Tuscany, Italy - 3 cooking classes 
Available year round (except week before Christmas) 


If you want to learn how to cook true Italian food, then these cooking classes are for you! You will learn traditional family recipes from Italians who have been giving hands-on cooking lessons for over 25 years. Classes are taught in English in an authentic country home, a beautiful stone farmhouse with an organic garden. We can suggest several lovely accommodations in quaint nearby villages. 


Your cooking classes take place in a rustic 13th century "casa colonica" which is a typical Italian farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside with terracotta floors and chestnut beams. The house has been lovingly restored by the family which is one of the oldest noble families in Italy. There is an organic garden, vines, olive trees, roses, oleanders, geraniums, spices, fruit trees and other typical plants of the area. 


In the area, you can discover the treasures of Chianti, an area well-known for its castles, its medieval "borghi", wine producers, skilled craftsmen, warm and hospitable people, restaurants, typical Tuscan food, Chianti Classico wine and olive oil. The Chianti region offers picture-book rural scenery, from fields to sunflowers to rows of ubiquitous pencil pines in the hazy distance. Smaller towns such as Radda in Chianti, Monteriggioni, Volterra, San Gimignano are all an easy drive away, with stunning atmosphere and scenery. Tuscany is centrally located and is well connected by highways and a fast rail network to the rest of Italy, so you can visit other areas after or before your stay.





Day One


Welcome to Italy!


Arrival on your own. At 10am you will have your first hands on cooking class. Together with your instructor you will prepare 4 different recipes followed by lunch of the recipes you prepared, accompanied by a delicious Chianti Classico wine.


This afternoon you will have time to explore at your leisure and your hosts can give you many suggestions. 




Day Two


Arrival on your own. At 10am you will have your second hands on cooking class. Together with your instructor you will prepare 4 different recipes followed by lunch of the recipes you prepared, accompanied by a delicious Chianti Classico wine.



Leisure time in the afternoon to explore the region.





Day Three


Arrival on your own. At 10am you will have your final hands on cooking class. Together with your instructor you will prepare 4 different recipes followed by lunch of the recipes you prepared, accompanied by a delicious Chianti Classico wine.


Time in the afternoon to explore Tuscany.







Morning Hours (10:00 am -2:00 pm);
Afternoon Hours (3:00 pm-7:00 pm)


Description: The hands-on course covers traditional, home-style Tuscan and Italian recipes. Many people like this approach as they come away feeling they've had a real holiday, having enjoyed the wonderfully intense flavours and freshness of traditional Italian dishes cooked in an evocative stone farmhouse in the hills of Chianti, surrounded by vineyard and olive groves. The classes are held in a friendly atmosphere and you have the chance to make new friends and learn a few secrets from your instructors. Participants cook and eat dishes prepared using fresh, natural ingredients. A complete meal (5 recipes) such as appetizers, a pasta dish, a vegetable or meat dish and then a dessert is prepared and is accompanied by the wine which best complements it.

(Please inquire about large groups)


An example of our most popular menus: 


Bruschetta or Crositini with Herbs

Fresh hand-made pasta or Potato gnocchi or red or white sauces or pici (Tuscan "big" spaghetti) or Pappa al pomodoro (Tuscan vegetable soup)
Roasted meat (Arista alla Fiorentina) or stuffed vegetables, Turkey Breast with Balsamic Vinegar or Chicken cooked Tuscan Style or Stuffed vegetables or Savory Cakes with Zucchini
Tiramisu' or Panna Cotta or Gelato


Many more dishes are available and we welcome Gluten Freeand vegetarian requests and take care of any possible food allergy or restriction -  Just ask!






There is a maximum of 4 participants - for  families ororganized groups a maximum of 6 can be accommodated



(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)






Closest Airports/Train Stations:


Florence Vespucci Airport about 60 Km - 1 hour and 20 minute drive
Other airports:

Pisa Airport - 2 hour drive
Leonardo da Vinci (Rome) Airport - 3 hour drive 
Malpensa (Milan) Airport - 4 hour drive
Florence SMN - Nearest train station (fast connection to Rome, Milan, Venice, Naples, etc.) about 57 Km - 1 hour and 15 minute drive 
If flying into Rome or Milan, we suggest taking a train to Florence.

*These details are provided as additional information. Transfers are not included in this tour.






2021 Fees Per Person






*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation



After availability is confirmed, full payment is required to secure your reservation.


2021/2022 Dates

Dates of the three day cooking class package take place every week except the week before Christmas. 





*Three (3) Italian hands-on cooking classes with accompanying meals and wine and water
*Snack with drinks and wine during the lesson
*WIFI free connection at the school
*Cooking school apron and recipe




*Hands on cooking class (4 recipes)
*Meal with wine, snack with drinks and wine during the lesson
*One (1) English speaking instructor
*Apron and recipes


Airfare, transfers from airports or train stations (except Montevarchi), and personal expenses are not included.


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Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.





Danielle and Ashley P., Ontario, Canada

"We had an absolutely amazing time during our cooking holiday. The hosts, the location, the food and the whole experience was a dream come true. I have prepared some of the dishes since coming back home and they always remind me of our fantastic trip."

Szilvia B., Budapest, Hungary

“It was one of my best experience in my life. The house, the surroundings, and of course, the delicious, but simple homemade fresh dishes!! Living with an italian family, with so much caring and kindness - was so touching. And the course so much fun, that it was incredible! Thank you!!! "


Erin S. and Flor V., New York, New York  

“Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. .. wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!"

Janet and Doug W., Vienna, Austria

“This ranks as one of our top holidays. The area was beautiful, the trip relaxing and the cooking was fun. We enjoyed the other guests and our hosts...and their family made us feel welcome in their home. A great experience!”


Vickie C., Cedarburg, Wisconsin

"Dear Jo-Ann - The course was everything we hoped and more!! We felt a true part of an Italian family. Everyone was as gracious and welcoming as they could possibly be. From Luigi to the little girls, we found them all delightful. The food was great, the instruction was great, the ambiance, the wine....everything was great. We visited Radda, a winery, and Greve with Simonetta. She was so knowledgeable and willing to share that we thought it was very enriching experience. Thank you so much for all of your help in arranging it. It's a little scary to just pick a site off the Internet and trust that all will go well. From the first email and your quick response, I was put at ease. Needless to say, I would have no hesitation in recommending your services."


Teri S., Brick, New Jersey

"We had a fabulous time!!  The four of us were very happy. My friends have never had the experience of eating in a true Italian home (my husband and I have since my husband has family there) and the experience for them was priceless.  I have already told so many people about you.. I will keep in touch with you since I am sure I will be booking more through you. Thank you again!"


Vicki, Australia


"I just wanted to thank you for the truly inspirational and wonderful time I had at your home and the cooking school. I had such a lovely holiday in Italy and the highlight was definitely my stay with you. Thank you for welcoming me into your home, for the chance to have fun with real Italian cooking, for driving me around sightseeing and for delicious meals with the family. I am working my way through the menus we made while they are fresh in my mind, and my children are enjoying the results. Thank you once again for a magical Italian experience."

Valerie, UK


"Just a quick message from me to thank you for a wonderful week in Tuscany, I haven't stopped telling everyone. I have cooked your recipes every night I'm so pleased with everything I learnt and brought back."


Joanne and Gord F., Canada


"I thought the trip was very well planned and the experience was amazing. I thought the gift package we received before we left was a really nice touch, and got us excited about our trip. The hosts were amazing and they did everything possible to make us feel welcome and comfortable. Their English was very impressive and it was very easy to communicate with them. We really enjoyed the authentic experience and had a blast staying with the family. We had such a great experience that I would consider booking with Active Gourmet again and would definitely recommend Active Gourmet to my friends and family."


Nancy W., US


"The photos bring back memories of the smells, the tastes, the friendship and the wines. I'm sharing your information with others who want to experience a real Tuscan cooking school."


David and Jan L., Cincinnati, Ohio 

“It was spectacular! The hosts were eager to accommodate our every need. They went out of their way to make us feel comfortable even though we did not speak their language.”



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