscany. . The combination of his deep knowledge, remarkable technique and theatrical charisma consistently attract record-breaking audiences to his classes. In 1973, Giuliano founded Cooking in Florence, the first cooking school in Italy taught in English. His aim was to provide a well-rounded base for the study of Italian cuisine, by combining the finest cooking instruction with a full immersion in the local culture. Cooking in Florence includes five full-participation cooking classes followed by a complete meal with appropriate wines. Giuliano teaches every class himself and each student learns to make pasta, focaccia, etc. under his personal supervision. Classes are taught in the state-of-the-art kitchen in Giuliano�s fifteenth-century farmhouse. Techniques are demonstrated; then students choose the dishes they want to prepare from the day's roster of recipes. Each week features about 35 recipes and dozens of wines.

Here In Italy
Cooking course held both in Tuscany, and on the Almafi coast. Both week long courses, as well as weekend courses are offered. Cooking classes are held for four hours each day, after which tours to local vineyards and local towns are arranged.

Il Chiostro
Hands-on one-week or 10-day (June & October)traditional Tuscan cuisine courses in Italy, featuring visits to olive oil, vinegar, grappa, honey producers, butchers, bakers. Saturday Italian cooking classes in New York City.

Italian Cookery Course At Casa Umberto
Learn to cook authentic Italian dishes in Tuscany in an informal and friendly environment where you will learn the passion of the Italian kitchen and have fun doing it. A comprehensive hands-on cookery course given by Carla and Michele (for more info click here) who will teach you to make splendid Italian 4 course dinners covering all the basic Italian cooking techniques, from pasta to pastries and everything in between. The cooking lessons are given in the "Cantina" of an old recently restored large Tuscan villa.

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