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Learn to Cook a Tuscan Meal

  • City: San Donnino (Certaldo)
  • Duration: Approximately 4 hours (included cooking lesson - 3 hours)

Join Chef Emma Mantovani in her farmhouse outside Certaldo and learn to make an authentic Tuscan meal.


The cooking class of Chef Emma Mantovani takes place in her farmhouse situated on a top of a hill, with a 360 degree view on the Val d'Elsa, only 10 miles from San Gimignano.

Emma is glad to welcome all who want to discover with her the flavors, sensations, culture of the traditional Italian and Tuscan cuisine in an informal and friendly atmosphere using seasonal, organic, local ingredients, the organic extra virgin olive oil produced in the farm and recipes from her Tuscan family tradition. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten and lactose intolerant are welcome to prepare a tailormade Tuscan meal still with genuine, local ingredient. This is an unforgettable experience -- come discover the taste of Tuscany, deep in the heart of Chianti, where some of Italy's most famous wines are made.

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# of People Price
1 - 2 people $163.00 per person
3 - 5 people $141.00 per person
6 - 8 people $119.00 per person

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Additional Information

Cooking Class includes:

  • Recipe booklet
  • 3-hours hands-on cooking class
  • Lunch with food you have personally cooked
  • An apron that you can bring home
Additional Information:

Transportation is NOT included in the total price. Select Italy will be happy to arrange a private transfer for a supplemental fee.

Please inform us if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions.

The menu for this class will be decided by the chef based on season and available ingredients.

Sample Menu 1:

  • Ricotta cheese and carrots in a light sauce
  • Homemade chestnut flour ravioli with pecorino cheese and nuts
  • Pork tenderloin with herbs + Seasonal vegetables
  • Chocolate cake
Sample Menu 2:

  • Chicken liver pate' with Vin Santo
  • Homemade tagliatelle with red wine and vegetable ratatouille
  • Peposo (Tuscan beef stew) + Spinach
  • Pears in red wine

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What a wonderful day. Emma welcomed us into her home and created a wonderful cooking experience. There were no fancy pot and pans, just cooking with fresh herbs from her garden, oil from her own oil trees and her love for cooking. Her kindness and warmth made for a delightful afternoon. Then enjoying eating under the Tuscan sun with good friends.

This is a great thing to do for couples who want to learn a bit of Italian cooking. It is out of the way so be prepared for a drive escpecially if your staying in Florence. I would suggest that you hire a driver for this one, we hired an Italian driver and he got lost so that tells you what others will do. The instructor was so nice she answered all of our questions and because her husband knew the area so well he was able to get us back to our hotel with no problem.

This was a fantastic experience, and one of the highlights of our entire trip. The staff was superb, informative, and we couldn't believe how easy it can be to make fresh pasta! Wonderful course, well worth the time and money.

Our afternoon and evening could not have been more perfect! Our hosts picked us up in Florence and then transported us to the magical world that is the Tuscany countryside. Their beautifully renovated farmhouse sits high atop a hill overlooking the valley and San Gimignano in the distance. The cooking class, both demonstration and hands-on, was great fun as we shared our cooking experiences and traditions with the chef. Our menu had all the freshest ingredients and he was very sensitive to any dietary restrictions or preferences. Our meal was then exquisitely served to us on the patio where many memorable pictures were taken. We would highly recommend this experience with a 10 star rating!

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