Cooking in Tuscany

Tuscany: The word conjures images of golden vineyards, nodding sunflowers and artfully prepared meals. Come learn the art of Tuscan cooking on this culinary adventure of a lifetime.
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Program No. 19672RJ
10 days
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At a Glance

Experience the best of Tuscan culinary traditions during intimate cooking classes at the International Academy of Italian Cuisine and visits to local markets where you gather ingredients for your lessons, then enjoy the results. Get a first-hand look at artisanal food production as you meet a farmer who makes both sheep- and cow’s-milk cheeses, learn the centuries-old traditions of Lardo di Colonnata and sample wines with a sommelier.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Some walking and standing on flat city sidewalks and even terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Four comprehensive, hands-on cooking lessons encompass complete meal menus featuring seasonal ingredients.
  • Visit local markets with your chef-instructor to shop for the freshest produce, meat and fish.
  • Excursions around the region introduce you to producers of traditional Tuscan staples; olive oil, pasta, wine and cheese.

General Notes

Group size limited to 12 participants. Please note, the schedule of the cooking classes may vary by date.
Featured Expert
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Gianluca Pardini
Gianluca was born in Italy and began his culinary career at a very young age. By the time he turned 21, he was working in the only Italian restaurant in Orléans, France. Gianluca worked as a gastronomic consultant in Japan before returning to Italy to open his own restaurant in Lucca. Since 1998 Pardini has dedicated himself to teaching the art of Italian cooking at his "International Academy of Italian Cuisine." In 2004, the Italian Cooking Federation awarded Gianluca "Master of Cooking and Executive Chef."

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
In Tuscany
by Frances Mayes
Tuscany: The beautiful cookbook
by Lorenza De'Medici
The Most Beautiful Country Towns of Tuscany (Most Beautiful Villages Series)
by James Bentley and Alex Ramsay
Cinque Terre
by George Henke
Blue Guide Tuscany (5th edition)
by Alta Macadam

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