COOK: Join us in our medieval hill top village for a week of cooking delicious meals where the women of the village are masters of their art…food! They will endear you with their skills and laughter in the kitchen. Our teachers use the same recipes their grandmothers, or “Nonnas” as we say in Italy, used. Nothing has changed for generations--this is the way women in Tuscany have cooked for hundreds of years. Its magical to see Tuscan women cook!
EAT: After sharing time in the kitchen with new friends and your new “Nonna” we get to eat. We will sit around the table on patios, in gardens and sometimes in the kitchen and share the fruits of our labor. We will dine on homemade gnocchi, tagliatelli, bruschetta, herb chicken, stuffed flowers and original to Montefollonico--the thick ribbons of handmade eggless pasta--pici. And of course no meal is complete in Tuscany without a few good bottles of vino. We will also travel to neighboring villages and dine at renowned restaurants each day.
PLAY: After all the food and vino we are ready to play…the Tuscan Way. We will walk the cobblestone streets of villages, shop at local markets, visit wineries and cheese makers, see historic sights, and stop for cappuccino and local made pastries and taste creamy gelato. We will see who wins the red ravioli with their pasta rolling skills and who can win the coveted golden rolling pin for their skills and ability to pronounce the village names correctly.
On top of a hill facing Montepulciano, stands the medieval village of Montefollonico. Far from busy roads and from the usual tourist trail, the splendid isolation of Montefollonico is probably what makes it particularly charming and appealing. It is a fantastic medieval village, surrounded by 13th century walls that protect Montefollonico Castle.
With its narrow, winding streets and its low, rustic houses, Montefollonico provides a genuine view of Tuscany. Here you'll enjoy great cooking, memorable meals, and unlimited wine in our hidden village surrounded by rolling green hills.
In addition to our Tuscan cooking school, there are many things to do in Tuscany, so if you decide to arrive early or stay late, let us suggest a few things to help you. Tuscany Wine Tours, Tuscany Villa Tours, Tuscany Bike Tours, Tuscany Day Tours
We will be glad to give you suggestions and send you information on how to contact local companies here in Montefollonico.