One of the most satisfying ways to learn how to cook authentic Italian dishes is to do it in Italy, with help from experts. The Italians have a natural affinity with food and it is, without doubt, one of the most popular cuisines, which is reflected by the number of Italian restaurants in Britain. Each region of Italy has its own specialities and the cuisine of Tuscany is considered by many to be the best of all! Tuscany’s wonderful cuisine is based on fresh local produce and simple, traditional methods of preparation.

These informal ‘hands on’ courses include expert guidance from professional chefs who will encourage you to try your hand at traditional techniques and recipes. For authenticity, our cookery experiences take place in real working kitchens, either in our hotel, at a nearby restaurant  or in a farmhouse style kitchen. You really will learn to cook delicious Italian meals that will delight your family and friends when you return home.

On this specially arranged holiday we stay in Montecatini Terme, an elegant spa resort in the heart of Tuscany. It’s very Italian with broad tree-lined boulevards, beautiful parks and good choice of shops, pavement cafes and restaurants. A gentle stroll is a delightful way to get to know this pretty garden resort. If you wish you can sample the local spring waters, or perhaps take the funicular up to the old hilltop village of Montecatini Alto for some breathtaking views of the surrounding Tuscan countryside.

Included during the holiday are three cookery classes. We’ve also included a full day excursion into the countryside of Tuscany and there will be an opportunity to visit Florence on our optional excursion.

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