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SHORT BREAKS COOKING : ITALY COOKING VACATIONS

TUSCOOKANY COOKING HOLIDAYS IN ITALY
. . . learn Tuscan cooking true Italian style and have fun doing it

Tuscookany cooking schools in Italy

This is your chance to enjoy hands-on Italian cooking classes in Italy while staying in a luxurious villa in the heart of Tuscany. Tuscookany was elected one of the top ten cooking schools in Italy by Observer newspaper. Benefit from the knowledge and passion of our local chefs teaching you all there is to know about Italian or Mediterranean cooking.

Tuscookany cooking holidays in Italy

You will be cooking, dining, wining, relaxing, having fun and sleeping at Casa Ombuto or Torre del Tartufo, both splendid Tuscan villas. During a week or three days' cooking lessons in Italy you will not only learn some great new techniques, you will also make friends for life. It's the perfect way of learning to cook great food while discovering the regional culture and cuisine.

  • Fun and relaxing atmosphere

  • Professional hands on cooking classes in small groups

  • Organic ingredients used during your cooking classes in Italy

  • Environmentally friendly villas

  • Plenty of time to explore Tuscany

  • Full day culinary Excursion

  • English speaking Native Italian chefs

  • No commuting between cooking school and accommodation

  • Tuscookany received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor 2012

  TUSCANY COOKING CLASSES

Tuscany cooking classes are the perfect way of learning to cook great food while at the same time discovering and enjoying the regional culture and cuisine. Our cooking classes allow you to immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of Tuscany and learn to cook authentic Italian or Mediterranean cuisine at our Tuscany cooking school in an informal and friendly environment. You will experience the passion of the Italian kitchen and, most importantly, have loads of fun while cooking up a feast. Our cooking school in Italy has been rated by The Observer newspaper as one of the "Top ten cookery schools in Europe"¯.

Cooking holidays in Italy

Tuscookany has more than 12 years experience in hosting Tuscany cooking classes in our luxurious villas. You will stay in stylish accommodation on location and cook in our well equipped kitchens with guests from all over the world. You will enjoy the meals you created together with your fellow cooks complimented with superb Italian wines. There is plenty of time to explore the area or just relax and enjoy your home away from home in a spectacular setting with new friends.

We offer the following cooking holiday programs:

  • One week Italian cooking course at Casa Ombuto or Torre del Tartufo
  • One week Mediterranean cooking course at Casa Ombuto
  • Three day Italian cookery course at Torre del Tartufo

Hands-on Italian cooking classes

All our chefs believe that the only way to learn to cook is to do it yourself. While they will demonstrate the techniques, be prepared to roll up your sleeves and put what you have seen into practice. The Italian Cooking Classes are informal and the chefs are flexible and willing to add those special dishes that you have always wanted to learn how to make. Groups are never larger than 14 students participating to ensure that everyone has enough space to get rolling, this course is hands-on cooking and not only demonstration.

Fresh and healthy

We pride ourselves in having organic vegetable gardens and use vegetables in season from our own plots and local markets. Other ingredients you will use are bought each morning so you will be working with fresh produce. Throughout our Tuscany cooking classes you will learn about the ingredients and the traditions around the dishes as well as food presentation and wine choice. We can cater for vegetarians and have experience with guests having wheat or dairy intolerances.

Bringing the experience home

For all Italian and Mediterranean cooking classes you will receive a cookbook including recipes of all the dishes made during your stay, an exclusive apron and a certificate on completion of the course. The chefs have chosen dishes that can easily be made at home, using ingredients that you can usually find in most general or specialty stores.

Did you know?

It is also possible to bring along a non-participating partner who can spend the day enjoying the surroundings, sightseeing or playing golf and then join the group at dinnertime as well as joining in the excursion.

When are you coming?

Do you want to enjoy our Tuscany cooking classes with plenty of time to explore in your free time, all while staying in an astonishing villa? Learn more about the available dates for your cooking holiday.

ONE WEEK ITALIAN COOKING CLASSES

Learn Traditional Tuscan Cooking with passion

Have fun learning Tuscany cooking in one of our luxurious villas. Join us on our one week Italian Cooking classes at Tuscookany. Learn how to make complete 4 course Italian dinners covering all the basic Italian cooking techniques. Paola Baccetti, chef at Casa Ombuto, and Franco Palandra, chef at Torre del Tartufo both believe that the only way to learn to cook is to do it yourself. While they will demonstrate the techniques, be prepared to roll up your sleeves and put what you have seen into practice.

Italian cooking well done!

You will prepare a wide range of Anti pasta's including Crostini's, Bruschetta and Torte Verdura to mention only a few. Make your own Gnocchi and roll out your own Pasta - the authentic way with typically Tuscan fillings and delicious sauces. On top of that, learn to make pizza which will be baked in our own wood burning pizza oven. Meat dishes could include Wild Boar with polenta, Tagliata with green pepper sauce and baked vegetables and much much more. Desserts include Paola's famous Panna cotta or Franco's warm lemon pie with Italian meringue.

All participants of our Italian Cooking classes will receive a cookbook including recipes of all the dishes made during your stay, an exclusive apron and a certificate on completion of the course. The chefs have chosen dishes that can easily be made at home, using ingredients that you can usually find in most general or specialty stores.

Our Italian cooking classes are suitable for couples, friends travelling together, singles and also popular for honeymoon couples. Everyone is there to enjoy the experience of cooking and eating together and meeting new people.

Read more about the chefs and their menus.

Sightseeing and culinary excursions

You will have afternoon cooking lessons on 4 of the days with enough time to relax and enjoy the surroundings or to do some sightseeing in the area in the mornings or on your free day. A full-day culinary excursion is included with visits to a cheese farm, olive oil farm for olive oil tasting, shopping in either Anghiari or Arezzo and wine tasting in a unique winery and its rounded off with an informal dinner back at your villa after a long but fun day.

Read the full itinerary.

Accommodation in luxury villa's

You will stay at the same location as where your Italian cooking classes take place, so no driving to a B&B or hotel after your Italian Cooking classes. For the one week Italian cookery course you can choose to stay in Casa Ombuto or Torre del Tartufo. Both are stunning Tuscan villas where you can enjoy comfort and luxury in Italian style. The cooking courses in Casa Ombuto run from Saturday to Saturday, the cooking courses in Torre del Tartufo run from Sunday to Sunday. More information about the villas can be found at accommodation.

Non participating guests welcome

It is possible to bring along a non-participating partner who can spend the day enjoying the surroundings, sightseeing or playing golf and then join the group for dinner. Non-participating guests are welcome to use all the facilities of the villa and they can also join the excursion.

Do you want to enjoy a cooking vacation with plenty of time to explore Tuscany, all while staying in an astonishing villa? Then learn more about the available dates for your cooking holiday.

ONE WEEK MEDITERRANEAN COOKING HOLIDAYS IN ITALY

Italian, Spanish, French and Moroccan Cuisine

If you would like to spend your cooking holidays in Italy learning how to cook healthy and varied cuisine then choose our Mediterranean Cooking Course. Learn to make dishes from four of the most popular cuisines in Europe and North Africa.

You will make an elaborate Italian dinner, a light Spanish lunch, an exotic Moroccan dinner, a traditional French Provencal supper, and on top of that learn to make various breads and pastries - all in one week! Learn to make risotto, pasta's, Foccacia, Tapenade, Ratatouille, Gaspacho, Tortilla, Tagine of chicken, spicy couscous and much much more.

Interested? Learn more about the available dates for your cooking holidays in Italy.

Cooking classes with fresh ingredients and variety

In essence the focus is on using fresh ingredients in season which are prepared to ensure that taste is paramount. You can guess which country is being focused on by the smells coming out of the cantina each day!

The Mediterranean cooking course is given by chef Laura Giusti. This course is more intensive than our Italian cookery course as it also includes two extra morning sessions - one specializing in Breads and Pastries and the other is a light Spanish Lunch.

For dinner you will dine on your creations accompanied by delicious wines to compliment the dishes. We introduce you each evening to different red and white wines from different regions of Italy.

You will receive a cookbook including recipes of all the dishes made during your stay, an exclusive apron and a certificate on completion of the course. The chefs have chosen dishes that can easily be made at home, using ingredients that you can usually find in most general or specialty stores.

Sightseeing and culinary excursions

You will have cooking lessons on 4 of the days with enough time to relax and enjoy the surroundings or to do some sightseeing in the area in your free time. A full-day culinary excursion is included with visits to a cheese farm, olive oil farm for olive oil tasting, shopping in Arezzo and wine tasting in a unique winery and its rounded off with an informal dinner back at your villa after a long but fun day.

Read the full itinerary of your cooking holidays in Italy.

Luxurious accommodation in Casa Ombuto

For the one week Mediterranean cookery course you will stay in Casa Ombuto, a spectacular Tuscan villa on a large estate with solar heated pool. The cooking classes take place at the villa, so no driving to a B&B or hotel after your Cooking lessons. The cooking weeks run from Saturday to Saturday. More information about the villa can be found at accommodation.

Bring along your partner to relax while you slave over a hot stove!

It is also possible to bring along a non-participating partner who can spend the day enjoying the surroundings, sightseeing or playing golf and then join the group for dinner. Non-participating guests are welcome to use all facilities of the villa and join in the excursion.

Do you want to enjoy a inspiring Mediterranean cooking holidays in Italy with plenty of time to explore Tuscany, all while staying in an astonishing villa? Then learn more about the available dates for your cooking holiday.

THREE DAY ITALIAN COOKERY COURSE

Three day Italian Cooking Schools

Is a full week of cooking classes stretching your budget or do you have limited holiday leave? Do you want to incorporate a few days of genuine Tuscan cooking into your own vacation in Italy? Then the Three Day Italian Cooking School in Italy is just the right choice for you.

For selective weeks Tuscookany offers a three day cooking school in Italy at the Italian cookery course at Torre del Tartufo. The three day cooking courses are either from Monday to Thursday or from Thursday to Sunday. Our chef Franco Palandra will guide you through the Italian Cooking Classes in a fun and informal way. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves for a hands-on Italian cooking holiday.

The Three Day Italian Cooking Course includes:

  • Two cooking lessons
  • Full day culinary excursion
  • All meals, fine Italian wines and other beverages included
  • Luxurious accommodation in the villa Torre del Tartufo with private bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms
  • Free transfer from Arezzo train station for the Three Day guests
  • Apron and Recipe book

Arrival day: Monday or Thursday in time for lunch
Departure day: After breakfast on Thursday or Sunday

Read the full itinerary for this cooking course.

Accommodation at Torre del Tartufo, Tuscany

For the Three Day Italian Cookery Course you will be staying in the beautiful villa Torre del Tartufo. This is the same location as where your Italian Cooking classes take place, so no driving to a B&B or hotel after your Italian Cooking lessons. Learn more about the villa Torre Del Tartufo.

Three day Italian cooking schools in Italy

Do you only have limited time and want to enjoy a three day Italian cooking vacation including full day culinary excursion while staying in an luxurious villa? Then learn more about the available dates for your cooking holiday.

  ACCOMMODATION - TUSCANY COOKING SCHOOLS

The Tuscany Cooking Schools of Tuscookany take place at Casa Ombuto and Torre del Tartufo, both beautiful villas set in the Tuscan country side with breathtaking views. The villas are positioned on large, secluded estates and have recently been renovated to include modern comforts such as solar heated pools and hot tubs with beautiful surroundings which you can enjoy in your free time. Take a hike, book a massage or just enjoy the absolute peace and quiet. It's the perfect place for your Italian cooking vacation.

Cooking classes are held in the cantina of the villa

The Mediterranean and Italian Cooking Classes are held in the specially equipped professional kitchens at the villas. After lessons and having dinner no driving to a hotel or B&B is necessary like most Tuscany cooking schools. You can just relax and enjoy your free time in a spectacular setting and cook in a wonderful kitchen on location.

Upon arrival at the villas most guests say immediately that the pictures on the website do not do the accommodation and villa justice - it's much better in reality!

CASA OMBUTO

Casa Ombuto is a Tuscan villa dating back originally from before 1800 and is located in a totally secluded environment situated on a hill. It offers absolute peace and quiet with spectacular views of the surrounding hills and villages. It is situated 50km south of Florence and near Poppi which is a picturesque medieval town in the heart of the Casentino valley.

Casa Ombuto offers:

One week Italian cooking courses by Paola Baccetti
One week Mediterranean cooking courses by Laura Giusti

More information about the accommodation and facilities of Casa Ombuto.

TORRE DEL TARTUFO

Torre del Tartufo is a spectacular villa set in the hillsides close to Arezzo. It got its name from the truffle estate surrounding the villa, making it famous in the area and wonderful for seeing how truffles are found and of course how to prepare these in many wonderful dishes. The original villa dates back to before 1700 and it is suspected to have been a chapel to which pieces have been added on over the centuries as the community grew.

Torre del Tartufo offers:

One week Italian Cooking Courses by Franco Palandra
Three day Italian cooking courses by Franco Palandra

More information about the accommodation and facilities of Torre del Tartufo.

Facilities of the Tuscookany - Tuscany cooking schools

Both villas have all the facilities you need to enjoy a relaxing and luxurious Italian cooking vacation. Apart from comfortable rooms with en-suite bathrooms and a fully equipped professional kitchen, both villas have:

  • A Swimming pool
  • A Hot tub
  • Free WIFI internet access
  • Mountain bikes
  • A Laundry room

Our villas and the environment

We are very conscious of the environment, use of natural resources and energy saving features has been taken into consideration when we renovated and improved the original villas. This is how we are managing this:

  • All warm water you use comes from the solar heating on the roof of the house or solar panels on the estate.
  • All the water coming out of the taps and the water in the swimming pool is from our own boreholes.
  • All wood used comes from the estate gained from maintaining and cleaning out the forests without having to chop down one extra tree for this purpose.
  • All garden, kitchen and wood debris is used as compost.
  • The pool is heated by a solar system.
  • The villa is heated by under floor heating, all windows have double glazing which keeps the rooms warm in the winter and this, together with the original thick wall structures and high altitude, keeps the villa cool in the summer.
  • The pools both have a special Nature 2 filter system, a method designed to filter similarly to the way a river keeps itself clean and thereby dramatically reduces the amount of chlorine needed to keep the pool clean.
  CONTACT DETAILS

Tuscookany

Casa Ombuto
Larniano 21
52014 Poppi
Italy

Torre del Tartufo
Loc. Il Podere 56
52010 Chiaveretto
Italy

Telephone: Toll Free USA & Canada:
18887226901
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For rest of the world:
+44 7039 400 235
Enquiries: www.tuscookany.com/enquiry
Web: www.tuscookany.com

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