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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.
Rating (5)
Program No. 19672RJ
Length
10 days
Starts at
2,899
Flights start at
750
Italy

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.
Length
10 days
Starts at
2,899
Flights start at
750
Program No. 19672 RJ
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Nov 7 - Nov 16, 2021
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2,899
Feb 13 - Feb 22, 2022
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3,099
Mar 1 - Mar 10, 2022
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3,179
Apr 3 - Apr 12, 2022
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3,699
May 1 - May 10, 2022
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3,699
May 9 - May 18, 2022
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3,699
Sep 4 - Sep 13, 2022
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3,699
Sep 12 - Sep 21, 2022
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3,699
Sep 20 - Sep 29, 2022
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3,699
Oct 2 - Oct 11, 2022
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3,699
Oct 10 - Oct 19, 2022
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3,699
Nov 6 - Nov 15, 2022
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3,179
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Nov 7 - Nov 16, 2021
Starting at
3,299
Feb 13 - Feb 22, 2022
Starting at
3,559
Mar 1 - Mar 10, 2022
Starting at
3,659
Apr 3 - Apr 12, 2022
Starting at
4,419
May 1 - May 10, 2022
Starting at
4,419
May 9 - May 18, 2022
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4,419
Sep 4 - Sep 13, 2022
Starting at
4,419
Sep 12 - Sep 21, 2022
Starting at
4,419
Sep 20 - Sep 29, 2022
Starting at
4,419
Oct 2 - Oct 11, 2022
Starting at
4,419
Oct 10 - Oct 19, 2022
Starting at
4,419
Nov 6 - Nov 15, 2022
Starting at
3,659

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.
Micro Group
Micro Group
These adventures feature our smallest group size, with 12 participants or fewer.

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

This is a Micro Group program, with 12 or fewer 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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Gianluca Pardini View biography
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."
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.
Blue Guide Tuscany (5th edition)
by Alta Macadam
Cinque Terre
by George Henke
In Tuscany
by Frances Mayes
The Most Beautiful Country Towns of Tuscany (Most Beautiful Villages Series)
by James Bentley and Alex Ramsay
Tuscany: The beautiful cookbook
by Lorenza De'Medici
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(5)

if food and wine are your interest, than this tour will introduce you to "slow food" and organic wine and how to make pasta, fresh deserts and the best of the historic Tuscany area

(5)

This trip was historically informative, and fun along with the culinary experience which is the highlight . Our leader Cristina was over-the-top helpful, informative and always willing to accommodate our concerns/questions. Cristina is the real asset to this program. Clearly she is passionate at preserving her love for Lucca and her country. Our other Lucca historical guide for two days Elena is very knowledgeable about the city and it preservation. She is not your typical tourist guide, but passionate about preservation of history in Lucca. There is free time to shop the old city of Lucca and people watch, drink wine or coffee or cappuccino. The various tours of wine estates, a creamery, a marble estate and the city of Pietrasanta's many mediums of art was fascinating . The restaurants included in this program were fine dining exquisitely presented. Ellen W.

(5)

Because of Cristina Viti my experience in Tuscany was unforgettable, memorable, most enjoyable and FABULOUS! She is hospitable, friendly, welcoming, and extremely knowledgeable about Lucca and the surrounding area. Without a doubt, she went over and above to give us a fabulous experience. This was my first Road Scholar trip and I have never enjoyed a trip more than this one. I hope all your other destinations have someone like Cristina on your staff. The hands-on cooking experience at the International Academy of Italian Cuisine was truly hands-on from appetizers to desserts. I learned new techniques and recipes and had so much fun cooking with Gian Luc and my fellow travelers. Gian Luc was welcoming and made my experience so much fun. Each day was planned in detail by Cristina from tours to dinners and everything in between. There was not one experience in which I was bored or wished it was not on the itinerary. I felt immersed in the culture with each area that we visited. I do wish we would have spent more time in Pietrasanta to explore the art galleries and its history.

(5)

This tour greatly exceeded my expectations with the combination of history, cooking, and sightseeing. Being my first trip to Italy, I was thrilled to have such an comprehensive tour.

(5)

If you love to cook, and learn new cooking techniques, plus ways to use foods more creatively, this is the place for you. You'll discover new foods, fresh ideas, and work with an internationally famous chef. It's like having Chef Pardini right in your kitchen, at your finger tips! You'll see a well-stocked kitchen, learn new recipes, and taste delicious food, plus, you'll bring home the recipes to try in your own kitchen!

(5)

What a wonderful trip! It combined an ideal blend of activities and free time. We loved learning about the area from the locals and not being amidst the throngs of tourists. Can't wait to try the recipes at home!

(5)

The cooking part of Cooking in Tuscany is truly outstanding! However there are so many other outstanding aspects to this program as well!!

(5)

If you love learning and want to be steeped in the history, culture and food of Tuscany this program is a must!






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