The Italian Cooking School is based
in Podere Pianamicino, a 500 year-old
Tuscan farmhouse, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards
and situated within easy reach of Florence
and Siena. The Podere has three large,
comfortable double bedrooms and one single room, all
with bathrooms ensuite. When not cooking, tasting
or touring, The Italian Cooking School guests relax
on our capacious sofas around roaring open fires or
sun themselves by our swimming pool that has spectacular
views over the rolling Tuscan countryside - according
to season of course!
We believe that the food of Tuscany begins in the
marketplace. Here the tradition of eating in harmony
with the seasons, is kept alive by Tuscans’
reliance on locally produced ingredients and simple,
seasonal recipes handed down from generation to generation.
We use open fireplaces and wood-burning ovens to bake
bread and pizza.
Guided by BOOKS for COOKS founder Heidi
Lascelles and our very own Tuscan chef Olivia
Greco, you’ll discover the rustic,
robust way of cooking that is the authentic flavour
Whether you have time to come for a full week or
have just a few days to spare, The Italian Cooking
School has a food lovers’ holiday to suit all
tastes and accommodate all schedules.
We hope you can join us!