5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

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  • Location:Siena, Italy
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Tuscan Cooking Class in Siena

Fall in love with Tuscany through its food during a 4-hour Tuscan cooking class in Siena! Under the watchful eye of your host – a professional local chef – learn the secrets of Tuscany’s renowned cuisine to put together a lavish spread of ‘antipasto’(appetizer) and pici pasta. At the end of your class, sit down with your host and fellow food lovers to enjoy your creations along with a glass of wine – just as the Tuscans do!

Numbers are limited to 15 on this small-group cooking class, ensuring you’ll enjoy personalized attention from your host.


  • 4-hour Tuscan cooking class in Siena
  • Hear Italian cooking tips from your host, a professional local chef
  • Prepare an antipasto meal of classic Italian snacks like bruschetta and crostini
  • Mix, knead, roll and cut your own Tuscan pici pasta
  • Sit down to eat your feast at the end of your cooking class
  • Small-group cooking class with a maximum of 15 people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Tuscan Cooking Class in Siena

Learn how to make traditional Tuscan dishes in Siena!

Meet your host in central Siena and stroll to a private kitchen in the center of town to start your 4-hour Tuscan cooking class. All utensils and equipment are provided for your session, and under the careful eye of your host you’ll learn all about the culinary secrets of Tuscany.

‘Eat local’ is a theme that Tuscans don’t really consider; it’s a concept that’s ingrained in their heritage thanks to the region’s rich abundance of quality ingredients. The countryside around Siena teems with produce: lush olive groves, fragrant sage and rosemary bushes, and hills blanketed with heaving grape vines.

Using these key ingredients, help your host prepare an antipasto feast of breads, cheeses and cured meats – a staple dish in Tuscan restaurants and cafés. Prepare toppings for bruschetta (grilled bread, topped with tomatoes, basil and olive oil) and put together plates of crostini (crispy thin slices of white bread drizzled with extra virgin olive oil).

Learn about Tuscan pici -- a doughy and flavorsome type of egg pasta -- and then make some for yourself. Mix the ingredients and knead the dough before rolling and cutting it into distinctive thick spaghetti strands, and cooking it with a sauce.

Toward the end of your session, sit down with your host and group to eat your creations! The dishes are paired with quality Tuscan wine – carefully selected by your host to complement and accentuate the flavors of the food. Before leaving, your host will give you a recipe card so that you can re-create the food yourself at home to impress friends and family!

Customer Reviews

Kimberly B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a highlight of our trip to Italy. It was a nice break from all the sightseeing where we were experiencing to get into doing. The class size was perfect 8 people- 4 men/4 women, the chef/teachers were authentic one only spoke Italian! and warm. The 4-course meal we learned to cook was delicious. I got lots of practical tips and aha, that's how they do its. And sitting down and eating our food was delightful. Everyone in the class had a chance to prepare multiple parts of the meal and everyone pitched in to serve the meal. Cooking together is a fun activity and I'm really glad we did this! I would recommend this to anyone/everyone!

Diana G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was an extremely satisfying and pleasant experience, as well as a learning experience. It was especially interesting because 2 of the attendees were children, ages 4 and 6. They were extremely well behaved and really enjoyed cooking, especially rolling the dough. I only have one criticism...and that is the use of salt--especially in the mixture for the roast pork. An extremely hugh amount of salt was used, along with the spices and herbs. Perhaps the Italians don't suffer from high blood pressure, but for those of us who do, we need to cut back on the use of salt I know it adds a great deal to the flavor. All in all it was a very pleasant experience and I look forward to making some of the dishes.

Lawrence M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A truly wonderful evening of learning and cooking. Lella and Francisco together with Anna interpreter did a fantastic job. Very glad we decided to do it. Eating what we helped to prepare topped it off beautifully.

Pamela P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A great cooking lesson, easy to understand with an interpreter. Four of us helped prepare, cook and eat a 4 course Tuscan meal. I would recommend this cooking class.

Elaine D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

I took this cooking class while traveling alone in Italy. I love to cook and what better way to meet other people. Chef Louisa was wonderful, funny and very supportive of our efforts as was her assistant Cynzia. We cooked an authentic Tuscan meal from antipasti to dolce. It was amazing and delicious. I would definitely recommend this to others. Thank you!

Richard C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Fabulous time with 8 different students. Recipes were great and everyone participated. Chef was great and dinner with red wine was wonderful. I will cook these recipes when I get home!

christine b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This was a fantastic evening. Our chefs and hosts Claudio and Fernando were great fun and very professional. It as the best meal we had in Siena!

Kathryn R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour was the best part of our trip! The instructors were great, the food amazing, and the group was so much fun. I would highly recommend doing this class!

Brenda D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Kelly and I thoroughly this class with 4 others! We spent 5 hours with Lella, her assistant, and interpreter, all who love cooking. It was fun and comfortable as Lella led us through the steps to make a gourmet meal. We learned so much! It was exciting to be a part of this and to bring back the recipes we had made. We all got to help in making the parts of the meal and then enjoyed the meal with each other and Lella's special wine! What a great memory!! Lella is a treasure.

Joyce H

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Authentic Tuscan cooking in a small group setting. Excellent tips and recipes to enjoy back home.

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